Patterson police nab New York fugitive

PATTERSON, La. — Police investigating a home that was being occupied after it was seized in 2011 by a financial institution, located a 21-year-old fugitive from New York, according to Patterson Police chief Patrick LaSalle.

Samantha Badillo was wanted by authorities in Suffolk County on a warrant dated March 1 charging her with three counts of burglary in the third degree. Badillo told Patterson police that she will waive her right to an extradition hearing when she appears before a judge today, according to LaSalle.

“That is a lot of trouble they are going through for a burglary,” said LaSalle.

LaSalle accompanied four Patterson police officers when they entered the house at 904 Park Street, which he says he knew was supposed to be uninhabited. They located the prior owner of the house, Terry Richard, 27, and charged him with theft of utilities. LaSalle said Richard had a history of drug abuse and police were unsure about the female staying there.

“I am not going to send my people in harm’s way without being there,” said the chief.

LaSalle said Badillo was found hiding in a bathroom. He indicated that it appeared the two had been staying at the house for several weeks and identified Badillo as Richard’s girlfriend. Both were taken into custody without incident, according to LaSalle.

Richard remains in custody with no bail set yet. Badillo has been transferred to the St. Mary Parish Prison, according to Patterson police.

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