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CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

Between November 29 and December 26, 2019, 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 seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.  Deputies also assisted shoppers in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14. 

 

Deputies were 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 could provide.

 

Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:

·         1,265 assistance calls

·         776 total business checks

·         1 unlocked vehicle

·         7 assists to other agencies

·         5 shoplifting incidents

·         36 suspicious persons

·         17 misdemeanor summons / arrests

·         1 fight

·         22 vehicle-traffic related incidents

 

CPSO deputies worked this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They were not hired by the mall or nor were they doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lots.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service during the holiday season for over 15 years.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 5 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Sam’s Cove in Westlake in reference to a theft.

           

When deputies arrived they learned a short time earlier, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an unknown man broke into a gaming machine, gaining access to the cash box located inside, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  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 is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  January 6, 2020

TIME:   9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

Roll Call

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on June 3, 2019   

No Old Business   

New Business:

 

1. A resolution ordering and calling for the renewal of and to authorize the continued levy and collection of an existing ad valorem property tax, not to exceed 7.58 mills on the dollar of assessed valuation of all property subject to taxation within the District, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about May 9, 2020, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission.  The current 7.58 Mill Ad Valorem Property Tax,, expires on December 31, 2020, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on January 1, 2021 and expire on December 31, 2030. 

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

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

 

CPSO CAPTAIN BEN ANGERSTEIN GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Captain Ben Angerstein graduated from the 278th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 20, 2019.  He was one of 258 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states and 29 international countries.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Angerstein also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Captain Angerstein has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1990.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY OF NEWBORN IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, December 25 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of High Hope Road an Ash Drive in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a SUV was traveling west on High Hope Road when it left the roadway.  The SUV jumped a driveway then hit a culvert causing the SUV to flip.  A 6 day old newborn, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver along with 2 other passengers were transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where they were treated for minor injuries. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tyler McKnight is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, December 26 around 2:00 p.m. the Iowa Police Department arrested CPSO Deputy Richard Booth for aggravated battery.

 

Booth worked as a shift sergeant at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 6 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

IPD is the investigating agency.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday December 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and sixty-two (562) vehicles were checked; four (4) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint.

               

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

·         Christopher J. Benoit, 40, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

·         Victoria F. Harrington, 20, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st and possession of marijuana

·         Lane H. Nunez, 23, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 INVOLVED IN SHOOTING, 1 FOR DRUGS & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1

Jackson has turned herself in to CPSO detectives and is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday, December 21 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots.  Upon further investigation deputies located a victim, later identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles, on the side of the roadway near Brentwood Street and Tennessee Street with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

           

Later the same day detectives were able to identify a truck, belonging to Tyler J. Guillory, 24, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. # 304, Lake Charles, that was possibly involved in the shooting.  Detectives located Guillory at his home, he was taken into custody, and a search of the residence revealed Guillory was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamines, crack cocaine, and two firearms; one of which was previously reported stolen through Sulphur Police Department.  

 

During further investigation detectives were advised Guillory was not in possession of his vehicle at the time of the shooting.  Detectives learned of three individuals; identified as Kasheel A. Tomlinson, 21, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. #304, Hakeem D. Smith, 20, 1125 Giovanni Street Apt. #204, and Markeya M. Jackson, 18, 1612 Clover Street, all of Lake Charles, that were involved in the shooting.  Tomlinson and Smith were taken into custody at Tomlinson and Guillory’s residence.  Detectives attempted to locate Jackson but were unsuccessful.

 

Guillory, Tomlinson and Smith were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Guillory is charged with 2 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the presences of CDS.  Tomlinson is charged with second degree murder; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.  Smith is charged with principal to second degree murder.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Guillory’s bond at $65,000, Tomlinson’s bond at $750,000, and Smith’s bond at $500,000. 

 

Detectives issued a warrant for Jackson for principal to 2nd degree murder in the amount of $500,00 signed by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this shooting or the whereabouts of Jackson to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Anyone knowingly harboring Jackson or withholding information or evidence from law enforcement will be subject to charges.

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

It is believed the shooting is the result of an illegal drug transaction and the victim was an innocent bystander who happen to be at the park.

 

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

  

 

Note: The victim Brackus Guillory is not related to the Guillory that was arrested. 

 

 

UPDATE: On December 22 after further investigation detectives learned of another suspect involved in the shooting, Da’tavious L. Jefferson, 17, 1329 Clover Street, Lake Charles. Later the same day Jefferson was located at his residence, where he was transported back to CPSO for questioning. He was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $530,000.


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots. Upon further investigation deputies located a victim with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles.

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & SILENCER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 19 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives arrested convicted felons, John E. Carter, Jr., 39, and Lakeyta S. Carter, 34, both of 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles after an investigation revealed they were illegally in possession of numerous firearms as well as a homemade suppressor (silencer).

           

During an investigation into several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Lake Charles area VCIU detectives received information that possibly stolen firearms were being taken to a home at 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles; the home of John and Lakeyta.  After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for the Carter’s residence.  On December 19 when detectives along with the CPSO C.A.T. Team (Combined Anti-Drug Task Force) and ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) executed the warrant they located 3 AR-15 rifles and 5 pistols along with a homemade suppressor inside a concealed container that was buried in the backyard of the residence.  Inside the home detectives also located 2 pistols hidden inside the fireplace.  The Carter’s were also found to be in possession of Promethazine. 

           

John and Lakeyta were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a legend drug; possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; illegal possession of a suppressor; 2 counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending.

           

Two of the firearms were confirmed as being stolen.  Detectives are awaiting the completion of ATF traces on the remaining firearms to determine if they are stolen.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

             

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE FETICIDE & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Goos Road and Miller Avenue in Westlake in reference to a 2 vehicle crash.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a four door pickup truck, Joshua L. Anderson, 24, 1620 Hilma Street, Westlake, was traveling east in the middle of the roadway on Goos Road when he ran a stop sign.  Anderson struck a 4 door pickup truck that was headed south on Miller Avenue, causing both trucks to travel off the roadway, flipping into a ditch.  The driver traveling on Miller Avenue and the front seat passenger, who was 21 weeks pregnant, were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  The 2 year old passenger in the truck, who was in a car seat in the backseat, was airlifted to a hospital out of town. 

 

During the investigation while deputies were speaking with Anderson they observed numerous empty beer bottles inside his truck.  They also observed Anderson to show signs of impairment.  During further questioning Anderson refused to cooperate and kicked a deputy.  Anderson, who refused standard field sobriety and breath intoxilyzer testing, was arrested.  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 1st; resisting an officer; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; battery on a police officer; vehicular negligent injuring; and 2 counts of 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $4,000.

           

It was later learned the unborn baby died at the hospital.  Anderson will be additionally charged with 3rd degree feticide.  Bond for his additional charge is pending. 

           

The driver was later released from the hospital with minor injuries.  The woman remains in the hospital in serious condition and the young child remains in ICU in critical condition.    

           

The crash is still under investigation.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case.

 

UPDATE:  Judge Clayton Davis has set Anderson’s bond for the 3rd degree feticide at $500,000; for a total bond of $504,000. 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, December 21. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

               

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE AND VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

On December 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a 15 year old girl being videotaped without her knowledge.  The investigation revealed Damon P. Lechtenburg, 46, Lake Charles, placed cameras in the girl’s bedroom and bathroom.

 

When detectives questioned Lechtenburg he advised he had been videotaping the girl since July. He also advised detectives he saved the videos along with some still shot photographs on his computer. 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles; video voyeurism; and obscenity. His bond has not yet been set. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR STOLEN LICENSE PLATE & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 9 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a van near Highway 171 and Lavergne Road in Moss Bluff after it was learned the van had a stolen license plate displayed. 

           

After speaking with the driver and passenger it was learned the owner of the van was asleep in the cargo area of the van.  When deputies made contact with the owner he stated he did not have an ID.  He also advised deputies he is self-employed and has been in the area, living out of his van, for a couple months while working.  When questioned about the stolen license plate he stated he purchased the van a couple months ago and the plate was already on the van and he never registered the van in his name.  During further investigation deputies located meth along with drug paraphernalia containing marijuana inside the van, at which time the owner stated belonged to him. 

           

During the investigation while attempting to verify his identity, the owner of the van gave a fake name to deputies on two occasions.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Prior to their arrival at the CCC the man gave deputies his true identity, Ronnie S. Woods, 55, Baton Rouge, LA, and advised he had an outstanding warrant in Baton Rouge.  Deputies verified his identify and learned Woods was a convicted sex offender and had an active warrant out of East Baton Rouge Parish for failure to register as a sex offender.

           

Due to Woods’ sex offender status he was required to register in Calcasieu Parish due to him staying and working here, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Woods is also required to have a sex offender identification card, which he did not possess, also making him in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things less than $1,000; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer by refusal to ID; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $55,000.

           

Woods was initially convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery in 1999 in East Baton Rouge Parish.  He was also convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in East Baton Rouge Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 in the 21st Judicial District. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR MULTIPLE DWI’S

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep in the 1900 block of East Napoleon Street in Sulphur.

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, John P. Ruiz, 31, Zachary, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. While speaking to deputies Ruiz advised he had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle.  Ruiz also told deputies he did not have a valid driver’s license due to it being suspended for prior DWI arrests and the tag that was on the vehicle did not match the type of vehicle he was driving. 

 

After Ruiz performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Ruiz, who has 5 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses; switched license plate; no insurance; no brake lights; and required position and method of turning.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $32,500.   

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 2 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to West Houston River Road near Avondale Street in Sulphur in reference to a single vehicle crash, where the complainant advised the vehicle had been all over the roadway then drove off in a ditch.

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with the driver, Traci M. Smith, 44, 1652 Robin Lane, Sulphur, who was sitting in her vehicle.  While the deputies were speaking with Smith they noticed her to have trouble focusing on their questions and her speech to be erratic.  When deputies asked Smith why she went off the road she initially stated an animal ran in front of her car but later stated she possibly had a seizure causing her to go off the road.  Smith also advised deputies she had taken several prescribed medications prior to driving.   

  

After Smith performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed she was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Smith to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which she refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant 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.  While being transported Smith had a hard time keeping her eyes open and kept falling asleep. 

 

Smith was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $105,000 with special conditions being she may not driving any vehicle; no criminal activity; and she must keep all court dates. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kenneth Leach is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting a parking lot check at the Calcasieu Correctional Center when they made contact with William M. Hyatt, 68, 3738 Heather Lane, Lake Charles, slumped over in the driver’s seat of a truck with the keys still in the ignition. 

 

When deputies approached the truck they could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from inside the vehicle.  When deputies spoke with Hyatt they observed him to have unsteady balance and needed support to stand.  While speaking with him he advised deputies he drank too much and had been drinking approximately one hour prior to leaving his house and driving to the Sheriff’s Office.  During the investigation it was learned Hyatt had two prior DWI arrests along with a hardship license with the condition of an ignition interlock device being installed inside his vehicle; which deputies observed to be missing. 

 

Hyatt was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital due to his level of intoxication.  Once at the hospital deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  After Hyatt was released from the hospital he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with DWI 3rd; and operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $35,000 with special conditions being he cannot drive without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 7 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Lake Street in Lake Charles after dispatch received a call in reference to a man driving a truck and drinking alcoholic beverages with juveniles inside the vehicle.

 

Deputies in the area located the truck and prior to the deputy activating his lights the truck stopped in the middle of Ham Reid Road, started to drive forward again and then slammed on his brakes twice.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the truck near Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles.  When deputies made contact with the driver Jeffrey M. Pitman, 39, 5940 Perry Lane, Lake Charles, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy.  Pitman stated to deputies he was intentionally slamming on his brakes because he thought the deputy was following him too close.  Pitman also advised deputies he had two mixed drinks prior to driving.  During further investigation deputies located a beer in the backseat of the truck; where 3 juveniles were sitting.  It was later learned while being pulled over Pitman handed the beer to one of the children and told them to hide it.

 

After Pitman, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, refused to complete standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he 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 3rd; child endangerment driving while intoxicated; and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $36,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he must not possess or consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, and cannot commit any other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jason Thorpe was the arresting deputy on this case. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a casino on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed three suspects entered the casino, one of which was armed with a handgun.  Once inside two of the suspects physically assaulted the security guard and disarmed him.  While the two suspects continued to assault the security guard the third suspect robbed the cashier at gun point.  They stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with the security guard’s firearm and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect armed with the gun is described as approximately 6’3” in height wearing a gray hooded jacket with a pocket on the top left side with a black zipper, jeans, and light colored shoes.  The second suspect is described as approximately 6’3” in height with a stocky build wearing all black clothing and a black mask.  The third suspect is described as shorter in stature with all black clothing and a dark colored backpack.  He is also described as having patchy facial hair and a short hairstyle.     

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

The security guard was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. 

 

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

 

Note: The color of the clothing is distorted in most of the photographs due to the type of security camera.


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday November 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred eighty-five (285) vehicles were checked; three (3) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint violation. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

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 29 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.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On November 20 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Matthew Reynolds, 26, and Samantha Roach, 29, at 1388 Foxboro Drive in Moss Bluff after an investigation revealed they were possibly distributing narcotics from the residence.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Reynolds and Roach at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 18 grams of marijuana, and 13 grams of alprazolam along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also recovered a .45 caliber handgun inside the home that had been previously reported stolen through another law enforcement agency.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is between $10,000 to $20,000.

           

Reynolds and Roach were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS I; possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS IV; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Roach was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Reynolds’ bond at $52,000 and Roach’s bond at $62,000. 

           

Reynolds was also had two outstanding warrants for 2 counts of distribution of CDS II and distribution of CDS I with a $175,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.         


CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, November 19th, a student at LaGrange High School notified the assistant principal that a 14 year old student was making comments about having a bomb in her backpack and stated she was going to “blow this (expletive) up.”  The juvenile was detained and no bomb was found in her backpack.

       

She is being charged with terrorism and is being processed through the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).

       

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $94,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2020.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GARDENING SHEARS AT IOWA HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, November 18 at approximately 12:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish School Resource Officer was made aware of a student who possibly had a weapon is his backpack.  The SRO, along with school personnel, encountered the 17 year old boy in the hallway, where he refused to stop after being told to do so.  The deputy detained the juvenile and after a search of his backpack, a pair of garden shears with approximately 6-7 inch blades was located.  It was learned the boy told other students in class he had a weapon but then later said he was joking.  The teacher took the boy’s backpack and contacted the office, at which time the boy pushed the teacher and took back possession of his backpack.  The teacher was able to get the boy out of the classroom, at which time he was located by the SRO.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds.

           

CPSO School Resource Officer Sgt. Jubal Marceaux and Detective Larry Cormier are the lead investigators on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 122nd BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 122nd  Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 45 officers representing 16 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 45 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Brennan Bernard, Lake Charles City Police Department, was selected class president of the 122nd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cody Wellsted, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Paul Torres, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Jacob Reeves, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dale Strauser, third; Simpson Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Tye Taylor, Jr., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Lindsey Miller, Damion Pender  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Chelsea Abshire, Dylan Copper, Erica Demarest, Gary Fontenot, John Hays, Brandon Holmes, Alex Jones, Dylan Lisotta, Bailey Lognion, Hunter Matte, Kaleb Matte, Payton Monticello, Jean Luc Montou, Nathan Oakman, Taylor Plaisance, Jacob Reeves, Michael Savant, Mason Simien, Tye Taylor, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Stacy Morgan, Tiffanie Raymond, Cody Wellsted – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Cody Thomas – Coushatta Police Department

Kenetta Ross – DeRidder Police Department

Brandon Guillory – Iowa Police Department

Sarah Fox – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Cyanna Banks, Brennan Bernat, Angelique Castille, Paul Torres– Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Gerald Fraiser – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Matthew DeLeon – Oakdale Police Department

Jared Miller, Trevor Pellerin – Rayne Police Department

Dale Strauser – Simpson Police Department

Brant Landry, Dianna Williams – Sulphur Police Department

Jacob Durett, Daniel Rowe– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Chris James – Welsh Police Department

Dustin Williams – Westlake Police Department

                Scott Guillory and Robert Harbour, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 80 hours of refresher courses.

 

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 STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Friday, November 15 around 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Sam Houston High School after receiving a call that a 17 year old boy had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned several students reported to school administrators that a 17 year old student had a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants.  Once the juvenile was in the principal’s office, the gun, a CO2-powered pellet pistol, was recovered and the student began fighting with the principal and the CPSO school resource officer.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with resisting arrest; and illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

           

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 122nd BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 122nd  Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Monday, November 18 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. 

 

Forty-five (45) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Harbor Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Simpson Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, 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 SEARCHING FOR ID OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Michael Square in Moss Bluff.  Once on scene the deputy spoke with the complainant who stated on Tuesday, October 29 sometime during the night an unknown man gained access to her car and stole two bank cards along with a pair of sunglasses.  The victim also advised the deputy the suspect attempted to use the stolen cards at a grocery store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles the day after the burglary. 

           

The deputy viewed surveillance footage from the home and observed an unknown man enter the victim’s car by opening the door, which had been left unlocked.  The deputy then observed the suspect leave the scene in what appeared to be a newer model green Kia Soul. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity of the suspect seen in this photograph, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call; once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  Several weeks later in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a different bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft where it was learned an ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing. 

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify following members and affiliates of the Brothers East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas 

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA 

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

Between September 23 and 26 they were all apprehended and arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned Michael L. Cupp, 44, Dayton, Texas, the leader of the B*EAST Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was also involved in the ATM thefts.  On November 12 CPSO VCIU detectives along with FBI Beaumont and Dayton Police Department located and arrested Cupp.  He was booked into Liberty County Jail in Texas and charged with racketeering.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $15,000. 

               

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2019 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2019 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
1525 Cypress Street, 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, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is 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 2019 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME LOCATION

Tuesday, December 3 Vinton LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1302 Center St., Vinton

Wednesday, December 4 DeQuincy LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 618 E Center St., DeQuincy

Thursday, December 5 Moss Bluff LEC
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 2019 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2019. Any payments received after December 31, 2019 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Kirkman Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated three men; identified as Jacoby J. Richmond, 29, 2409 Elaine Street, Westlake, Javeon J. Green, 19, 1909 3rd Street, Lake Charles, and Deonta D. Bartie, 19, 625 Dixy Drive, Lake Charles, pointed a gun at him and forced him to hand over an AK-47, which was located in the vehicle with him.

           

After further investigation on November 7 Judge Sharon Wilson signed warrants in the amount of $95,000 for the arrests of Richmond and Bartie and $120,000 for the arrest of Green.  Several days later, on November 9, Richmond and Green were located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green is additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.    

 

Detectives attempted to locate Bartie, who is charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm, but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Bartie.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

As of this date, the AK-47 has not been recovered.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of Ernest Street and West Hale Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dillon S. Johnson, 26, 5532 Central Drive, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with glassy eyes.  The deputy also observed Johnson to have a hard time maintaining his balance.  While speaking with the deputy Johnson advised he had drank three alcoholic beverages.  Johnson also stated he had been consuming alcohol since approximately noon until an hour before driving. 

After Johnson performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Johnson, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and two brake lights required.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,250.   

 

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On November 3 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 90 East and Cappo Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.  After the deputy activated his lights and siren the driver of the car continued traveling eastbound on Highway 90.  The driver continued driving for approximately 2 miles, until he pulled into a business on Highway 397. 

