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CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

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 Friday, July 1st.  

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 Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

· Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Thursday.   

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

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CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14. The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community. The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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Crime Stoppers Hit & Run

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Henry Pugh Blvd. in Lake Charles in reference to multiple buildings on the property being burglarized. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned several of the buildings had been damaged and copper wire and tubing, electronics, and power tools had been stolen from the buildings.  Further investigation revealed the thefts had begun earlier this year and the suspects, later identified as Dustin P. Boudreaux, 31, 111 Eve Landry Road, Creole, Brandon J. Phillips, 40, 155A Donna Road, Lake Charles, and James E. Pilotti, 36, 150 Mildred Street, Cameron, went to the locations several times to commit the thefts.

           

After further investigation CPSO detectives, with the assistance of the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed search warrants on the homes of Boudreaux and Pilotti.  Detectives located large amounts of copper wire and wire casing, copper tubing, and power tools with the name of the business labeled on them.  It was also discovered since March Boudreaux, Pilotti, and Phillips each scrapped over 2,000 pounds of copper.  

 

Between May 13 and 20, Boudreaux, Phillips, and Pilotti, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property over $50,000.  Boudreaux was additionally charged with several traffic violations.  Judge Michael Canaday set Boudreaux’s bond at $75,200.  Judge Derrick Kee set Phillip’s and Pilotti’s bond at $92,000.  

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, which starts today and ends June 5, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 28.

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  buckling up in the front seat of a car can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.  Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter from a parking lot on Old Spanish Trail in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the suspect entered the fenced in parking lot where employees park and cut the catalytic converter off the victim’s truck.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Patrick D. Pierce, 46, 424 McGuire Road, Westlake.   

           

On May 18 detectives made contact with Pierce at which time he refused to speak to detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; theft $1,000 - $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $16,000.  Detectives also discovered Pierce had three active warrants for contempt of court and one active warrant for theft of a motor vehicle, after an investigation earlier this year revealed he took a car on a test drive from a local auto sales company in Lake Charles and failed to return the car.  The car was later located at a scrap yard in Lake Charles.   

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sydney K. Pierce, 25, 1800 Khamiel Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she was in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives received information from the Lake Charles Police Department in reference to Pierce, who is a convicted felon, being in possession of a firearm in a photograph.  Detectives were also advised Pierce had been using social media.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to locate a gun in the home where Pierce lives that matched the weapon in the photograph of Pierce.  Detectives also discovered Pierce has numerous social media accounts and failed to notify law enforcement, making her in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.  Pierce also failed to have the required information on her social media accounts regarding her sex offender information. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of registration of sex offenders; and 4 counts of notification of sex offenders.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $475,000.

           

Pierce was convicted of sexual assault of a child in January 2022 in Orange County, Texas. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 19.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2021 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Luke Pierrotti – Support Services Division

Sgt. William “Freddie” Powell – Investigations Division

Sr. Cpl. Christopher Hathaway – Enforcement Division

Sgt. Darin Castro - Correctional Division           

Mark Anthony – Special Services Division           

Dari Guillory – Financial Division

Cpl. Bobby Benjamin –Security Enforcement Division

Sgt. Remy Broussard – Logistical Support Division

 

Sgt. Darin Castro was also chosen as “2021 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Donna Rubin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  Andrew Davies, M.D. was awarded the “Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 15 the Contractor Fraud Response Team received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victims stated in May 2021, they entered into an agreement with Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 40, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, to provide materials and labor for floor installation.  The victims advised the job was going to cost over $30,000, and they paid a deposit of over $19,000.  Further investigation revealed Shawn and Leigh only delivered approximately $800 worth of materials and failed to complete the job.  It was also discovered Shawn nor Leigh were licensed to complete the work. 

  

After further investigation, on April 28, Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of Shawn and Leigh.  They were located in West Monroe with the assistance of the CPSO Warrants Division and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, and on May 13 they were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess the required license for home improvements; and contractor misapplication of payments over $1,000.  They were both released later the same day on each a $40,000 bond. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

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

 

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


CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, TROOP D

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

 

Lake Charles

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR UNLAWFUL PRESENCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, John J. Corbett, 34, homeless, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned on May 7, deputies made contact with Corbett in a parking lot downtown near the beach, during a suspicious vehicle investigation.  According to Corbett’s registration requirements, due to his victim’s age, he is not allowed to be within 1000 feet of a school, park, daycare, or recreational center. 

