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Louisiana deputy "Cajun John Wayne" famous for tough talk

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ST. LANDRY PARISH, La. (KMOV.com) - Sheriff's Capt. Clay Higgins is an Internet sensation. He is the spokesman for the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office in Opelousas, and the rising star of weekly Crime Stoppers segments that have gained a cult following in the four months since he first went on air. 

His most famous video shows him asking for help identifying a burglar who broke into a supermarket on July 8 and stole hundreds of dollars in cash. He talks directly to the burglar and says: "We're going to identify you, we're going to arrest you, and we're going to put you in a small cell."

The army veteran's straight talk directly to criminals on KATC, the ABC affiliate that airs Crimestoppers, has led to arrests on top of Internet fame. His stern demeanor, southern drawl and catchy one-liners explain why he's become a celebrity in eight counties across southern Louisiana. Higgins was a successful businessman, who pulled in $140,000 a year, before becoming an officer, but he said "I wasn't fulfilled in my spirit. I knew there was another path for me."

It seems the general public and criminals alike are listening On April 9, Higgins looked into the camera and told Ladarious Young to turn himself in to “start to make things right.” “You can’t run from your own guilt, son,” Higgins said into the camera while discussing Young, a local fugitive accused of assaulting a woman with a beer bottle.

Young was also linked to a casino heist. “You can’t hide from what you’ve done, and you’ll never escape … the long arm of the law,” Higgins said. The next day, authorities said, Young walked into the sheriff’s office and surrendered, telling officers the broadcast had persuaded him to do the right thing.

CBS's David Begnaud went for a ride-along with the man being called “The Cajun John Wayne.”

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