           

Once the car was stopped the deputy gave the driver numerous instructions and commands to exit the vehicle and walk backwards; which the driver was unable to follow.  When the deputy eventually made contact with the driver, Phillip A. Reed, 40, 3113 Admiral King Street, Lake Charles, he smelt an odor of phencyclidine (PCP).  The deputy also learned Reed, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, had a suspended driver’s license.  Reed was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for standard field sobriety testing.

 

While speaking with the deputy, Reed stated he had a little alcohol and took prescription medications.  After performing poorly on a standard field sobriety test Reed submitted to breath intoxilyzer testing; which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Reed to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  While at the hospital Reed referenced smoking cigarettes dipped in PCP to the deputy.   

 

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; resisting an officer by flight; left of center; improper lane use; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $52,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and an ignition interlock device.

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.          


C.A.T TEAM CONDUCTS PROSTITUTION STING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, November 7 the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team), comprised of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, Lake Charles Police Department, and Iowa Police Department, concluded a six month investigation targeting prostitution at massage parlors in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation it was learned there were several businesses in the area that were operating under the pretenses of a massage parlor but in fact were being utilized for prostitution purposes. 

The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals from 6 different massage parlors. 

 

Asian Massage, 425 West McNeese Street, Lake Charles

·         Jing Yu, 36, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Yuzhi He, 48, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Oriental Massage, 210 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles

·         Kai Wei, 54, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Chunfang Wu, 52, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Ling Asian Massage, 3715 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Yan Hun, 48, Seattle, WA – prostitution by massage

·         Yan Ni, 48, Tacoma, WA – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Yan Linhui, 57, Tacoma, WA – letting a premise for prostitution

 

Relaxing Massage, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles

·         Lin Yan, 46, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

Rose Massage, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Can Zhou, 37, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Xic Shuqun, 36, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles - prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

 

J&J Spa, 3411 Ryan Street, Lake Charles

·         Zhaohui Zhu, 47, Shreveport, LA – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

The suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released on misdemeanor summonses.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.   


CPSO IDENTIFY VICTIM AND STILL SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 29 at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, Willis P. Jones, 32, Starks, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

During further investigation it was learned a car was traveling northbound on Green Moore Road at which time they struck Jones, who was standing in the middle of the roadway.  The driver pulled over and attempted to flag down another vehicle for help, at which time a car traveling southbound struck Jones.  The driver of the second car did not stop.

 

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights. 

 

The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to several children being left home alone. 

 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who advised they were notified that a 3 year old, 2 year old and two 6 month olds had been left alone for an extended period of time.  While on scene the father of the children, Marcus J. Montgomery, 28, Lake Charles, returned to the residence.  When detectives spoke with him he stated he left the residence to walk to the store.  Further investigation revealed the children had been left home alone for over an hour.

 

Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,000.

 

The children were released to the care of their mother. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from two students at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boys threated to shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised one of the boys stated he was going to shoot up the school after he went to the gun store and the other boy advised he has a gun ready. 

           

Both boys were arrested and charged with terrorizing.  One was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and the other was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).    

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Josh Smith and Remy Miller and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS WASHINGTON MARION STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a gun on the campus at Washington Marion High School. 

            

A student reported to the CPSO School Resource Officer that a 16 year old boy had a gun in his backpack at school.  After a search of the 16 year old's backpack, an unloaded gun was found, along with one live round wrapped in some paper.

 

The juvenile was arrested and will be charged with possession of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

The student who reported to the SRO that a gun was in a backpack will be recommended for a reward under a special Crimestopper program that encourages students to report guns on school campuses.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred this past Election Day, Saturday, October 12, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in a school parking lot in Starks. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car.  The truck is a white Ford F150, four door base model 4x4.  The truck also has a decorative license plate on the front.

          

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this hit & run, to contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to cruelty to juveniles.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with the victim who stated her mother, Monica L. Juarez, 34, Sulphur, hit her in the forehead with her fist during an argument.  Deputies observed a raised knot on the victim’s head.  When detectives spoke with Juarez she advised detectives there was a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation between her and the 12 year old victim.  Juarez also told detectives she pulled the girl’s hair during the altercation.    

           

Juarez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  She was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt. 

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights.  The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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?  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. 

               

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.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS CPAS STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Calcasieu Parish Alternative School (CPAS) in Lake Charles was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned during class, a 13 year old girl stated someone needed to come shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised the girl threatened to shoot the teacher.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

 CPSO School Resource Officers Shaun Fagnant and Cornell Guidry along with Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE/BICYCLE ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles -

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an accident involving a bicycle and a Jeep in Starks. The investigation revealed Charles Edgar, Jr., 62, Starks, was riding his bicycle in the middle of the roadway traveling south on Old River Road near the intersection of JE Miller Road.  The driver of the Jeep, who was also traveling south, struck Edgar’s bicycle from behind.  Further investigation revealed that Edgar, who was wearing dark clothing, had no front or rear lights on the bicycle and the area where the crash occurred was dark because there were no street lights.   

   

Edgar was pronounced dead at the scene.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver of the Jeep.

 

Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 11 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of North Highway 171 and Moeling Street in Lake Charles after the deputy observed the car obstructing traffic.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Telly Ross, Sr., 45, Napoleonville, LA, he discovered Ross, a sex offender who was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2013 in Assumption Parish, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  The deputy also learned Ross had a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; obstruction of a public passage; and driving under suspension for prior offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $16,000 with no release until cleared by Probation & Parole. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible

 

CPSO Cpl. Brent Smith is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR AUTO THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an auto theft. 

           

When deputies arrived they viewed surveillance footage from businesses in the area which showed a burgundy Ford with white trim around the bottom drive into the parking lot of the store and park next to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked and running.  Deputies then observed the passenger in the Ford exit the truck and enter the victim’s truck and drive out of the parking lot.  A short time later deputies located the stolen truck at the dead end of Tammy’s Lane in Lake Charles and learned a .40 caliber handgun along with over $4,500 worth of power tools and construction equipment had been stolen from the truck.

           

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about this theft, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FORGERY & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 8 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $975, being cashed at a local bank in Lake Charles several days earlier.  It was also learned the suspect attempted to cash another check at a different bank in Lake Charles, but left before the check was verified by bank personnel. 

               

During further investigation detectives learned the checks had been stolen during a vehicle burglary in Kinder on August 3.  Detectives also learned the suspect used an ID, that had been reported stolen with the Lake Charles Police Department in February, to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect.  If anyone recognizes the man seen in this photograph, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

***UPDATE: The suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.***

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Sunday, September 29 on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

 

The truck is believed to be a white 2012 or later model GMC Sierra, extended cab.  The truck will have damage to the passenger side bumper and front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Alexander at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible child abuse.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 5 year old girl arrived at school with what appeared to be a belt mark across her face.  When detectives spoke with the girl she stated her mother, Krystal A. Simpson, 36, Lake Charles, had whipped her on numerous occasions.  Detectives observed the victim’s legs and back, which contained old and new bruising.  Detectives spoke with Simpson who confirmed she whipped the girl but stated it was only on the butt.  Simpson also told detectives she did not cause all the markings on the victim but that the child self-harmed.  After further investigation detectives learned Simpson had been neglectful in her care for the victim since her birth.  Detectives also learned at one point the Department of Child and Family Services placed the girl in foster care but was later placed back in the care of Simpson. 

         

On October 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Simpson’s arrest.  Simpson was located the following day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles; and 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles. 

 

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

 

The child was placed with family members.

 

 

Note: This is an old mugshot of Simpson.  We do not have a current mugshot at this time.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel on Ruth Street in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the hotel with a gun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with other items and detectives believe he fled the area on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a black male with braids, wearing a turquoise and gray shirt or jacket, blue jeans with holes and black tennis shoes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy was in the school office when he threatened to come back and shoot up the school.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a care facility in Lake Charles regarding unauthorized transactions from the business’s account.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who stated they conducted a monthly audit of the facilities bank account and learned between September 9 - 20 there was over $10,000 of unauthorized transactions. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a transaction summary and learned some of the charges were made from PayPal and Facebook with an account name of Lamikaa D. Wilkins, 42, 205 Contour Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives learned Wilkins was an employee at the care facility and was in charge of making purchases for the facility. 

 

On September 28 Wilkins was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $5,000 but less than $25,000.  She was released later the same day on a $10,000 ROR bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE WHEN BABY TESTED POSITIVE FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles –

 

On September 26 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 16 month old girl had tested positive for methamphetamines.

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Latoya N. Rideau, 32, Lake Charles, who advised deputies she was using meth while breastfeeding the girl.  She was also found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking an additional two bags of meth was located clinched in Rideau’s hands.  Deputies asked Rideau if she had any additional drugs in her possession to which she stated no; but during a search deputies located an additional bag of meth concealed inside her bra. 

 

Rideau is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of a juvenile; introduction of contraband into a penal institution; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $12,000.

               

CPSO Sgt. Brian Batchelor and Cpl. Jacob Williams were the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 & ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call.  Once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  After further investigation detectives learned the suspects used a stolen forklift, which had been left at the scene, to load the ATM into a truck.   Later the same day detectives recovered a truck, which had been previously reported stolen, along with the stolen ATM in the bed, near State Street and Sheridan Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives learned hours prior to the ATM theft the suspects had stolen the forklift from a business across the street from the bank where the theft occurred and had stolen the truck from a business on Westwood Road in Westlake.

   

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft.  When they arrived on scene they observed the ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing.  They also located a trailer and a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.  During the initial investigation it was learned the trailer located at the bank, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles the night prior to the ATM theft.  It was also learned the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles around the same time the trailer and truck were stolen.  Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bayou D’Inde Pass in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle on fire.  Once on scene deputies located the burnt truck, which they learned was the stolen truck from the business on Highway 90, along with a burned ATM, which was from the bank in Westlake.   

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify the following members and affiliates of the Brother East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas  (outstanding warrant)

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA  (outstanding warrant)

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         James Hicks, 33, Huffman, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

On September 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Houston Police Department, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, ATF, FBI-Beaumont Branch, Beaumont Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department, Beaumont Fire & Medical, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officer of Inspector General, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Texas DPS located and arrested Hightower, Owens, Scott, Hicks and Breaux.  Cupp and Fontenot currently have warrants out for their arrest and are considered fugitives. 

  

They are all charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering.  Judge David Ritchie set Breaux’s bond at $263,000 and all other bonds at $600,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Cupp and Fontenot.  If anyone knows of their whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.   If anyone is harboring or assisting these fugitives in any way, they may be arrested and charged accordingly.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

 

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday, September 25, Melvin Cupp turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Earlier this morning Joshua Leroy Fontenot was arrested in Orange, Texas by Texas authorities after a traffic stop.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to children that were left at home with no guardian.

           

When the deputy arrived at the home he made contact with the mother of the children, Mary N. Semien, 23, Lake Charles.  When questioned by the deputy Semien stated she left her children, ages 4, 2, 1 and 3 months, home alone for approximately 10 to 15 minutes while she went to a neighbor’s house.  When the deputy entered the home he observed the children locked in a bedroom with no air conditioner running and three of the four children had soiled diapers.  The deputy also observed the home to be in poor living condition with very little food.  Upon a search of the home the deputy located synthetic marijuana and a dog which was emaciated and full of bugs, with no food or water for the dog in the house. 

           

After detectives interviewed Semien she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of cruelty to juveniles; cruelty to animals; possession of synthetic marijuana; and illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of juveniles.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $6,000.

           

Emergency medical personnel were called on scene to evaluate the children and they were released to a family member by the Department of Children and Family Services.  

           

Calcasieu Parish Animal Services responded and removed the dog.

           

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan IV is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Monte Gentry in the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned last night that the 16 year old boy had posted a video to his social media.  In the video the boy made a comment about Barbe High School while waving an airsoft gun.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and have a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.  “If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Barry R. Veale, 32, Texas.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised in 2018 Veale was inappropriately touching the victim, who was 4 years old at the time.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On August 22 Veale was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued the same day for his arrest in the amount of $200,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie. 

           

On September 6 Veale was arrested in Fort Bend, Texas and on September 17 he was extradited back to Calcasieu Parish and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  He was released on bond later the same day. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR POSSIBLE THREAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation the CPSO School Resource Officer was advised by school personnel that students had informed them a 13 year old girl’s biography on her social media account stated, “I’ll be the next school shooter,” along with an emoji of a handgun.  When detectives spoke with the girl she advised she had updated her biography about a month ago.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Katie Hebert is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives division received a complaint regarding Kyle J. Faul, 33, 457 Scheufens Road, Lake Charles, stalking his ex-girlfriend and an acquaintance of hers.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Faul had sent the ex-girlfriend threatening messages and videos over social media.  In one of the videos sent to the victim detectives observed Faul burning a wooden cross and damaging some of her belongings.  

           

On September 11, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Faul’s arrest.  He was located the following day at a local hotel and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with cyberstalking; stalking; intimidating, impeding, or injuring a witness; and burning a cross intent to intimidate.  He is being held with no bond.

             

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael G. Miller is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday, September 15 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who stated they heard the 12 year old boy makes threats at school on Friday.  When detectives spoke with the boy he advised during lunch he stated he would be the next school shooter.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Lake Charles College Prep after receiving a call of a 17 year old boy that possibly had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned the student had been detained by school personnel.  They were advised by the school staff that a handgun was located in the student’s backpack.  After further investigation it was learned the gun had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; and possession of a stolen firearm.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, September 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school later this month.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat during class when students were present.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Tomas Juarez is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 5,  the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and has been charged with 2nd degree murder.     

The victim has been identified as Tracy R. Byrne, 40, homeless and not native to Lake Charles,

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today around 10:40 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green is currently being booked in and will be charged with 2nd degree murder.   

  

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin W. Richey, 38, Starks, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old girl in January.  When detectives spoke with Richey he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl on numerous occasions, some of which were in a different state.

           

Richey was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $350,000.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Big Lake Road near Big Lake Pines Road in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect struck a fence twice and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect’s van has been identified as 2001 to 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, light blue in color.  The van is missing a driver’s side headlight and rear bumper, it also has damage to the front end.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-0104067 if leaving a message.

 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION & DRUG CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a 2 year old boy in the middle of the road on Nichols Street in Vinton.  The caller advised dispatchers that the boy, who was in the road for an unknown amount of time, was brought back to his home by a witness. 

 

Upon arrival deputies located the child’s mother, Anastasia J. Waddell, 34, Vinton, who was passed out in a chair in the living room.  Deputies observed what is believed to be synthetic marijuana in Waddell’s lap.  Deputies were able to wake up Waddell at which time a search of the home revealed additional illegal narcotics along with drug paraphernalia. 

 

Waddell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion; illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of synthetic marijuana; and possession of CDS IV.  Her bond is still pending.

 

The child was released to the custody of his father by the Department of Children & Family Services.   

 

CPSO Deputy John Montgomery is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 16 and ends September 2, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased deputies on the road, aimed at reducing the toll of drunk driving. 

 

“Research shows every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in a drunk driving accident.  According to the NHTSA in 2017 an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO RE-ARREST MAN FOR 14 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH 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.  On April 12, when questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.  He 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.

           

After further investigation detectives searched social media records between Casteel and the victim and learned that on at least fourteen occasions Casteel engaged in lewd and inappropriate communication with the girl.  On August 5 Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Casteel’s arrest.  On August 14 Judge Wyatt reduced Casteel’s bond to $25,000 and he turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division the following day.  Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

   

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

CPSO DEPUTIES WELCOME BACK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Tomorrow, August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be visiting all elementary schools in Calcasieu Parish to welcome students back on their first day of school.   “This is something new we started this year to get kids excited about their first day,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “It is also a great way for kids to connect with deputies and build a positive relationship with law enforcement.”

           

The deputies will be at the school from 7:15 a.m. until school starts for the day.

CPSO ADMIN OFFICES TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY @ NOON

Lake Charles –

 

Due to necessary repairs that need to be made to the mechanical sewer system, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Administration Building at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles will close at noon Wednesday, August 14 and reopen Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 a.m.

           

Emergency operations will not be affected in any way.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Easy Street in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the theft occurred on July 29 around 3:45 a.m.  Detectives viewed video surveillance which showed a truck driving into the gate at the business and the driver exit the truck and cut the lock, gaining access to the property.  The driver then backed up near a storage shed, where he stole over $14,000 worth of tools. 

 

The truck, which was pulling a small trailer, is described as a white four door Dodge with a spare tire on the rear driver’s side.  If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity the truck seen in this photograph, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the area of Manchester Road and McCown Road in Iowa in reference to a man being hit by a truck.

           

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling westbound on McCown Road when he struck a pedestrian, who was walking in the middle of the roadway.  The pedestrian, Marcus K. Mallet, 37, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 5 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Wayne’s Bar and Deli on Hwy 27 in Sulphur in reference to a burglary.

           

When deputies arrived they learned, earlier that morning, suspects cut a hole in the exterior wall of the business, causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage, to gain access in the video poker room.  Once inside the suspects destroyed three poker machines and gained access to the cash boxes located inside the machines.

           

After further investigation and viewing surveillance footage at the business detectives were able to identify three suspects responsible; Oda Soileau, III, 48, Kelley K. Finney, 42, both of 2416 Drum Drive, and Robert R. Kilgore, II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, all of Lake Charles. 

           

On August 8 Soileau and Finney were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $110,000 for Kilgore’s arrest.  They are all charged with criminal damage to property over $50,000; simple burglary; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Soileau’s bond at $110,000 and Finney’s bond at $60,000.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kilgore is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

 

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


2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Under the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one color copier, one shredder and one hostage negotiation kit to include command/communication module and throw phone.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $36,553.00.  The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 23, 2018 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research (337-491-3716).

CPSO & WLPD SEARCHING FOR THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 3 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft.

           

When they arrived on scene they observed the ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing.  They also located a trailer along with a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.  During the initial investigation it was learned the trailer located at the bank, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  It was also learned the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles. 

           

During further investigation detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Westlake Police Department obtained video surveillance from the area near the bank along with the areas near the businesses where the truck, trailer and forklift were stolen.  After watching the surveillance detectives observed the stolen truck pulling the stolen trailer and forklift travel to the bank and steal the ATM. 

           

Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bayou D’inde Pass in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle on fire.  Once on scene deputies located the burnt truck, which they learned was the stolen truck from the business on Highway 90, along with a burned ATM, which was from the bank in Westlake.

           

Detectives believe there are possibly 3 suspects involved and possibly another vehicle, described as a dark colored Dodge truck.   CPSO and WLPD are asking if anyone has information regarding these incidents or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs to contact either the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or the Westlake Police Department at 433-4151. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit are working the stolen truck, trailer and forklift and Westlake Police Department detectives are working the stolen ATM.  


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes detectives arrested convicted sex offender, Jason C. Thibodeaux, 18, 102 Coffee Street, DeQuincy, after it was learned he had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives her and Thibodeaux, who was her boyfriend, had sexual intercourse on numerous occasions between July and August.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Thibodeaux but were unsuccessful, and on August 2 Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for his arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

           

Although, according to state law, this case meets the requirements of a misdemeanor charge due to the ages of the suspect and victim; Thibodeaux is being charged with felony charges due to his prior sex offender conviction.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a possible rape.

 

When detectives spoke with the victim she stated a man she had just recently met raped her at gunpoint and stole her phone.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Mathan M. Thompson, 22, 214 N. Booker Street, Lake Charles.