           

On May 9, CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives made contact with Corbett at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful presence of a sex offender.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000. 

           

Corbett was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Texas in 2007.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

During the initial fatality investigation on May 6, deputies arrested Bentley A. Stewart, 43, 108 McGuire Road, Westlake, after it was discovered he had been driving under the influence near the area where the crash occurred.  At the time deputies did not have enough evidence to charge Stewart with the fatality. 

 

Earlier this afternoon, after further investigation and collection of evidence, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Michael Canaday for Stewart’s arrest.

           

Stewart, who is still currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for DWI 3rd offense; and operating a vehicle while under suspension, is additionally charged with vehicular homicide; hit & run death or serious bodily injury; and limitations on passing bicycles.

           

Stewart’s total bond is $391,000.

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Terry Faulk are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation and after collecting evidence at the scene, detectives believe the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind.  The initial investigation also reveals the crash likely occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking the public to call CPSO at 491-3605 if you have any information relating to this fatality. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF HIT & RUN SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, April 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m. at a parking lot on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the truck was pulling out of a parking spot when it struck the car parked next to it.  The truck is described as a gray Dodge Ram 3500 dually, and was last seen heading north on Highway 108 in Sulphur. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspect seen in the video to contact the lead investigator, Detective Jordan Trahan at 491-3605.  


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter, and the attempted theft of another, from two vehicles parked at a business in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect, Brandon J. Lacour, 37, 21203 Carl Hoppe Road, Iowa.  When detectives attempted to locate Lacour, they learned he had been arrested by the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 29 for the same crime. 

           

After further investigation, detectives met with Lacour at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and during his interview he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Lacour, who is currently incarcerated at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail, is being charged with theft $1,000 – $5,000; attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; and 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a two year old with severe injuries covering her body. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the two year old along with a four year old, were in the care of Jocson D. Silva, 21, Sulphur.  The investigation also revealed Silva physically abused both children.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles; and cruelty to juveniles.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

The two year old was airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of her injuries.  She remains in critical condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detectives Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR HARBORING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation detectives arrived at the residence where Boudreaux was possibly living, at which time they made contact with an occupant inside the home.  The woman stated she did not know anyone by the name of Stoney Boudreaux and advised she just rented a room inside the house and was the only one living there.  The woman insisted Boudreaux was not inside the residence and refused to allow detectives inside.  Once detectives advised her a search warrant was obtained for the residence, she confirmed Boudreaux was inside the home. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned the woman, identified as Stephanie M. Beauchamp, 31, 740 18th Street, Lake Charles, had falsely identified herself and had given detectives a family member’s name, date of birth, and social security number when they made initial contact with her.

           

On April 27 detectives went back to the residence and made contact with Beauchamp at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Beauchamp, who was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, is charged with harboring or concealing a sex offender; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $101,000.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Phillips 66 in Westlake in reference to an accidental death.  The initial investigation revealed a contract worker was killed while unloading equipment.   He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. 

           

There is no further information to release at this time.  The name of the victim is not being released until notification of next of kin.

 

Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies she was robbed at gunpoint by three men.  The victim also stated the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash, items from inside the store, along with her personal belongings.  She was able to give deputies a description of the car, at which time CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

           

A short time later the Lake Charles City Police observed the suspect’s car, at which time the officer attempted to make a stop on the car.  The suspects fled and led officers on a pursuit.  Spike strips were deployed by assisting agencies and the car ultimately came to a stop near mile marker 72 in Acadia Parish. 

           

Three suspects fled the car on foot, but were shortly apprehended.  Taurus T. Finley, Jr., 20, Evan A. Ard, 20, both of Hammond, and Jaylon D. Brumfield, 23, 710 Iris Street, #309, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge David Ritchie set each of their bonds at $855,000.

           

CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case.   

           

Assisting agencies are the Lake Charles City Police, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Louisiana State Police Troop I, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, and Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge in Lafayette Parish in 2019, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

On April 23, 2021, Boudreaux reported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to complete his annual sex offender registration.  During registration detectives advised Boudreaux he owed community notification fees and was given a month to pay those fees.  Boudreaux failed to pay his fees by the deadline, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   Detectives attempted to locate Boudreaux and after further investigation they learned he was rarely at his registered address and had not registered a new address with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After speaking with the homeowner at his registered address detectives were advised Boudreaux only stayed one or two days a week at the home. 

