Collins had been on the run from law enforcement officers since July 6, when he allegedly murdered his estranged wife at an apartment complex in St. Martinville.
Iberia Sheriff’s Office deputies, acting on an anonymous tip, located Collins driving on Rogers Street in New Iberia, Thursday, July 29. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Collins refused to yield to their demands.
While attempting to evade deputies, Collins lost control of his vehicle and fled on foot into a sugarcane field off South Landry Drive.
At approximately 2:30 a.m. Friday, nine members with the Angola Penitentiary Chase Team along with two bloodhounds and their Heat Imaging unit arrived at the scene.
At daybreak the Angola search team resumed their tracking of Collins. Lacey, a one-year-old bloodhound, was instrumental in the capture of the suspect, making this her first catch.
The St. Martinville Police Department, the Iberia Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police SWAT team, U.S. Marshals, St. Martin SO, St. Mary SO, UL Police, Louisiana State Police and the Angola Search Team, along with helicopters from Acadian Ambulance and Air Logistics, assisted with the captured of Collins.
He is charged with first degree murder, aggravated battery, armed robbery and violation of a protective order and is being held in the St. Martin Parish jail.