 

On July 31 detectives interviewed Thompson, at which time he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and armed robbery.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $850,000.   

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARREST 2 AND ISSUE 2 WARRANTS FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT & DAMAGE AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an IPhone.  The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside.  The suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desks and destroyed a Promethean Board.  The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.    

               

After further investigation and releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives were able to identify the suspects as Seth R. Bordelon, 18, Mamou, Thomas D. Berzas, 20, Elton, Mitchell M. Hughes, 21, and a 17 year old juvenile both of Lake Charles.  On July 29 the juvenile was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.  The following day July 30, Bordelon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  On  July 31, Judge Davis signed warrants for the arrest of Berzas in the amount of $13,000 and Hughes in the amount of $7,000.  The juvenile, Bordelon and Berzas are charged with simple burglary; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and unauthorized entry into a place of business.  Hughes, who was not responsible for the second incident that occurred at the school, is charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.

           

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



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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, July 23 around 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on Engleside Drive in Lake Charles.  Once on scene the deputy spoke with the complainant who stated a .9mm Beretta was stolen from inside his truck, which had been left unlocked.

           

Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives were able to retrieve surveillance footage from homes in the area which showed an unknown man riding a bicycle in the area of Engleside Drive and Woodruff Street earlier the same morning.  Detectives viewed the suspect attempting to gain access into vehicles from approximately 2:30 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity of the suspect seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT & DAMAGE AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an IPhone.  The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside. 

 

While investigating the initial complaint detectives were advised by school personnel the suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desk and destroyed a Promethean Board.  The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspects seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, who stated she had been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa, whom the victim was found with in the motel, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Miller and Citizen were both incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.   Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

During the investigation detectives were able to identify four men with whom the victim was forced to have sex; Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Jason D. Bryant, 19, 2530 Dewey Street, Tyler D. Lawson, 26, 1741 O’Brien Street, and Kelly Johnson, Jr., 27, 2009 Medora Street, all of Lake Charles.  Tompkins was already incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correction Center on unrelated charges and the other three men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between June 19 and 20.  Tompkins, Bryant and Lawson are charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and Johnson is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Tompkins’ and Lawson’s bonds at $250,000; Bryant’s bond at $1.5 million; and Johnson’s bond at $2 million.

           

During further investigation detectives learned of another suspect, Mayur K. Patel, 39, Houston, Texas, that was responsible for trafficking the victim for sex at the motel where she was found, which Patel managed.  Detectives also learned Patel had sexual intercourse with victim.  On July 19 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Patel’s arrest to be held with no bond for human trafficking and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  On July 26 he was located in Houston and extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in.     

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


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

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Jonathan D. Carlin, 40, 136 John King Road, Ragley, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Carlin had been employed for the company in Lake Charles since 2014.  On July 24 deputies located Carlin at his jobsite at which time he was found to be in possession and operating a company vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.     

 

Carlin, who was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Texas in 2002, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender.  He was released the following day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.  The investigation is continuing. 

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday July 17 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the dead end of D. Williams Road off of Rigmaiden Rd. in DeQuincy in reference to a dead body.  When deputies arrived they observed the body of a black male laying on the side of the road.  Detectives identified the victim as Zacchaeus H. Burton, 29, Baton Rouge.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Burton had arrived in Calcasieu Parish on Tuesday by bus from Baton Rouge and was staying with an acquaintance, Nathaniel Mitchell, III, 40, 307 Redwood Avenue, Iowa.  Detectives believe Burton and Mitchell traveled separately to the DeQuincy area on Wednesday where Burton was subsequently murdered later the same day around noon.  Detectives believe he was killed and then badly burned in the same location where his body was found.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Mitchell for 2nd degree murder.  Detectives learned Mitchell boarded a plane in Lake Charles to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 21; and now consider him a fleeing fugitive.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mitchell is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605 (or call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous).

               

On July 24 after further investigation detectives identified another suspect responsible for the murder of Burton as George A. Buck, 27, Lake Charles.  Detectives learned Buck, who is an acquaintance of Mitchell, met up with him in DeQuincy, where the murder occurred.  Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Buck’s arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

           

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR IOWA MAN IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday July 17 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the dead end of D. Williams Road off of Rigmaiden Rd. in DeQuincy in reference to a dead body.  When deputies arrived they observed the body of a black male laying on the side of the road.  Initially detectives were unable to identify the body by conventional means due to it being severely burned.  After DNA testing the victim was identified as Zacchaeus H. Burton, 29, Baton Rouge.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Burton had arrived in Calcasieu Parish on Tuesday by bus from Baton Rouge and was staying with an acquaintance, Nathaniel Mitchell, III, 40, 307 Redwood Avenue, Iowa.  Detectives believe Burton and Mitchell traveled separately to the DeQuincy area on Wednesday where Burton was subsequently murdered later the same day around noon.  Detectives believe he was killed and then badly burned in the same location where his body was found.

           

After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Mitchell for 2nd degree murder.  Detectives learned Mitchell boarded a plane in Lake Charles to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 21; and now consider him a fleeing fugitive.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mitchell is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605 (or call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous).

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.

           

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

UPDATE:  Mitchell was arrested July 29, after he turned himself in.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

CPSO ARRESTS PARENTS OF INFANT FOR CRUELTY & DRUGS & GRANDMOTHER FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting a welfare check be conducted at a home on Goodman Road in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised that the parents of a 2 month old baby girl were possibly smoking illegal narcotics inside the home with the baby present.

           

When deputies arrived they observed the home to be unclean with no running water, food, or formula.  The deputies observed roaches and flies inside the home.  The infant was dirty and was wearing a soiled diaper and had such a severe case of diaper rash that the diaper had to be removed by emergency medical personnel.  Deputies observed her to have sores on her body and appeared to malnourished.  When deputies spoke to the parents, Crystal J. Roberts, 37, and Herbert J. Thibodeaux, Jr., 34, along with the grandmother, Anthonette K. Thibodeaux, 58, all of Lake Charles, they admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana in front of the child.  During a subsequent search of the home deputies located illegal narcotics. 

           

All three were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Roberts and H. Thibodeaux were charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Roberts’ bond at $16,000 and H. Thibodeaux’s bond at $8,500.   A. Thibodeaux was charged with illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $6,000.

 

The infant was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was put in the custody of Department of Child & Family Services.

           

CPSO Deputy Chelsey Gault was the arresting officer on this case and CPSO Detectives Shelley Trahan and Ben Hare are the lead investigators on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an altercation during a party. 

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with witnesses at the home who stated Jason R. Goodwin, Jr., 20, 802 ½ Loree Street, Vinton, pulled out a handgun during the party and began pointing it at people.  Witnesses stated a physical altercation ensued between Goodwin and another person at which time the weapon was discharged, striking a 13 year old girl.  Goodwin then fired the weapon again and struck a man.  Witnesses stated people began fleeing the home at which time Goodwin chased someone outside and continued to fire the weapon several times and then fled the scene on foot.

           

Deputies located Goodwin in a nearby RV park and after a brief foot pursuit he was arrested.  Deputies also located the gun in a ditch nearby the home where the shootings took place. 

           

Goodwin was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $550,000. 

           

The victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a 9 year old girl.  The investigation revealed between the dates of June 17-22 and July 1-7, Khalil D. Tyler, 23, 1709 Bryant Court, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl on numerous occasions.  Tyler confirmed the allegations.

           

Tyler was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on July 18 and charged with 3 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of attempted 1st degree rape; 3 counts of sexual battery; and 7 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

           

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,850,000.

           

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

 On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a Snap Chat picture of a rifle labeled “Don’t go to school tomorrow.”  The IP address on the picture linked it to the home on Lutte Tigre Lane.  One of the males in the home, Lucas J. McClellan, 22, Nashville, TN, confirmed to deputies he had posted the picture.  He is visiting Lake Charles from Nashville.

           

McClellan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $5,000.

           

CPSO Detectives Lauren Cowick and Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators on this case.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD & OTHER CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish deputies were dispatched to 202 E Jim Pickens Rd., Lot #5, Sulphur, in reference to a 911 hang-up call. When they arrived they observed Marilyn Clavier, 54, standing outside of her vehicle screaming. Clavier locked herself in her vehicle when deputies drove up.  When given verbal commands for her to get out of the vehicle, she started her vehicle, put it into reverse crashing into a CPSO patrol unit, and nearly hitting two deputies. She then placed her vehicle into drive and ran over cinder blocks lining the property roadway leaving the scene initiating a pursuit by deputies.  After a short pursuit, Clavier’s vehicle came to a stop at the corner of Highway 27 and Napoleon St.

 

Clavier was transported to a local hospital after deputies obtained a warrant to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd offense; 2 counts of aggravated assault; hit & run driving; aggravated flight from an officer; and possession of marijuana.

           

Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $11,750.00

           

CPSO Deputy Britt Poindexter is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

On June 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Ham Reid Rd. near Lake St. in front of Leap into Learning Day Care in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect vehicle was traveling east on Ham Reid Rd. at a high rate of speed when it narrowly missed a pedestrian but did strike and kill two dogs being walked on a leash by the pedestrian. 

               

After further investigation detectives learned the drive of the car was Gabriel C. Sonnier, 22, 5722 Perry Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Sonnier but learned he left the state after the hit and run.

           

On July 3 Judge Guy Bradberry issued a warrant for Sonnier’s arrest in the amount of $185,000 for hit and run driving; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; and aggravated cruelty to animals.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE 9 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER & 1 COUNT OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On July 8 convicted sex offender Frederick A. Lemieux, 200 Teal Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During an investigation detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit learned Lemieux failed to register with law enforcement on eight different occasions.  Detectives also learned he failed to pay his annual fees, as well as, acquire a sex offender identification card; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender ID requirements.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $450,000.

 

Lemieux was convicted of 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and two counts of aggravated oral sexual battery in 1989 in Jefferson Parish.  He was later convicted of aggravated sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2013 in Jefferson Parish. 

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR WEATHER THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the citizens that a hurricane threat is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana.   While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Saturday with possible rainfall totals anywhere from 10-20” which would result in significant flooding.

           

“All of the law enforcement agencies, as well as Office of Homeland Security, in Calcasieu have been in contact with each other and we are all on the same page,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Our main concern for all of us is the safety of our citizens.”

           

The Sheriff’s Office has all of their high water resources deployed on both sides of the parish.  “We are prepared for a worst case scenario but hoping for a best case scenario,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

           

Mancuso urges all citizens to make hurricane preparedness a priority. Awareness and preparedness are the keys to securing the safety and well-being of your family and property,” cautioned Sheriff Mancuso.

           

Here are some tips to be prepared:

 

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

·         Have disaster supplies on hand (flashlights and extra batteries; first aid kit and manual; battery-operated radio and extra batteries; emergency food and water; non electric can openers; essential   medicines; cash; credit cards and sturdy shoes).

·         Make arrangements for pets.

·         Ensure that family members know how to respond after a hurricane.

·         Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police or fire department.

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

·         Check into flood insurance.

·         Develop an emergency communication plan so that family members can reunite if separated.

 

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

·         Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.

·         If in a mobile home, check tie downs and evacuate immediately.

·         Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.

·         Avoid elevators.

 

IF AT HOME:

·         Stay inside. Keep away from windows or glass doors.

·         Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.  Avoid open flames such as candles.

·         If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.

 

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

·         Leave as soon as possible.  Avoid flooded roads and bridges.

·         Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve.

·         Tell someone out of the storm area where you are going.

·         Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding, if time permits.

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

Concludes Sheriff Mancuso, “While we can’t stop the forces of a hurricane or tropical storm, we can take steps to limit our vulnerability to their destructive nature.  Now is the time to devise an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family.  Our goal is help keep you safe.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is prepared.  Are you?”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 39 COUNTS OF OBSCENITY & 2 COUNTS OF HARASSMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to Kenneth S. Raimer, 52, 16590 Ja Elle Drive, Iowa.  They advised detectives were currently working an obscenity case and learned there were several possible victims in Calcasieu Parish. 

               

During the investigation detectives spoke with three woman who advised they received messages from Raimer, who was an acquaintance of all three woman, by Facebook or text.  The women said the messages they received from Raimer eventually turned sexual in nature.  They also stated to detectives Raimer sent numerous nude photographs to them.  One of the victims stated she advised Raimer to stop communicating with her on two occasions.   

 

On July 9 Raimer was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 39 counts of obscenity; and 2 counts of telephone harassment.  He was released later the same day on a $31,000 bond.

           

CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on these cases. 

CPSO RE-ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located one of the juveniles and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, 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 on April 2 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. 

           

On July 2 CPSO detectives received information that Braxton had sexual intercourse with another juvenile, who is 14 years old, sometime in February while he was housed at Boys Village.  On July 3 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and malfeasance in office sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner.  Braxton was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on July 9. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Houston River Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a witness who stated they were traveling westbound on Houston River Road when a car passed them in a no passing zone at a high rate of speed.  They advised deputies that further down the road they observed the car drift off the roadway to the left.  The preliminary investigation revealed after the car drifted off the roadway for unknown reasons, it struck a driveway and ditch, went airborne and traveled over 300 feet before striking a culvert.  The driver, Austin W. Hebert, 35, Vinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

It appears speed may be the cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On June 30 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of North Perkins Ferry Road and Gillis Cut-Off Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a two vehicle accident.   Once deputies arrived on scene they spoke with witnesses who stated the driver of a truck, later identified as Bryan L. Fontenot, 50, 3547 H. Broussard Road, Sulphur, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane for approximately 2 miles at which time he struck a car. 

 

When deputies spoke with Fontenot they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Fontenot to have unsteady balance; almost falling over several times.  When speaking with Fontenot he stated he drank 3 beers the previous night.  Fontenot also stated to deputies he was traveling from Welsh to Vinton and believed he was traveling on Old Spanish Trail.  Fontenot  refused to submit to standard field sobriety testing.  He was then arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he 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; vehicular negligent injury; carless operation; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $60,000 with a special condition being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

           

CPSO Deputy Chelsey Gault was the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on the vehicle crash. 

CPSO ISSUES WARRANT FOR MAN FOR RAPE AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE & ARREST WIFE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Allen J. Fontenot, 39, 2126 9th Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl the previous day.  After an investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Allen’s arrest in the amount of $450,000 for charges of 1st degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

           

On June 18 detectives were contact by Allen’s wife, Rachel H. Fontenot, 30, 2126 9th Street, Lake Charles, who advised she wanted to give a statement in reference to the case involving Allen.  When speaking with detectives Rachel gave a possible location where Allen could be found; detectives responded to the location but were unable to locate Allen.  Later the same day detectives spoke with Rachel again, she advised them she had lied in her original statement.  Rachel stated she had met with Allen before initially meeting with detectives and transported him to another location. 

           

Rachel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and accessories after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $30,000. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Allen.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.            

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

On June 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Ham Reid Rd. near Lake St. in front of Leap into Learning Day Care in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.

           

The suspect vehicle as traveling east on Ham Reid Rd. at a high rate of speed when it narrowly missed a pedestrian but did strike and kill two dogs being walked on a leash by the pedestrian.  The vehicle is believed to be a silver 2010 Infinity G37.  It was closely followed by a small black car, unknown make and model.  It is believed the vehicles were traveling together.  The suspect vehicle suffered obvious damage to the lower front passenger headlight area including missing body panels.

           

If anyone knows of a vehicle matching this description or has information about this hit & run, please contact CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 4 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a community pool at a mobile home park off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning. 

           

When deputies arrived they were informed a 4 year old boy was found at the bottom of the swimming pool.  Deputies were advised the boy had been at the pool with family members.

           

Life saving measures were performed on the boy until emergency medical personnel arrived, at which time he was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 1 FOR RAPE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa.  After interviewing the girl,  detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.   Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.  Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000.  Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify three more men with whom the victim was forced to have sex; Jason D. Bryant, 19, 2530 Dewey Street, Tyler D. Lawson, 26, 1741 O’Brien Street, and Kelly Johnson, Jr., 27, 2009 Medora Street, all of Lake Charles.  Between June 19 and 20 all three men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Bryant and Lawson are charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and Johnson is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Bryant’s bond at $1.5 million; Lawson’s bond at $250,000; and Johnson’s bond at $2 million.   

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & 1 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa. 

 

During the investigation and after interviewing the girl,  detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.

 

Between June 10 and 13 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all four suspects.  Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.  Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000.  Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.  Detectives also have reason to believe there may be more juvenile victims, so if anyone has any additional information on this case or these suspects, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 9 at approximately 10 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a pharmacy on Highway 14 in Lake Charles.  When deputies arrived they were advised by the complainant that two men entered the store armed with a knife and took a set of headphones and some food and left the store. 

           

Detectives arrived on scene at which time they viewed video surveillance from inside the store.  A short time later detectives were able to locate the suspects, later identified as Aaron J. Carvin, 27, and Nicholas D. Carvin, 26, both of 3425 Polk Street, Lake Charles, near the store. 

           

When detectives spoke with Aaron and Nicholas they confirmed they were involved in the robbery.  They also advised detectives they were responsible for other robberies that had taken place at the same pharmacy.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Aaron’s bond at $255,000 and Nicholas’ bond at $155,000.

           

Detectives are currently looking into the other robberies mentioned by the suspects; more arrest and charges are possible.

           

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


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

Between November 29 and December 26, 2019, 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 seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.  Deputies also assisted shoppers in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14. 

 

Deputies were 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 could provide.

 

Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:

·         1,265 assistance calls

·         776 total business checks

·         1 unlocked vehicle

·         7 assists to other agencies

·         5 shoplifting incidents

·         36 suspicious persons

·         17 misdemeanor summons / arrests

·         1 fight

·         22 vehicle-traffic related incidents

 

CPSO deputies worked this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They were not hired by the mall or nor were they doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lots.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service during the holiday season for over 15 years.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 5 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Sam’s Cove in Westlake in reference to a theft.

           

When deputies arrived they learned a short time earlier, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an unknown man broke into a gaming machine, gaining access to the cash box located inside, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  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 is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  January 6, 2020

TIME:   9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

Roll Call

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on June 3, 2019   

No Old Business   

New Business:

 

1. A resolution ordering and calling for the renewal of and to authorize the continued levy and collection of an existing ad valorem property tax, not to exceed 7.58 mills on the dollar of assessed valuation of all property subject to taxation within the District, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about May 9, 2020, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission.  The current 7.58 Mill Ad Valorem Property Tax,, expires on December 31, 2020, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on January 1, 2021 and expire on December 31, 2030. 

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

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

 

CPSO CAPTAIN BEN ANGERSTEIN GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Captain Ben Angerstein graduated from the 278th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 20, 2019.  He was one of 258 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states and 29 international countries.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Angerstein also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Captain Angerstein has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1990.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY OF NEWBORN IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, December 25 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of High Hope Road an Ash Drive in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a SUV was traveling west on High Hope Road when it left the roadway.  The SUV jumped a driveway then hit a culvert causing the SUV to flip.  A 6 day old newborn, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver along with 2 other passengers were transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where they were treated for minor injuries. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tyler McKnight is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, December 26 around 2:00 p.m. the Iowa Police Department arrested CPSO Deputy Richard Booth for aggravated battery.

 

Booth worked as a shift sergeant at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 6 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

IPD is the investigating agency.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday December 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and sixty-two (562) vehicles were checked; four (4) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint.