           

Detectives continued their attempts to locate Boudreaux but were unsuccessful and on July 30 they issued a warrant in the amount of $44,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for his arrest.  On August 15 Boudreaux was arrested in Colorado and later released, with the agreement he would turn himself in to CPSO by September 2021. 

           

Boudreaux failed to turn himself in to CPSO and detectives continued to attempt to locate him.  During their investigation they learned he may be living at a home on 18th Street in Lake Charles.  On April 25, 2022, detectives made contact with an occupant at the home who stated Boudreaux was not at the residence.  After a search warrant was executed on the property, Boudreaux was located hiding in the attic.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to register as a sex offender and pay fees; and notification of a sex offender. 

           

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

           

Boudreaux also had an active warrant from 2021 through CPSO for theft of a motor vehicle; and theft $1,000 to $5,000 in the amount of $100,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie, along with an out of state detainer and a Parole detainer. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.         

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives Darcy R. Sones, 62, Westlake, had inappropriate sexual contact with her on more than 10 occasions.  After further investigation Sones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery / victim under the age of 13; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.1 million.   

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 127th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 127th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 41 officers representing 18 agencies in the five-parish area. Thirty-eight officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Two officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 127th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Triston Myers, Probation & Parole.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Austin Pierrotti, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dillan Santos, second; McNeese Police Department
Steven Davis, third; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Garrett Kelly, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Physical Training was presented to Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:
Steven Davis, Kyle Gill, Caitlyn Reed– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Anderson, Gabriel Aucoin, Caden Barrow, Quindon Barry, Joshua Campbell, Chassie Huval, Garrett Kelly, Jessica Nichols, Reagan Nordan, Natalie Norwood, Callie Nunez, Austin Pierrotti, Shakevia Smith, Timothy Trosclair, Francis Turner, Denin Wilcox - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Clark, Bryce Cooper, Darrell Guillory– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department
Joshua Cormier – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Emily LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department
Taylor Jackson – Kinder Police Department
Liberty Gay – Lake Charles Harbor Police Department
Bretlyn Sonnier – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice
Mikah Jones, LilPaul Williams – Lake Charles Police Department
Dillan Santos – McNeese Police Department
Caleb LaBorde, Juanita Stanley – Oakdale Police Department
Triston Myers – Probation & Parole
Tiffany Lanthier, Colby Wiersema – Sulphur Police Department
Melynda Carpenter – Vinton Police Department
Kerry Derouen – Welsh Police Department
Bayleigh Taylor – Westlake Police Department
James Witherington, Reeves Police Department, and Patricia Patrick, Vinton Police Department, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Camryn Bullock, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition 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 INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting routine patrol on E. Napoleon Street in Sulphur at which time he heard gunshots.  The deputy observed numerous motorcycles and an SUV in an abandoned business parking lot.  While the deputy was driving towards the parking lot the individuals fled the area.  During a search of the parking lot, detectives located two firearms, blood, and numerous shell casings of different calibers.   

 

A short time later deputies conducted a stop on the SUV that fled and made contact with the driver, Justin D. Wareham, 39, 2421 Straley Road, Westlake, a member of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang.  During a search of the SUV deputies located a firearm. 

 

During further investigation detectives made contact with Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who advised they were out with several individuals that may be connected to the incident in Sulphur, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.  CPSO Detectives were advised the victim was refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, but he was being transported to a local hospital in Texas to be treated for his injury. 

After further investigation Wareham was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a weapon.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.  Assisting agencies include the Sulphur Police Department and the DeQuincy Police Department.   

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which starts April 23 and runs until April 30, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 23.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $85,000 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 continue to receive this grant over the years, which allows 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, 2022.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch in Vinton in reference to a theft of a catalytic converter. 

           

During the initial investigation Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives and deputies with the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to identify two possible suspects, Dustin R. Landry, 33, and Joshua R. Hickman, 35, both of 1301 La Salette Avenue, Sulphur. 

           

Detectives made contact with Landry and Hickman and during the interview they confirmed they had the catalytic converter from the vehicle at the boat launch and sold it.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle they were traveling in detectives located burglary tools.

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $40,000. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191638.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.   

