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Warrants Out For Woodworth Manhunt

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WOODWORTH, La. – Detectives with RPSO have now secured warrants for a man after a routine response to a domestic disturbance call turned into a manhunt Thursday.

According to sheriff's office reports, RPSO has obtained warrants for John E. McNeal, 48, of 402 Bayou Clear Rd. on one count of aggravated second-degree battery and one count of false imprisonment. 

RPSO for the man in Woodworth after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call Thursday morning.

At approximately 8:51 a.m., deputies responded to 402 Bayou Clear Road in Woodworth to check out a domestic disturbance. According to sheriff's office reports, the incident was reported originally to the Woodworth Police Department which notified RPSO. 

Upon arrival, the victim, a woman, had sustained injuries and a small laceration on the neck. The woman was treated for injuries at the home.

On Thursday afternoon, deputies are searching for McNeal who reportedly fled the area into the woods near the residence on foot. Authorities say McNeal is a convicted felon with violent tendencies and because of this, RPSO are using bloodhounds to find him. 

RPSO detectives are on the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

Detectives say if McNeal was driven away from the area by someone, charges could also be brought against anyone assisting him.

Detectives are also asking for McNeal to turn himself in at the Rapides Parish Courthouse on these charges.

If anyone has information of the whereabouts of John McNeal, please contact RPSO at 318-473-6700.

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