               

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

·         Christopher J. Benoit, 40, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

·         Victoria F. Harrington, 20, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st and possession of marijuana

·         Lane H. Nunez, 23, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 INVOLVED IN SHOOTING, 1 FOR DRUGS & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1

Jackson has turned herself in to CPSO detectives and is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday, December 21 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots.  Upon further investigation deputies located a victim, later identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles, on the side of the roadway near Brentwood Street and Tennessee Street with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

           

Later the same day detectives were able to identify a truck, belonging to Tyler J. Guillory, 24, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. # 304, Lake Charles, that was possibly involved in the shooting.  Detectives located Guillory at his home, he was taken into custody, and a search of the residence revealed Guillory was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamines, crack cocaine, and two firearms; one of which was previously reported stolen through Sulphur Police Department.  

 

During further investigation detectives were advised Guillory was not in possession of his vehicle at the time of the shooting.  Detectives learned of three individuals; identified as Kasheel A. Tomlinson, 21, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. #304, Hakeem D. Smith, 20, 1125 Giovanni Street Apt. #204, and Markeya M. Jackson, 18, 1612 Clover Street, all of Lake Charles, that were involved in the shooting.  Tomlinson and Smith were taken into custody at Tomlinson and Guillory’s residence.  Detectives attempted to locate Jackson but were unsuccessful.

 

Guillory, Tomlinson and Smith were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Guillory is charged with 2 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the presences of CDS.  Tomlinson is charged with second degree murder; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.  Smith is charged with principal to second degree murder.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Guillory’s bond at $65,000, Tomlinson’s bond at $750,000, and Smith’s bond at $500,000. 

 

Detectives issued a warrant for Jackson for principal to 2nd degree murder in the amount of $500,00 signed by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this shooting or the whereabouts of Jackson to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Anyone knowingly harboring Jackson or withholding information or evidence from law enforcement will be subject to charges.

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

It is believed the shooting is the result of an illegal drug transaction and the victim was an innocent bystander who happen to be at the park.

 

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

  

 

Note: The victim Brackus Guillory is not related to the Guillory that was arrested. 

 

 

UPDATE: On December 22 after further investigation detectives learned of another suspect involved in the shooting, Da’tavious L. Jefferson, 17, 1329 Clover Street, Lake Charles. Later the same day Jefferson was located at his residence, where he was transported back to CPSO for questioning. He was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $530,000.


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots. Upon further investigation deputies located a victim with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles.

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & SILENCER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 19 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives arrested convicted felons, John E. Carter, Jr., 39, and Lakeyta S. Carter, 34, both of 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles after an investigation revealed they were illegally in possession of numerous firearms as well as a homemade suppressor (silencer).

           

During an investigation into several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Lake Charles area VCIU detectives received information that possibly stolen firearms were being taken to a home at 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles; the home of John and Lakeyta.  After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for the Carter’s residence.  On December 19 when detectives along with the CPSO C.A.T. Team (Combined Anti-Drug Task Force) and ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) executed the warrant they located 3 AR-15 rifles and 5 pistols along with a homemade suppressor inside a concealed container that was buried in the backyard of the residence.  Inside the home detectives also located 2 pistols hidden inside the fireplace.  The Carter’s were also found to be in possession of Promethazine. 

           

John and Lakeyta were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a legend drug; possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; illegal possession of a suppressor; 2 counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending.

           

Two of the firearms were confirmed as being stolen.  Detectives are awaiting the completion of ATF traces on the remaining firearms to determine if they are stolen.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

             

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE FETICIDE & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Goos Road and Miller Avenue in Westlake in reference to a 2 vehicle crash.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a four door pickup truck, Joshua L. Anderson, 24, 1620 Hilma Street, Westlake, was traveling east in the middle of the roadway on Goos Road when he ran a stop sign.  Anderson struck a 4 door pickup truck that was headed south on Miller Avenue, causing both trucks to travel off the roadway, flipping into a ditch.  The driver traveling on Miller Avenue and the front seat passenger, who was 21 weeks pregnant, were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  The 2 year old passenger in the truck, who was in a car seat in the backseat, was airlifted to a hospital out of town. 

 

During the investigation while deputies were speaking with Anderson they observed numerous empty beer bottles inside his truck.  They also observed Anderson to show signs of impairment.  During further questioning Anderson refused to cooperate and kicked a deputy.  Anderson, who refused standard field sobriety and breath intoxilyzer testing, was arrested.  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 1st; resisting an officer; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; battery on a police officer; vehicular negligent injuring; and 2 counts of 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $4,000.

           

It was later learned the unborn baby died at the hospital.  Anderson will be additionally charged with 3rd degree feticide.  Bond for his additional charge is pending. 

           

The driver was later released from the hospital with minor injuries.  The woman remains in the hospital in serious condition and the young child remains in ICU in critical condition.    

           

The crash is still under investigation.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case.

 

UPDATE:  Judge Clayton Davis has set Anderson’s bond for the 3rd degree feticide at $500,000; for a total bond of $504,000. 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, December 21. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

               

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE AND VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

On December 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a 15 year old girl being videotaped without her knowledge.  The investigation revealed Damon P. Lechtenburg, 46, Lake Charles, placed cameras in the girl’s bedroom and bathroom.

 

When detectives questioned Lechtenburg he advised he had been videotaping the girl since July. He also advised detectives he saved the videos along with some still shot photographs on his computer. 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles; video voyeurism; and obscenity. His bond has not yet been set. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR STOLEN LICENSE PLATE & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 9 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a van near Highway 171 and Lavergne Road in Moss Bluff after it was learned the van had a stolen license plate displayed. 

           

After speaking with the driver and passenger it was learned the owner of the van was asleep in the cargo area of the van.  When deputies made contact with the owner he stated he did not have an ID.  He also advised deputies he is self-employed and has been in the area, living out of his van, for a couple months while working.  When questioned about the stolen license plate he stated he purchased the van a couple months ago and the plate was already on the van and he never registered the van in his name.  During further investigation deputies located meth along with drug paraphernalia containing marijuana inside the van, at which time the owner stated belonged to him. 

           

During the investigation while attempting to verify his identity, the owner of the van gave a fake name to deputies on two occasions.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Prior to their arrival at the CCC the man gave deputies his true identity, Ronnie S. Woods, 55, Baton Rouge, LA, and advised he had an outstanding warrant in Baton Rouge.  Deputies verified his identify and learned Woods was a convicted sex offender and had an active warrant out of East Baton Rouge Parish for failure to register as a sex offender.

           

Due to Woods’ sex offender status he was required to register in Calcasieu Parish due to him staying and working here, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Woods is also required to have a sex offender identification card, which he did not possess, also making him in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things less than $1,000; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer by refusal to ID; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $55,000.

           

Woods was initially convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery in 1999 in East Baton Rouge Parish.  He was also convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in East Baton Rouge Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 in the 21st Judicial District. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR MULTIPLE DWI’S

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep in the 1900 block of East Napoleon Street in Sulphur.

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, John P. Ruiz, 31, Zachary, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. While speaking to deputies Ruiz advised he had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle.  Ruiz also told deputies he did not have a valid driver’s license due to it being suspended for prior DWI arrests and the tag that was on the vehicle did not match the type of vehicle he was driving. 

 

After Ruiz performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Ruiz, who has 5 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses; switched license plate; no insurance; no brake lights; and required position and method of turning.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $32,500.   

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 2 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to West Houston River Road near Avondale Street in Sulphur in reference to a single vehicle crash, where the complainant advised the vehicle had been all over the roadway then drove off in a ditch.

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with the driver, Traci M. Smith, 44, 1652 Robin Lane, Sulphur, who was sitting in her vehicle.  While the deputies were speaking with Smith they noticed her to have trouble focusing on their questions and her speech to be erratic.  When deputies asked Smith why she went off the road she initially stated an animal ran in front of her car but later stated she possibly had a seizure causing her to go off the road.  Smith also advised deputies she had taken several prescribed medications prior to driving.   

  

After Smith performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed she was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Smith to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which she refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant 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.  While being transported Smith had a hard time keeping her eyes open and kept falling asleep. 

 

Smith was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $105,000 with special conditions being she may not driving any vehicle; no criminal activity; and she must keep all court dates. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kenneth Leach is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting a parking lot check at the Calcasieu Correctional Center when they made contact with William M. Hyatt, 68, 3738 Heather Lane, Lake Charles, slumped over in the driver’s seat of a truck with the keys still in the ignition. 

 

When deputies approached the truck they could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from inside the vehicle.  When deputies spoke with Hyatt they observed him to have unsteady balance and needed support to stand.  While speaking with him he advised deputies he drank too much and had been drinking approximately one hour prior to leaving his house and driving to the Sheriff’s Office.  During the investigation it was learned Hyatt had two prior DWI arrests along with a hardship license with the condition of an ignition interlock device being installed inside his vehicle; which deputies observed to be missing. 

 

Hyatt was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital due to his level of intoxication.  Once at the hospital deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  After Hyatt was released from the hospital he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with DWI 3rd; and operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $35,000 with special conditions being he cannot drive without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 7 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Lake Street in Lake Charles after dispatch received a call in reference to a man driving a truck and drinking alcoholic beverages with juveniles inside the vehicle.

 

Deputies in the area located the truck and prior to the deputy activating his lights the truck stopped in the middle of Ham Reid Road, started to drive forward again and then slammed on his brakes twice.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the truck near Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles.  When deputies made contact with the driver Jeffrey M. Pitman, 39, 5940 Perry Lane, Lake Charles, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy.  Pitman stated to deputies he was intentionally slamming on his brakes because he thought the deputy was following him too close.  Pitman also advised deputies he had two mixed drinks prior to driving.  During further investigation deputies located a beer in the backseat of the truck; where 3 juveniles were sitting.  It was later learned while being pulled over Pitman handed the beer to one of the children and told them to hide it.

 

After Pitman, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, refused to complete standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he 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 3rd; child endangerment driving while intoxicated; and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $36,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he must not possess or consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, and cannot commit any other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jason Thorpe was the arresting deputy on this case. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a casino on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed three suspects entered the casino, one of which was armed with a handgun.  Once inside two of the suspects physically assaulted the security guard and disarmed him.  While the two suspects continued to assault the security guard the third suspect robbed the cashier at gun point.  They stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with the security guard’s firearm and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect armed with the gun is described as approximately 6’3” in height wearing a gray hooded jacket with a pocket on the top left side with a black zipper, jeans, and light colored shoes.  The second suspect is described as approximately 6’3” in height with a stocky build wearing all black clothing and a black mask.  The third suspect is described as shorter in stature with all black clothing and a dark colored backpack.  He is also described as having patchy facial hair and a short hairstyle.     

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

The security guard was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. 

 

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

 

Note: The color of the clothing is distorted in most of the photographs due to the type of security camera.


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday November 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred eighty-five (285) vehicles were checked; three (3) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint violation. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

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 29 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.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On November 20 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Matthew Reynolds, 26, and Samantha Roach, 29, at 1388 Foxboro Drive in Moss Bluff after an investigation revealed they were possibly distributing narcotics from the residence.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Reynolds and Roach at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 18 grams of marijuana, and 13 grams of alprazolam along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also recovered a .45 caliber handgun inside the home that had been previously reported stolen through another law enforcement agency.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is between $10,000 to $20,000.

           

Reynolds and Roach were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS I; possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS IV; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Roach was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Reynolds’ bond at $52,000 and Roach’s bond at $62,000. 

           

Reynolds was also had two outstanding warrants for 2 counts of distribution of CDS II and distribution of CDS I with a $175,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.         


CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, November 19th, a student at LaGrange High School notified the assistant principal that a 14 year old student was making comments about having a bomb in her backpack and stated she was going to “blow this (expletive) up.”  The juvenile was detained and no bomb was found in her backpack.

       

She is being charged with terrorism and is being processed through the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).

       

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $94,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2020.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GARDENING SHEARS AT IOWA HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, November 18 at approximately 12:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish School Resource Officer was made aware of a student who possibly had a weapon is his backpack.  The SRO, along with school personnel, encountered the 17 year old boy in the hallway, where he refused to stop after being told to do so.  The deputy detained the juvenile and after a search of his backpack, a pair of garden shears with approximately 6-7 inch blades was located.  It was learned the boy told other students in class he had a weapon but then later said he was joking.  The teacher took the boy’s backpack and contacted the office, at which time the boy pushed the teacher and took back possession of his backpack.  The teacher was able to get the boy out of the classroom, at which time he was located by the SRO.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds.

           

CPSO School Resource Officer Sgt. Jubal Marceaux and Detective Larry Cormier are the lead investigators on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 122nd BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 122nd  Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 45 officers representing 16 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 45 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Brennan Bernard, Lake Charles City Police Department, was selected class president of the 122nd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cody Wellsted, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Paul Torres, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Jacob Reeves, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dale Strauser, third; Simpson Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Tye Taylor, Jr., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Lindsey Miller, Damion Pender  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Chelsea Abshire, Dylan Copper, Erica Demarest, Gary Fontenot, John Hays, Brandon Holmes, Alex Jones, Dylan Lisotta, Bailey Lognion, Hunter Matte, Kaleb Matte, Payton Monticello, Jean Luc Montou, Nathan Oakman, Taylor Plaisance, Jacob Reeves, Michael Savant, Mason Simien, Tye Taylor, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Stacy Morgan, Tiffanie Raymond, Cody Wellsted – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Cody Thomas – Coushatta Police Department

Kenetta Ross – DeRidder Police Department

Brandon Guillory – Iowa Police Department

Sarah Fox – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Cyanna Banks, Brennan Bernat, Angelique Castille, Paul Torres– Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Gerald Fraiser – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Matthew DeLeon – Oakdale Police Department

Jared Miller, Trevor Pellerin – Rayne Police Department

Dale Strauser – Simpson Police Department

Brant Landry, Dianna Williams – Sulphur Police Department

Jacob Durett, Daniel Rowe– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Chris James – Welsh Police Department

Dustin Williams – Westlake Police Department

                Scott Guillory and Robert Harbour, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 80 hours of refresher courses.

 

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 STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Friday, November 15 around 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Sam Houston High School after receiving a call that a 17 year old boy had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned several students reported to school administrators that a 17 year old student had a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants.  Once the juvenile was in the principal’s office, the gun, a CO2-powered pellet pistol, was recovered and the student began fighting with the principal and the CPSO school resource officer.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with resisting arrest; and illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

           

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 122nd BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 122nd  Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Monday, November 18 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. 

 

Forty-five (45) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Harbor Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Simpson Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, 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 SEARCHING FOR ID OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Michael Square in Moss Bluff.  Once on scene the deputy spoke with the complainant who stated on Tuesday, October 29 sometime during the night an unknown man gained access to her car and stole two bank cards along with a pair of sunglasses.  The victim also advised the deputy the suspect attempted to use the stolen cards at a grocery store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles the day after the burglary. 

           

The deputy viewed surveillance footage from the home and observed an unknown man enter the victim’s car by opening the door, which had been left unlocked.  The deputy then observed the suspect leave the scene in what appeared to be a newer model green Kia Soul. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity of the suspect seen in this photograph, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call; once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  Several weeks later in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a different bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft where it was learned an ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing. 

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify following members and affiliates of the Brothers East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas 

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA 

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

Between September 23 and 26 they were all apprehended and arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned Michael L. Cupp, 44, Dayton, Texas, the leader of the B*EAST Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was also involved in the ATM thefts.  On November 12 CPSO VCIU detectives along with FBI Beaumont and Dayton Police Department located and arrested Cupp.  He was booked into Liberty County Jail in Texas and charged with racketeering.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $15,000. 

               

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2019 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2019 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
1525 Cypress Street, 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, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is 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 2019 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME LOCATION

Tuesday, December 3 Vinton LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1302 Center St., Vinton

Wednesday, December 4 DeQuincy LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 618 E Center St., DeQuincy

Thursday, December 5 Moss Bluff LEC
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 2019 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2019. Any payments received after December 31, 2019 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Kirkman Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated three men; identified as Jacoby J. Richmond, 29, 2409 Elaine Street, Westlake, Javeon J. Green, 19, 1909 3rd Street, Lake Charles, and Deonta D. Bartie, 19, 625 Dixy Drive, Lake Charles, pointed a gun at him and forced him to hand over an AK-47, which was located in the vehicle with him.

           

After further investigation on November 7 Judge Sharon Wilson signed warrants in the amount of $95,000 for the arrests of Richmond and Bartie and $120,000 for the arrest of Green.  Several days later, on November 9, Richmond and Green were located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green is additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.    

 

Detectives attempted to locate Bartie, who is charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm, but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Bartie.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

As of this date, the AK-47 has not been recovered.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of Ernest Street and West Hale Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dillon S. Johnson, 26, 5532 Central Drive, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with glassy eyes.  The deputy also observed Johnson to have a hard time maintaining his balance.  While speaking with the deputy Johnson advised he had drank three alcoholic beverages.  Johnson also stated he had been consuming alcohol since approximately noon until an hour before driving. 

After Johnson performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Johnson, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and two brake lights required.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,250.   

 

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On November 3 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 90 East and Cappo Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.  After the deputy activated his lights and siren the driver of the car continued traveling eastbound on Highway 90.  The driver continued driving for approximately 2 miles, until he pulled into a business on Highway 397. 

           

Once the car was stopped the deputy gave the driver numerous instructions and commands to exit the vehicle and walk backwards; which the driver was unable to follow.  When the deputy eventually made contact with the driver, Phillip A. Reed, 40, 3113 Admiral King Street, Lake Charles, he smelt an odor of phencyclidine (PCP).  The deputy also learned Reed, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, had a suspended driver’s license.  Reed was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for standard field sobriety testing.

 

While speaking with the deputy, Reed stated he had a little alcohol and took prescription medications.  After performing poorly on a standard field sobriety test Reed submitted to breath intoxilyzer testing; which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Reed to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  While at the hospital Reed referenced smoking cigarettes dipped in PCP to the deputy.   

 

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; resisting an officer by flight; left of center; improper lane use; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $52,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and an ignition interlock device.

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.          


C.A.T TEAM CONDUCTS PROSTITUTION STING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, November 7 the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team), comprised of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, Lake Charles Police Department, and Iowa Police Department, concluded a six month investigation targeting prostitution at massage parlors in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation it was learned there were several businesses in the area that were operating under the pretenses of a massage parlor but in fact were being utilized for prostitution purposes. 

The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals from 6 different massage parlors. 

 

Asian Massage, 425 West McNeese Street, Lake Charles

·         Jing Yu, 36, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Yuzhi He, 48, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Oriental Massage, 210 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles

·         Kai Wei, 54, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Chunfang Wu, 52, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Ling Asian Massage, 3715 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Yan Hun, 48, Seattle, WA – prostitution by massage

·         Yan Ni, 48, Tacoma, WA – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Yan Linhui, 57, Tacoma, WA – letting a premise for prostitution

 

Relaxing Massage, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles

·         Lin Yan, 46, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

Rose Massage, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Can Zhou, 37, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Xic Shuqun, 36, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles - prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

 

J&J Spa, 3411 Ryan Street, Lake Charles

·         Zhaohui Zhu, 47, Shreveport, LA – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

The suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released on misdemeanor summonses.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.   


CPSO IDENTIFY VICTIM AND STILL SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 29 at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, Willis P. Jones, 32, Starks, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

During further investigation it was learned a car was traveling northbound on Green Moore Road at which time they struck Jones, who was standing in the middle of the roadway.  The driver pulled over and attempted to flag down another vehicle for help, at which time a car traveling southbound struck Jones.  The driver of the second car did not stop.

