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CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign that starts today, May 20, and ends June 2, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 25.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  Research shows in 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AFTER STRING OF CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contact by CPSO patrol deputies in reference to a suspicious van that had been in the area of Ham Reid Road, where numerous residential construction sites had been burglarized.

 

Detectives arrived at the residence on Aberdeen Drive, where the van was parked, and made contact with the homeowner, who allowed detectives to search the home. Once inside detectives located numerous power tools along with a Whirlpool stove, all of which had been reported stolen from residential construction sites in the same area.

After further investigation it was learned Azucena Madrigal, 62, 1628 8th Street, Lake Charles, owned several homes in Lake Charles that were currently being remodeled; possibly with stolen items. Detectives arrived at Madrigal’s home and attempted to make contact with her but were unsuccessful. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home at which time they located Madrigal along with Joe Rojo, 30, Pasadena, Texas, inside the home. After speaking with Madrigal she allowed detectives to search 2 of her homes, located on 4th Street and 6th Street in Lake Charles. Upon searching the home on 6th Street detectives located numerous new windows and doors, valued at over $10,000, being stored inside. When asked about the windows and doors Madrigal advised detectives they had been purchased to remodel her homes. During further investigation detectives contacted the construction companies where the doors and windows were from and learned they had all been stolen from several different residential construction sites in Lake Charles. After the search of the home on 6th Street Madrigal became uncooperative and detectives obtained search warrants for two additional homes owned by her, located on Rose Street and Pryce Street in Lake Charles. After a search of both residences detectives located numerous building materials and power tools that had been stolen from various residential construction sites in the south Lake Charles area. Detectives also located a commercial grade zero turn lawnmower that had been reported stolen out of Texas.

 

Madrigal and Rojo were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Madrigal is charged with possession of stolen thing in excess of $25,000 and Rojo is charged with possession of stolen things $5,000 but less than $25,000. Judge Guy Bradberry set both their bonds $25,000.

 

The recovered property that was found is currently being returned back to the contractors.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges may follow.

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this investigation assisted by CPSO Detective Mike Conner.


Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 16.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2018 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Joshua Donovan – Support Services Division

Sgt. Kara Adams – Investigations Division

Cpl. Bradley Lamar – Enforcement Division

Hollie Howard - Correctional Division           

Sgt. Stuart Henderson – Special Services Division           

Kim Shelton – Financial Division

Sgt. John Dugas –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Joshua Donovan was also chosen as “2018 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Lori Fitkin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.” 

 

The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Randy Schlesinger. 

 

Lt. Carter Sittig, Lt. Amy Hebert, Lt. Sandra LaCaze, and Sgt. Kim Sittig were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On May 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes off East Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to someone trespassing.   

 

 When deputies arrive they located the suspect, identified as Christopher C. Ocasio, 29, Edinburg, Texas.  When deputies spoke with Ocasio they detective a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  They also observed Ocasio to have slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.  After further investigation into the trespassing incidents detectives located a Camaro, submerged in a ditch near the homes where Ocasio was located.  Ocasio stated to deputies that the Camaro belonged to him, and during a search of his person the keys to the Camaro were located in his pocket.  When questioned by deputies Ocasio stated he had been drinking at a bar and when he left he allowed someone else drive his car, at which time that person wrecked it.  Deputies were unable to locate anyone else in the area and Ocasio was unable to provide a name of the person he let drive his car.        

 

Ocasio, who has 3 prior DWI arrests in the last 10 years, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Ocasio also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; 2 counts of criminal trespassing; and carless operation.  He was released on May 12 on a $51,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Logan Leger was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 90 west in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated two ARLO security cameras had been stolen from outside his business.  Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the business and observed a light colored Dodge, occupied by two white men, pull up to the business and steal the cameras at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning.  The truck is described as a Dodge Dually 3500 that has aftermarket rims and running boards.        

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photograph, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

On May 6 convicted sex offender Keith W. Robertson, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

In January 2019 Robertson contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was looking for a new address to move to in Lake Charles.  Robertson was scheduled for numerous appointments in the months of January thru April, but did not show up and register his new address.  Robertson also failed to completed his annual registration in March 2019; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

            

Robertson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS AFTER BOMB SCARE ON BUS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to I-10 eastbound near mile marker 26 in reference to a bomb scare on a Megabus. When deputies arrived they learned from the bus driver that a man on the bus reported to him he was having chest pains and needed to get off the bus. The bus driver pulled over on the side of the interstate and called 911 for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, the man exited the bus and got into the ambulance. At that point, another passenger in the bus told the driver that the passenger in the ambulance made comments to him before exiting the bus that lead him to believe there was a bomb on the bus. The bus driver again called 911 to report a possible bomb scare.

 

When deputies arrived, and the passengers were evacuating the bus, one of the passengers, later identified as Albert Williams, 29, New Orleans, fled on foot from the bus with a bag and sweat pants. While deputies were attempting to apprehend Williams, they observed him drop the items he was carrying near a drainage ditch and continue running. After he was apprehended deputies located the bag and sweat pants near the drainage ditch and found a large ziplock bag inside containing approximately 907 grams of powder cocaine, approximate street value of $80,000-$100,000.

 

Also while evacuating the bus, deputies located another passenger, later identified as George, A. Pottinger, 32, Georgia, with multiple back packs containing 60 pints of promethazine, approximate street value of $15,000-$20,000 . During a search of his person deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During a body scan while being booked in Pottinger pulled marijuana from inside his pants, placed it in his mouth and ingested it.

 

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; obstruction of justice; and resisting an officer. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $57,500. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V with intent to distribute; contraband in a penal institution; and obstruction of justice. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,500.

 

The Louisiana State Police and Westlake Fire Department were contacted for assistance and no bomb was found.


CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim. 

 

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. 

  

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Hollow Cove Ln. in Moss Bluff in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect truck has been identified as a newer model gray Toyota Tacoma with a long wheel base and extended cab.

           

The suspect struck a large brick mailbox with the front right bumper area of the truck and fled the scene.  The truck should have sustained obvious damage, including a broken headlight.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-048568 if leaving a message.


TEENAGER DROWNS IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Around 3:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was dispatched to Dunn Ferry Rd. at the West Fork bridge in Moss Bluff in reference to a possible drowning.   Once they arrived, they were able to recover Wardell Baptiste, 16, New Orleans, from the water and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.   He was visiting family members in this area during spring break.

 

The investigation revealed a group of teens were jumping off the bridge but when Baptiste jumped off, he surfaced but went under the water again and did not resurface.

               

The medical personnel at the hospital pronounced Baptiste deceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

               

CPSO Deputy Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator.

               

CPSO Sr. Sgt. Ryan Mareno, along with the CPSO Dive Team, recovered Baptiste from the water.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 121st BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 121st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 55 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 55 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 121st Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Michael Courville, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Recia Lopez, second; DeRidder Police Department

Tanner Atwell, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Eric Gruspier, Lake Charles City Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Thomas Beaver, Quincy Buckley, Valerie Franks, Dustin Haller, Camille Rodriguez – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Eric Adams, Tanner Atwell, Daulton Boston, Kent Castille, Clint Cormier, Matthew Cormier, Jacob Guidry, Katilynn Kirkwood, Gregory Marshall, Matthew Nunez, Tommy Paul, Derek Racca, David Ritchie, Randy Schlesinger, Wendel Spillars, Brent Tradewell, Jake Verrette, David Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tylyn Landry, Hunter Manuel, Kara Wigley– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Gatlin – DeQuincy Police Department

Recia Lopez – DeRidder Police Department

Keelan Poullard – Iowa Police Department

Lakyn Taber, Juan Yanez – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Cary, Erika Stevens, Cameron Williams – Jennings Police Department

Joseph Marcantel – Lake Arthur Police Department

                        Keithen Breaux, Kena Clymer, Michael Courville, Wyatt Davis, Russell Dennis, Jaylen Goodly, Eric Gruspier, Mildred Joseph, Kelvin Kirkwood, Steven McDaniel, Osvaldo Santiago, Peavey Santiago, Thadius Schecher – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Jaclyn Lobbs – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Stephanie Bryant – McNeese Police Department

Mariano Arvelo – Merryville Police Department

Teia Hampton – Oakdale Police Department

Ronnie Guillory – Sulphur Police Department

Nikkie Henry – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

William Ryder – Westlake Police Department

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 20 at approximately 6:40 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call near Woodell Lane and Myrtle Springs Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle crash.  When the deputy arrived he observed a white car that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Shawn R. Powell, 38, Merryville, LA; he observed him to have an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Powell he fell asleep multiple times. 

 

 Due to Powell’s impairment and risk of falling, the deputy did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Powell, who has 2 previous DWIs, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.   He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $36,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Kilieyn Wing is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On April 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a gas station in Vinton in reference to someone striking a barrier in an SUV and attempting to drive off.   When the deputy was in route he observed the suspect’s SUV heading northbound on Toomey Road.  The deputy observed the suspect to be driving erratically through traffic.  After initiating a traffic stop the deputy spoke with the driver, Theodore T. Wells, Jr., 33, Breaux Bridge, LA; who he observed to have slurred speech.  The deputy also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.

 

After Wells, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in 2016, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and hit & run.  Judge Ron Ware set Well’s bond at $16,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES 2ND SUSPECT IN VINTON BINGO HALL BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks.  When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney.  The following day White was transported to Rayne Police Department and booked into the Acadia jail where he was charged with 2 vehicle burglaries. 

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has placed a detainer on White for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

           

After further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify another suspect, Bryan A. Serrano, 20, Houston, TX; who was also responsible for the burglary and thefts.  After further investigation on April 16 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $725,000 for Serrano’s arrest.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.    Serrano was arrested by Houston Police Department yesterday.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will place a detainer on him for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

                

CPSO VCIU Detectives Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on this case.

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on March 8 at approximately 11 p.m. at a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects broke into the store by throwing  a large rock through the front door, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  One suspect entered the store while another stood outside.  Once inside the store one of the suspects filled up two containers with numerous cartons of cigarettes worth approximately $4,000.  The suspects are believed to have fled on foot south towards a wooded area.  Detectives also believe there may be a third suspect involved.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Chad R. Leblanc, 23, 3347 Red Maple Lane, Sulphur, exchanging inappropriate messages with a 12 year old girl on Snap Chat.  Detectives learned he had met the girl through Snap Chat.  After further investigation Leblanc was arrested on April 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $300,000.    

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary on East Gabriel Square in Moss Bluff that occurred sometime during the previous night.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole cash along with a phone charger from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect from the home where the burglary occurred and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the picture is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 12 convicted sex offender Craig A. Neil, 55, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the month of March CPSO Sex Offender detectives, along with Probation and Parole, attempted to conduct home visits at the address listed on Neil’s sex offender registration, but could not make contact with him.  It was discovered when Neil was released from incarceration at the beginning of March on an unrelated charge, he had registered an address with law enforcement where he was not actually living; making him in violation of his sex offender requirements. 

 

After further investigation detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Neil, who was had been incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a parole detainer on April 10, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

Neil was convicted of second degree sexual assault in Wisconsin in 1996. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  When questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

On April 12 Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Darryl L. Zeno, 56, 931 Alice Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl on three separate occasions in January.  Detectives also learned Zeno provided narcotics to the girl. 

 

On April 12 Zeno, who was already in custody at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Zeno’s bond at $450,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 121st BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 121st Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Fifty-four (54) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Arthur Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 21 and end April 28 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 27.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Timothy Ancelet, 57, 120 Lock Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl, who he met on social media.  When questioned by detectives Ancelet confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He also advised he shared nude photographs with her and had several sexual conversations with her.  Later the same day Ancelet was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

After further investigation it was learned Ancelet was in possession of child pornography.  He was arrested again on April 12 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  He was released the next day on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie

 

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Kenneth M. Duplechin, 55, 1811 Fox Run Drive, Lake Charles, picked up a 14 year old girl he just met and brought her to his home where she performed oral sex on him twice.  The victim also advised detectives Duplechin called his friend, Darren S. Gaspard, 54, 4 Par Drive, Lake Charles, to come to his home where he also had sexual intercourse with the 14 year old girl. 

 

After further investigation on April 11 Duplechin and Gaspard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Duplechin is charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and Gaspard is charged with 1 count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Duplechin’s bond at $350,000 and Gaspard’s bond at $250,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE, FALSE IMPRISONMENT & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Logan L. Manuel, 22, 5859 Tom Hebert Road,  Lake Charles, in reference to an incident that happened earlier that day.

 

During the initial investigation the victim, who is Manuel’s ex-girlfriend, advised detectives she was at his home on the morning of April 6, at which time Manuel became upset about a prior incident in their relationship and a verbal argument ensued.  The victim stated she attempted to leave but Manuel grabbed her by the hair, pulling her down, and took her phone and keys from her.  She then advised detectives Manuel grabbed her by the neck and choked her while making homicidal statements towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to leave again at which time Manuel grabbed her by the vagina and pulled her back towards him.  She also stated that some point while she was at the home Manuel inappropriately touched her.  The victim told detectives along with the homicidal comments he also made suicidal comments during the incident; and their 1 year old son was also present when the incident took place.

