A call to the Bossier Sheriff’s Office by a concerned resident about a suspicious person in his north Bossier Parish neighborhood led to the arrest of a man wanted for robbing a half-dozen Subway restaurants, stealing trucks and using another person’s identity to get dental work. It was a crime spree that began in May and crossed five state lines, but it ended abruptly when Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives got on the job.
Matthew Block, 38, of Saltillo, Miss., was arrested by Bossier deputies earlier this month on a multitude of charges.
The case began in the evening of July 1 when Bossier deputies were dispatched to a residence off of Highway 160 to investigate a complaint about a suspicious person in the area. Deputies and K-9 units responded to find an unknown person who had fled back into the woods. One of those responding deputies was K-9 officer Deputy Casey Fradella and his Bloodhound partner, “Ace.” Ace quickly developed an odor response that lead into a dense wood line north of Alden Bridge Loop for about 1.5 miles. The man was soon located and taken into custody without incident.
When the deputies questioned him, he said he wasn’t in his right mind and had snorted methamphetamine that he had just bought while in Shreveport. He said he came to northern Bossier Parish where he ditched a stolen truck into the woods. That’s the time he started knocking on doors asking for some water, but soon fled back into the woods. After deputies located and asked for his identify, he gave a false name; eventually, though, deputies determined his real identity was Matthew Block. He had warrants for his arrest out of Mississippi for a stolen truck…and a whole bunch more.
Detectives conducted an extensive investigation in which they discovered Block was responsible for six robberies of Subway restaurants in Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. He also stole two vehicles, committed a residential burglary, stole prescription medicine and stole another person’s identity to have dental work performed.
Block told detectives he was a convicted felon and said he used different handguns during the robberies and would eventually ditch the handguns. He also stated that he was high on meth or cocaine during most of the crimes.
Bossier detectives charged Block with resisting arrest by providing false information, criminal trespassing and illegal possession of stolen things and booked him into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility on July 2. During the investigation, Bossier detectives worked with various agencies in the states and jurisdictions where Block committed the other crimes, and further charges are pending.