 

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights. 

 

The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to several children being left home alone. 

 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who advised they were notified that a 3 year old, 2 year old and two 6 month olds had been left alone for an extended period of time.  While on scene the father of the children, Marcus J. Montgomery, 28, Lake Charles, returned to the residence.  When detectives spoke with him he stated he left the residence to walk to the store.  Further investigation revealed the children had been left home alone for over an hour.

 

Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,000.

 

The children were released to the care of their mother. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from two students at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boys threated to shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised one of the boys stated he was going to shoot up the school after he went to the gun store and the other boy advised he has a gun ready. 

           

Both boys were arrested and charged with terrorizing.  One was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and the other was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).    

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Josh Smith and Remy Miller and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS WASHINGTON MARION STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a gun on the campus at Washington Marion High School. 

            

A student reported to the CPSO School Resource Officer that a 16 year old boy had a gun in his backpack at school.  After a search of the 16 year old's backpack, an unloaded gun was found, along with one live round wrapped in some paper.

 

The juvenile was arrested and will be charged with possession of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

The student who reported to the SRO that a gun was in a backpack will be recommended for a reward under a special Crimestopper program that encourages students to report guns on school campuses.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred this past Election Day, Saturday, October 12, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in a school parking lot in Starks. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car.  The truck is a white Ford F150, four door base model 4x4.  The truck also has a decorative license plate on the front.

          

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this hit & run, to contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to cruelty to juveniles.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with the victim who stated her mother, Monica L. Juarez, 34, Sulphur, hit her in the forehead with her fist during an argument.  Deputies observed a raised knot on the victim’s head.  When detectives spoke with Juarez she advised detectives there was a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation between her and the 12 year old victim.  Juarez also told detectives she pulled the girl’s hair during the altercation.    

           

Juarez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  She was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt. 

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights.  The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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?  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. 

               

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.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS CPAS STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Calcasieu Parish Alternative School (CPAS) in Lake Charles was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned during class, a 13 year old girl stated someone needed to come shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised the girl threatened to shoot the teacher.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

 CPSO School Resource Officers Shaun Fagnant and Cornell Guidry along with Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE/BICYCLE ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles -

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an accident involving a bicycle and a Jeep in Starks. The investigation revealed Charles Edgar, Jr., 62, Starks, was riding his bicycle in the middle of the roadway traveling south on Old River Road near the intersection of JE Miller Road.  The driver of the Jeep, who was also traveling south, struck Edgar’s bicycle from behind.  Further investigation revealed that Edgar, who was wearing dark clothing, had no front or rear lights on the bicycle and the area where the crash occurred was dark because there were no street lights.   

   

Edgar was pronounced dead at the scene.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver of the Jeep.

 

Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 11 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of North Highway 171 and Moeling Street in Lake Charles after the deputy observed the car obstructing traffic.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Telly Ross, Sr., 45, Napoleonville, LA, he discovered Ross, a sex offender who was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2013 in Assumption Parish, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  The deputy also learned Ross had a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; obstruction of a public passage; and driving under suspension for prior offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $16,000 with no release until cleared by Probation & Parole. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible

 

CPSO Cpl. Brent Smith is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR AUTO THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an auto theft. 

           

When deputies arrived they viewed surveillance footage from businesses in the area which showed a burgundy Ford with white trim around the bottom drive into the parking lot of the store and park next to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked and running.  Deputies then observed the passenger in the Ford exit the truck and enter the victim’s truck and drive out of the parking lot.  A short time later deputies located the stolen truck at the dead end of Tammy’s Lane in Lake Charles and learned a .40 caliber handgun along with over $4,500 worth of power tools and construction equipment had been stolen from the truck.

           

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about this theft, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FORGERY & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 8 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $975, being cashed at a local bank in Lake Charles several days earlier.  It was also learned the suspect attempted to cash another check at a different bank in Lake Charles, but left before the check was verified by bank personnel. 

               

During further investigation detectives learned the checks had been stolen during a vehicle burglary in Kinder on August 3.  Detectives also learned the suspect used an ID, that had been reported stolen with the Lake Charles Police Department in February, to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect.  If anyone recognizes the man seen in this photograph, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

***UPDATE: The suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.***

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Sunday, September 29 on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

 

The truck is believed to be a white 2012 or later model GMC Sierra, extended cab.  The truck will have damage to the passenger side bumper and front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Alexander at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible child abuse.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 5 year old girl arrived at school with what appeared to be a belt mark across her face.  When detectives spoke with the girl she stated her mother, Krystal A. Simpson, 36, Lake Charles, had whipped her on numerous occasions.  Detectives observed the victim’s legs and back, which contained old and new bruising.  Detectives spoke with Simpson who confirmed she whipped the girl but stated it was only on the butt.  Simpson also told detectives she did not cause all the markings on the victim but that the child self-harmed.  After further investigation detectives learned Simpson had been neglectful in her care for the victim since her birth.  Detectives also learned at one point the Department of Child and Family Services placed the girl in foster care but was later placed back in the care of Simpson. 

         

On October 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Simpson’s arrest.  Simpson was located the following day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles; and 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles. 

 

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

 

The child was placed with family members.

 

 

Note: This is an old mugshot of Simpson.  We do not have a current mugshot at this time.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel on Ruth Street in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the hotel with a gun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with other items and detectives believe he fled the area on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a black male with braids, wearing a turquoise and gray shirt or jacket, blue jeans with holes and black tennis shoes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy was in the school office when he threatened to come back and shoot up the school.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a care facility in Lake Charles regarding unauthorized transactions from the business’s account.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who stated they conducted a monthly audit of the facilities bank account and learned between September 9 - 20 there was over $10,000 of unauthorized transactions. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a transaction summary and learned some of the charges were made from PayPal and Facebook with an account name of Lamikaa D. Wilkins, 42, 205 Contour Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives learned Wilkins was an employee at the care facility and was in charge of making purchases for the facility. 

 

On September 28 Wilkins was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $5,000 but less than $25,000.  She was released later the same day on a $10,000 ROR bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE WHEN BABY TESTED POSITIVE FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles –

 

On September 26 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 16 month old girl had tested positive for methamphetamines.

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Latoya N. Rideau, 32, Lake Charles, who advised deputies she was using meth while breastfeeding the girl.  She was also found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking an additional two bags of meth was located clinched in Rideau’s hands.  Deputies asked Rideau if she had any additional drugs in her possession to which she stated no; but during a search deputies located an additional bag of meth concealed inside her bra. 

 

Rideau is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of a juvenile; introduction of contraband into a penal institution; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $12,000.

               

CPSO Sgt. Brian Batchelor and Cpl. Jacob Williams were the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 & ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call.  Once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  After further investigation detectives learned the suspects used a stolen forklift, which had been left at the scene, to load the ATM into a truck.   Later the same day detectives recovered a truck, which had been previously reported stolen, along with the stolen ATM in the bed, near State Street and Sheridan Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives learned hours prior to the ATM theft the suspects had stolen the forklift from a business across the street from the bank where the theft occurred and had stolen the truck from a business on Westwood Road in Westlake.

   

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft.  When they arrived on scene they observed the ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing.  They also located a trailer and a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.  During the initial investigation it was learned the trailer located at the bank, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles the night prior to the ATM theft.  It was also learned the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles around the same time the trailer and truck were stolen.  Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bayou D’Inde Pass in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle on fire.  Once on scene deputies located the burnt truck, which they learned was the stolen truck from the business on Highway 90, along with a burned ATM, which was from the bank in Westlake.   

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify the following members and affiliates of the Brother East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas  (outstanding warrant)

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA  (outstanding warrant)

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         James Hicks, 33, Huffman, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

On September 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Houston Police Department, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, ATF, FBI-Beaumont Branch, Beaumont Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department, Beaumont Fire & Medical, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officer of Inspector General, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Texas DPS located and arrested Hightower, Owens, Scott, Hicks and Breaux.  Cupp and Fontenot currently have warrants out for their arrest and are considered fugitives. 

  

They are all charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering.  Judge David Ritchie set Breaux’s bond at $263,000 and all other bonds at $600,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Cupp and Fontenot.  If anyone knows of their whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.   If anyone is harboring or assisting these fugitives in any way, they may be arrested and charged accordingly.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

 

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday, September 25, Melvin Cupp turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Earlier this morning Joshua Leroy Fontenot was arrested in Orange, Texas by Texas authorities after a traffic stop.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to children that were left at home with no guardian.

           

When the deputy arrived at the home he made contact with the mother of the children, Mary N. Semien, 23, Lake Charles.  When questioned by the deputy Semien stated she left her children, ages 4, 2, 1 and 3 months, home alone for approximately 10 to 15 minutes while she went to a neighbor’s house.  When the deputy entered the home he observed the children locked in a bedroom with no air conditioner running and three of the four children had soiled diapers.  The deputy also observed the home to be in poor living condition with very little food.  Upon a search of the home the deputy located synthetic marijuana and a dog which was emaciated and full of bugs, with no food or water for the dog in the house. 

           

After detectives interviewed Semien she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of cruelty to juveniles; cruelty to animals; possession of synthetic marijuana; and illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of juveniles.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $6,000.

           

Emergency medical personnel were called on scene to evaluate the children and they were released to a family member by the Department of Children and Family Services.  

           

Calcasieu Parish Animal Services responded and removed the dog.

           

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan IV is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Monte Gentry in the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned last night that the 16 year old boy had posted a video to his social media.  In the video the boy made a comment about Barbe High School while waving an airsoft gun.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and have a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.  “If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Barry R. Veale, 32, Texas.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised in 2018 Veale was inappropriately touching the victim, who was 4 years old at the time.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On August 22 Veale was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued the same day for his arrest in the amount of $200,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie. 

           

On September 6 Veale was arrested in Fort Bend, Texas and on September 17 he was extradited back to Calcasieu Parish and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  He was released on bond later the same day. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR POSSIBLE THREAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation the CPSO School Resource Officer was advised by school personnel that students had informed them a 13 year old girl’s biography on her social media account stated, “I’ll be the next school shooter,” along with an emoji of a handgun.  When detectives spoke with the girl she advised she had updated her biography about a month ago.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Katie Hebert is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives division received a complaint regarding Kyle J. Faul, 33, 457 Scheufens Road, Lake Charles, stalking his ex-girlfriend and an acquaintance of hers.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Faul had sent the ex-girlfriend threatening messages and videos over social media.  In one of the videos sent to the victim detectives observed Faul burning a wooden cross and damaging some of her belongings.  

           

On September 11, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Faul’s arrest.  He was located the following day at a local hotel and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with cyberstalking; stalking; intimidating, impeding, or injuring a witness; and burning a cross intent to intimidate.  He is being held with no bond.

             

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael G. Miller is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday, September 15 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who stated they heard the 12 year old boy makes threats at school on Friday.  When detectives spoke with the boy he advised during lunch he stated he would be the next school shooter.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Lake Charles College Prep after receiving a call of a 17 year old boy that possibly had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned the student had been detained by school personnel.  They were advised by the school staff that a handgun was located in the student’s backpack.  After further investigation it was learned the gun had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; and possession of a stolen firearm.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, September 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school later this month.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat during class when students were present.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Tomas Juarez is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 5,  the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and has been charged with 2nd degree murder.     

The victim has been identified as Tracy R. Byrne, 40, homeless and not native to Lake Charles,

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today around 10:40 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green is currently being booked in and will be charged with 2nd degree murder.   

  

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin W. Richey, 38, Starks, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old girl in January.  When detectives spoke with Richey he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl on numerous occasions, some of which were in a different state.

           

Richey was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $350,000.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Big Lake Road near Big Lake Pines Road in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect struck a fence twice and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect’s van has been identified as 2001 to 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, light blue in color.  The van is missing a driver’s side headlight and rear bumper, it also has damage to the front end.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-0104067 if leaving a message.

 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION & DRUG CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15 at approximately 3:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a 2 year old boy in the middle of the road on Nichols Street in Vinton.  The caller advised dispatchers that the boy, who was in the road for an unknown amount of time, was brought back to his home by a witness. 

 

Upon arrival deputies located the child’s mother, Anastasia J. Waddell, 34, Vinton, who was passed out in a chair in the living room.  Deputies observed what is believed to be synthetic marijuana in Waddell’s lap.  Deputies were able to wake up Waddell at which time a search of the home revealed additional illegal narcotics along with drug paraphernalia. 

 

Waddell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion; illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of synthetic marijuana; and possession of CDS IV.  Her bond is still pending.

 

The child was released to the custody of his father by the Department of Children & Family Services.   

 

CPSO Deputy John Montgomery is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 16 and ends September 2, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and increased deputies on the road, aimed at reducing the toll of drunk driving. 

 

“Research shows every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in a drunk driving accident.  According to the NHTSA in 2017 an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality occurred every 48 minutes.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO RE-ARREST MAN FOR 14 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH 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.  On April 12, when questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.  He 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.

           

After further investigation detectives searched social media records between Casteel and the victim and learned that on at least fourteen occasions Casteel engaged in lewd and inappropriate communication with the girl.  On August 5 Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Casteel’s arrest.  On August 14 Judge Wyatt reduced Casteel’s bond to $25,000 and he turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division the following day.  Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

   

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

CPSO DEPUTIES WELCOME BACK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Tomorrow, August 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be visiting all elementary schools in Calcasieu Parish to welcome students back on their first day of school.   “This is something new we started this year to get kids excited about their first day,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “It is also a great way for kids to connect with deputies and build a positive relationship with law enforcement.”

           

The deputies will be at the school from 7:15 a.m. until school starts for the day.

CPSO ADMIN OFFICES TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY @ NOON

Lake Charles –

 

Due to necessary repairs that need to be made to the mechanical sewer system, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Administration Building at 5400 E. Broad St. in Lake Charles will close at noon Wednesday, August 14 and reopen Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 a.m.

           

Emergency operations will not be affected in any way.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Easy Street in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the theft occurred on July 29 around 3:45 a.m.  Detectives viewed video surveillance which showed a truck driving into the gate at the business and the driver exit the truck and cut the lock, gaining access to the property.  The driver then backed up near a storage shed, where he stole over $14,000 worth of tools. 

 

The truck, which was pulling a small trailer, is described as a white four door Dodge with a spare tire on the rear driver’s side.  If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity the truck seen in this photograph, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the area of Manchester Road and McCown Road in Iowa in reference to a man being hit by a truck.

           

The investigation revealed the driver of a pickup truck was traveling westbound on McCown Road when he struck a pedestrian, who was walking in the middle of the roadway.  The pedestrian, Marcus K. Mallet, 37, Iowa, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 5 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Wayne’s Bar and Deli on Hwy 27 in Sulphur in reference to a burglary.

           

When deputies arrived they learned, earlier that morning, suspects cut a hole in the exterior wall of the business, causing several thousand dollars’ worth of damage, to gain access in the video poker room.  Once inside the suspects destroyed three poker machines and gained access to the cash boxes located inside the machines.

           

After further investigation and viewing surveillance footage at the business detectives were able to identify three suspects responsible; Oda Soileau, III, 48, Kelley K. Finney, 42, both of 2416 Drum Drive, and Robert R. Kilgore, II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, all of Lake Charles. 

           

On August 8 Soileau and Finney were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  The same day Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $110,000 for Kilgore’s arrest.  They are all charged with criminal damage to property over $50,000; simple burglary; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Soileau’s bond at $110,000 and Finney’s bond at $60,000.

 

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kilgore is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

 

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


2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

Under the 2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of one color copier, one shredder and one hostage negotiation kit to include command/communication module and throw phone.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $36,553.00.  The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 23, 2018 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research (337-491-3716).

CPSO & WLPD SEARCHING FOR THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 3 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft.

           

When they arrived on scene they observed the ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing.  They also located a trailer along with a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.  During the initial investigation it was learned the trailer located at the bank, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  It was also learned the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles. 

           

During further investigation detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Westlake Police Department obtained video surveillance from the area near the bank along with the areas near the businesses where the truck, trailer and forklift were stolen.  After watching the surveillance detectives observed the stolen truck pulling the stolen trailer and forklift travel to the bank and steal the ATM. 

           

Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bayou D’inde Pass in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle on fire.  Once on scene deputies located the burnt truck, which they learned was the stolen truck from the business on Highway 90, along with a burned ATM, which was from the bank in Westlake.

           

Detectives believe there are possibly 3 suspects involved and possibly another vehicle, described as a dark colored Dodge truck.   CPSO and WLPD are asking if anyone has information regarding these incidents or can identify the suspects seen in the photographs to contact either the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or the Westlake Police Department at 433-4151. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit are working the stolen truck, trailer and forklift and Westlake Police Department detectives are working the stolen ATM.  


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Crimes detectives arrested convicted sex offender, Jason C. Thibodeaux, 18, 102 Coffee Street, DeQuincy, after it was learned he had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives her and Thibodeaux, who was her boyfriend, had sexual intercourse on numerous occasions between July and August.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Thibodeaux but were unsuccessful, and on August 2 Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for his arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.

           

Although, according to state law, this case meets the requirements of a misdemeanor charge due to the ages of the suspect and victim; Thibodeaux is being charged with felony charges due to his prior sex offender conviction.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a possible rape.

 

When detectives spoke with the victim she stated a man she had just recently met raped her at gunpoint and stole her phone.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Mathan M. Thompson, 22, 214 N. Booker Street, Lake Charles.

 

On July 31 detectives interviewed Thompson, at which time he confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and armed robbery.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $850,000.   

 

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARREST 2 AND ISSUE 2 WARRANTS FOR THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT & DAMAGE AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an IPhone.  The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside.  The suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desks and destroyed a Promethean Board.  The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.    

               

After further investigation and releasing surveillance photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives were able to identify the suspects as Seth R. Bordelon, 18, Mamou, Thomas D. Berzas, 20, Elton, Mitchell M. Hughes, 21, and a 17 year old juvenile both of Lake Charles.  On July 29 the juvenile was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.  The following day July 30, Bordelon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He was released later the same day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  On  July 31, Judge Davis signed warrants for the arrest of Berzas in the amount of $13,000 and Hughes in the amount of $7,000.  The juvenile, Bordelon and Berzas are charged with simple burglary; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and unauthorized entry into a place of business.  Hughes, who was not responsible for the second incident that occurred at the school, is charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.

           

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



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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, July 23 around 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on Engleside Drive in Lake Charles.  Once on scene the deputy spoke with the complainant who stated a .9mm Beretta was stolen from inside his truck, which had been left unlocked.

           

Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detectives were able to retrieve surveillance footage from homes in the area which showed an unknown man riding a bicycle in the area of Engleside Drive and Woodruff Street earlier the same morning.  Detectives viewed the suspect attempting to gain access into vehicles from approximately 2:30 a.m. until 3:00 a.m. 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity of the suspect seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT & DAMAGE AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to Barbe High School in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the school and learned on July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. several suspects broke into the baseball concession stand at the school and stole an IPhone.  The suspects then entered the school and spray painted several of the walls inside. 

