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Judge sets $105,000 bond for each of three auto theft suspects caught following chase
ORANGE - A justice of the peace has set bond at $105,000 each for three suspects accused of stealing two Camaros in Louisiana and leading officers on a chase through a swamp in Orange.
Justice of the Peace David Peck set the bonds Wednesday morning.
John Malbrough, 20, of Lafayette, Louisiana, Daron Davis, 20, also of Lafayette, and Cleon Green, 20, of Broussard, Louisiana, were taken into custody Tuesday, according to police.
Officers from the Orange Police Department stopped the drivers of two Chevrolet Camaros around 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to police.
The vehicles had been reported stolen from a dealership in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Three suspects ran from the officers and one was immediately captured, while the other two fled into a nearby swamp, according to police.
Officers continued pursuing the two suspects into the swamp and after four hours took the suspects into custody, according to police.
A coordinated investigation with the Lafayette, Louisiana Police Department is underway.
The Orange PD was assisted by Steve Taylor, who provided use of his helicopter and Doug Manning, a pilot and assistant attorney with the Orange County District Attorney's Office was also on board the helicopter.
Tracking dogs and horses were provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Stiles Unit and the Lake Charles Police Department also provided tracking dogs.
Stan Floyd, of American Air Boats, provided an air boat and a captain to man it.
Sheriff Keith Merritt captained a second air boat from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office, the Pinehurst Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff's Department, and the West Orange Police Department provided law enforcement officers that aided in taking the suspects into custody.