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Wanted Louisiana man pulled over in Milam County

Posted at 2:59 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:51:36-05

MILAM COUNTY, TX — On Jan 26., Milam County deputies located a man wanted out of Louisiana for attempted first-degree murder.

All of this, transpiring after what had really started, as just a minor traffic violation stop on FM 2095, and U.S Hwy 77, according to Milam County Sheriff, Chris White.

Sheriff White describes approaching the driver, speaking to him, and picking up the scent of cannabis as they were speaking.

Sheriff White then conducted a search, finding 4 ounces of cannabis, and a stolen firearm within the vehicle.

Upon further investigation, the sheriff learned that the driver's name, and date of birth given at first to him, were actually not true. Admitting to this falsehood, the driver, now identifying as Rapheal J. Roche, had his records reviewed to reveal he was actually from Louisiana, and wanted for attempted first-degree murder charges from the previous year.

On Sept 30. 2020, Roche had fled from Jennings City police in Louisiana. During this incident, it was reported that Roche took off in a vehicle, later found to have contained drugs.

Using a stolen firearm to shoot at the Jennings City officers, Roche was charged with Attempted First-Degree Murder, Carrying a Firearm by a felon, alongside Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Roche was also charged with Obstruction of Justice, Aggravated Flight from an officer, Prohibited Acts: Schedule II CDS, and five other misdemeanor charges. According to the sheriff's statement, a final charge of Jumping Bail was added on when he did not return after posting bond; the likes of which, totaled $37,000.

Upon this discovery, Roche was taken into Milam County Jail on local charges of Possession an Stolen Firearm, Possession of Marijuana >2oz<4oz, and Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm.

According to Sheriff White, Roche was scheduled to appear before a judge for arraignment on January 26.