Lake Charles, LA –


On September 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes, on Reeves Road and Marilyn Road, in Moss Bluff in reference to a burglary that occurred at the residences.  Upon arrival one of the victim’s advised deputies 5 firearms were stolen from inside the home. 


During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, 37, 2709 12th Street, Micah B. Ortego, 41, 7553 Tammy Lane, and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., 39, 205 N. Perkins Ferry Road, all of Lake Charles, were responsible for the burglary and thefts.


Between September 21 and 22 CPSO detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Detectives executed a search warrant on Ortego’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamines. 


Ortego and Richard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 


After further investigation, on September 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest in the amount of $62,000.

All three suspects are charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 5 counts of theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 2 counts of criminal damage to property.  Ortego is additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute.  Hilliard and Richard are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Ortego’s bond at $28,500 and Richard’s bond at $23,500.  Ortego and Richard also have a detainer from Probation & Parole. 


Detectives are currently attempting to locate Hilliard.  If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 


Detective recovered two of the stolen firearms. 


CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 


An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.