   

Later the same day detectives obtained a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Manuel’s arrest signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He was located a short time later and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with domestic abuse battery child endangerment; domestic abuse battery strangulation; false imprisonment; and sexual battery.

 

CPSO Detective Brittney Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN & DRUGS IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to LaGrange High School in regard to a student bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned at approximately 12:30 p.m. CPSO safe school officers observed a disturbance during lunch period between a group of students.  When the deputies approached the students they began to disperse at which time one of the students, a 17 year old male, walked by a deputy and he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the student.  When the deputy detained the 17 year old he attempted to hand off a backpack to another student, at which time the deputy observed a handgun in an open section of the backpack.

           

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun along with marijuana was found inside.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a firearm on school campus; possession of marijuana; possession of CDS in drug free zone; illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile; and possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics.

           

CPSO Deputy Dewayne Simmons was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittany Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, Eric D. Malbrough, 44, 718 Tallow Road, #25, Lake Charles, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was presented with Malbrough’s Louisiana sex offender ID Card.  When the deputy asked Malbrough if he had a driver’s license Malbrough advised it was suspended for child support, but the deputy later learned his driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI 2nd offense.  Upon exiting the car the deputy observed an open bottle of alcoholic beverage in Malbrough’s back pocket. 

 

After further investigation the deputy learned the address on Malbrough’s sex offender ID card did not match the address registered with law enforcement.  The deputy also learned the car Malbrough was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

  

Malbrough was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; additional lighting equipment; operating a vehicle under suspension for DWI; and open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $64,000.  

               

Malbrough was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car in the 1800 block of I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Hilmer R. Romero-Arias, 32, California, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias if he had anything to drink he advised the deputy he had just left a bar on Broad Street in Lake Charles where he had approximately 3 beers.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias for his driver’s license he stated it had been suspended for prior DWIs. 

 

After Romero-Arias performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested, at which time he became combative.  While deputies were attempting to place him in the back of the CPSO unit he attempted to pull away and kicked deputies several times.  After deputies restrained Romero-Arias he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; but became combative again at which time deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Romero-Arias was then transported to a local hospital.  While hospital personnel were attempting to collect the blood sample Romero-Arias slipped his handcuffs and once again became combative.  Deputies immediately regained control of him at which time he had to be strapped to a bed and covered with a spit mask so hospital personnel could obtain the blood sample. 

 

Romero-Arias, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; driver must be licensed; and 3 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $18,500.

             

Deputies also contacted U.S. Border Patrol due to Romero-Arias displaying a suspected fraudulent ID card during the traffic stop. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler McKnight was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING IN LAKE CHARLES

Calcasieu Parish –

           

With the flooding that occurred earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office handled numerous calls on flooded roadways.  CPSO deployed 3 high water vehicles and 5 CPSO Marine Division 4-wheel drive trucks, both with 2 man teams, and had approximately 8 patrol deputies answering only flood-related calls.  The Lake Charles area experienced heavy flooding in several areas which resulted in the Sheriff’s Office conducting 10 rescues of local residents from their homes in the south Lake Charles area.  CPSO deputies also rescued 32 people that were stranded in their vehicles on the flooded roadways. 

 

“Today is the first time we have had to deploy our high water vehicles that we procured in June 2018.  We are very fortunate to have them when we have flooding incidents like the one today,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These vehicles proved to be invaluable in rescuing people in their homes and cars.”

         

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and are positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR SUSPECTS IN SEPARATE VEHICLE BURGLARY INCIDENTS ALONG I-10 CORRIDOR IN CALCASIEU PARISH

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 at approximately 8:00 p.m. CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation (VCIU) detectives were dispatched to Planet Fitness on Ryan Street in Lake Charles in reference to 8 vehicles in the parking lot that had been burglarized.

           

Once on scene the detectives spoke with the victims and learned all the vehicles had been damaged by the suspects either busting the windows or damaging the door handles to gain access into the vehicles and stole numerous items including purses, wallets, laptops, and backpacks.  Detectives later learned one of the victim’s credit cards had been used at a store in Lake Charles to purchase a gift card.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance and identified one of the suspects as Anthony Carmichael, 21, Houston, Texas.  After further investigation detectives learned the gift card was used in the Houston area.  After traveling to Houston, with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department Westside Nightshift Crime Suppression Team, detectives were able to identify another suspect as Kevin B. Wallace, 21, Houston, Texas. 

           

On March 27 CPSO VCIU detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Carmichael and Wallace signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Carmichael is charged with 8 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; 8 count of theft; and unauthorized use of an access card.  His bond is set at $46,000.  Wallace is charged with 7 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and 4 counts of theft.  His bond is set at $53,000. 

           

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks. 

           

When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney. 

           

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.   

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.

           

On March 24 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to SPAR (Sulphur Parks & Recreation) on Parish Road in Sulphur in reference to two vehicles having their windows shattered and the victims’ belongings taken. 

           

During their investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage from the business which showed a white Tahoe pull into the parking lot next to the victims’ vehicles.  Detectives then observed a man exit the Tahoe and run up to the two vehicles in the parking lot that detectives later learned had been burglarized. 

           

On March 26 CPSO VCIU detectives received a call from League City Police Department stating their agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit with a white Tahoe.  They then advised detectives they arrested 3 men; identified as Marrice Ellis, 29, Travis Ward, 29, and Zachary Brooks, 21, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After a search of the SUV they found property that belonged to one of the victims from the vehicle burglary that occurred in Sulphur.  VCIU detectives were also advised by the League City PD that all three subjects were tied to the “Felony Lane Gang,” from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and are known to travel interstates targeting gyms, parks, recreational centers, and parking lots for vehicle burglaries. 

           

After further investigation on April 2 VCIU detectives issued warrants for Ellis, Ward, and Brooks’ arrests signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  They are all three charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000.  And 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Their bonds are all set at $21,000.

           

In the Lake Charles and Vinton vehicle burglaries, detectives believe there are more suspects.  The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely. 

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles, and I am glad that our community has been proactive in doing this," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "But it is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  In all of these cases the suspects can be seen peering into the vehicles to see if there are valuables inside before breaking the windows or doors.”               


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & 4 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 CPSO detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles.  During that investigation detectives discovered messages between one of the juveniles, who is 16 years old, and an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located the juvenile and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with Braxton and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse. 

           

On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located today and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator on this case.   

CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE: A LADIES FIR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

           

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

           

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOLLOWING PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Koonce Rd. and St. Luke Ln. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle accident involving a truck that had hit a utility pole and was stuck in the ditch. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to stop the truck, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the truck made several unsafe lane changes causing other vehicles to move off the roadway, ran a stop sign, and traveled at a high rate of speed.  The suspect eventually stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway in the 500 block of East Houston River Rd. and fled on foot into a wooded area.  A short time later deputies located the driver, Joseph C. Semien, 26, 3788 E. Burton St., Sulphur, exiting the woods.

 

After further investigation it was learned Semien, who has a suspended driver’s license, was driving a truck that was reported stolen from Arlington, Texas.  Deputies also discovered he had a 14 year old passenger in the truck, who was left at the scene of the crash and was picked up by a parent.  During a subsequent search of the truck deputies located a large amount of suspected marijuana.

 

Semien was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with hit and run; flight from an officer; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana 14 grams or more; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a person under 17; resisting an officer by flight; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.  Semien also had two active warrants for contempt of court for possession of CDS II; simple burglary; and theft between $750 and $5,000.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case and was assisted by CPSO Warrants Sgts. Dennis Hanisee and Chris Ryan.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 25 convicted sex offender Edward Aaron, Jr., 58, 1900 4th Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to complete his sex offender registration numerous times. 

 

During the investigation it was discovered Aaron, who is required to complete his sex offender registration with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit every 3 months, did not complete his registration for the months of June, September, and December in 2017 along with the months of March, June, September, and December in 2018.  Aaron was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $16,500. 

            

Aaron was convicted of simple rape in 1996 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday April 5 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

Participants are asked to bring their own chairs and fishing gear (only one pole per person, please).  The CPSO will provide help in baiting the lines, removing fish from the hook, if requested, and bait for catching fish. 

Refreshments will be furnished.  All senior citizens 55 years of age and older in the parish are invited at no charge.  For more information, call 491-3737.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

Lake Charles –

 

UPDATENEIL SWEAT HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND IN BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 50 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since yesterday evening from a local care facility where he left on foot.    Neil Sweat is described as a black male, 5’3”, 172 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, black beanie, blue shirt with a grey undershirt, khaki pants and black tennis shoes.  He was last seen in the Teal Street area of Lake Charles. 

 

Sweat is a diabetic and in need of his medication.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sweat.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or call 911.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 6 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call to a home on Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile that was located at the residence. 

 

When detectives arrived they learned the 15 year old girl, who had been reported missing during the early morning hours the same day, was at the home with Bobby J. LaFleur, Jr., 43, 211 N. Hodges Street, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned the girl had previously met LaFleur at his place of employment and they exchanged phone numbers.  Detectives were advised LaFleur picked the girl up from her home the night of March 5 and brought her to his residence, where they had sexual intercourse. 

 

When detectives questioned LaFleur, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Big Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies an unknown man knocked her down and forcefully took her behind a dumpster in the RV park and raped her.  The victim was able to describe the suspect along with the truck he drove and deputies were able to locate the man, identified as John F. Nichols, 30, 8626 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, at his residence in the same RV park where the rape occurred. 

 

On February 26, after further investigation, Nichols was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  He was released March 5 on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on February 11 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. 

Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and two women leaving the store with approximately $1,000 worth of stolen items.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Mike Conner is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim who stated when he went out to his truck, which was in the parking lot, he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.  The suspects are described as African American, one with dread locks and the other with short hair.  During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the casino and witnessed the two men exit a black SUV prior to the robbery.  During the investigation it was also learned the suspects’ vehicle returned to the casino the following day.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone knows anything about this robbery or can identify the SUV in the photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Mike Conner is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an unresponsive man in the home. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the victim, Didier Dario-Cabieles, 30, Lake Charles, unresponsive inside the home.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel.  During further investigation detectives learned the previous night Didier was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance at the home.  They were advised a family member, Erixon Aguilar-Cabieles, 25, 6675 Highway 90 East, Lot 47, Lake Charles, had bound Didier’s wrists and ankles with a cable wire and left him face down in the bed; immobilized and unable to care for himself.  Didier was found several hours later unresponsive by family members, at which time they called 911.     

           

Erixon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  His bond is still pending.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.       

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Allen J. Stevens, Sr., 55, Lake Charles, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old female family member several days prior.  The victim advised detectives the sexual abuse started when she was approximately 9 years old. 

           

The following day, after further investigation, Stevens was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

On February 26 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on 3rd Street in Lake Charles in reference to a drive by shooting. 

        

During the investigation detectives located numerous rounds of various calibers that had been shot into the residence while it was occupied, nearly hitting a 13 year old child.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance near where the shooting occurred, which shows a light colored car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis, that is believed to be involved in the shooting. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

No one was injured during the shooting. 

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on these case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Pine Ridge RV Resort located on Farm Road in Iowa in reference to a theft.

           

Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated someone had stolen a spool of wire, worth approximately $5,000.  When deputies reviewed the surveillance they observed the suspect enter the property from the east around 3:00 that same morning and unplug the power to the portable building, causing the surveillance cameras to lose power.  Deputies were also advised a bulldozer that was on the property had been moved; leading deputies to believe the suspect used the bulldozer to haul the spool to the front of the property.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 13 at approximately 10 p.m. at College Oaks Elementary on Ernest Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect broke into the school and stole over $8,000 worth of IPads and laptops.  He was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene on a bicycle.  Detectives also learned the suspect was at a local restaurant on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles at approximately 2 a.m. the next morning attempting to sell the stolen items. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992.  If there is no answer, 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 6 at a local store on Highway 90 in Iowa.   

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance from the business which showed two men inside the store concealing an impact drill and several saw blades.  Detectives observed the men leaving in a silver Chevrolet SUV with a handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $600.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or SUV seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Cody G. Soileau at 494-4541.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 123

On September 10, around midnight, the man seen in these photographs gained access into a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the man stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools and loaded them into the car seen in this photograph.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

Crime Stoppers CPSO 124

On January 2, the man seen in this photograph gained entry to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur by cutting the fence.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift belonging to the business to load a generator and two arc welders into the truck seen in this photograph. The total value of the stolen items is over $5,000.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

 

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a man being shot at while leaving his residence. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated he and his girlfriend, Jamie A. Briggs, 41, Iowa, were at their residence arguing.  During the argument the victim stated he attempted to hide a handgun from Briggs, which led to a physical altercation between the two.  The victim advised detectives he threw the handgun and fled the residence.  The victim then stated as he was leaving the residence in his truck, Briggs shot at him with the handgun, striking the driver’s side door and the driver’s side window, as well as, the windshield.     

           

When detectives spoke with Briggs she confirmed she and the victim had been in a physical altercation.  She also advised detectives that she fired the gun at the victim.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal discharge of a firearm during a violent crime; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Clayton Davis set her bond at $260,000. 

               

The victim suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation and debris from the broken window in the truck. 

