Wanted man captured in Gonzales after search

Wade McIntyre and Michael Tortorich
Gonzales Police officers detain Percy James Cage, who authorities want to question about a multiple homicide case in Baton Rouge. Authorities found Cage at 231 North Pleasant Ave., Gonzales.

Authorities captured a man Friday afternoon at 231 North Pleasant Ave. in Gonzales after more than an hour of searching the area for a person of interest wanted in connection with a Baton Rouge multiple homicide.

Percy James Cage, 39, 3939 Scarborough Drive, Baton Rouge was apprehended while hiding above the rafters of a shed by the house at 231 N. Pleasant St.

Baton Rouge Chief of Police Jeff LeDuff said at the arrest scene that Cage is a person of interest in the shooting of a pregnant woman, Tonya Smith, 32, and Renna Boreaux, 15, Smith’s brother.

The two were shot and killed around 4:30 a.m. inside a home at 9525 Syble Drive.

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies, Gonzales Police, Louisiana State Police and Baton Rouge Police staged in the area directly across the road from the Gonzales Weekly Citizen’s office.

Shortly after 1 p.m. a deputy from the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office carrying an assault rifle began patrolling Cornerview Road in front of The Weekly Citizen. Within moments sheriff and police vehicles, marked and unmarked, began swarming into the vacant parking lot across the street from the newspaper office.

Authorities blocked Pleasant Avenue at Cornerview Road, and patrolled around Gonzales Primary School with rifles, which is within a mile of the staging area.

At least 15 units and a SWAT truck were on the scene within minutes.

Authorities armed with long rifles could be seen searching the area with assault gear and helmets, while other officers interviewed persons in the search perimeter.

A K-9 search team arrived and took part in the search, searching inside culverts and buildings.

The perimeter of the search went from Marchand Road to N. Pleasant Street, one official said.

Baton Rouge Police reported Tonya Smith, 31, and Renna Boreaux, 15, were shot and killed at around 4:30 a.m. inside a home at 9525 Syble Drive.

Officials received a tip that a man was in the shed, and responded a second time during the manhunt to the address where Cage was captured.

Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said authorities gained information that Cage was on Marchand Street and eventually located him after a great deal of searching.

Cage offered no resistance after being found in the shed, Jackson said.

Authorities plan to take control of a red vehicle that was involved in the search, according to LeDuff.

Police issued an arrest warrant for Cage, but not for the shootings.

The warrant was for a count of simple battery, two counts of aggravated assault and a count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to police.

The counts stem from an incident around 10 p.m. July 27 when Cage allegedly punched Smith, his ex-girlfriend, police said.

Cage reportedly threatened Smith with a screwdriver and escaped in her vehicle, according to police.

Shots reportedly were fired from outside of the home through windows, striking the victims multiple times.

Authorities search an area off of Pleasant Avenue.