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a guest possibly using stolen credit cards while booking reservations. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by hotel staff that the suspect, Charles E. Ellis, Jr., 38, 5834 Eastern Drive, Lake Charles, provided nine different credit cards and attempted to book three separate reservations online.  Only one of the credit cards worked and one of the reservations was confirmed, totaling over $1,100.  Detectives were able to confirm with the credit card company that the account had been compromised and Ellis fraudulently charged the reservation on the card. 

           

During further investigations detectives executed a search warrant in the room and located numerous cell phones and USB flash drives along with drug paraphernalia.  

           

Ellis, who was located at the hotel, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of identity theft; theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and identity theft $1,000 or more.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $31,000.

           

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

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sonny Schiro is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kent Castille is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 11, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Brandon W. Cannon, 40, 2203 Currie Drive, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 18, the previous day. 

           

An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On April 7, Cannon was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The following day, April 8, deputies with the CPSO Warrants Division located Cannon at his place of employment, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.25 million. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a possible rape.         

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Braylen M. Leday, 23, 2034 13th Street, Lake Charles, confirmed he had sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12, who was a family acquaintance.  After detectives spoke with Leday he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $900,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

             The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Ward 3 Recreation Center, located at 3210 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

Please visit our website to register.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WITH DEMENTIA

UPDATE: 

 

Earlier this afternoon CPSO deputies located Mr. Brown, deceased, in a pond nearby his residence. 

 

 

Foul play is not suspected. The coroner will determine the cause of death. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for Paul A. Brown, 82, Lake Charles. 

           

Mr. Brown, who has dementia, left on foot from his residence on Corbina Road in Lake Charles at approximately 1:30 a.m this morning.  He was last seen wearing a gray stripped shirt, gray pants, black belt, black socks, and brown Sketcher shoes.  He may also have on a dark blue baseball hat. 

           

If you have any information or come into contact with Mr. Brown please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

            

 

Note:  Mr. Brown may possibly have an Apple AirTag on his person that will attempt to connect to an Apple device if he gets within close proximity.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR B&T & SEARCHING FOR 2ND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local elementary school in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned two unknown individuals gained entry into the school by breaking a window the previous day during the early morning hours.  Once inside the suspects stole a wet vac, floor scrubber, backpack blower, weed eater, and an unknown amount of tissue boxes.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Nicholas L. Dominique, 43, 2918 8th Street, Lake Charles.  On March 24 detectives spoke with Dominique at which time he confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $56,000.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the second suspect, who is seen in the photographs.  Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.    

           

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect used a crowbar to break the glass on the front door of the business.  Once inside the suspect stole liquor, cigarettes, and an undisclosed amount of cash from inside the register. 

           

After further investigation deputies identified the suspect as Byron S. Stracener, 58, Channelview, TX.  On March 24 detectives issued a warrant for Stracener’s arrest in the amount of $27,500 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio, charging him with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property; and simple burglary.

 

Stracener was arrested the same day by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for a burglary that occurred in Beauregard Parish.  He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Detention Center.   

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a 15 year old girl making threats towards Molo Middle School.

           

CPSO Safe School deputies were notified at which time the school was placed on lockdown.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the girl outside the school.  She was taken into custody, at which time they learned she was in possession of a knife, which she had concealed on her person. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing; and illegal carrying of a weapon. 

           

CPSO Deputy Hadrain Citizen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kardel Guidry is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

 

Note: The juvenile who made the threat, is NOT a student at the school. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to a welfare check on a 5 year old, special needs child, who lives at the home.

           

When deputies arrived they located the boy, naked, inside the home.  Deputies learned his guardian had left him in the care of a disabled adult, who is unable to provide proper supervision for the child.  Deputies observed the boy to be covered in feces and the home to be in deplorable conditions with human and animal feces all over.  Deputies attempted to locate clothes for the child, but could not find any clothes for him at the home.

             

At approximately 4:30 p.m., while deputies were still on scene, the child’s caregiver and family member, Ouida W. Whatley, 42, Sulphur, arrived home.  After speaking with deputies she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $55,000.

           

The Department of Children and Family Services released the child to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Tristan Mount is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies he was inside his truck at which time an acquaintance, Joseph A. Ripley, 35, 4224 Fellows Road, DeQuincy, opened his passenger’s side door, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money.  The victim stated he did not have any cash, but transferred all of the money in his bank account to Ripley using a mobile payment app.  The victim stated after the incident occurred Ripley entered the establishment and he drove to a nearby parking lot, where he contacted law enforcement. 

