St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s detectives have pieced together a timeline of a Mandeville man’s actions which led up to his arrest Saturday for the murder of his estranged wife.
At 5:30 a.m. Saturday (December 2) deputies were dispatched to Eddie’s Grocery, 32470 U.S. Highway 190, Slidell, after a clerk called 911 to report a robbery.
Deputies were then dispatched to an alarm at the Dollar General at 27301 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe, at 5:45 a.m.
Minutes later, deputies responded to another alarm at Lishman’s at 27417 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe.
While deputies were at that scene, a passerby alerted them to a fourth attempted burglary at the Lacombe Car Wash, 27469 U.S. Highway 190, Lacombe.
In all four instances, a vehicle was used to gain access to the building, either by driving into or backing into the buildings, before burglarizing or attempting to burglarize the businesses.
At 7:30 a.m., the parents of George Dargis (DOB 11/18/1978; 580 Smith Street, Mandeville) called 911 to report that their son, who had been living with them, had come to their Slidell-area home, with blood on his clothing and reported that he had “hurt” his estranged wife, but had since left their residence.
Dispatch then sent deputies to the wife’s residence located at 580 Smith Street, Mandeville. When they arrived at the scene, they discovered Julie Dargis deceased and her Chevrolet Impala rental car missing.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of George Dargis for second-degree murder and a BOLO was then issued to surrounding law enforcement agencies, looking for Dargis.
At approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, officers with the New Orleans Police Department contacted detectives to let them know they had worked an incident involving George Dargis earlier that morning after he crashed the Chevrolet Impala on the Eastbound Twin Span bridge.
Dargis was located at University Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries sustained in the crash on the Twin Span.
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
LRS 14:56B (2) Simple Criminal Damage to Property (Three Counts)
L.R.S. 14:65 Simple Robbery
L.R.S. 30.1 Second Degree Murder
Dargis had previously been 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 a $12,750 bond on November 30.
Prior to his most recent arrests, Dargis has a lengthy criminal history dating back more than 20 years with charges for burglary, theft, battery, disturbing the peace, flight from an officer, drug possession and various traffic violations.