 

While investigating the initial complaint detectives were advised by school personnel the suspects returned to the school on July 23 and wrote on numerous desk and destroyed a Promethean Board.  The suspects caused over $6,000 worth of damage.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding the identity of the suspects seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, who stated she had been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa, whom the victim was found with in the motel, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Miller and Citizen were both incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.   Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

During the investigation detectives were able to identify four men with whom the victim was forced to have sex; Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Jason D. Bryant, 19, 2530 Dewey Street, Tyler D. Lawson, 26, 1741 O’Brien Street, and Kelly Johnson, Jr., 27, 2009 Medora Street, all of Lake Charles.  Tompkins was already incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correction Center on unrelated charges and the other three men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between June 19 and 20.  Tompkins, Bryant and Lawson are charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and Johnson is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Tompkins’ and Lawson’s bonds at $250,000; Bryant’s bond at $1.5 million; and Johnson’s bond at $2 million.

           

During further investigation detectives learned of another suspect, Mayur K. Patel, 39, Houston, Texas, that was responsible for trafficking the victim for sex at the motel where she was found, which Patel managed.  Detectives also learned Patel had sexual intercourse with victim.  On July 19 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Patel’s arrest to be held with no bond for human trafficking and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  On July 26 he was located in Houston and extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and booked in.     

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


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

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Jonathan D. Carlin, 40, 136 John King Road, Ragley, after it was learned he had been working in Calcasieu Parish without notifying the proper authorities of his employment information within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.

           

During the investigation detectives learned Carlin had been employed for the company in Lake Charles since 2014.  On July 24 deputies located Carlin at his jobsite at which time he was found to be in possession and operating a company vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.     

 

Carlin, who was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Texas in 2002, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender.  He was released the following day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

           

CPSO Detective Allison Toups is the lead investigator on this case.  The investigation is continuing. 

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday July 17 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the dead end of D. Williams Road off of Rigmaiden Rd. in DeQuincy in reference to a dead body.  When deputies arrived they observed the body of a black male laying on the side of the road.  Detectives identified the victim as Zacchaeus H. Burton, 29, Baton Rouge.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Burton had arrived in Calcasieu Parish on Tuesday by bus from Baton Rouge and was staying with an acquaintance, Nathaniel Mitchell, III, 40, 307 Redwood Avenue, Iowa.  Detectives believe Burton and Mitchell traveled separately to the DeQuincy area on Wednesday where Burton was subsequently murdered later the same day around noon.  Detectives believe he was killed and then badly burned in the same location where his body was found.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Mitchell for 2nd degree murder.  Detectives learned Mitchell boarded a plane in Lake Charles to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 21; and now consider him a fleeing fugitive.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mitchell is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605 (or call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous).

               

On July 24 after further investigation detectives identified another suspect responsible for the murder of Burton as George A. Buck, 27, Lake Charles.  Detectives learned Buck, who is an acquaintance of Mitchell, met up with him in DeQuincy, where the murder occurred.  Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Buck’s arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

           

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR IOWA MAN IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Wednesday July 17 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the dead end of D. Williams Road off of Rigmaiden Rd. in DeQuincy in reference to a dead body.  When deputies arrived they observed the body of a black male laying on the side of the road.  Initially detectives were unable to identify the body by conventional means due to it being severely burned.  After DNA testing the victim was identified as Zacchaeus H. Burton, 29, Baton Rouge.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Burton had arrived in Calcasieu Parish on Tuesday by bus from Baton Rouge and was staying with an acquaintance, Nathaniel Mitchell, III, 40, 307 Redwood Avenue, Iowa.  Detectives believe Burton and Mitchell traveled separately to the DeQuincy area on Wednesday where Burton was subsequently murdered later the same day around noon.  Detectives believe he was killed and then badly burned in the same location where his body was found.

           

After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed an arrest warrant in the amount of $1,000,000 for Mitchell for 2nd degree murder.  Detectives learned Mitchell boarded a plane in Lake Charles to St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, July 21; and now consider him a fleeing fugitive.  Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mitchell is asked to contact Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office immediately at (337) 491-3605 (or call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222 if they wish to remain anonymous).

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.

           

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

UPDATE:  Mitchell was arrested July 29, after he turned himself in.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

CPSO ARRESTS PARENTS OF INFANT FOR CRUELTY & DRUGS & GRANDMOTHER FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call requesting a welfare check be conducted at a home on Goodman Road in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised that the parents of a 2 month old baby girl were possibly smoking illegal narcotics inside the home with the baby present.

           

When deputies arrived they observed the home to be unclean with no running water, food, or formula.  The deputies observed roaches and flies inside the home.  The infant was dirty and was wearing a soiled diaper and had such a severe case of diaper rash that the diaper had to be removed by emergency medical personnel.  Deputies observed her to have sores on her body and appeared to malnourished.  When deputies spoke to the parents, Crystal J. Roberts, 37, and Herbert J. Thibodeaux, Jr., 34, along with the grandmother, Anthonette K. Thibodeaux, 58, all of Lake Charles, they admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana in front of the child.  During a subsequent search of the home deputies located illegal narcotics. 

           

All three were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Roberts and H. Thibodeaux were charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Roberts’ bond at $16,000 and H. Thibodeaux’s bond at $8,500.   A. Thibodeaux was charged with illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; illegal possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $6,000.

 

The infant was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was put in the custody of Department of Child & Family Services.

           

CPSO Deputy Chelsey Gault was the arresting officer on this case and CPSO Detectives Shelley Trahan and Ben Hare are the lead investigators on this case.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 at approximately 2:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an altercation during a party. 

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with witnesses at the home who stated Jason R. Goodwin, Jr., 20, 802 ½ Loree Street, Vinton, pulled out a handgun during the party and began pointing it at people.  Witnesses stated a physical altercation ensued between Goodwin and another person at which time the weapon was discharged, striking a 13 year old girl.  Goodwin then fired the weapon again and struck a man.  Witnesses stated people began fleeing the home at which time Goodwin chased someone outside and continued to fire the weapon several times and then fled the scene on foot.

           

Deputies located Goodwin in a nearby RV park and after a brief foot pursuit he was arrested.  Deputies also located the gun in a ditch nearby the home where the shootings took place. 

           

Goodwin was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $550,000. 

           

The victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a 9 year old girl.  The investigation revealed between the dates of June 17-22 and July 1-7, Khalil D. Tyler, 23, 1709 Bryant Court, Lake Charles, had inappropriate sexual contact with the girl on numerous occasions.  Tyler confirmed the allegations.

           

Tyler was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on July 18 and charged with 3 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of attempted 1st degree rape; 3 counts of sexual battery; and 7 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.

           

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,850,000.

           

CPSO Detective Melanie Veillon is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

 On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a Snap Chat picture of a rifle labeled “Don’t go to school tomorrow.”  The IP address on the picture linked it to the home on Lutte Tigre Lane.  One of the males in the home, Lucas J. McClellan, 22, Nashville, TN, confirmed to deputies he had posted the picture.  He is visiting Lake Charles from Nashville.

           

McClellan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $5,000.

           

CPSO Detectives Lauren Cowick and Tomas Juarez are the lead investigators on this case.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD & OTHER CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish deputies were dispatched to 202 E Jim Pickens Rd., Lot #5, Sulphur, in reference to a 911 hang-up call. When they arrived they observed Marilyn Clavier, 54, standing outside of her vehicle screaming. Clavier locked herself in her vehicle when deputies drove up.  When given verbal commands for her to get out of the vehicle, she started her vehicle, put it into reverse crashing into a CPSO patrol unit, and nearly hitting two deputies. She then placed her vehicle into drive and ran over cinder blocks lining the property roadway leaving the scene initiating a pursuit by deputies.  After a short pursuit, Clavier’s vehicle came to a stop at the corner of Highway 27 and Napoleon St.

 

Clavier was transported to a local hospital after deputies obtained a warrant to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd offense; 2 counts of aggravated assault; hit & run driving; aggravated flight from an officer; and possession of marijuana.

           

Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $11,750.00

           

CPSO Deputy Britt Poindexter is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

On June 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Ham Reid Rd. near Lake St. in front of Leap into Learning Day Care in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect vehicle was traveling east on Ham Reid Rd. at a high rate of speed when it narrowly missed a pedestrian but did strike and kill two dogs being walked on a leash by the pedestrian. 

               

After further investigation detectives learned the drive of the car was Gabriel C. Sonnier, 22, 5722 Perry Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Sonnier but learned he left the state after the hit and run.

           

On July 3 Judge Guy Bradberry issued a warrant for Sonnier’s arrest in the amount of $185,000 for hit and run driving; reckless operation of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; and aggravated cruelty to animals.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE 9 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER & 1 COUNT OF FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On July 8 convicted sex offender Frederick A. Lemieux, 200 Teal Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During an investigation detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit learned Lemieux failed to register with law enforcement on eight different occasions.  Detectives also learned he failed to pay his annual fees, as well as, acquire a sex offender identification card; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender ID requirements.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $450,000.

 

Lemieux was convicted of 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile and two counts of aggravated oral sexual battery in 1989 in Jefferson Parish.  He was later convicted of aggravated sexual battery and indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2013 in Jefferson Parish. 

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR WEATHER THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the citizens that a hurricane threat is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana.   While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Saturday with possible rainfall totals anywhere from 10-20” which would result in significant flooding.

           

“All of the law enforcement agencies, as well as Office of Homeland Security, in Calcasieu have been in contact with each other and we are all on the same page,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “Our main concern for all of us is the safety of our citizens.”

           

The Sheriff’s Office has all of their high water resources deployed on both sides of the parish.  “We are prepared for a worst case scenario but hoping for a best case scenario,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

           

Mancuso urges all citizens to make hurricane preparedness a priority. Awareness and preparedness are the keys to securing the safety and well-being of your family and property,” cautioned Sheriff Mancuso.

           

Here are some tips to be prepared:

 

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

·         Have disaster supplies on hand (flashlights and extra batteries; first aid kit and manual; battery-operated radio and extra batteries; emergency food and water; non electric can openers; essential   medicines; cash; credit cards and sturdy shoes).

·         Make arrangements for pets.

·         Ensure that family members know how to respond after a hurricane.

·         Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police or fire department.

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

·         Check into flood insurance.

·         Develop an emergency communication plan so that family members can reunite if separated.

 

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

·         Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.

·         If in a mobile home, check tie downs and evacuate immediately.

·         Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.

·         Avoid elevators.

 

IF AT HOME:

·         Stay inside. Keep away from windows or glass doors.

·         Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy.  Avoid open flames such as candles.

·         If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is restored.

 

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

·         Leave as soon as possible.  Avoid flooded roads and bridges.

·         Unplug appliances and turn off electricity and the main water valve.

·         Tell someone out of the storm area where you are going.

·         Elevate furniture to protect it from flooding, if time permits.

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

Concludes Sheriff Mancuso, “While we can’t stop the forces of a hurricane or tropical storm, we can take steps to limit our vulnerability to their destructive nature.  Now is the time to devise an emergency preparedness plan for you and your family.  Our goal is help keep you safe.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is prepared.  Are you?”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 39 COUNTS OF OBSCENITY & 2 COUNTS OF HARASSMENT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office in reference to Kenneth S. Raimer, 52, 16590 Ja Elle Drive, Iowa.  They advised detectives were currently working an obscenity case and learned there were several possible victims in Calcasieu Parish. 

               

During the investigation detectives spoke with three woman who advised they received messages from Raimer, who was an acquaintance of all three woman, by Facebook or text.  The women said the messages they received from Raimer eventually turned sexual in nature.  They also stated to detectives Raimer sent numerous nude photographs to them.  One of the victims stated she advised Raimer to stop communicating with her on two occasions.   

 

On July 9 Raimer was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 39 counts of obscenity; and 2 counts of telephone harassment.  He was released later the same day on a $31,000 bond.

           

CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on these cases. 

CPSO RE-ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located one of the juveniles and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, 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 on April 2 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. 

           

On July 2 CPSO detectives received information that Braxton had sexual intercourse with another juvenile, who is 14 years old, sometime in February while he was housed at Boys Village.  On July 3 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and malfeasance in office sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner.  Braxton was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on July 9. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday evening at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident in the 2200 block of Houston River Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they spoke with a witness who stated they were traveling westbound on Houston River Road when a car passed them in a no passing zone at a high rate of speed.  They advised deputies that further down the road they observed the car drift off the roadway to the left.  The preliminary investigation revealed after the car drifted off the roadway for unknown reasons, it struck a driveway and ditch, went airborne and traveled over 300 feet before striking a culvert.  The driver, Austin W. Hebert, 35, Vinton, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

It appears speed may be the cause of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On June 30 at approximately 6:20 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the area of North Perkins Ferry Road and Gillis Cut-Off Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a two vehicle accident.   Once deputies arrived on scene they spoke with witnesses who stated the driver of a truck, later identified as Bryan L. Fontenot, 50, 3547 H. Broussard Road, Sulphur, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane for approximately 2 miles at which time he struck a car. 

 

When deputies spoke with Fontenot they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Fontenot to have unsteady balance; almost falling over several times.  When speaking with Fontenot he stated he drank 3 beers the previous night.  Fontenot also stated to deputies he was traveling from Welsh to Vinton and believed he was traveling on Old Spanish Trail.  Fontenot  refused to submit to standard field sobriety testing.  He was then arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he 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; vehicular negligent injury; carless operation; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $60,000 with a special condition being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

           

CPSO Deputy Chelsey Gault was the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigator on the vehicle crash. 

CPSO ISSUES WARRANT FOR MAN FOR RAPE AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE & ARREST WIFE FOR OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Allen J. Fontenot, 39, 2126 9th Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl the previous day.  After an investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Allen’s arrest in the amount of $450,000 for charges of 1st degree rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

           

On June 18 detectives were contact by Allen’s wife, Rachel H. Fontenot, 30, 2126 9th Street, Lake Charles, who advised she wanted to give a statement in reference to the case involving Allen.  When speaking with detectives Rachel gave a possible location where Allen could be found; detectives responded to the location but were unable to locate Allen.  Later the same day detectives spoke with Rachel again, she advised them she had lied in her original statement.  Rachel stated she had met with Allen before initially meeting with detectives and transported him to another location. 

           

Rachel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and accessories after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $30,000. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Allen.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.            

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

On June 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the Ham Reid Rd. near Lake St. in front of Leap into Learning Day Care in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.

           

The suspect vehicle as traveling east on Ham Reid Rd. at a high rate of speed when it narrowly missed a pedestrian but did strike and kill two dogs being walked on a leash by the pedestrian.  The vehicle is believed to be a silver 2010 Infinity G37.  It was closely followed by a small black car, unknown make and model.  It is believed the vehicles were traveling together.  The suspect vehicle suffered obvious damage to the lower front passenger headlight area including missing body panels.

           

If anyone knows of a vehicle matching this description or has information about this hit & run, please contact CPSO Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 4 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a community pool at a mobile home park off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning. 

           

When deputies arrived they were informed a 4 year old boy was found at the bottom of the swimming pool.  Deputies were advised the boy had been at the pool with family members.

           

Life saving measures were performed on the boy until emergency medical personnel arrived, at which time he was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.   

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE & 1 FOR RAPE IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa.  After interviewing the girl,  detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.   Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.  Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000.  Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify three more men with whom the victim was forced to have sex; Jason D. Bryant, 19, 2530 Dewey Street, Tyler D. Lawson, 26, 1741 O’Brien Street, and Kelly Johnson, Jr., 27, 2009 Medora Street, all of Lake Charles.  Between June 19 and 20 all three men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Bryant and Lawson are charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and Johnson is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Bryant’s bond at $1.5 million; Lawson’s bond at $250,000; and Johnson’s bond at $2 million.   

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests and charges are possible.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & 1 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a motel on North Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to a possible location of a 14 year old girl who had been reported as a runaway.  When detectives arrived at the motel they located the girl in a room, along with Mariah C. Miller, 24, 216 S. Bowers Street, Iowa. 

 

During the investigation and after interviewing the girl,  detectives learned she has been a victim of sex trafficking since January 2019.  The victim advised detectives she had been beaten and forced to have sexual intercourse with numerous men.  During further investigation detectives learned Miller, along with an acquaintance of the victim, Kaleb A. Citizen, 21, 4254 5th Avenue, Lake Charles, and Darius P. Landry, 28, Lake Charles, who was the victim’s guardian and family member, were responsible for trafficking the girl.  Detectives were also able to identify one of the men, Antonio D. Tompkins, 25, 1009 Live Oak Street, Lake Charles, with whom she was forced to have sex.

 

Between June 10 and 13 Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the arrest of all four suspects.  Miller, Citizen, and Tompkins; were all incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on unrelated charges. Miller is charged with human trafficking with a bond of $250,000.  Citizen is charged with human trafficking; 1st degree rape; and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $2million.  Tompkins is charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile with a bond of $250,000.  Landry was arrested on June 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes with a bond of $250,000.

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.  Detectives also have reason to believe there may be more juvenile victims, so if anyone has any additional information on this case or these suspects, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detectives Seth Abshire and Michael G. Miller are the lead investigators on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 9 at approximately 10 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a pharmacy on Highway 14 in Lake Charles.  When deputies arrived they were advised by the complainant that two men entered the store armed with a knife and took a set of headphones and some food and left the store. 

           

Detectives arrived on scene at which time they viewed video surveillance from inside the store.  A short time later detectives were able to locate the suspects, later identified as Aaron J. Carvin, 27, and Nicholas D. Carvin, 26, both of 3425 Polk Street, Lake Charles, near the store. 

           

When detectives spoke with Aaron and Nicholas they confirmed they were involved in the robbery.  They also advised detectives they were responsible for other robberies that had taken place at the same pharmacy.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and theft less than $1,000.  Judge Guy Bradberry set Aaron’s bond at $255,000 and Nicholas’ bond at $155,000.

           

Detectives are currently looking into the other robberies mentioned by the suspects; more arrest and charges are possible.

           

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


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

Between November 29 and December 26, 2019, 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 seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.  Deputies also assisted shoppers in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14. 

 

Deputies were 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 could provide.

 

Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:

·         1,265 assistance calls

·         776 total business checks

·         1 unlocked vehicle

·         7 assists to other agencies

·         5 shoplifting incidents

·         36 suspicious persons

·         17 misdemeanor summons / arrests

·         1 fight

·         22 vehicle-traffic related incidents

 

CPSO deputies worked this special detail to provide assistance to the public during the busy holiday season.  They were not hired by the mall or nor were they doing security for the mall.  However, the presence of law enforcement on the premises is expected to deter crime in the parking lots.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has provided this service during the holiday season for over 15 years.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 5 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Sam’s Cove in Westlake in reference to a theft.

           

When deputies arrived they learned a short time earlier, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an unknown man broke into a gaming machine, gaining access to the cash box located inside, and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  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 is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  January 6, 2020

TIME:   9:00AM

PLACE OF MEETING:   Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office/Administration

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

Roll Call

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on June 3, 2019   

No Old Business   

New Business:

 

1. A resolution ordering and calling for the renewal of and to authorize the continued levy and collection of an existing ad valorem property tax, not to exceed 7.58 mills on the dollar of assessed valuation of all property subject to taxation within the District, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about May 9, 2020, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission.  The current 7.58 Mill Ad Valorem Property Tax,, expires on December 31, 2020, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on January 1, 2021 and expire on December 31, 2030. 

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

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

 

CPSO CAPTAIN BEN ANGERSTEIN GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Division Captain Ben Angerstein graduated from the 278th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia on December 20, 2019.  He was one of 258 law enforcement officers who participated in the academy which consisted of men and women from 48 states and 29 international countries.