           

Deputies located Ripley inside the business and performed a pat down for officer safety, at which time they located a handgun on his person.  After further investigation, Ripley, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; negligent carrying of a concealed handgun; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He was released the following day on a $107,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

           

The investigation is ongoing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the armed robbery, or anyone with any information regarding this incident to please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Mason Simien is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO Crime Stoppers - Drug Store Theft

On February 16, during the early morning hours the suspect seen in this video shattered the front door of a drug store located in Moss Bluff.

 

Once inside the suspect entered the pharmacy and stole several medications then fled on foot.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived they learned Robert C. Willis, 33, 1182 Waynewood Drive, Lake Charles, went to the victim’s residence, who is an acquaintance, and was demanding money and other items from him.  The victim opened his back door and his dog exited from inside the house to use the restroom at which time Willis stabbed the dog in the head and neck.  Willis then proceeded to enter the residence and threatened to stab the people inside the home.  Willis left the residence and threatened to come back with a gun. 

           

A short time later deputies located Willis at his residence at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; aggravated cruelty to animals; and 2 counts of aggravated assault.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $14,000.      

           

The dog suffered severe lacerations and was transported to a local emergency veterinarian office where he was treated for his injuries. 

           

CPSO Deputy Dylan Davis is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE 2022 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Jill Feverjean and Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher were two of fifteen law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2022 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher were nominated to receive this award for their selfless acts of kindness performed during 2021.   

 

On May 17, 2021, several communities in Calcasieu Parish were caught off guard as a historic 16-18 inches of rain fell over a six-hour period, causing an unprecedented flash flood. During this time, deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office were deployed to do what they do best, respond to emergencies. One place where deputies were sent was a local church which had quickly mobilized to serve as a makeshift shelter. In addition to providing crowd control functions, deputies were taking in reports of stranded motorists and residents from those who were able to get to the shelter. While speaking with residents and observing the surroundings, Detective Jill Feverjean noticed a despondent woman with no shoes. What really caught Detective Feverjean’s attention, however, was the infant on an oxygen tank who was clinging to the shoeless woman. Detective Feverjean immediately approached the woman and child to inquire whether medical attention was needed. The woman responded that the child was good for the time being. Then, the woman relayed her story that she had quickly fled the rising flood waters with only minimal supplies for herself and her child. The despair in the woman’s eyes and the compromised health of the young child spurred Detective Feverjean into action.  Feverjean went to the store and used her personal funds to buy shoes, diapers, and formula for the woman and child.

 

On January 20, 2021, Corporal Alex Zaunbrecher with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a disturbance call. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that one of the individuals present on scene was a victim of human trafficking. The adult victim had a small child with her which complicated matters. Both of them were apprehensive of law enforcement and the adult victim was less than cooperative with responding deputies trying to file their report. Corporal Zaunbrecher intervened and was able to calm down the victim and also encouraged her to participate in the investigation. Subsequently, Corporal Zaunbrecher learned that the adult victim was heavily reliant on the male suspect from the disturbance call, mainly because she and her child were homeless. Corporal Zaunbrecher took it upon herself to secure a motel room for the mom and child, and also purchased food and clothing using her personal funds. Zaunbrecher also ensured the child had a few toys to occupy her time while at the hotel. The next morning, while Corporal Zaunbrecher was off-duty, she was able to locate a family friendly homeless shelter for the adult victim and child. With no other means of transportation, Zaunbrecher, while off-duty, drove them across the state to the shelter and helped to get them settled in.

 

“I am pleased Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher are being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization, they are very deserving recipients.  Both deputies went above and beyond what is required of them as a deputy and displayed genuine acts of kindness for those who are most vulnerable.  I am proud to say they work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.    

          

The deputies were presented the award by Beyond the Badge, a non-profit organization, on March 8 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge. 

 

 

Pictured from left to right: Captain Robert Manuel, Enforcement; Commander Nick Fontenot, Investigations; Detective Jill Feverjean, Investigations; Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher, Patrol; Chief Deputy Gary “Stitch” Guillory 

CPSO ARREST TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at the time of the initial investigation the vehicles collided head on and the passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

Evidence collected at the scene along with witness statements revealed the driver of the car, Mason C. Young, 20, and the driver of the truck, Drake A. Young, 22, both of 261 Arthur Vincent Road, Sulphur, were driving in a careless and reckless manner, which ultimately led to the crash.  After further investigation, on March 2, detective issued warrants for their arrest.

