Police Sources: Person of interest arrested following recent incidents in Alexandria, including Thursday's explosion on MacArthur Drive
Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to News Channel 5 that an arrest has been made in relation to several incidents in Alexandria in the past week after a bombing incident last Thursday at the Buds and Suds on MacArthur Drive.
We've learned that Daniel Aikens, 37, of Alexandria, is facing one charge so far, and likely more. We've been told the record is sealed. Aikens is in federal court, appearing before Magistrate Judge Joseph Perez-Montes of the Western District. We were told he was arraigned Tuesday on unrelated federal charges.
News Channel 5 was informed by Sheriff McCain from Grant Parish that he was previously arrested for contempt of court, the introduction of contraband into a jail and violation of a protective order. We've learned that he is expected in Grant Parish court on Thursday.
Rapides Sheriff William Earl Hilton says Aikens was stopped by RPSO at
Aikens formerly taught at Alexandria Middle Magnet School as an English instructor.
In a Facebook post, Sheriff-elect Mark Wood said the following:
"I would like to thank all of the law enforcement agencies in our area that have come together in the past week to help apprehend the suspect in relation to our recent bombing incidents within the city. I would also like to thank all of our citizens for being patient at this time and standing behind the officers while we conduct our investigations.
When you see blue lights and officers performing their duty, you can rest assure that we are eliminating crime to our fullest potential. Thank you all."