 

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers 10 weeks of advanced investigative, management, and fitness training for selected law enforcement officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  Angerstein also completed the 6.1 mile obstacle course which is known as one of the most challenging courses for law enforcement leaders.

 

Captain Angerstein has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience and has been employed at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office since 1990.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY OF NEWBORN IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, December 25 at approximately 10:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of High Hope Road an Ash Drive in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the driver of a SUV was traveling west on High Hope Road when it left the roadway.  The SUV jumped a driveway then hit a culvert causing the SUV to flip.  A 6 day old newborn, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver along with 2 other passengers were transported to a local hospital by ambulance, where they were treated for minor injuries. 

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver, although impairment is not suspected. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Tyler McKnight is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

Today, December 26 around 2:00 p.m. the Iowa Police Department arrested CPSO Deputy Richard Booth for aggravated battery.

 

Booth worked as a shift sergeant at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 6 years before being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso today.

           

IPD is the investigating agency.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday December 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Five hundred and sixty-two (562) vehicles were checked; four (4) field sobriety tests were administered; one (1) citation was issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint.

               

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

·         Christopher J. Benoit, 40, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

·         Victoria F. Harrington, 20, Westlake, was arrested for DWI 1st and possession of marijuana

·         Lane H. Nunez, 23, Moss Bluff, was arrested for DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

CPSO ARRESTS 2 INVOLVED IN SHOOTING, 1 FOR DRUGS & ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1

Jackson has turned herself in to CPSO detectives and is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday, December 21 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots.  Upon further investigation deputies located a victim, later identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles, on the side of the roadway near Brentwood Street and Tennessee Street with an apparent gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

           

Later the same day detectives were able to identify a truck, belonging to Tyler J. Guillory, 24, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. # 304, Lake Charles, that was possibly involved in the shooting.  Detectives located Guillory at his home, he was taken into custody, and a search of the residence revealed Guillory was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamines, crack cocaine, and two firearms; one of which was previously reported stolen through Sulphur Police Department.  

 

During further investigation detectives were advised Guillory was not in possession of his vehicle at the time of the shooting.  Detectives learned of three individuals; identified as Kasheel A. Tomlinson, 21, 1128 Giovanni Street Apt. #304, Hakeem D. Smith, 20, 1125 Giovanni Street Apt. #204, and Markeya M. Jackson, 18, 1612 Clover Street, all of Lake Charles, that were involved in the shooting.  Tomlinson and Smith were taken into custody at Tomlinson and Guillory’s residence.  Detectives attempted to locate Jackson but were unsuccessful.

 

Guillory, Tomlinson and Smith were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Guillory is charged with 2 counts of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS II (methamphetamine); possession of CDS II (crack cocaine); illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the presences of CDS.  Tomlinson is charged with second degree murder; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.  Smith is charged with principal to second degree murder.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Guillory’s bond at $65,000, Tomlinson’s bond at $750,000, and Smith’s bond at $500,000. 

 

Detectives issued a warrant for Jackson for principal to 2nd degree murder in the amount of $500,00 signed by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this shooting or the whereabouts of Jackson to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.  Anyone knowingly harboring Jackson or withholding information or evidence from law enforcement will be subject to charges.

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

It is believed the shooting is the result of an illegal drug transaction and the victim was an innocent bystander who happen to be at the park.

 

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

  

 

Note: The victim Brackus Guillory is not related to the Guillory that was arrested. 

 

 

UPDATE: On December 22 after further investigation detectives learned of another suspect involved in the shooting, Da’tavious L. Jefferson, 17, 1329 Clover Street, Lake Charles. Later the same day Jefferson was located at his residence, where he was transported back to CPSO for questioning. He was then arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 2nd degree murder; armed robbery; and illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $530,000.


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning around 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling in the area of Brentwood in Lake Charles when they heard gunshots. Upon further investigation deputies located a victim with an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

UPDATE: The victim has been identified as Brackus Guillory, 24, Lake Charles.

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & SILENCER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 19 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives arrested convicted felons, John E. Carter, Jr., 39, and Lakeyta S. Carter, 34, both of 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles after an investigation revealed they were illegally in possession of numerous firearms as well as a homemade suppressor (silencer).

           

During an investigation into several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the Lake Charles area VCIU detectives received information that possibly stolen firearms were being taken to a home at 615 Lebleu Road in Lake Charles; the home of John and Lakeyta.  After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for the Carter’s residence.  On December 19 when detectives along with the CPSO C.A.T. Team (Combined Anti-Drug Task Force) and ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) executed the warrant they located 3 AR-15 rifles and 5 pistols along with a homemade suppressor inside a concealed container that was buried in the backyard of the residence.  Inside the home detectives also located 2 pistols hidden inside the fireplace.  The Carter’s were also found to be in possession of Promethazine. 

           

John and Lakeyta were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a legend drug; possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; illegal possession of a suppressor; 2 counts of illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and 10 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Their bonds are still pending.

           

Two of the firearms were confirmed as being stolen.  Detectives are awaiting the completion of ATF traces on the remaining firearms to determine if they are stolen.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

             

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE FETICIDE & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Goos Road and Miller Avenue in Westlake in reference to a 2 vehicle crash.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a four door pickup truck, Joshua L. Anderson, 24, 1620 Hilma Street, Westlake, was traveling east in the middle of the roadway on Goos Road when he ran a stop sign.  Anderson struck a 4 door pickup truck that was headed south on Miller Avenue, causing both trucks to travel off the roadway, flipping into a ditch.  The driver traveling on Miller Avenue and the front seat passenger, who was 21 weeks pregnant, were transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  The 2 year old passenger in the truck, who was in a car seat in the backseat, was airlifted to a hospital out of town. 

 

During the investigation while deputies were speaking with Anderson they observed numerous empty beer bottles inside his truck.  They also observed Anderson to show signs of impairment.  During further questioning Anderson refused to cooperate and kicked a deputy.  Anderson, who refused standard field sobriety and breath intoxilyzer testing, was arrested.  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 1st; resisting an officer; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; battery on a police officer; vehicular negligent injuring; and 2 counts of 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $4,000.

           

It was later learned the unborn baby died at the hospital.  Anderson will be additionally charged with 3rd degree feticide.  Bond for his additional charge is pending. 

           

The driver was later released from the hospital with minor injuries.  The woman remains in the hospital in serious condition and the young child remains in ICU in critical condition.    

           

The crash is still under investigation.  CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case.

 

UPDATE:  Judge Clayton Davis has set Anderson’s bond for the 3rd degree feticide at $500,000; for a total bond of $504,000. 

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, December 21. 

 

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. 

               

This checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE AND VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 

On December 16 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a 15 year old girl being videotaped without her knowledge.  The investigation revealed Damon P. Lechtenburg, 46, Lake Charles, placed cameras in the girl’s bedroom and bathroom.

 

When detectives questioned Lechtenburg he advised he had been videotaping the girl since July. He also advised detectives he saved the videos along with some still shot photographs on his computer. 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles; video voyeurism; and obscenity. His bond has not yet been set. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR STOLEN LICENSE PLATE & FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 9 at approximately 11:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a van near Highway 171 and Lavergne Road in Moss Bluff after it was learned the van had a stolen license plate displayed. 

           

After speaking with the driver and passenger it was learned the owner of the van was asleep in the cargo area of the van.  When deputies made contact with the owner he stated he did not have an ID.  He also advised deputies he is self-employed and has been in the area, living out of his van, for a couple months while working.  When questioned about the stolen license plate he stated he purchased the van a couple months ago and the plate was already on the van and he never registered the van in his name.  During further investigation deputies located meth along with drug paraphernalia containing marijuana inside the van, at which time the owner stated belonged to him. 

           

During the investigation while attempting to verify his identity, the owner of the van gave a fake name to deputies on two occasions.  He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Prior to their arrival at the CCC the man gave deputies his true identity, Ronnie S. Woods, 55, Baton Rouge, LA, and advised he had an outstanding warrant in Baton Rouge.  Deputies verified his identify and learned Woods was a convicted sex offender and had an active warrant out of East Baton Rouge Parish for failure to register as a sex offender.

           

Due to Woods’ sex offender status he was required to register in Calcasieu Parish due to him staying and working here, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Woods is also required to have a sex offender identification card, which he did not possess, also making him in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things less than $1,000; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer by refusal to ID; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $55,000.

           

Woods was initially convicted of aggravated oral sexual battery in 1999 in East Baton Rouge Parish.  He was also convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2007 in East Baton Rouge Parish and failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 in the 21st Judicial District. 

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR MULTIPLE DWI’S

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a Jeep in the 1900 block of East Napoleon Street in Sulphur.

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, John P. Ruiz, 31, Zachary, LA, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. While speaking to deputies Ruiz advised he had consumed alcoholic beverages prior to operating his vehicle.  Ruiz also told deputies he did not have a valid driver’s license due to it being suspended for prior DWI arrests and the tag that was on the vehicle did not match the type of vehicle he was driving. 

 

After Ruiz performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Ruiz, who has 5 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th and subsequent offenses; operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses; switched license plate; no insurance; no brake lights; and required position and method of turning.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $32,500.   

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 2 at approximately 9:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to West Houston River Road near Avondale Street in Sulphur in reference to a single vehicle crash, where the complainant advised the vehicle had been all over the roadway then drove off in a ditch.

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with the driver, Traci M. Smith, 44, 1652 Robin Lane, Sulphur, who was sitting in her vehicle.  While the deputies were speaking with Smith they noticed her to have trouble focusing on their questions and her speech to be erratic.  When deputies asked Smith why she went off the road she initially stated an animal ran in front of her car but later stated she possibly had a seizure causing her to go off the road.  Smith also advised deputies she had taken several prescribed medications prior to driving.   

  

After Smith performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed she was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Smith to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which she refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant 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.  While being transported Smith had a hard time keeping her eyes open and kept falling asleep. 

 

Smith was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and careless operation.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $105,000 with special conditions being she may not driving any vehicle; no criminal activity; and she must keep all court dates. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Kenneth Leach is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were conducting a parking lot check at the Calcasieu Correctional Center when they made contact with William M. Hyatt, 68, 3738 Heather Lane, Lake Charles, slumped over in the driver’s seat of a truck with the keys still in the ignition. 

 

When deputies approached the truck they could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from inside the vehicle.  When deputies spoke with Hyatt they observed him to have unsteady balance and needed support to stand.  While speaking with him he advised deputies he drank too much and had been drinking approximately one hour prior to leaving his house and driving to the Sheriff’s Office.  During the investigation it was learned Hyatt had two prior DWI arrests along with a hardship license with the condition of an ignition interlock device being installed inside his vehicle; which deputies observed to be missing. 

 

Hyatt was placed under arrest and transported to a local hospital due to his level of intoxication.  Once at the hospital deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  After Hyatt was released from the hospital he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with DWI 3rd; and operating a vehicle while suspended for prior DWI offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $35,000 with special conditions being he cannot drive without a valid driver’s license, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, and cannot commit any other crimes.

 

CPSO Cpl. Britt Poindexter was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On December 7 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 7000 block of Lake Street in Lake Charles after dispatch received a call in reference to a man driving a truck and drinking alcoholic beverages with juveniles inside the vehicle.

 

Deputies in the area located the truck and prior to the deputy activating his lights the truck stopped in the middle of Ham Reid Road, started to drive forward again and then slammed on his brakes twice.  Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the truck near Ham Reid Road and Perry Lane in Lake Charles.  When deputies made contact with the driver Jeffrey M. Pitman, 39, 5940 Perry Lane, Lake Charles, they detected an odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath and observed his eyes to be glassy.  Pitman stated to deputies he was intentionally slamming on his brakes because he thought the deputy was following him too close.  Pitman also advised deputies he had two mixed drinks prior to driving.  During further investigation deputies located a beer in the backseat of the truck; where 3 juveniles were sitting.  It was later learned while being pulled over Pitman handed the beer to one of the children and told them to hide it.

 

After Pitman, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, refused to complete standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he 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 3rd; child endangerment driving while intoxicated; and possession of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $36,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he must not possess or consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, and cannot commit any other criminal activity.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jason Thorpe was the arresting deputy on this case. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 2 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a casino on Highway 397 in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed three suspects entered the casino, one of which was armed with a handgun.  Once inside two of the suspects physically assaulted the security guard and disarmed him.  While the two suspects continued to assault the security guard the third suspect robbed the cashier at gun point.  They stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with the security guard’s firearm and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect armed with the gun is described as approximately 6’3” in height wearing a gray hooded jacket with a pocket on the top left side with a black zipper, jeans, and light colored shoes.  The second suspect is described as approximately 6’3” in height with a stocky build wearing all black clothing and a black mask.  The third suspect is described as shorter in stature with all black clothing and a dark colored backpack.  He is also described as having patchy facial hair and a short hairstyle.     

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

The security guard was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. 

 

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

 

Note: The color of the clothing is distorted in most of the photographs due to the type of security camera.


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT & DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday November 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur to target individuals not wearing their seatbelt or driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Two hundred eighty-five (285) vehicles were checked; three (3) citations were issued for no seatbelt; and one (1) citation was issued for child restraint violation. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  

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

Lake Charles –

 

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 29 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.

C.A.T. TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On November 20 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a search warrant at the home of Matthew Reynolds, 26, and Samantha Roach, 29, at 1388 Foxboro Drive in Moss Bluff after an investigation revealed they were possibly distributing narcotics from the residence.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Reynolds and Roach at the home.

           

During the search of the home, detectives located approximately 1.5 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 18 grams of marijuana, and 13 grams of alprazolam along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also recovered a .45 caliber handgun inside the home that had been previously reported stolen through another law enforcement agency.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is between $10,000 to $20,000.

           

Reynolds and Roach were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS I; possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS IV; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Roach was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Clayton Davis set Reynolds’ bond at $52,000 and Roach’s bond at $62,000. 

           

Reynolds was also had two outstanding warrants for 2 counts of distribution of CDS II and distribution of CDS I with a $175,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.         


CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today, November 19th, a student at LaGrange High School notified the assistant principal that a 14 year old student was making comments about having a bomb in her backpack and stated she was going to “blow this (expletive) up.”  The juvenile was detained and no bomb was found in her backpack.

       

She is being charged with terrorism and is being processed through the MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).

       

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE LA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $94,000 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2020.

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT WITH GARDENING SHEARS AT IOWA HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday, November 18 at approximately 12:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish School Resource Officer was made aware of a student who possibly had a weapon is his backpack.  The SRO, along with school personnel, encountered the 17 year old boy in the hallway, where he refused to stop after being told to do so.  The deputy detained the juvenile and after a search of his backpack, a pair of garden shears with approximately 6-7 inch blades was located.  It was learned the boy told other students in class he had a weapon but then later said he was joking.  The teacher took the boy’s backpack and contacted the office, at which time the boy pushed the teacher and took back possession of his backpack.  The teacher was able to get the boy out of the classroom, at which time he was located by the SRO.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds.

           

CPSO School Resource Officer Sgt. Jubal Marceaux and Detective Larry Cormier are the lead investigators on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 122nd BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 122nd  Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 45 officers representing 16 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 510 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 45 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Brennan Bernard, Lake Charles City Police Department, was selected class president of the 122nd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Cody Wellsted, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Paul Torres, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Jacob Reeves, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dale Strauser, third; Simpson Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Tye Taylor, Jr., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 510 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Lindsey Miller, Damion Pender  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Chelsea Abshire, Dylan Copper, Erica Demarest, Gary Fontenot, John Hays, Brandon Holmes, Alex Jones, Dylan Lisotta, Bailey Lognion, Hunter Matte, Kaleb Matte, Payton Monticello, Jean Luc Montou, Nathan Oakman, Taylor Plaisance, Jacob Reeves, Michael Savant, Mason Simien, Tye Taylor, Jr. - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Stacy Morgan, Tiffanie Raymond, Cody Wellsted – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Cody Thomas – Coushatta Police Department

Kenetta Ross – DeRidder Police Department

Brandon Guillory – Iowa Police Department

Sarah Fox – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Cyanna Banks, Brennan Bernat, Angelique Castille, Paul Torres– Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Gerald Fraiser – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Matthew DeLeon – Oakdale Police Department

Jared Miller, Trevor Pellerin – Rayne Police Department

Dale Strauser – Simpson Police Department

Brant Landry, Dianna Williams – Sulphur Police Department

Jacob Durett, Daniel Rowe– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Chris James – Welsh Police Department

Dustin Williams – Westlake Police Department

                Scott Guillory and Robert Harbour, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 80 hours of refresher courses.

 

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 STUDENT FOR GUN AT SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Friday, November 15 around 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Sam Houston High School after receiving a call that a 17 year old boy had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned several students reported to school administrators that a 17 year old student had a gun tucked in the waistband of his pants.  Once the juvenile was in the principal’s office, the gun, a CO2-powered pellet pistol, was recovered and the student began fighting with the principal and the CPSO school resource officer.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with resisting arrest; and illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

           

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 122nd BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 122nd  Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Monday, November 18 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. 

 

Forty-five (45) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, Coushatta Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Harbor Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Rayne Police Department, Simpson Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, 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 SEARCHING FOR ID OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Michael Square in Moss Bluff.  Once on scene the deputy spoke with the complainant who stated on Tuesday, October 29 sometime during the night an unknown man gained access to her car and stole two bank cards along with a pair of sunglasses.  The victim also advised the deputy the suspect attempted to use the stolen cards at a grocery store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles the day after the burglary. 

           

The deputy viewed surveillance footage from the home and observed an unknown man enter the victim’s car by opening the door, which had been left unlocked.  The deputy then observed the suspect leave the scene in what appeared to be a newer model green Kia Soul. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the theft or can identity of the suspect seen in this photograph, please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Austin Peloquin is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call; once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  Several weeks later in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a different bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft where it was learned an ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing. 

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify following members and affiliates of the Brothers East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas 

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA 

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

Between September 23 and 26 they were all apprehended and arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned Michael L. Cupp, 44, Dayton, Texas, the leader of the B*EAST Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, was also involved in the ATM thefts.  On November 12 CPSO VCIU detectives along with FBI Beaumont and Dayton Police Department located and arrested Cupp.  He was booked into Liberty County Jail in Texas and charged with racketeering.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $15,000. 

               

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2019 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2019 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
1525 Cypress Street, 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, cashier’s check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is 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 2019 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

DATE AND TIME LOCATION

Tuesday, December 3 Vinton LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1302 Center St., Vinton

Wednesday, December 4 DeQuincy LEC
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 618 E Center St., DeQuincy

Thursday, December 5 Moss Bluff LEC
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 2019 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2019. Any payments received after December 31, 2019 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND SEARCHING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Kirkman Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with the victim who stated three men; identified as Jacoby J. Richmond, 29, 2409 Elaine Street, Westlake, Javeon J. Green, 19, 1909 3rd Street, Lake Charles, and Deonta D. Bartie, 19, 625 Dixy Drive, Lake Charles, pointed a gun at him and forced him to hand over an AK-47, which was located in the vehicle with him.

           

After further investigation on November 7 Judge Sharon Wilson signed warrants in the amount of $95,000 for the arrests of Richmond and Bartie and $120,000 for the arrest of Green.  Several days later, on November 9, Richmond and Green were located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm.  Green is additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.    