           

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Joseph H. Constance, 24, 790 Birdnest Road, Moss Bluff, raping a 13 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on December 9, Constance raped her while she was staying at his home.  During the investigation into the rape, an 11 year old girl, who was also a family acquaintance, advised detectives Constance walked in on her while she was changing clothes and left the room, only to open the door again and ask if she needed help.  The 11 year old girl also told detectives Constance told her not to tell anyone he walked in on her.   

 

On February 12, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Constance’s arrest with a bond of $600,000 signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  Detectives located Constance the following day at his home, and when speaking with him he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the 13 year old victim.  He also confirmed he walked in on the 11 year old while she was changing, but stated it was an accident.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at a residence in Westlake in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.

 

Once on scene, deputies spoke with the 12 year old victim who stated her mother’s boyfriend, Taylor C. Ashworth, 23, Westlake, whipped her with a belt numerous times that morning.  They observed the girl to have numerous red marks on her arms and legs.  When interviewed by detectives, Ashworth confirmed he whipped the girl with a belt due to her not wanting to go to school.

 

Ashworth was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  He was released the next day on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Deputy Barrett Savoie is the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from several individuals in reference to an obscenity involving a man near a local elementary school in Sulphur. 

               

When deputies arrived they located a man, identified as Russell J. Guidry, Jr., 37, 584 Jay Circle, Sulphur, in front of the school, on the ground with his pants down around his ankles.  Upon making contact with Guidry deputies learned he was in possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Guidry was transported to a local hospital and pending his release he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and possession of CDS II.  His bond has not yet been set.

 

The school was immediately put on lock down for a short period of time, until deputies deemed the area safe.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austin Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MOTHER OF NEWBORN FOUND ABANDONED IN HOSPITAL PARKING LOT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a newborn being found outside at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Gauthier Campus on W. Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived they learned a woman was getting in her car to leave the hospital when she heard crying and saw a newborn baby lying naked in the grassy area near the parking lot, approximately 50 yards from the front door of the hospital.  Deputies determined the newborn had been in the grass for approximately 15 minutes, and when discovered, was immediately taken into the hospital.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby is an African-American female, and is a full-term newborn.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in locating the infant’s mother.  “Someone knows a women that was pregnant yesterday and is no longer pregnant today and does not have a baby,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Once this women is found she will be arrested and charged with child abandonment; but had she utilized the Louisiana Safe Haven Law, no charges would be filed against her.”

           

The Louisiana Safe Haven Law states mothers can go to the nearest Safe Haven facility and give the baby, up to 60 days old, to an employee at that facility with no questions asked.  Some designated facilities in Louisiana include any hospital; fire station; or law enforcement agency.  The infant must be left with an employee; if there is no employee present at the site the parent can contact 911.  If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, they can call 911, and a law enforcement officer, fire fighter and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven relinquishment and transport the newborn to a hospital.  As long as the parent leaves their baby with an employee and the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect the parent will be protected by the Safe Haven Law and will not be arrested or charged.

           

The newborn is still in the hospital for a health assessment but is doing well.  Once the baby leaves the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services who will find a family to care for the baby.

           

If you have any information on this incident or know who this newborn’s mother may be, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 10 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident that occurred in a parking lot on Houston River Road in Westlake. 

 

 When deputies arrived on scene they located the driver, Alyssa A. Chapman, 29, 3206 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, standing outside her SUV.  The deputy observed the SUV to have backed over a guard rail, causing the rear tires to come off the ground.  When deputies spoke with Chapman they observed her to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Chapman as to whether she had been drinking or had taken narcotics, she advised them on the previous day she had taken two medications that were prescribed to her.  Deputies also learned she was driving under suspension for prior DWI offenses.   

 

After Chapman performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test.  After providing a proper breath sample, Chapman agreed to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Chapman, who has 2 prior DWIs in the past 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving under suspension.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $12,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS GEORGIA MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted in reference to a missing 16 year old girl from Dallas, Texas possibly being in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Upon further investigation the girl was located at a local hotel on Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  After the girl was taken into custody, detectives made contact with Kelby T. Royster, 25, Atlanta, GA, who was also at the hotel with the girl.  After questioning Royster, he advised deputies he had sexual intercourse with the girl. 

 

Royster was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

         

The girl was released to Texas Child Protective Services.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case, with assistance from CPSO VICE & Sex Crimes detectives, along with the CPSO ACT-Team.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On February 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Timmy P. Adams, Jr., 38, 3531 Murrell Drive, Sulphur, exposing himself in front of two juvenile family members. 

 

The parents of the victims’ showed detectives text messages between the two children which showed them talking to each other about the incidents.  During the investigation detectives learned Adams exposed himself on several occasions between November 2018 and February 2019 while he was visiting at the victims’ home. 

 

Later the same day Adams was located at his residence and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Deputy Bryan Stewart is the arresting deputy on the case.  CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 3 at approximately 5:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a night club located on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies learned there were two men that had been arguing in the parking lot and began shooting at each other. 

 

Once on scene, deputies located one of the men, identified as Kato J. Harrison, 29, 1219 N. Simmons Street, Lake Charles, near the area of the shooting with a gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  While still on scene and being treated by emergency medical personnel, a small bottle with what is believed to be PCP, was located on Harrison’s person.

 

A short time later deputies learned the other man involved, identified as Thomas M. Chargois, 29, 2400 Fruge Street #604, Lake Charles, had been dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.  After a search of Chargois’ truck, which was still at the scene of the shooting, detectives located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana, a small plastic bag of suspected oxycodone, 2 small bags of suspected crack cocaine, 1 small bag and 1 large bag of suspected powder cocaine.  Detectives also located a car at the scene of the shooting that had been shot twice.               

Harrison was transferred to a hospital out of town, pending his release he will be arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of CDS I.  Chargois was arrested on February 7, after his release from the hospital, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence; possession of 400 grams or more of cocaine; 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS I, and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Harrison’s bond at $122,000 and Chargois’ bond at $172,500.    

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO NOW ACCEPTS TRAFFIC CITATION FEES AT SULPHUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

 

Lake Charles –

               

In an attempt to better serve the public the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center is now equipped to accept payments for traffic citations.  “I felt like we needed to add an option for the public to be able to pay their traffic fees on the west side of the river instead of having to drive to Lake Charles.  With all the traffic congestion problems we are currently having in the parish, I wanted to make it more convenient for the community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We will still continue to collect citation fees at the CPSO Tax Office in Lake Charles; the Sulphur office will be another alternative for people.”  

 

The Sulphur Law Enforcement Center is located at 1017 Beglis Parkway, and will accept payments Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Citizens will need to bring their citation along with a photo ID.   Payments can be made using cashier's check, money order, or credit card.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a trespassing complaint. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a man had been at the store for a long time and they were concerned.  Deputies made contact with the man, identified as David M. Leger, 33, 2710 Rushmore Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender.  While speaking with Leger deputies learned he had been living in Calcasieu Parish for approximately one month and had not registered his address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Leger was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $5,000.  

               

Leger was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Acadia Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jordan Sexton was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred sometime between January 18 - 20 at a business on Highway 12 W. in Starks.   

           

During the investigation detectives received surveillance photographs from the business which showed a small dark colored 4 door car on the property.  The surveillance also shows two men trespassing on the property.  The initial investigation revealed a battery from a generator, totaling approximately $200, had been stolen.  It is believed the suspects attempted to steal several other batteries from construction equipment, but were unsuccessful.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or car seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Joshua Couch at 602-6816.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT AND 1 COUNT OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles –

 

On December 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from a local bank in reference to a report of bank fraud.  When detectives spoke with bank personnel they were advised that auditors working for the bank discovered an employee, Julie B. Cormier, 56, 2023 Reed Cemetery Road, Vinton, had stolen approximately $47,500.

 

The investigation revealed that from approximately May 2013 until June 2018 Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name, without their consent or knowledge, and received the money.  It was also learned she fraudulently used funds from other customers’ accounts to pay the loan notes.  When detectives spoke with Cormier she stated she was responsible for obtaining the loan, as well as, drafting the other accounts to make the loan payments. 

 

On February 1, after further investigation Cormier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with bank fraud and 6 counts of identity theft.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator in this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on January 28 at Dillard’s in the mall located in Lake Charles.   

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man placing a large amount of name brand clothing in a white bag and leave the store.  The man fled east across the mall parking lot.  Store associates estimate the man took somewhere between 30 to 50 pieces of clothing from the big and tall section, totaling approximately $5,000.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES & WOMAN FOR ACCESORY

Lake Charles -

           

On January 28 at approximately 12:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store in an unknown direction.

         

After further investigation and receiving tips from the public, detectives learned the identity of the man responsible for the armed robbery was Ryan K. Rashall, 33, 487 Telephone Road, 3B, Lake Charles.  It was also learned a woman, identified as Crystal M. Foreman, 38, homeless, drove Rashall to and from the convenience store during the robbery. 

           

Rashall and Foreman were both arrested later the same day as the robbery and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Rashall is charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Foreman is charged with armed robbery accessory after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Rashall’s bond at $250,000 and Foreman’s bond at $75,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


Crime Stoppers CPSO 122

At the end of October 2018, several air machines at gas stations located in Lake Charles, Westlake, and Moss Bluff were broken into. In most of the cases the suspect used a torch to remove the locks.

 

It is believed a total of over $10,000 has been stolen from the machines.

 

If anyone has any information or recognizes the suspect or car seen in this video call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles this morning around 12:40.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

    

The suspect is described as a man wearing what appeared to be a white bathrobe, blue shirt, gray sweatpants, and gloves.  He also covered his head with what appeared to be a blue towel. 

    

Detectives would also like to speak with the person driving the blue Nissan Versa seen in the attached photograph.  It is possible they may have seen the suspect. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to an armed robbery that occurred a few days earlier.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the resident who stated he was asleep in his home when an acquaintance, identified as Hannah C. Guillory, 17, 270 Bruce Circle, Lake Charles, he had invited to his home allowed 3 men into the residence.  The victim then stated he was held at gunpoint while the four suspects stole numerous items, including several firearms, a safe, and cash. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the identity of the three men as Jeremy C. Pate, 19, 366 Cobb Road, Lake Charles, Brennon K. Lejeune, 19, 408 Vine Street, Westlake, and Justin J. Guilbeaux, 19, 1326 Meadow Street, Sulphur. 

 

Between January 16 and the 19 detectives located all four suspects.  After speaking with them they advised they took part in the armed robbery.  They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  All four suspects are charged with armed robbery.  Pate has an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Guilbeaux has an additional charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set Guillory’s bond at $225,000, Pate’s bond at $475,000, Lejeune’s bond at $325,000, and Guilbeaux’s bond at $425,000.

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE OF 8 MONTH OLD BABY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Eunice Street in Sulphur in reference to an 8 month old baby boy that was not breathing.  Deputies arrived on scene and the baby was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  During a subsequent search of the home, detectives located marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

           

When detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Lacey A. Blount, 26, 1506 Eunice Street, Sulphur, she admitted to using the methamphetamine and marijuana while she was caring for the baby.  She also told detectives while deputies were distracted attempting to perform life saving measures on the baby, she attempted to hide the narcotics in the home. 

           

Blount was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; possession of CDS I, possession of CDS II, obstruction of justice, and 4 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Her bond has been set at $12,000 by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.       

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a department store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man, driving a black Chevrolet truck with a bed cover, steal a license plate off another vehicle in the parking lot.  The suspect’s truck has a yellow sticker on the tailgate and two white stickers on the bed cover.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs, please contact the CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin 491-3751.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANT FOR ANOTHER FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local nursing home in reference to theft from numerous residents’ accounts.

 

During the investigation detectives learned a worker at the nursing home, Andrea V. Johnson, 38, 1741 N. Tallow Wood Drive, Lake Charles, was purchasing unauthorized items, such as TVs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards, using the residents’ money from their accounts.  Johnson would later return the items to the store and receive cash back.  The investigation revealed Johnson stole approximately $13,000 from November 2017 until December 2018 from 21 residents. 

 

During the investigation into Johnson’s theft, an audit was completed at the nursing home and it was then learned the office manager, Katherine M. Coyle, 42, 5714 Fir Street, Lake Charles, was also stealing from the residents’ accounts.  When detectives questioned Coyle she admitted to filling out fraudulent requests for cash from residents’ accounts without their knowledge.  She stated she would then cash the checks and keep the cash.  The investigation revealed Coyle stole approximately $44,000 from March 2017 until December 2017 from 30 residents.

     

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for both Johnson and Coyle.  Coyle turned herself into detectives on January 14 and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000; and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released later the same day on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Johnson has an active warrant in the amount of $130,000 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for the charges of theft from $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. 

               

The nursing home has fully reimbursed all residents’ accounts.

 

CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.   

           

During further investigation detectives learned the identity of the suspect that entered the store brandishing a shotgun was Wyatt J. Guillory, 18, 7414 Jarib Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned there was another man, identified as Zachary C. Hebert, 17, 5343 Lane Road, Iowa, who assisted in the planning of the robbery.  The investigation revealed Hebert drove Guillory to the store and also provided Guillory with the shotgun.  It was learned Guillory and Hebert divided the stolen money after the robbery. 

