A New Iberia man is in custody four hours after barricading himself in a house when officers tried to serve an arrest warrant on him around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Roy Epehimer Jeanlouis

Roy Epehimer Jeanlouis

New Iberia Police officers set up a perimeter around the home on Bank Street after Roy Jeanlouis ran inside the house when narcotics officers attempted to serve a warrant for armed robbery. He barricaded himself inside and refused to come out until just after 10:30 p.m.

Two other people who were in the home walked out a little over an hour later, leaving Jeanlouis still inside.

Police pushed back the zone around the scene another 500 feet around 8:30 p.m., shortly before some sort of canister was fired through the front left window of the home.

As of 9:30, police had the suspect's mother calling over the loudspeaker, asking for him to answer the phone to talk.

Just after 10 p.m., police fired multiple canisters of tear gas into the house as well.

According to an NIPD spokeswoman, Jeanlouis was initially taken into custody and charged with armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and obstruction of justice based on the previous warrant.

After the stand off, he also faces additional charges of simple criminal damage to property, two counts of battery on a police officer, self-mutilation, two counts of resisting an officer, simple escape, and an additional count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Dwayne Fatherree is the community editor for The Daily Iberian. He can be reached at dwayne.fatherree@daily-iberian.com.

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