 

Detectives attempted to locate Bartie, who is charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; and theft of a firearm, but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Bartie.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

As of this date, the AK-47 has not been recovered.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of Ernest Street and West Hale Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Dillon S. Johnson, 26, 5532 Central Drive, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with glassy eyes.  The deputy also observed Johnson to have a hard time maintaining his balance.  While speaking with the deputy Johnson advised he had drank three alcoholic beverages.  Johnson also stated he had been consuming alcohol since approximately noon until an hour before driving. 

After Johnson performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which revealed he was over the legal limit. 

Johnson, who has 2 prior DWI arrests, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and two brake lights required.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,250.   

 

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan was the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On November 3 at approximately 4:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 90 East and Cappo Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.  After the deputy activated his lights and siren the driver of the car continued traveling eastbound on Highway 90.  The driver continued driving for approximately 2 miles, until he pulled into a business on Highway 397. 

           

Once the car was stopped the deputy gave the driver numerous instructions and commands to exit the vehicle and walk backwards; which the driver was unable to follow.  When the deputy eventually made contact with the driver, Phillip A. Reed, 40, 3113 Admiral King Street, Lake Charles, he smelt an odor of phencyclidine (PCP).  The deputy also learned Reed, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, had a suspended driver’s license.  Reed was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for standard field sobriety testing.

 

While speaking with the deputy, Reed stated he had a little alcohol and took prescription medications.  After performing poorly on a standard field sobriety test Reed submitted to breath intoxilyzer testing; which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked Reed to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  While at the hospital Reed referenced smoking cigarettes dipped in PCP to the deputy.   

 

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; resisting an officer by flight; left of center; improper lane use; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $52,000 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and an ignition interlock device.

 

CPSO Sgt. Chad Quaal was the arresting deputy on this case.          


C.A.T TEAM CONDUCTS PROSTITUTION STING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, November 7 the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team), comprised of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Louisiana State Police, Lake Charles Police Department, and Iowa Police Department, concluded a six month investigation targeting prostitution at massage parlors in Lake Charles. 

 

During the investigation it was learned there were several businesses in the area that were operating under the pretenses of a massage parlor but in fact were being utilized for prostitution purposes. 

The operation resulted in the arrest of 11 individuals from 6 different massage parlors. 

 

Asian Massage, 425 West McNeese Street, Lake Charles

·         Jing Yu, 36, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Yuzhi He, 48, 425 W. McNeese Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Oriental Massage, 210 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles

·         Kai Wei, 54, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

·         Chunfang Wu, 52, 210 W. Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage

 

Ling Asian Massage, 3715 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Yan Hun, 48, Seattle, WA – prostitution by massage

·         Yan Ni, 48, Tacoma, WA – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Yan Linhui, 57, Tacoma, WA – letting a premise for prostitution

 

Relaxing Massage, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles

·         Lin Yan, 46, 608 Prien Lake Road, Suite A, Lake Charles – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

Rose Massage, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles

·         Can Zhou, 37, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles – prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

·         Xic Shuqun, 36, 3510 Common Street, Lake Charles - prostitution by massage & crimes against nature by solicitation

 

J&J Spa, 3411 Ryan Street, Lake Charles

·         Zhaohui Zhu, 47, Shreveport, LA – 2 counts of prostitution by massage

 

The suspects were taken into custody and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and released on misdemeanor summonses.  The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.   


CPSO IDENTIFY VICTIM AND STILL SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 29 at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian, Willis P. Jones, 32, Starks, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

During further investigation it was learned a car was traveling northbound on Green Moore Road at which time they struck Jones, who was standing in the middle of the roadway.  The driver pulled over and attempted to flag down another vehicle for help, at which time a car traveling southbound struck Jones.  The driver of the second car did not stop.

 

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights. 

 

The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 2:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Gulf Highway in Lake Charles in reference to several children being left home alone. 

 

Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who advised they were notified that a 3 year old, 2 year old and two 6 month olds had been left alone for an extended period of time.  While on scene the father of the children, Marcus J. Montgomery, 28, Lake Charles, returned to the residence.  When detectives spoke with him he stated he left the residence to walk to the store.  Further investigation revealed the children had been left home alone for over an hour.

 

Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of child desertion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $2,000.

 

The children were released to the care of their mother. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jesse Morris is the arresting deputy on this case and Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from two students at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boys threated to shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised one of the boys stated he was going to shoot up the school after he went to the gun store and the other boy advised he has a gun ready. 

           

Both boys were arrested and charged with terrorizing.  One was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and the other was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center).    

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Josh Smith and Remy Miller and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS WASHINGTON MARION STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a gun on the campus at Washington Marion High School. 

            

A student reported to the CPSO School Resource Officer that a 16 year old boy had a gun in his backpack at school.  After a search of the 16 year old's backpack, an unloaded gun was found, along with one live round wrapped in some paper.

 

The juvenile was arrested and will be charged with possession of a weapon in a firearm free zone.

 

The student who reported to the SRO that a gun was in a backpack will be recommended for a reward under a special Crimestopper program that encourages students to report guns on school campuses.

 

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred this past Election Day, Saturday, October 12, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in a school parking lot in Starks. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car.  The truck is a white Ford F150, four door base model 4x4.  The truck also has a decorative license plate on the front.

          

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this hit & run, to contact CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 31 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to cruelty to juveniles.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with the victim who stated her mother, Monica L. Juarez, 34, Sulphur, hit her in the forehead with her fist during an argument.  Deputies observed a raised knot on the victim’s head.  When detectives spoke with Juarez she advised detectives there was a verbal argument that turned into a physical altercation between her and the 12 year old victim.  Juarez also told detectives she pulled the girl’s hair during the altercation.    

           

Juarez was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  She was released the following day on a $1,500 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt. 

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in the 100 block of Green Moore Road in Starks in reference to a hit and run.  The initial investigation revealed the driver of a car struck a pedestrian.  The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

The suspect vehicle is described as a small newer model car with small LED lights surrounding the headlights.  The car will have obvious damage to the lower front end.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.   

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO - 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?  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. 

               

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.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS CPAS STUDENT FOR THREATS

Lake Charles –

 

 Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at Calcasieu Parish Alternative School (CPAS) in Lake Charles was notified in reference to a possible threat from a student.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned during class, a 13 year old girl stated someone needed to come shoot up the school.  Detectives were also advised the girl threatened to shoot the teacher.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

 CPSO School Resource Officers Shaun Fagnant and Cornell Guidry along with Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES VEHICLE/BICYCLE ACCIDENT WITH FATALITY IN STARKS

Lake Charles -

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office responded to an accident involving a bicycle and a Jeep in Starks. The investigation revealed Charles Edgar, Jr., 62, Starks, was riding his bicycle in the middle of the roadway traveling south on Old River Road near the intersection of JE Miller Road.  The driver of the Jeep, who was also traveling south, struck Edgar’s bicycle from behind.  Further investigation revealed that Edgar, who was wearing dark clothing, had no front or rear lights on the bicycle and the area where the crash occurred was dark because there were no street lights.   

   

Edgar was pronounced dead at the scene.  As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver of the Jeep.

 

Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On October 11 at approximately 9:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of North Highway 171 and Moeling Street in Lake Charles after the deputy observed the car obstructing traffic.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Telly Ross, Sr., 45, Napoleonville, LA, he discovered Ross, a sex offender who was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2013 in Assumption Parish, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.  The deputy also learned Ross had a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; obstruction of a public passage; and driving under suspension for prior offenses.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $16,000 with no release until cleared by Probation & Parole. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible

 

CPSO Cpl. Brent Smith is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR AUTO THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an auto theft. 

           

When deputies arrived they viewed surveillance footage from businesses in the area which showed a burgundy Ford with white trim around the bottom drive into the parking lot of the store and park next to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked and running.  Deputies then observed the passenger in the Ford exit the truck and enter the victim’s truck and drive out of the parking lot.  A short time later deputies located the stolen truck at the dead end of Tammy’s Lane in Lake Charles and learned a .40 caliber handgun along with over $4,500 worth of power tools and construction equipment had been stolen from the truck.

           

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about this theft, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR FORGERY & BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 8 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a counterfeit check, in the amount of $975, being cashed at a local bank in Lake Charles several days earlier.  It was also learned the suspect attempted to cash another check at a different bank in Lake Charles, but left before the check was verified by bank personnel. 

               

During further investigation detectives learned the checks had been stolen during a vehicle burglary in Kinder on August 3.  Detectives also learned the suspect used an ID, that had been reported stolen with the Lake Charles Police Department in February, to cash the checks. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect.  If anyone recognizes the man seen in this photograph, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

***UPDATE: The suspect has been identified and the investigation is continuing.***

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Sunday, September 29 on Tomahawk Drive in Moss Bluff.  During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck traveled off the roadway and struck a mailbox.   

 

The truck is believed to be a white 2012 or later model GMC Sierra, extended cab.  The truck will have damage to the passenger side bumper and front quarter panel. 

           

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sgt. Bryan Alexander at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible child abuse.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a 5 year old girl arrived at school with what appeared to be a belt mark across her face.  When detectives spoke with the girl she stated her mother, Krystal A. Simpson, 36, Lake Charles, had whipped her on numerous occasions.  Detectives observed the victim’s legs and back, which contained old and new bruising.  Detectives spoke with Simpson who confirmed she whipped the girl but stated it was only on the butt.  Simpson also told detectives she did not cause all the markings on the victim but that the child self-harmed.  After further investigation detectives learned Simpson had been neglectful in her care for the victim since her birth.  Detectives also learned at one point the Department of Child and Family Services placed the girl in foster care but was later placed back in the care of Simpson. 

         

On October 2 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Simpson’s arrest.  Simpson was located the following day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles; and 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles. 

 

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

 

The child was placed with family members.

 

 

Note: This is an old mugshot of Simpson.  We do not have a current mugshot at this time.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel on Ruth Street in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the hotel with a gun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash along with other items and detectives believe he fled the area on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a black male with braids, wearing a turquoise and gray shirt or jacket, blue jeans with holes and black tennis shoes.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS LAGRANGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy was in the school office when he threatened to come back and shoot up the school.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 26, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a care facility in Lake Charles regarding unauthorized transactions from the business’s account.  Upon arrival, deputies spoke with the complainant who stated they conducted a monthly audit of the facilities bank account and learned between September 9 - 20 there was over $10,000 of unauthorized transactions. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a transaction summary and learned some of the charges were made from PayPal and Facebook with an account name of Lamikaa D. Wilkins, 42, 205 Contour Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives learned Wilkins was an employee at the care facility and was in charge of making purchases for the facility. 

 

On September 28 Wilkins was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $5,000 but less than $25,000.  She was released later the same day on a $10,000 ROR bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE WHEN BABY TESTED POSITIVE FOR DRUGS

Lake Charles –

 

On September 26 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to call at a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 16 month old girl had tested positive for methamphetamines.

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Latoya N. Rideau, 32, Lake Charles, who advised deputies she was using meth while breastfeeding the girl.  She was also found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking an additional two bags of meth was located clinched in Rideau’s hands.  Deputies asked Rideau if she had any additional drugs in her possession to which she stated no; but during a search deputies located an additional bag of meth concealed inside her bra. 

 

Rideau is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal use of CDS in the presence of a juvenile; introduction of contraband into a penal institution; and obstruction of justice.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $12,000.

               

CPSO Sgt. Brian Batchelor and Cpl. Jacob Williams were the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 5 & ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR ATM THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a bank off Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to an alarm call.  Once on scene deputies learned an ATM had been stolen from the bank parking lot.  After further investigation detectives learned the suspects used a stolen forklift, which had been left at the scene, to load the ATM into a truck.   Later the same day detectives recovered a truck, which had been previously reported stolen, along with the stolen ATM in the bed, near State Street and Sheridan Street in Lake Charles.  Detectives learned hours prior to the ATM theft the suspects had stolen the forklift from a business across the street from the bank where the theft occurred and had stolen the truck from a business on Westwood Road in Westlake.

   

In the early morning hours of Saturday, August 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with Westlake Police Department officers, were dispatched to a bank on Sampson Street in Westlake in reference to a theft.  When they arrived on scene they observed the ATM in the bank parking lot to be missing.  They also located a trailer and a forklift that had been left in the parking lot.  During the initial investigation it was learned the trailer located at the bank, along with a truck, had been stolen from a business on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles the night prior to the ATM theft.  It was also learned the forklift had been stolen from a business on Candice Lane in Lake Charles around the same time the trailer and truck were stolen.  Later the same day CPSO deputies were dispatched to Bayou D’Inde Pass in Sulphur in reference to a vehicle on fire.  Once on scene deputies located the burnt truck, which they learned was the stolen truck from the business on Highway 90, along with a burned ATM, which was from the bank in Westlake.   

 

During further investigation into both incidents detectives learned the two ATM thefts were related and the suspects stole over $150,000 total from both ATMs.  Detectives were able to identify the following members and affiliates of the Brother East (B*EAST) Outlaw Motorcycle Gang who were responsible for both thefts. 

 

·         Melvin Cupp, 46, Spring, Texas  (outstanding warrant)

·         Brandon Hightower, 33, Humble, Texas

·         Hosea Owens IV, 28, Alvin, Texas

·         Joshua Leroy Fontenot, 44, Denham Springs, LA  (outstanding warrant)

·         Christopher Scott, 44, Lake Jackson, Texas

·         James Hicks, 33, Huffman, Texas

·         Faith Breaux, 27, Beaumont, Texas

 

On September 23 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office along with the Houston Police Department, FBI, U.S. Marshal’s Office, ATF, FBI-Beaumont Branch, Beaumont Police Department, Port Arthur Police Department, Beaumont Fire & Medical, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officer of Inspector General, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Texas DPS located and arrested Hightower, Owens, Scott, Hicks and Breaux.  Cupp and Fontenot currently have warrants out for their arrest and are considered fugitives. 

  

They are all charged with theft of a motor vehicle over $25,000; theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $25,000; theft less than $5,000 over $1,000; 2 counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; obstruction of justice; simple arson; 3 counts of criminal trespassing; 4 counts of unauthorized entry of a place of business; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; 4 counts of simple criminal damage to property; unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; and racketeering.  Judge David Ritchie set Breaux’s bond at $263,000 and all other bonds at $600,000.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Cupp and Fontenot.  If anyone knows of their whereabouts, they are asked to call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.   If anyone is harboring or assisting these fugitives in any way, they may be arrested and charged accordingly.

           

CPSO Lieutenants Ed Borda, James Leubner, and Detectives Greg Nall, Hollan Dyer, Kardel Guidry, Austin Peloquin, Warner Levy, Finn Carlton, Joshua Couch, and Bradley Grant were the investigators on these cases.  

 

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday, September 25, Melvin Cupp turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Earlier this morning Joshua Leroy Fontenot was arrested in Orange, Texas by Texas authorities after a traffic stop.  


CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 4 COUNTS OF CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home on North Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to children that were left at home with no guardian.

           

When the deputy arrived at the home he made contact with the mother of the children, Mary N. Semien, 23, Lake Charles.  When questioned by the deputy Semien stated she left her children, ages 4, 2, 1 and 3 months, home alone for approximately 10 to 15 minutes while she went to a neighbor’s house.  When the deputy entered the home he observed the children locked in a bedroom with no air conditioner running and three of the four children had soiled diapers.  The deputy also observed the home to be in poor living condition with very little food.  Upon a search of the home the deputy located synthetic marijuana and a dog which was emaciated and full of bugs, with no food or water for the dog in the house. 

           

After detectives interviewed Semien she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of cruelty to juveniles; cruelty to animals; possession of synthetic marijuana; and illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of juveniles.  Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $6,000.

           

Emergency medical personnel were called on scene to evaluate the children and they were released to a family member by the Department of Children and Family Services.  

           

Calcasieu Parish Animal Services responded and removed the dog.

           

CPSO Deputy Robert Nordan IV is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Monte Gentry in the lead investigator on this case.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS BARBE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Barbe High School in Lake Charles.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned last night that the 16 year old boy had posted a video to his social media.  In the video the boy made a comment about Barbe High School while waving an airsoft gun.  After interviewing the boy he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.    

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Calcasieu Parish Superintendent of Schools are in constant communication and have a zero tolerance approach for any type of threat regarding any school in Calcasieu Parish.  Every threat will be investigated and arrests will be made when warranted.  “If you have not done so already, please talk to your children and explain the seriousness of making threats,” urges Sheriff Mancuso.  “This is no joking matter and students need to know they will be arrested if they make threats toward a school.”

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Barry R. Veale, 32, Texas.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised in 2018 Veale was inappropriately touching the victim, who was 4 years old at the time.  An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. 

 

On August 22 Veale was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury.  A warrant was issued the same day for his arrest in the amount of $200,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie. 

           

On September 6 Veale was arrested in Fort Bend, Texas and on September 17 he was extradited back to Calcasieu Parish and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  He was released on bond later the same day. 

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR POSSIBLE THREAT ON SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 9:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation the CPSO School Resource Officer was advised by school personnel that students had informed them a 13 year old girl’s biography on her social media account stated, “I’ll be the next school shooter,” along with an emoji of a handgun.  When detectives spoke with the girl she advised she had updated her biography about a month ago.  She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Katie Hebert is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives division received a complaint regarding Kyle J. Faul, 33, 457 Scheufens Road, Lake Charles, stalking his ex-girlfriend and an acquaintance of hers.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Faul had sent the ex-girlfriend threatening messages and videos over social media.  In one of the videos sent to the victim detectives observed Faul burning a wooden cross and damaging some of her belongings.  

           

On September 11, after further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant for Faul’s arrest.  He was located the following day at a local hotel and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with cyberstalking; stalking; intimidating, impeding, or injuring a witness; and burning a cross intent to intimidate.  He is being held with no bond.

             

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael G. Miller is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST MOSS BLUFF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Sunday, September 15 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Moss Bluff Middle School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with several students who stated they heard the 12 year old boy makes threats at school on Friday.  When detectives spoke with the boy he advised during lunch he stated he would be the next school shooter.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to Lake Charles College Prep after receiving a call of a 17 year old boy that possibly had a gun at school.  When detectives arrived they learned the student had been detained by school personnel.  They were advised by the school staff that a handgun was located in the student’s backpack.  After further investigation it was learned the gun had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone; and possession of a stolen firearm.

           

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

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARREST SAM HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

On Tuesday, September 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified in reference to a threat from a student at Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 15 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school later this month.  When detectives spoke with the boy he confirmed he made the threat during class when students were present.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing. 

 

CPSO School Resource Officer Bobby Benjamin is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Tomas Juarez is the lead investigator on the case.

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Thursday, September 5,  the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and has been charged with 2nd degree murder.     

The victim has been identified as Tracy R. Byrne, 40, homeless and not native to Lake Charles,

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier today around 10:40 a.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a shopping center in the 3000 block of Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a possible dead body.  When deputies arrived they located the body of a man behind the shopping center.  During the initial investigation it was learned Lorenzo S. Green, 36, homeless, was responsible for the death of the man.

           

Green is currently being booked in and will be charged with 2nd degree murder.   

  

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  Next of kin has not been notified so the victim’s name has not been released.

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin W. Richey, 38, Starks, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old girl in January.  When detectives spoke with Richey he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl on numerous occasions, some of which were in a different state.

           

Richey was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $350,000.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Big Lake Road near Big Lake Pines Road in Lake Charles in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect struck a fence twice and fled the scene. 

 

The suspect’s van has been identified as 2001 to 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, light blue in color.  The van is missing a driver’s side headlight and rear bumper, it also has damage to the front end.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-0104067 if leaving a message.