 

Both Guillory and Hebert were arrested at their residences and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set both their bonds at $425,000. 

           

Detectives have recovered a portion of the stolen money along with the firearm believed to be used during the robbery.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  He fled the store in an unknown direction.

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the man in the video/pictures, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 2 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a theft. 

       

 During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business which showed a man cut through a chain link fence at the business on December 19 at approximately 11:15 p.m.  The surveillance then showed the suspect drive a white two door truck through the gate and use the business’s forklift to load a diesel generator and two arc welders into the back of the truck and drive off.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs contact the CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a home on Manchester Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the home showing an unknown man entering the homeowner’s barn on December 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Once inside the barn, the suspect stole several tools.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO CRD Deputy Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE MURDER/SUICIDE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

 

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE MURDER/SUICIDE

 

AT HOME IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            At approximately 2:00 this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home at 5832 Bennie Lane in Lake Charles in regard to a man, David M. Pendley, 52, who had stabbed his son, 24.

 

            When deputies arrived, the son was at the neighbor’s house.  He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  Deputies made entry into the home and located the father and his wife, Katherine Pendley, 59, both deceased.

 

            The investigation is in the preliminary stages; however, at this point in the investigation detectives believe it is a possible murder-suicide where Pendley killed his wife then killed himself.

 

            The son has been released from the hospital.

 

            CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR RAPE AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR

 

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR RAPE

 

AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            In December 2018 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the mother of a 10 year old and an 8 year old girl regarding Randy R. Gallow, 42, 718 Tallow Rd., Lot 13, Lake Charles, who is a convicted registered sex offender.  During the investigation it was learned Gallow had inappropriate sexual contact with the 10 year old girl and used his cell phone to show inappropriate sexual images to both the 10 year old and the 8 year old girls while they were visiting at his home in May 2018.

 

            On January 8 Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is being charged with 1st degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

            Gallow was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

            Judge Bradberry set his bond at $750,000.

 

            CPSO Detective Shelly Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO RESPONDS TO WEATHER RELATED FATALITY IN SULPHUR

 

CPSO RESPONDS TO WEATHER-RELATED FATALITY IN SULPHUR

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            This morning at approximately 11:00 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on E. Burton St. in Sulphur.  The investigation revealed a U-Haul truck was traveling east on Burton when a large tree uprooted thought to be due to wind and saturation of the ground from the vast amount of rainfall this morning, fell across the road and landed on the cab of the truck.

 

The driver, Jacob Hood, 33, was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.  The passenger, William Hood, 68, (father of Jacob), was pronounced dead at the scene.  Both men are from Sulphur.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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CPSO MONITORING POSSIBLE FLOODING

 

CPSO MONITORING POSSIBLE FLOODING SITUATION

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            “Although there has been no official word of possible flooding in the Starks and Vinton area, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is monitoring the situation closely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the situation in case you need to evacuate your home.  We have our high water vehicles and other equipment in place and ready to deploy if needed.”

 

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

A meeting of The Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District was held at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on the 18th day of December 2018.

 

 

 

Public written notice of the agenda, date, time and place of the hearing was posted on the building where the meetings of this taxing authority are usually held, more than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

Public notice was also posted on Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website more than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

               

 

Those present included:

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso                             

 

Stephanie Williams, CPSO Finance       

 

Captain Darek Ardoin

 

Nicole Ory, CPSO Purchasing Agent

 

Richard B. Smith, Vice President of the Business and Workforce Development                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                               

 

The meeting was called to order and the roll called.

 

 

 

Minutes of the previous meeting held on November 13, 2018 were reviewed and approved by Sheriff Mancuso.

 

 

 

No Old business.

 

 

 

New Business: Reconsideration and adoption of the ITEP application for South Alexander 2018-0287, with respect to its manufacturing facility, was approved and signed by Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Sheriff Mancuso reviewed the ITEP application for Juniper Specialty Products 2016-1808, with respect to its manufacturing facility, approved and signed the application at 80 percent.

 

 

 

There being no further business, upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

·         These are the unapproved minutes of the Law Enforcement District meeting as taken by the acting secretary on the 18th day of December, 2018. These minutes will be reviewed by the Sheriff and placed on the agenda for formal approval at the next regularly scheduled Law Enforcement District Meeting.

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO STOLE MONEY

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO STOLE MONEY

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On Monday, December 10 around midnight at the Fuel Stop 36 on Highway 397 in Lake Charles, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched in reference to a theft.  The investigation revealed a customer took money out of his pocket and placed in on the counter while checking out.  He inadvertently left the money on the counter when he left the store.  Surveillance video from the store shows a man at the counter, pick up the money and place it in his pocket.

 

            The suspect is approximately 5’10” tall, weighing around 200 pounds with a thin full-face beard.  In the video he is wearing a red, black and white striped long sleeve shirt with a red cap.

 

Anyone who recognizes this man or has information about this theft, please contact Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

 

 

Notice Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018       Time Posted: 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

 

 

DATE:  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

 

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

 

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

                                          5400 East Broad Street

 

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

 

AGENDA: 

 

Call to Order

 

 

 

            Roll Call

 

 

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held November 13, 2018

 

 

 

            No Old Business

 

 

 

            New Business:

 

 

 

1.      Reconsideration and Amendment of ITEP application for South Alexander 2018-0287, with respect to its manufacturing facility.

 

2.      Consideration of ITEP application for Juniper Specialty Products 2016-1808, with respect to its manufacturing facility.

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

 

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

 

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

 

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

 

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEARCHING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On December 6 at approximately 6:00 a.m., an 84 year old man, while checking his mail, was struck by a car traveling southbound in the 7500 block of Choupique Rd. in Sulphur.  The car is believed to be a 2008-2013 maroon Nissan Sentra and will be missing the passenger side mirror.

 

            The victim is recovering in the hospital with a severe injury to his hand.

 

Anyone with information about this incident please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth and reference CPSO case #18-150599.

 

CPSO LAW ENFORCEMENT ACADEMY GRADUATION

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 120th BASIC ACADEMY
Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 120th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 43 officers representing 14 agencies. These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Forty-one law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers; and two officers completed 140 of refresher training.
Kimberly Curran, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 120th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cassie Pearson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Aaron Ardoin, 1st place, Welsh Police Department
Benton Barnett, 2nd place, Sulphur Police Department
Kasey Jinks, 3rd place, Cameron Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Chelsey Gault, Lake Charles Police Department.
Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:
Austin Arnold, Joshua Butter, Kimberly Curran, Keagon Daniel, Brandon Douget, Jason Dufrene, Olivia Ferguson, Layna Gaston, Kilieyn Wing, Jacob Hood, Tyler Houston, Wilson Lemelle, Alex McKnight, Charles Marque, Blake Miller, John Montgomery, Kassie Pearson, Sony Schiro, William Sommers, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Blake Hebert, Kasty Jinks – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dylan Deville, Richard Easley– Coushatta Police Department
Frederick Stewart – Fenton Police Department
Gloria Ramirez – Harbor Police Department
Nicholas Sherman – Iowa City Police Department
Sage Benoit – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Benjamin Matte – Jennings City Police Department
Nicolas Spencer, Coy Guidry (refresher) – Lake Arthur Police Department
Brad Biles, Brandon Spooner – Lake Charles Fire Department
Chelsey Gault, Russell Mixon, III, Robert Rainwater, Hector Rivera, Silas Whalley – Lake Charles Police Department
Carrie O’Quain, Lonis Domingue (refresher) – Rayne Police Department
Benton Barnett, Adam Hanson – Sulphur Police Department
Aaron Ardoin, Justin Olmsted – Welsh Police Department
The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis. It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO INFIRMED

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES CRUELTY TO THE INFIRMED

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes detectives responded to a home on S. Franklin St. in Lake Charles in reference to a 17 year old boy with medical issues who was extremely thin and appeared to be malnourished.  The boy was transported to the hospital and placed into ICU. 

 

On November 21 detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence.  The search revealed unused medications that were prescribed to the boy.  Detectives attempted to take Miracle Chatman, 32, into custody at which time she resisted and committed a battery on two detectives.

 

Chatman was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to the infirmed; and 2 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $14,000.

 

The 17 year old boy remains in the hospital.

 

CPSO Detectives Shelley Trahan and Leann Adams are the lead investigators on this case.

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES THEFT AT APT COMPLEX

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On August 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Festival Apartments on Fruge St. in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with a corporate manager for the apartment complex who stated $600 of tenants’ rent money was missing.

 

The investigation revealed several money orders made payable to former employee, Carla K. Louis, 31, 1404 Sage Dr., Lake Charles, were located.  The money orders should have been made payable to the Festival Apartments.

 

CPSO Detective Jody Antoine, the lead investigator, discovered more money orders and cash receipts made out to Louis and were deposited in her bank account totaling $6,420.

 

Louis was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center on November 6 and charged with Theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Her bond was set by Judge Sharon Wilson at $5,000.

 

CPSO IMPLEMENTS ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION AT PRIEN LAKE MALL FOR HOLIDAYS

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which began Friday, November 23 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.

 

The deputies will be on marked ATV's and patrol cars in the parking lot, as well as manning the CPSO Mobile Command Center located in the front parking lot of the mall on Prien Lake Road.  Deputies, who will be wearing orange Sheriff’s Office traffic vests during the evening hours, will be available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they can provide.

 

“The CPSO Robbery Prevention Mobilization has always been instrumental in, not only assisting shoppers with their problems and concerns, but keeping crime to a minimum at a time of year when it is usually on the rise,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are very pleased to be able to offer this service to the public.”

 

CPSO deputies are working this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They are not hired by the mall or nor will they be doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lot.  This is the thirteenth year the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service to the shoppers in the parking lot at the mall.

 

Deputies will also be conducting regular visits to all convenience stores in the parish during the holiday season to check with store clerks to see if they are experiencing any problems or if they have any special needs.  Also, deputies will be conducting these same checks with store clerks at businesses in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street, the Power Center on Highway 14, and the Target Shopping Center on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2018 PROPERTY TAXES

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2018 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

“We are always looking for ways to make it more convenient for the taxpayers to pay their taxes,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “If you choose to pay online, there will be no lines to stand in and you will be able to pay your taxes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

 

For those not wanting to pay their taxes online, they may pay them in person at:

 

                        Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

 

                Magnolia Life Building                     

 

               1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

 

Monday—Friday        8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.  (open through lunch)                      

Payments can be made using cash, check, money order, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

 

 

 

           

 

            Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

 

                  1017 Beglis Parkway, Sulphur

 

                                   Monday—Friday        8:00—4:00 p.m. (closed for lunch 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Payments can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at this location.

 

            

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2018 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

 

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

 

 

Tuesday, December 4                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

 

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  1302 Center St., Vinton  

 

           

 

Wednesday, December 5                                            DeQuincy Law Enforcement Center

 

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                  618 E Center St., DeQuincy

 

 

 

Thursday, December 6                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

 

8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.                                                 115 Bronco Lane, Lake Charles

 

 

 

Payments at these locations can be made using checks, money order or cashier’s check.  Cash and cards are not accepted at these locations.

 

 

 

            For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax

 

 Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

 

 

            For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the

 

 Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at (337) 721-3000.

 

 

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2018 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2018.  Any payments received after December 31, 2018 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

 

 

 

CPSO Investigates Fatal Crash

 

 

 

Yesterday, Sunday, November 18 at approximately 11:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the 4000 block of Navajo Trail in Vinton in reference to a one vehicle crash.

 

Evidence at the scene indicated the driver was travelling eastbound on Navajo Trail when the car left the roadway on the right side of the road and impacted with a culvert which caused the car to flip and eject the driver.

 

Richard Hammer, 34, Oakdale, LA, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Hammer was the only person in the car.

 

           The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver.

 

            CPSO Deputy Tony Jones is the lead investigator of this accident.

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO LOOKING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 8 a hit and run occurred at the intersection of E. Burton St. and Coach Williams Dr. in Sulphur at approximately 6:00 p.m. during heavy work traffic.  The driver of the suspect vehicle, which is described as a newer model GMC pick-up truck, turned left from the stop sign on Coach Williams Dr into the path of the victim traveling east on E Burton St.  Witnesses stated the white GMC pick-up truck sustained serious damage to the driver’s side and the driver may have been injured by the collision.  The truck was last seen turning north on Woodland Dr. from W. Burton St. in Sulphur. 

 

If anyone has information about this crash please notify lead investigator Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846 with CPSO Reference Case #18-139674.

 

MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER- SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY, UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY, RESISTING AN OFFICER – AND SEVERAL WARRANTS

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

On November 14 at approximately 2:00 p.m., deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a man, later identified as Justin D. Benoit, 32, 2440 Birdnest Cemetery Rd., Lake Charles, who arrived at a residence of a female acquaintance in Westlake in a stolen car and refused to leave.  When deputies arrived, Benoit fled the home on foot into a nearby wooded area.  

 

During the investigation it was learned Benoit had forced his way into the residence against the homeowner’s will and sexually battered her.

 

CPSO Enforcement Division, ACT Team, K-9 Division, Detective Division; and Lake Charles City Police SWAT Team were deployed to the wooded area.  Benoit was surrounded, and several hours later surrendered without additional incident.

