February 16, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – In September 2023, detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) saved to a Gmail account. During further investigation, approximately 46 CSAM videos and images were located on an account...
February 16, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – On February 10, at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a restaurant on Enterprise Boulevard in Lake Charles in reference to a weapons complaint. During the initial investigation, detectives were advised there was a verbal altercation involving two individuals in the parking lot that continued into the lobby of the restaurant. Detectives then learned one of the individuals, later identified as Seth J. Warrior, 49, Houston,...
February 16, 2024
Lake Charles – Earlier this morning at approximately 8:20 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers at Molo Middle School in Lake Charles were notified in reference to a student who may be in possession of a handgun. During further investigation it was learned a gun, with one round in the chamber, was located in the 15 year old student’s backpack. Further investigation revealed that at no time did the student make threats regarding the gun in his possession. The teen...
February 16, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – On February 15, at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Washington Marion High School in reference to a simple battery. During the investigation, it was discovered a 13 year old student and her mother, Precious Obrien, 34, Lake Charles, located another student, who was in class, and committed a battery on her. The suspects were later located and placed under arrest. Obrien was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center...
February 08, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – On January 29, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a business on Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries that occurred several days prior, over the weekend. During the initial investigation it was discovered the suspects cut the barbed wire on top of the fence to gain entry onto the lot. Once on the property the suspects stole the Common Powertrain Controllers from 6 vehicles. After reviewing surveillance from the...
February 07, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area. Victims report receiving a phone call stating they have missed jury duty and they have fees associated with their absence that must be paid. The caller claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and uses a name of a current CPSO deputy and then instructs the victim to meet them in the area of Pithon Street and Gill Street in Lake Charles. The suspect is...
February 02, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – On January 30, at approximately 9:00 a.m., a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) was conducting criminal patrol when he conducted a traffic stop on I-10 near mile marker 42 in Iowa. The deputy made contact with the driver, Kevin D. Ricks, 27, Arlington, TX. When the deputy attempted to speak with Ricks, he was unable to answer simple questions and showed signs of nervousness. Upon further investigation it was discovered the passenger in the...
February 02, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – On January 8, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a sexual battery. During the investigation the victim, who is under the age of 10, disclosed Wilmer Banegas-Velasquez, 38, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with him. Detectives attempted to locate Velasquez but were unsuccessful. After further investigation, later the same day, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $350,000 for his arrest. On...
February 02, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Digital Forensics Detective Jerod Abshire was recognized as one of the “Top Forensic Examiners” throughout the United States by the National Computer Forensic Institute (NCFI) for the third consecutive year. Detective Abshire was awarded after being ranked 48 out of approximately 4,800 forensic examiners in the nation for his productivity of digital forensic exams. Digital forensic exams are used in all types of investigations, to...
February 02, 2024
Lake Charles, LA – In September 2023, detectives from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (working with Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force) received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) being posted through a social media app. During further investigation, approximately 93 CSMA videos were located from an...

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