St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man for a domestic related homicide that took place at a residence in the Mandeville area and for four business burglaries that occurred early this morning (Saturday, Dec. 2) along the U.S. Highway 190 corridor leading from Slidell to Lacombe.
Dispatch received a call at approximately 7:30 a.m. regarding a possible homicide at a Mandeville-area residence.
Deputies were dispatched to the residence located at 580 Smith Street. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered a deceased female.
Investigators quickly learned that the suspect in the homicide was also the suspect in a string of burglaries that was reported early this morning along Highway 190 and they began searching for 39-year-old George Dargis (DOB 11/18/1978; 580 Smith Street, Mandeville) as a person of interest.
A robbery had been reported at Eddie’s Grocery around 5:30 a.m. on Highway 190 in the Slidell-area. Deputies also responded to alarms at the Dollar General in Lacombe and at Lishman’s in Lacombe shortly after that. The Lacombe Car Wash was also burglarized. In all four instances, a vehicle was used to gain access to the building, either by driving into or backing into the buildings.
Around 10:00 a.m., detectives were notified that Dargis was in University Hospital after he had been involved in a car crash on the Twin Span bridge. The New Orleans Police Department handled the crash.
An arrest warrant was issued for Dargis for the homicide and the burglaries.
Following his release from the hospital, Dargis was booked into Orleans Parish Prison as a fugitive. He was then transported to St. Tammany Parish Jail where he was booked on the following charges:
L.R.S. 14:62 Simple Burglary (Two Counts)
L.R.S. 14:62.4 Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business
L.R.S. 14:65 Simple Robbery
L.R.S. 30.1 Second Degree Murder
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Recall a press release was issued on November 29 by the STPSO after Dargis was arrested on Tuesday, November 28 following a vehicle pursuit in the Slidell-area. He was booked in the St. Tammany Parish Jail for charges of Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Aggravated Flight from an Officer, and Felony Possession of Schedule II CDS. He was released on bond on November 30.