 

Benoit was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with Sexual Battery; Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling; Possession of Stolen Things from $25,000 or more; and Resisting an Officer.  He was also arrested on several warrants which included charges of Accessory after the Fact, First Degree Murder (Jeff Davis Parish warrant); Possession of or Dealing in Firearms with Obliterated Numbers and Direct Contempt of Court.

 

            CPSO Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO Arrests Student for Gun at School

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

 

 

 

 

            Around 1:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Iowa High School in regard to a student possibly bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

 

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun was found inside.

 

            The investigation revealed at no time did the student remove the gun from the backpack while at school.

 

            The student was booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

            CPSO Detective Seth Abshire is the lead investigator on this case.

 

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN”

Lake Charles –

 

Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile?  Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker.  Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home.  Sex offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in both the richest and poorest of neighborhoods.

               

So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.  “We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.”  Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab.  Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database.  Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area.  “If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register.  There is no cost for this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

           

During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On October 23 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in LeBleu Settlement regarding a home invasion.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the homeowner who was home alone.  She said two men, one wearing a red devil mask and the other wearing a teddy bear mask, and a woman with a scarf wrapped around her face, broke into her residence.  One of the men armed was armed with a gun.  She told deputies she attempted to fight back but the suspects threatened to shoot her.  She stated while inside her home they stole several items, including a safe.  The homeowner and a neighbor were able to give a description of the suspects, as well the suspects’ vehicle, which they fled in. 

 

Within an hour deputies were able to locate the vehicle that was described by the victim at a residence in Lake Charles.  When deputies approached the home they located four people, later identified as Kaleigh A. Shelden, 19, 4401 Gladys St.; Areona A. Ardoin, 18, 627 Fall Street; Fabian A. Green, 19, 4834 Opelousas Street, all of Lake Charles, and Michael D. Miller, 21, 3658 Outback Lane, Iowa, standing outside of the residence.  One of the women located at the residence did not enter the victim’s house but was the getaway driver.  All of the items that had been stolen from the home were recovered.

 

After detectives spoke with the four suspects they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the AT&T store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred the previous day. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on Tuesday, October 16 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an unknown man entered the store and took an I-Phone XS Max, valued at $1,099.  The suspect put the phone in his pocket and then exited the store. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun. 

 

While enroute deputies were informed by CPSO dispatchers that the complainant stated the suspect had a semi-automatic rifle and was also wearing a ballistic vest.  The complainant also stated they observed the suspect walking around the outside of the home firing rounds.  As deputies arrived at the home they witnessed the suspect, later identified as Robert L. Moreau, 36, Moss Bluff, leaving the scene in his truck.  Deputies attempted to conduct a stop on the truck, but Moreau refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit for approximately 4 miles.  After Moreau exited the truck deputies were forced to deploy their tasers and safely take him into custody. 

 

After further investigation CPSO detectives spoke with the victim who stated her and her husband, Moreau, were driving home earlier that evening when he threatened to shoot her with a pistol that was sitting in his lap.  She then advised detectives a short time after they arrived home she went outside and Moreau followed her with the pistol behind his back and then fired a shot at her and they began wrestling.  Detectives were told the couple’s three boys, ages 14, 12, and 10, exited the home in an attempt to get Moreau off the victim.  The victim then stated during the struggle the gun fell to the ground and one of the boys was able to unload the gun and get it away from Moreau.  At the same time another boy ran in the house and retrieved another gun and ordered Moreau to get off the victim.  Moreau ran back into the home at which time the victim and the three boys ran across the street to a neighbor’s home, where they stayed until deputies arrived.  The victim also stated to deputies there is approximately 30 guns inside the residence along with thousands of rounds of ammo and additional ballistic vests. 

       

Moreau was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; domestic abuse child endangerment; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a weapon; illegal discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence; illegal use of body armor during a crime of violence; and flight from an officer.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $247,000.

 

CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATING DECEASED BODY FOUND IN TRUNK OF CAR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a woman was driving around with a dead body in her trunk.  A short time later deputies located the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and conducted a stop.  While searching the car deputies located a deceased woman in the trunk of the car.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Sarah M. Parker, 24, 2553 Brackenrige Road, Moss Bluff, and the passenger, Logan T. Kyle, 22, Fort Polk, LA, an active duty solider who was the husband of the deceased woman found in the trunk. 

 

Further investigation by CPSO detectives revealed the woman had been killed by Kyle at Fort Polk.  Detectives also learned Parker was aware Kyle killed the woman and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body. 

 

Parker was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and failure to report a homicide.  Her bond is still pending. 

 

Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, who were also in the car, were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

 

CPSO detectives contacted the U.S. Army CID in reference to the homicide happening in Fort Polk.  They picked up Kyle, who was detained at CPSO and will be investigating the homicide.  CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & SEARCHING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM

Lake Charles –

 

On October 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 8th Street in Lake Charles in reference to an assault.

           

During the initial investigation deputies spoke with the victim who advised she was outside when two individuals, later identified as Quentin S. Hollins “Q”, 20, 716 17th Street, Lake Charles, and Miranda I. Darby, 37, 2034 11th Street, Lake Charles, arrived at her home and placed a handgun to her head.  She stated they threatened to kill everyone at the home.   The victim then told deputies that Hollins told her one of her family members owed him money and he then stated if he did not get the money he was going to return to the residence and kill everyone. 

           

Later the same day detectives located Darby at her home and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson Set her bond at $5,000. 

 

The same day Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Hollins’ arrest in the amount of $1.5 million for aggravated assault with a firearm.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him.  If anyone knows Hollins’ whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the incident please call CPSO lead Detective Travis Mier at (337) 431-8034 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR PRINCIPAL TO 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl.  During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017.  He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000.

           

After further investigation detectives were advised by the victim that Sarah J. Laird, 35, Westlake, who was Jeremy’s girlfriend at the time of the incidents, was told about the inappropriate sexual contact.  Detectives then learned Sarah did not report the incidents to law enforcement.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.

 

On October 4 Jeremy and Sarah were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued for Sarah’s arrest and later the same day she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 1st degree rape.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $300,000.      

           

CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

       

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on September 10 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business and stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools.  The surveillance video also showed the man inside the business for approximately 2 hours before loading up the tools in a car and leaving the scene. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to several fraudulent charges with a victim’s lost debit card. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim it was learned that around August 16 the victim lost his debit card.  Detectives learned later the same evening the card was used several times to make fraudulent purchases at a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles.  Upon further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects.  The women were observed on surveillance video being dropped off at the store in a white F-150 but were later seen leaving in a small red SUV. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the women seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.


CPSO DIVE TEAM RECOVERS BODY OF WOMAN WHO JUMPED OFF OF THE I-210 BRIDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division Dive Team located the body of missing woman, Debra Kay Hughes.  Her body was recovered on the south side of the I-210 bridge today around 3:00 p.m. 

 

On Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan belonging to Hughes stopped on top of the bridge.

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign that starts today, May 20, and ends June 2, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 25.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  Research shows in 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AFTER STRING OF CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contact by CPSO patrol deputies in reference to a suspicious van that had been in the area of Ham Reid Road, where numerous residential construction sites had been burglarized.

 

Detectives arrived at the residence on Aberdeen Drive, where the van was parked, and made contact with the homeowner, who allowed detectives to search the home. Once inside detectives located numerous power tools along with a Whirlpool stove, all of which had been reported stolen from residential construction sites in the same area.

After further investigation it was learned Azucena Madrigal, 62, 1628 8th Street, Lake Charles, owned several homes in Lake Charles that were currently being remodeled; possibly with stolen items. Detectives arrived at Madrigal’s home and attempted to make contact with her but were unsuccessful. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home at which time they located Madrigal along with Joe Rojo, 30, Pasadena, Texas, inside the home. After speaking with Madrigal she allowed detectives to search 2 of her homes, located on 4th Street and 6th Street in Lake Charles. Upon searching the home on 6th Street detectives located numerous new windows and doors, valued at over $10,000, being stored inside. When asked about the windows and doors Madrigal advised detectives they had been purchased to remodel her homes. During further investigation detectives contacted the construction companies where the doors and windows were from and learned they had all been stolen from several different residential construction sites in Lake Charles. After the search of the home on 6th Street Madrigal became uncooperative and detectives obtained search warrants for two additional homes owned by her, located on Rose Street and Pryce Street in Lake Charles. After a search of both residences detectives located numerous building materials and power tools that had been stolen from various residential construction sites in the south Lake Charles area. Detectives also located a commercial grade zero turn lawnmower that had been reported stolen out of Texas.

 

Madrigal and Rojo were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Madrigal is charged with possession of stolen thing in excess of $25,000 and Rojo is charged with possession of stolen things $5,000 but less than $25,000. Judge Guy Bradberry set both their bonds $25,000.

 

The recovered property that was found is currently being returned back to the contractors.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges may follow.

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this investigation assisted by CPSO Detective Mike Conner.


Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 16.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2018 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Joshua Donovan – Support Services Division

Sgt. Kara Adams – Investigations Division

Cpl. Bradley Lamar – Enforcement Division

Hollie Howard - Correctional Division           

Sgt. Stuart Henderson – Special Services Division           

Kim Shelton – Financial Division

Sgt. John Dugas –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Joshua Donovan was also chosen as “2018 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Lori Fitkin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.” 

 

The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Randy Schlesinger. 

 

Lt. Carter Sittig, Lt. Amy Hebert, Lt. Sandra LaCaze, and Sgt. Kim Sittig were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On May 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes off East Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to someone trespassing.   

 

 When deputies arrive they located the suspect, identified as Christopher C. Ocasio, 29, Edinburg, Texas.  When deputies spoke with Ocasio they detective a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  They also observed Ocasio to have slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.  After further investigation into the trespassing incidents detectives located a Camaro, submerged in a ditch near the homes where Ocasio was located.  Ocasio stated to deputies that the Camaro belonged to him, and during a search of his person the keys to the Camaro were located in his pocket.  When questioned by deputies Ocasio stated he had been drinking at a bar and when he left he allowed someone else drive his car, at which time that person wrecked it.  Deputies were unable to locate anyone else in the area and Ocasio was unable to provide a name of the person he let drive his car.        

 

Ocasio, who has 3 prior DWI arrests in the last 10 years, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Ocasio also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; 2 counts of criminal trespassing; and carless operation.  He was released on May 12 on a $51,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Logan Leger was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 90 west in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated two ARLO security cameras had been stolen from outside his business.  Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the business and observed a light colored Dodge, occupied by two white men, pull up to the business and steal the cameras at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning.  The truck is described as a Dodge Dually 3500 that has aftermarket rims and running boards.        

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photograph, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

On May 6 convicted sex offender Keith W. Robertson, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

In January 2019 Robertson contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was looking for a new address to move to in Lake Charles.  Robertson was scheduled for numerous appointments in the months of January thru April, but did not show up and register his new address.  Robertson also failed to completed his annual registration in March 2019; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

            

Robertson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS AFTER BOMB SCARE ON BUS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to I-10 eastbound near mile marker 26 in reference to a bomb scare on a Megabus. When deputies arrived they learned from the bus driver that a man on the bus reported to him he was having chest pains and needed to get off the bus. The bus driver pulled over on the side of the interstate and called 911 for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, the man exited the bus and got into the ambulance. At that point, another passenger in the bus told the driver that the passenger in the ambulance made comments to him before exiting the bus that lead him to believe there was a bomb on the bus. The bus driver again called 911 to report a possible bomb scare.

 

When deputies arrived, and the passengers were evacuating the bus, one of the passengers, later identified as Albert Williams, 29, New Orleans, fled on foot from the bus with a bag and sweat pants. While deputies were attempting to apprehend Williams, they observed him drop the items he was carrying near a drainage ditch and continue running. After he was apprehended deputies located the bag and sweat pants near the drainage ditch and found a large ziplock bag inside containing approximately 907 grams of powder cocaine, approximate street value of $80,000-$100,000.

 

Also while evacuating the bus, deputies located another passenger, later identified as George, A. Pottinger, 32, Georgia, with multiple back packs containing 60 pints of promethazine, approximate street value of $15,000-$20,000 . During a search of his person deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During a body scan while being booked in Pottinger pulled marijuana from inside his pants, placed it in his mouth and ingested it.

 

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; obstruction of justice; and resisting an officer. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $57,500. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V with intent to distribute; contraband in a penal institution; and obstruction of justice. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,500.

 

The Louisiana State Police and Westlake Fire Department were contacted for assistance and no bomb was found.


CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim. 

 

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. 

  

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Hollow Cove Ln. in Moss Bluff in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect truck has been identified as a newer model gray Toyota Tacoma with a long wheel base and extended cab.

           

The suspect struck a large brick mailbox with the front right bumper area of the truck and fled the scene.  The truck should have sustained obvious damage, including a broken headlight.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-048568 if leaving a message.


TEENAGER DROWNS IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Around 3:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was dispatched to Dunn Ferry Rd. at the West Fork bridge in Moss Bluff in reference to a possible drowning.   Once they arrived, they were able to recover Wardell Baptiste, 16, New Orleans, from the water and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.   He was visiting family members in this area during spring break.

 

The investigation revealed a group of teens were jumping off the bridge but when Baptiste jumped off, he surfaced but went under the water again and did not resurface.

               

The medical personnel at the hospital pronounced Baptiste deceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

               

CPSO Deputy Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator.

               

CPSO Sr. Sgt. Ryan Mareno, along with the CPSO Dive Team, recovered Baptiste from the water.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 121st BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 121st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 55 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 55 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 121st Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Michael Courville, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Recia Lopez, second; DeRidder Police Department

Tanner Atwell, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Eric Gruspier, Lake Charles City Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Thomas Beaver, Quincy Buckley, Valerie Franks, Dustin Haller, Camille Rodriguez – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Eric Adams, Tanner Atwell, Daulton Boston, Kent Castille, Clint Cormier, Matthew Cormier, Jacob Guidry, Katilynn Kirkwood, Gregory Marshall, Matthew Nunez, Tommy Paul, Derek Racca, David Ritchie, Randy Schlesinger, Wendel Spillars, Brent Tradewell, Jake Verrette, David Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tylyn Landry, Hunter Manuel, Kara Wigley– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Gatlin – DeQuincy Police Department

Recia Lopez – DeRidder Police Department

Keelan Poullard – Iowa Police Department

Lakyn Taber, Juan Yanez – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Cary, Erika Stevens, Cameron Williams – Jennings Police Department

Joseph Marcantel – Lake Arthur Police Department

                        Keithen Breaux, Kena Clymer, Michael Courville, Wyatt Davis, Russell Dennis, Jaylen Goodly, Eric Gruspier, Mildred Joseph, Kelvin Kirkwood, Steven McDaniel, Osvaldo Santiago, Peavey Santiago, Thadius Schecher – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Jaclyn Lobbs – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Stephanie Bryant – McNeese Police Department

Mariano Arvelo – Merryville Police Department

Teia Hampton – Oakdale Police Department

Ronnie Guillory – Sulphur Police Department

Nikkie Henry – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

William Ryder – Westlake Police Department

 

The Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy is located in Lake Charles and provides accredited training, several law enforcement agencies in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis.  It was established in 1974 and is administered by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 20 at approximately 6:40 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call near Woodell Lane and Myrtle Springs Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle crash.  When the deputy arrived he observed a white car that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Shawn R. Powell, 38, Merryville, LA; he observed him to have an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Powell he fell asleep multiple times. 

 

 Due to Powell’s impairment and risk of falling, the deputy did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Powell, who has 2 previous DWIs, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.   He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $36,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Kilieyn Wing is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On April 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a gas station in Vinton in reference to someone striking a barrier in an SUV and attempting to drive off.   When the deputy was in route he observed the suspect’s SUV heading northbound on Toomey Road.  The deputy observed the suspect to be driving erratically through traffic.  After initiating a traffic stop the deputy spoke with the driver, Theodore T. Wells, Jr., 33, Breaux Bridge, LA; who he observed to have slurred speech.  The deputy also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.

 

After Wells, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in 2016, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and hit & run.  Judge Ron Ware set Well’s bond at $16,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES 2ND SUSPECT IN VINTON BINGO HALL BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks.  When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney.  The following day White was transported to Rayne Police Department and booked into the Acadia jail where he was charged with 2 vehicle burglaries. 

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has placed a detainer on White for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

           

After further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify another suspect, Bryan A. Serrano, 20, Houston, TX; who was also responsible for the burglary and thefts.  After further investigation on April 16 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $725,000 for Serrano’s arrest.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.    Serrano was arrested by Houston Police Department yesterday.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will place a detainer on him for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

                

CPSO VCIU Detectives Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on this case.

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on March 8 at approximately 11 p.m. at a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects broke into the store by throwing  a large rock through the front door, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  One suspect entered the store while another stood outside.  Once inside the store one of the suspects filled up two containers with numerous cartons of cigarettes worth approximately $4,000.  The suspects are believed to have fled on foot south towards a wooded area.  Detectives also believe there may be a third suspect involved.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Chad R. Leblanc, 23, 3347 Red Maple Lane, Sulphur, exchanging inappropriate messages with a 12 year old girl on Snap Chat.  Detectives learned he had met the girl through Snap Chat.  After further investigation Leblanc was arrested on April 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $300,000.    

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary on East Gabriel Square in Moss Bluff that occurred sometime during the previous night.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole cash along with a phone charger from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect from the home where the burglary occurred and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the picture is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 12 convicted sex offender Craig A. Neil, 55, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the month of March CPSO Sex Offender detectives, along with Probation and Parole, attempted to conduct home visits at the address listed on Neil’s sex offender registration, but could not make contact with him.  It was discovered when Neil was released from incarceration at the beginning of March on an unrelated charge, he had registered an address with law enforcement where he was not actually living; making him in violation of his sex offender requirements. 

 

After further investigation detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Neil, who was had been incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a parole detainer on April 10, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

Neil was convicted of second degree sexual assault in Wisconsin in 1996. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  When questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

On April 12 Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Darryl L. Zeno, 56, 931 Alice Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl on three separate occasions in January.  Detectives also learned Zeno provided narcotics to the girl. 

 

On April 12 Zeno, who was already in custody at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Zeno’s bond at $450,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 121st BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 121st Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Fifty-four (54) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Arthur Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

The CPSO Training Academy trains all law enforcement agencies in Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that will start April 21 and end April 28 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 27.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Timothy Ancelet, 57, 120 Lock Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl, who he met on social media.  When questioned by detectives Ancelet confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He also advised he shared nude photographs with her and had several sexual conversations with her.  Later the same day Ancelet was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

After further investigation it was learned Ancelet was in possession of child pornography.  He was arrested again on April 12 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  He was released the next day on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie

 

CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Kenneth M. Duplechin, 55, 1811 Fox Run Drive, Lake Charles, picked up a 14 year old girl he just met and brought her to his home where she performed oral sex on him twice.  The victim also advised detectives Duplechin called his friend, Darren S. Gaspard, 54, 4 Par Drive, Lake Charles, to come to his home where he also had sexual intercourse with the 14 year old girl. 

 

After further investigation on April 11 Duplechin and Gaspard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Duplechin is charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and Gaspard is charged with 1 count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Duplechin’s bond at $350,000 and Gaspard’s bond at $250,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE, FALSE IMPRISONMENT & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Logan L. Manuel, 22, 5859 Tom Hebert Road,  Lake Charles, in reference to an incident that happened earlier that day.

 

During the initial investigation the victim, who is Manuel’s ex-girlfriend, advised detectives she was at his home on the morning of April 6, at which time Manuel became upset about a prior incident in their relationship and a verbal argument ensued.  The victim stated she attempted to leave but Manuel grabbed her by the hair, pulling her down, and took her phone and keys from her.  She then advised detectives Manuel grabbed her by the neck and choked her while making homicidal statements towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to leave again at which time Manuel grabbed her by the vagina and pulled her back towards him.  She also stated that some point while she was at the home Manuel inappropriately touched her.  The victim told detectives along with the homicidal comments he also made suicidal comments during the incident; and their 1 year old son was also present when the incident took place.

   

Later the same day detectives obtained a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Manuel’s arrest signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He was located a short time later and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with domestic abuse battery child endangerment; domestic abuse battery strangulation; false imprisonment; and sexual battery.

 

CPSO Detective Brittney Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN & DRUGS IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to LaGrange High School in regard to a student bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned at approximately 12:30 p.m. CPSO safe school officers observed a disturbance during lunch period between a group of students.  When the deputies approached the students they began to disperse at which time one of the students, a 17 year old male, walked by a deputy and he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the student.  When the deputy detained the 17 year old he attempted to hand off a backpack to another student, at which time the deputy observed a handgun in an open section of the backpack.

           

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun along with marijuana was found inside.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a firearm on school campus; possession of marijuana; possession of CDS in drug free zone; illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile; and possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics.

           

CPSO Deputy Dewayne Simmons was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittany Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, Eric D. Malbrough, 44, 718 Tallow Road, #25, Lake Charles, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was presented with Malbrough’s Louisiana sex offender ID Card.  When the deputy asked Malbrough if he had a driver’s license Malbrough advised it was suspended for child support, but the deputy later learned his driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI 2nd offense.  Upon exiting the car the deputy observed an open bottle of alcoholic beverage in Malbrough’s back pocket. 

 

After further investigation the deputy learned the address on Malbrough’s sex offender ID card did not match the address registered with law enforcement.  The deputy also learned the car Malbrough was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

  

Malbrough was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; additional lighting equipment; operating a vehicle under suspension for DWI; and open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $64,000.  

               

Malbrough was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car in the 1800 block of I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Hilmer R. Romero-Arias, 32, California, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias if he had anything to drink he advised the deputy he had just left a bar on Broad Street in Lake Charles where he had approximately 3 beers.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias for his driver’s license he stated it had been suspended for prior DWIs. 

 

After Romero-Arias performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested, at which time he became combative.  While deputies were attempting to place him in the back of the CPSO unit he attempted to pull away and kicked deputies several times.  After deputies restrained Romero-Arias he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; but became combative again at which time deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Romero-Arias was then transported to a local hospital.  While hospital personnel were attempting to collect the blood sample Romero-Arias slipped his handcuffs and once again became combative.  Deputies immediately regained control of him at which time he had to be strapped to a bed and covered with a spit mask so hospital personnel could obtain the blood sample. 

 

Romero-Arias, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; driver must be licensed; and 3 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $18,500.

             

Deputies also contacted U.S. Border Patrol due to Romero-Arias displaying a suspected fraudulent ID card during the traffic stop. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler McKnight was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING IN LAKE CHARLES

Calcasieu Parish –

           

With the flooding that occurred earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office handled numerous calls on flooded roadways.  CPSO deployed 3 high water vehicles and 5 CPSO Marine Division 4-wheel drive trucks, both with 2 man teams, and had approximately 8 patrol deputies answering only flood-related calls.  The Lake Charles area experienced heavy flooding in several areas which resulted in the Sheriff’s Office conducting 10 rescues of local residents from their homes in the south Lake Charles area.  CPSO deputies also rescued 32 people that were stranded in their vehicles on the flooded roadways. 

 

“Today is the first time we have had to deploy our high water vehicles that we procured in June 2018.  We are very fortunate to have them when we have flooding incidents like the one today,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These vehicles proved to be invaluable in rescuing people in their homes and cars.”

         

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and are positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR SUSPECTS IN SEPARATE VEHICLE BURGLARY INCIDENTS ALONG I-10 CORRIDOR IN CALCASIEU PARISH

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 at approximately 8:00 p.m. CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation (VCIU) detectives were dispatched to Planet Fitness on Ryan Street in Lake Charles in reference to 8 vehicles in the parking lot that had been burglarized.

           

Once on scene the detectives spoke with the victims and learned all the vehicles had been damaged by the suspects either busting the windows or damaging the door handles to gain access into the vehicles and stole numerous items including purses, wallets, laptops, and backpacks.  Detectives later learned one of the victim’s credit cards had been used at a store in Lake Charles to purchase a gift card.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance and identified one of the suspects as Anthony Carmichael, 21, Houston, Texas.  After further investigation detectives learned the gift card was used in the Houston area.  After traveling to Houston, with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department Westside Nightshift Crime Suppression Team, detectives were able to identify another suspect as Kevin B. Wallace, 21, Houston, Texas. 

           

On March 27 CPSO VCIU detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Carmichael and Wallace signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Carmichael is charged with 8 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; 8 count of theft; and unauthorized use of an access card.  His bond is set at $46,000.  Wallace is charged with 7 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and 4 counts of theft.  His bond is set at $53,000. 

           

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks. 

           

When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney. 

           

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.   

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.

           

On March 24 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to SPAR (Sulphur Parks & Recreation) on Parish Road in Sulphur in reference to two vehicles having their windows shattered and the victims’ belongings taken. 

           

During their investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage from the business which showed a white Tahoe pull into the parking lot next to the victims’ vehicles.  Detectives then observed a man exit the Tahoe and run up to the two vehicles in the parking lot that detectives later learned had been burglarized. 

           

On March 26 CPSO VCIU detectives received a call from League City Police Department stating their agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit with a white Tahoe.  They then advised detectives they arrested 3 men; identified as Marrice Ellis, 29, Travis Ward, 29, and Zachary Brooks, 21, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After a search of the SUV they found property that belonged to one of the victims from the vehicle burglary that occurred in Sulphur.  VCIU detectives were also advised by the League City PD that all three subjects were tied to the “Felony Lane Gang,” from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and are known to travel interstates targeting gyms, parks, recreational centers, and parking lots for vehicle burglaries. 

           

After further investigation on April 2 VCIU detectives issued warrants for Ellis, Ward, and Brooks’ arrests signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  They are all three charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000.  And 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Their bonds are all set at $21,000.

           

In the Lake Charles and Vinton vehicle burglaries, detectives believe there are more suspects.  The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely. 

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles, and I am glad that our community has been proactive in doing this," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "But it is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  In all of these cases the suspects can be seen peering into the vehicles to see if there are valuables inside before breaking the windows or doors.”               


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & 4 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 CPSO detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles.  During that investigation detectives discovered messages between one of the juveniles, who is 16 years old, and an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located the juvenile and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with Braxton and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse. 

           

On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located today and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator on this case.   

CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE: A LADIES FIR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

           

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

           

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOLLOWING PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Koonce Rd. and St. Luke Ln. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle accident involving a truck that had hit a utility pole and was stuck in the ditch. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to stop the truck, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the truck made several unsafe lane changes causing other vehicles to move off the roadway, ran a stop sign, and traveled at a high rate of speed.  The suspect eventually stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway in the 500 block of East Houston River Rd. and fled on foot into a wooded area.  A short time later deputies located the driver, Joseph C. Semien, 26, 3788 E. Burton St., Sulphur, exiting the woods.

 

After further investigation it was learned Semien, who has a suspended driver’s license, was driving a truck that was reported stolen from Arlington, Texas.  Deputies also discovered he had a 14 year old passenger in the truck, who was left at the scene of the crash and was picked up by a parent.  During a subsequent search of the truck deputies located a large amount of suspected marijuana.

 

Semien was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with hit and run; flight from an officer; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana 14 grams or more; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a person under 17; resisting an officer by flight; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.  Semien also had two active warrants for contempt of court for possession of CDS II; simple burglary; and theft between $750 and $5,000.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case and was assisted by CPSO Warrants Sgts. Dennis Hanisee and Chris Ryan.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 25 convicted sex offender Edward Aaron, Jr., 58, 1900 4th Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to complete his sex offender registration numerous times. 

 

During the investigation it was discovered Aaron, who is required to complete his sex offender registration with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit every 3 months, did not complete his registration for the months of June, September, and December in 2017 along with the months of March, June, September, and December in 2018.  Aaron was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $16,500. 

            

Aaron was convicted of simple rape in 1996 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday April 5 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

Participants are asked to bring their own chairs and fishing gear (only one pole per person, please).  The CPSO will provide help in baiting the lines, removing fish from the hook, if requested, and bait for catching fish. 

Refreshments will be furnished.  All senior citizens 55 years of age and older in the parish are invited at no charge.  For more information, call 491-3737.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

Lake Charles –

 

UPDATENEIL SWEAT HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND IN BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 50 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since yesterday evening from a local care facility where he left on foot.    Neil Sweat is described as a black male, 5’3”, 172 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, black beanie, blue shirt with a grey undershirt, khaki pants and black tennis shoes.  He was last seen in the Teal Street area of Lake Charles. 

 

Sweat is a diabetic and in need of his medication.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sweat.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or call 911.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 6 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call to a home on Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile that was located at the residence. 

 

When detectives arrived they learned the 15 year old girl, who had been reported missing during the early morning hours the same day, was at the home with Bobby J. LaFleur, Jr., 43, 211 N. Hodges Street, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned the girl had previously met LaFleur at his place of employment and they exchanged phone numbers.  Detectives were advised LaFleur picked the girl up from her home the night of March 5 and brought her to his residence, where they had sexual intercourse. 

 

When detectives questioned LaFleur, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Big Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies an unknown man knocked her down and forcefully took her behind a dumpster in the RV park and raped her.  The victim was able to describe the suspect along with the truck he drove and deputies were able to locate the man, identified as John F. Nichols, 30, 8626 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, at his residence in the same RV park where the rape occurred. 

 

On February 26, after further investigation, Nichols was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  He was released March 5 on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on February 11 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. 

Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and two women leaving the store with approximately $1,000 worth of stolen items.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Mike Conner is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim who stated when he went out to his truck, which was in the parking lot, he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.  The suspects are described as African American, one with dread locks and the other with short hair.  During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the casino and witnessed the two men exit a black SUV prior to the robbery.  During the investigation it was also learned the suspects’ vehicle returned to the casino the following day.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone knows anything about this robbery or can identify the SUV in the photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Mike Conner is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an unresponsive man in the home. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the victim, Didier Dario-Cabieles, 30, Lake Charles, unresponsive inside the home.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel.  During further investigation detectives learned the previous night Didier was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance at the home.  They were advised a family member, Erixon Aguilar-Cabieles, 25, 6675 Highway 90 East, Lot 47, Lake Charles, had bound Didier’s wrists and ankles with a cable wire and left him face down in the bed; immobilized and unable to care for himself.  Didier was found several hours later unresponsive by family members, at which time they called 911.     

           

Erixon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  His bond is still pending.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator on this case.       

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Allen J. Stevens, Sr., 55, Lake Charles, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old female family member several days prior.  The victim advised detectives the sexual abuse started when she was approximately 9 years old. 

           

The following day, after further investigation, Stevens was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore’ is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

On February 26 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on 3rd Street in Lake Charles in reference to a drive by shooting. 

        

During the investigation detectives located numerous rounds of various calibers that had been shot into the residence while it was occupied, nearly hitting a 13 year old child.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance near where the shooting occurred, which shows a light colored car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis, that is believed to be involved in the shooting. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

No one was injured during the shooting. 

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on these case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Pine Ridge RV Resort located on Farm Road in Iowa in reference to a theft.

           

Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated someone had stolen a spool of wire, worth approximately $5,000.  When deputies reviewed the surveillance they observed the suspect enter the property from the east around 3:00 that same morning and unplug the power to the portable building, causing the surveillance cameras to lose power.  Deputies were also advised a bulldozer that was on the property had been moved; leading deputies to believe the suspect used the bulldozer to haul the spool to the front of the property.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 13 at approximately 10 p.m. at College Oaks Elementary on Ernest Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect broke into the school and stole over $8,000 worth of IPads and laptops.  He was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene on a bicycle.  Detectives also learned the suspect was at a local restaurant on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles at approximately 2 a.m. the next morning attempting to sell the stolen items. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992.  If there is no answer, 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 6 at a local store on Highway 90 in Iowa.   

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance from the business which showed two men inside the store concealing an impact drill and several saw blades.  Detectives observed the men leaving in a silver Chevrolet SUV with a handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $600.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or SUV seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Cody G. Soileau at 494-4541.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 123

On September 10, around midnight, the man seen in these photographs gained access into a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the man stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools and loaded them into the car seen in this photograph.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

Crime Stoppers CPSO 124

On January 2, the man seen in this photograph gained entry to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur by cutting the fence.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift belonging to the business to load a generator and two arc welders into the truck seen in this photograph. The total value of the stolen items is over $5,000.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

 

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a man being shot at while leaving his residence. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated he and his girlfriend, Jamie A. Briggs, 41, Iowa, were at their residence arguing.  During the argument the victim stated he attempted to hide a handgun from Briggs, which led to a physical altercation between the two.  The victim advised detectives he threw the handgun and fled the residence.  The victim then stated as he was leaving the residence in his truck, Briggs shot at him with the handgun, striking the driver’s side door and the driver’s side window, as well as, the windshield.     

           

When detectives spoke with Briggs she confirmed she and the victim had been in a physical altercation.  She also advised detectives that she fired the gun at the victim.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal discharge of a firearm during a violent crime; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Clayton Davis set her bond at $260,000. 

               

The victim suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation and debris from the broken window in the truck. 

           

CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Joseph H. Constance, 24, 790 Birdnest Road, Moss Bluff, raping a 13 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on December 9, Constance raped her while she was staying at his home.  During the investigation into the rape, an 11 year old girl, who was also a family acquaintance, advised detectives Constance walked in on her while she was changing clothes and left the room, only to open the door again and ask if she needed help.  The 11 year old girl also told detectives Constance told her not to tell anyone he walked in on her.   

 

On February 12, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Constance’s arrest with a bond of $600,000 signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  Detectives located Constance the following day at his home, and when speaking with him he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the 13 year old victim.  He also confirmed he walked in on the 11 year old while she was changing, but stated it was an accident.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at a residence in Westlake in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.

 

Once on scene, deputies spoke with the 12 year old victim who stated her mother’s boyfriend, Taylor C. Ashworth, 23, Westlake, whipped her with a belt numerous times that morning.  They observed the girl to have numerous red marks on her arms and legs.  When interviewed by detectives, Ashworth confirmed he whipped the girl with a belt due to her not wanting to go to school.

 

Ashworth was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  He was released the next day on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Deputy Barrett Savoie is the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from several individuals in reference to an obscenity involving a man near a local elementary school in Sulphur. 

               

When deputies arrived they located a man, identified as Russell J. Guidry, Jr., 37, 584 Jay Circle, Sulphur, in front of the school, on the ground with his pants down around his ankles.  Upon making contact with Guidry deputies learned he was in possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Guidry was transported to a local hospital and pending his release he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and possession of CDS II.  His bond has not yet been set.

 

The school was immediately put on lock down for a short period of time, until deputies deemed the area safe.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austin Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MOTHER OF NEWBORN FOUND ABANDONED IN HOSPITAL PARKING LOT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a newborn being found outside at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Gauthier Campus on W. Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived they learned a woman was getting in her car to leave the hospital when she heard crying and saw a newborn baby lying naked in the grassy area near the parking lot, approximately 50 yards from the front door of the hospital.  Deputies determined the newborn had been in the grass for approximately 15 minutes, and when discovered, was immediately taken into the hospital.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby is an African-American female, and is a full-term newborn.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in locating the infant’s mother.  “Someone knows a women that was pregnant yesterday and is no longer pregnant today and does not have a baby,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Once this women is found she will be arrested and charged with child abandonment; but had she utilized the Louisiana Safe Haven Law, no charges would be filed against her.”

           

The Louisiana Safe Haven Law states mothers can go to the nearest Safe Haven facility and give the baby, up to 60 days old, to an employee at that facility with no questions asked.  Some designated facilities in Louisiana include any hospital; fire station; or law enforcement agency.  The infant must be left with an employee; if there is no employee present at the site the parent can contact 911.  If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, they can call 911, and a law enforcement officer, fire fighter and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven relinquishment and transport the newborn to a hospital.  As long as the parent leaves their baby with an employee and the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect the parent will be protected by the Safe Haven Law and will not be arrested or charged.

           

The newborn is still in the hospital for a health assessment but is doing well.  Once the baby leaves the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services who will find a family to care for the baby.

           

If you have any information on this incident or know who this newborn’s mother may be, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 10 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident that occurred in a parking lot on Houston River Road in Westlake. 

 

 When deputies arrived on scene they located the driver, Alyssa A. Chapman, 29, 3206 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, standing outside her SUV.  The deputy observed the SUV to have backed over a guard rail, causing the rear tires to come off the ground.  When deputies spoke with Chapman they observed her to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Chapman as to whether she had been drinking or had taken narcotics, she advised them on the previous day she had taken two medications that were prescribed to her.  Deputies also learned she was driving under suspension for prior DWI offenses.   

 

After Chapman performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test.  After providing a proper breath sample, Chapman agreed to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Chapman, who has 2 prior DWIs in the past 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving under suspension.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $12,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS GEORGIA MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted in reference to a missing 16 year old girl from Dallas, Texas possibly being in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Upon further investigation the girl was located at a local hotel on Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  After the girl was taken into custody, detectives made contact with Kelby T. Royster, 25, Atlanta, GA, who was also at the hotel with the girl.  After questioning Royster, he advised deputies he had sexual intercourse with the girl. 

 

Royster was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

         

The girl was released to Texas Child Protective Services.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case, with assistance from CPSO VICE & Sex Crimes detectives, along with the CPSO ACT-Team.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On February 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Timmy P. Adams, Jr., 38, 3531 Murrell Drive, Sulphur, exposing himself in front of two juvenile family members. 

 

The parents of the victims’ showed detectives text messages between the two children which showed them talking to each other about the incidents.  During the investigation detectives learned Adams exposed himself on several occasions between November 2018 and February 2019 while he was visiting at the victims’ home. 

 

Later the same day Adams was located at his residence and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Deputy Bryan Stewart is the arresting deputy on the case.  CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 3 at approximately 5:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a night club located on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies learned there were two men that had been arguing in the parking lot and began shooting at each other. 

 

Once on scene, deputies located one of the men, identified as Kato J. Harrison, 29, 1219 N. Simmons Street, Lake Charles, near the area of the shooting with a gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  While still on scene and being treated by emergency medical personnel, a small bottle with what is believed to be PCP, was located on Harrison’s person.

 

A short time later deputies learned the other man involved, identified as Thomas M. Chargois, 29, 2400 Fruge Street #604, Lake Charles, had been dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.  After a search of Chargois’ truck, which was still at the scene of the shooting, detectives located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana, a small plastic bag of suspected oxycodone, 2 small bags of suspected crack cocaine, 1 small bag and 1 large bag of suspected powder cocaine.  Detectives also located a car at the scene of the shooting that had been shot twice.               

Harrison was transferred to a hospital out of town, pending his release he will be arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of CDS I.  Chargois was arrested on February 7, after his release from the hospital, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence; possession of 400 grams or more of cocaine; 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS I, and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Harrison’s bond at $122,000 and Chargois’ bond at $172,500.    

 

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO NOW ACCEPTS TRAFFIC CITATION FEES AT SULPHUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

 

Lake Charles –

               

In an attempt to better serve the public the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center is now equipped to accept payments for traffic citations.  “I felt like we needed to add an option for the public to be able to pay their traffic fees on the west side of the river instead of having to drive to Lake Charles.  With all the traffic congestion problems we are currently having in the parish, I wanted to make it more convenient for the community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We will still continue to collect citation fees at the CPSO Tax Office in Lake Charles; the Sulphur office will be another alternative for people.”  

 

The Sulphur Law Enforcement Center is located at 1017 Beglis Parkway, and will accept payments Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Citizens will need to bring their citation along with a photo ID.   Payments can be made using cashier's check, money order, or credit card.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a trespassing complaint. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a man had been at the store for a long time and they were concerned.  Deputies made contact with the man, identified as David M. Leger, 33, 2710 Rushmore Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender.  While speaking with Leger deputies learned he had been living in Calcasieu Parish for approximately one month and had not registered his address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Leger was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $5,000.  

               

Leger was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Acadia Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jordan Sexton was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred sometime between January 18 - 20 at a business on Highway 12 W. in Starks.   

           

During the investigation detectives received surveillance photographs from the business which showed a small dark colored 4 door car on the property.  The surveillance also shows two men trespassing on the property.  The initial investigation revealed a battery from a generator, totaling approximately $200, had been stolen.  It is believed the suspects attempted to steal several other batteries from construction equipment, but were unsuccessful.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or car seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Joshua Couch at 602-6816.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT AND 1 COUNT OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles –

 

On December 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from a local bank in reference to a report of bank fraud.  When detectives spoke with bank personnel they were advised that auditors working for the bank discovered an employee, Julie B. Cormier, 56, 2023 Reed Cemetery Road, Vinton, had stolen approximately $47,500.

 

The investigation revealed that from approximately May 2013 until June 2018 Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name, without their consent or knowledge, and received the money.  It was also learned she fraudulently used funds from other customers’ accounts to pay the loan notes.  When detectives spoke with Cormier she stated she was responsible for obtaining the loan, as well as, drafting the other accounts to make the loan payments. 

 

On February 1, after further investigation Cormier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with bank fraud and 6 counts of identity theft.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator in this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on January 28 at Dillard’s in the mall located in Lake Charles.   

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man placing a large amount of name brand clothing in a white bag and leave the store.  The man fled east across the mall parking lot.  Store associates estimate the man took somewhere between 30 to 50 pieces of clothing from the big and tall section, totaling approximately $5,000.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES & WOMAN FOR ACCESORY

Lake Charles -

           

On January 28 at approximately 12:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store in an unknown direction.

         

After further investigation and receiving tips from the public, detectives learned the identity of the man responsible for the armed robbery was Ryan K. Rashall, 33, 487 Telephone Road, 3B, Lake Charles.  It was also learned a woman, identified as Crystal M. Foreman, 38, homeless, drove Rashall to and from the convenience store during the robbery. 

           

Rashall and Foreman were both arrested later the same day as the robbery and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Rashall is charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Foreman is charged with armed robbery accessory after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Rashall’s bond at $250,000 and Foreman’s bond at $75,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


Crime Stoppers CPSO 122

At the end of October 2018, several air machines at gas stations located in Lake Charles, Westlake, and Moss Bluff were broken into. In most of the cases the suspect used a torch to remove the locks.

 

It is believed a total of over $10,000 has been stolen from the machines.

 

If anyone has any information or recognizes the suspect or car seen in this video call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles this morning around 12:40.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

    

The suspect is described as a man wearing what appeared to be a white bathrobe, blue shirt, gray sweatpants, and gloves.  He also covered his head with what appeared to be a blue towel. 

    

Detectives would also like to speak with the person driving the blue Nissan Versa seen in the attached photograph.  It is possible they may have seen the suspect. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to an armed robbery that occurred a few days earlier.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the resident who stated he was asleep in his home when an acquaintance, identified as Hannah C. Guillory, 17, 270 Bruce Circle, Lake Charles, he had invited to his home allowed 3 men into the residence.  The victim then stated he was held at gunpoint while the four suspects stole numerous items, including several firearms, a safe, and cash. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the identity of the three men as Jeremy C. Pate, 19, 366 Cobb Road, Lake Charles, Brennon K. Lejeune, 19, 408 Vine Street, Westlake, and Justin J. Guilbeaux, 19, 1326 Meadow Street, Sulphur. 

 

Between January 16 and the 19 detectives located all four suspects.  After speaking with them they advised they took part in the armed robbery.  They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  All four suspects are charged with armed robbery.  Pate has an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Guilbeaux has an additional charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set Guillory’s bond at $225,000, Pate’s bond at $475,000, Lejeune’s bond at $325,000, and Guilbeaux’s bond at $425,000.

 

CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE OF 8 MONTH OLD BABY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Eunice Street in Sulphur in reference to an 8 month old baby boy that was not breathing.  Deputies arrived on scene and the baby was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  During a subsequent search of the home, detectives located marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

           

When detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Lacey A. Blount, 26, 1506 Eunice Street, Sulphur, she admitted to using the methamphetamine and marijuana while she was caring for the baby.  She also told detectives while deputies were distracted attempting to perform life saving measures on the baby, she attempted to hide the narcotics in the home. 

           

Blount was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; possession of CDS I, possession of CDS II, obstruction of justice, and 4 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Her bond has been set at $12,000 by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.       

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a department store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man, driving a black Chevrolet truck with a bed cover, steal a license plate off another vehicle in the parking lot.  The suspect’s truck has a yellow sticker on the tailgate and two white stickers on the bed cover.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs, please contact the CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin 491-3751.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANT FOR ANOTHER FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local nursing home in reference to theft from numerous residents’ accounts.

 

During the investigation detectives learned a worker at the nursing home, Andrea V. Johnson, 38, 1741 N. Tallow Wood Drive, Lake Charles, was purchasing unauthorized items, such as TVs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards, using the residents’ money from their accounts.  Johnson would later return the items to the store and receive cash back.  The investigation revealed Johnson stole approximately $13,000 from November 2017 until December 2018 from 21 residents. 

 

During the investigation into Johnson’s theft, an audit was completed at the nursing home and it was then learned the office manager, Katherine M. Coyle, 42, 5714 Fir Street, Lake Charles, was also stealing from the residents’ accounts.  When detectives questioned Coyle she admitted to filling out fraudulent requests for cash from residents’ accounts without their knowledge.  She stated she would then cash the checks and keep the cash.  The investigation revealed Coyle stole approximately $44,000 from March 2017 until December 2017 from 30 residents.

     

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for both Johnson and Coyle.  Coyle turned herself into detectives on January 14 and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000; and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released later the same day on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Johnson has an active warrant in the amount of $130,000 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for the charges of theft from $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. 

               

The nursing home has fully reimbursed all residents’ accounts.

 

CPSO Detective John Melton is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.   

           

During further investigation detectives learned the identity of the suspect that entered the store brandishing a shotgun was Wyatt J. Guillory, 18, 7414 Jarib Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned there was another man, identified as Zachary C. Hebert, 17, 5343 Lane Road, Iowa, who assisted in the planning of the robbery.  The investigation revealed Hebert drove Guillory to the store and also provided Guillory with the shotgun.  It was learned Guillory and Hebert divided the stolen money after the robbery. 

 

Both Guillory and Hebert were arrested at their residences and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set both their bonds at $425,000. 

           

Detectives have recovered a portion of the stolen money along with the firearm believed to be used during the robbery.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  He fled the store in an unknown direction.

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the man in the video/pictures, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 2 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a theft. 

       

 During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business which showed a man cut through a chain link fence at the business on December 19 at approximately 11:15 p.m.  The surveillance then showed the suspect drive a white two door truck through the gate and use the business’s forklift to load a diesel generator and two arc welders into the back of the truck and drive off.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs contact the CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a home on Manchester Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the home showing an unknown man entering the homeowner’s barn on December 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Once inside the barn, the suspect stole several tools.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO CRD Deputy Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE MURDER/SUICIDE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

 

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE MURDER/SUICIDE

 

AT HOME IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            At approximately 2:00 this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a home at 5832 Bennie Lane in Lake Charles in regard to a man, David M. Pendley, 52, who had stabbed his son, 24.

 

            When deputies arrived, the son was at the neighbor’s house.  He was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  Deputies made entry into the home and located the father and his wife, Katherine Pendley, 59, both deceased.

 

            The investigation is in the preliminary stages; however, at this point in the investigation detectives believe it is a possible murder-suicide where Pendley killed his wife then killed himself.

 

            The son has been released from the hospital.

 

            CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR RAPE AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR

 

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR RAPE

 

AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            In December 2018 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from the mother of a 10 year old and an 8 year old girl regarding Randy R. Gallow, 42, 718 Tallow Rd., Lot 13, Lake Charles, who is a convicted registered sex offender.  During the investigation it was learned Gallow had inappropriate sexual contact with the 10 year old girl and used his cell phone to show inappropriate sexual images to both the 10 year old and the 8 year old girls while they were visiting at his home in May 2018.

 

            On January 8 Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is being charged with 1st degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

            Gallow was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, LA.

 

            Judge Bradberry set his bond at $750,000.

 

            CPSO Detective Shelly Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

 

CPSO RESPONDS TO WEATHER RELATED FATALITY IN SULPHUR

 

CPSO RESPONDS TO WEATHER-RELATED FATALITY IN SULPHUR

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            This morning at approximately 11:00 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on E. Burton St. in Sulphur.  The investigation revealed a U-Haul truck was traveling east on Burton when a large tree uprooted thought to be due to wind and saturation of the ground from the vast amount of rainfall this morning, fell across the road and landed on the cab of the truck.

 

The driver, Jacob Hood, 33, was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.  The passenger, William Hood, 68, (father of Jacob), was pronounced dead at the scene.  Both men are from Sulphur.

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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CPSO MONITORING POSSIBLE FLOODING

 

CPSO MONITORING POSSIBLE FLOODING SITUATION

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            “Although there has been no official word of possible flooding in the Starks and Vinton area, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is monitoring the situation closely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the situation in case you need to evacuate your home.  We have our high water vehicles and other equipment in place and ready to deploy if needed.”

 

PUBLIC HEARING MINUTES

A meeting of The Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District was held at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office on the 18th day of December 2018.

 

 

 

Public written notice of the agenda, date, time and place of the hearing was posted on the building where the meetings of this taxing authority are usually held, more than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

Public notice was also posted on Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website more than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

 

               

 

Those present included:

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso                             

 

Stephanie Williams, CPSO Finance       

 

Captain Darek Ardoin

 

Nicole Ory, CPSO Purchasing Agent

 

Richard B. Smith, Vice President of the Business and Workforce Development                                                   

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

                                                                                               

 

The meeting was called to order and the roll called.

 

 

 

Minutes of the previous meeting held on November 13, 2018 were reviewed and approved by Sheriff Mancuso.

 

 

 

No Old business.

 

 

 

New Business: Reconsideration and adoption of the ITEP application for South Alexander 2018-0287, with respect to its manufacturing facility, was approved and signed by Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

Sheriff Mancuso reviewed the ITEP application for Juniper Specialty Products 2016-1808, with respect to its manufacturing facility, approved and signed the application at 80 percent.

 

 

 

There being no further business, upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

·         These are the unapproved minutes of the Law Enforcement District meeting as taken by the acting secretary on the 18th day of December, 2018. These minutes will be reviewed by the Sheriff and placed on the agenda for formal approval at the next regularly scheduled Law Enforcement District Meeting.

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO STOLE MONEY

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WHO STOLE MONEY

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On Monday, December 10 around midnight at the Fuel Stop 36 on Highway 397 in Lake Charles, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched in reference to a theft.  The investigation revealed a customer took money out of his pocket and placed in on the counter while checking out.  He inadvertently left the money on the counter when he left the store.  Surveillance video from the store shows a man at the counter, pick up the money and place it in his pocket.

 

            The suspect is approximately 5’10” tall, weighing around 200 pounds with a thin full-face beard.  In the video he is wearing a red, black and white striped long sleeve shirt with a red cap.

 

Anyone who recognizes this man or has information about this theft, please contact Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.

 

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

 

 

Notice Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018       Time Posted: 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

 

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

 

 

DATE:  Tuesday, December 18, 2018

 

TIME: 9:30 a.m.

 

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

                                          5400 East Broad Street

 

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

 

AGENDA: 

 

Call to Order

 

 

 

            Roll Call

 

 

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held November 13, 2018

 

 

 

            No Old Business

 

 

 

            New Business:

 

 

 

1.      Reconsideration and Amendment of ITEP application for South Alexander 2018-0287, with respect to its manufacturing facility.

 

2.      Consideration of ITEP application for Juniper Specialty Products 2016-1808, with respect to its manufacturing facility.

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment

 

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

 

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

 

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

 

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

 

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Sharon Cutrera at 491-3690, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEARCHING FOR HIT AND RUN DRIVER

 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN DRIVER

 

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

 

 

            On December 6 at approximately 6:00 a.m., an 84 year old man, while checking his mail, was struck by a car traveling southbound in the 7500 block of Choupique Rd. in Sulphur.  The car is believed to be a 2008-2013 maroon Nissan Sentra and will be missing the passenger side mirror.

 

            The victim is recovering in the hospital with a severe injury to his hand.

 

Anyone with information about this incident please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth and reference CPSO case #18-150599.

 

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