 

On March 7 Mason and Drake were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  They were released later the same day on $40,000 bond each, set by Judge Tony Fazzio.     

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified by ONSTAR in reference to a possible crash at a boat launch on Old Highway 90. 

   

When deputies arrived they located a car that had driven into the water and was fully submerged.  The CPSO Marine Division & Dive Team were deployed and recovered the driver, Christopher L. Williams, 36, Katy, TX, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The investigation is continuing and the cause of the incident remains unknown.  As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 6 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Starks in reference to an unconscious female.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim had been taken against her will by an acquaintance, Matthew D. Estridge, 22, 5097 Buddy Johnson Road, Starks.  Detectives also learned Estridge threatened to kill the victim and hit the victim numerous times, causing her to become unconscious. 

           

After further investigation, on March 7, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Estridge’s arrest.  Later the same day Estridge turned himself in and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple kidnapping; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Guidry ordered Estridge be held without bond. 

           

The victim sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANNUAL YOUTH FISHING DERB

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth/D.A.R.E. Division will be holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, March 19, from 7:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

 

Participants, who must be 15 years of age or younger, are asked to bring their own fishing gear, bait, lawn chairs, and a cooler to bring their fish home.  The first 100 kids will receive a t-shirt.  Refreshments will be furnished. 

           

This is event is offered to kids free of charge.  Youth groups are welcome.

             

For more information, please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & 2 COUNTS ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel & casino in Lake Charles in reference to a rape and armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man, who she recently met online, met her at the hotel.  Detectives learned the man was in a room with her at which time he produced a firearm and raped her.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect robbed her at gunpoint before leaving the room.  It was also discovered an acquaintance of the victim, who was standing by the elevators when the suspect left the room, was ordered back to the room by the suspect at which time he also robbed her at gunpoint.   

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the man as Travis W. Carter, 30, Linden, TN.  On February 28 detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $475,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Carter’s arrest.

           

On March 2 Carter was located at a local casino in Lake Charles and placed under arrest.  When detectives interviewed Carter he changed his story multiple times.   He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 2 counts of armed robbery; and 2 counts of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOUISIANA FUNDRAISER “TIP A COP”

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will participate in the Special Olympics Louisiana (LASO) fundraiser “Tip-A-Cop” on Thursday, March 10 at Texas Roadhouse, located at 3431 Nelson Road in Lake Charles, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Deputies will volunteer their time as “celebrity waiters” working closely alongside the regular wait staff, assisting in serving and helping as hosts.  All tips received by deputies will be donated to Special Olympics Louisiana. 

           

Special Olympics is one of the most recognized and respected charities, dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competitions.  According to LASO every $250 raised allows one athlete to train and compete for an entire year.

           

“We are excited to have our deputies participate in this event to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.  It is a great way for our agency and our community to come together and raise awareness for a worthy cause,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The funds raised at this event will benefit those in Louisiana and help provide year-round programs for over 12,000 athletes.”            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In November 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a child, under the age of 5, who was admitted into the ER for a sexual assault examination.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Aaron D. Guillory, 29, Lake Charles, sexually abused the child.  After further investigation, on February 28 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  He was arrested earlier today and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  His bond is set at $400,000.           

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, February 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1313 Country Club Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One thousand five hundred ninety-four(1,594) vehicles were checked; ten (10) field sobriety tests were administered; twenty-nine (29) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; thirteen (13) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; four (4) citations were issued for expired license plate; seven (7) citations were issued for illegal window tint; and one (1) citation was issued for a headlight violation.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Darien A. Bartie, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for illegal carrying of weapons in presence of CDS; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

o   Corey P. Orgeron, 33, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of CDS III; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Breoisha C. Brooks, 29, TX, arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Casey Fontenot, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

17 year old juvenile arrested for possession of marijuana; and DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Lake Charles Police Department, and Ward 3 Marshal’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO Sheriff Tony Mancuso featured on CPDA podcast

In this episode Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso discuss how effective communication between community leaders greatly benefits public safety.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday March 4 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Bobby R. Treaster, 46, 3517 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents took place between January 2021 and October 2021.    

           

On February 18, after detectives spoke with Treaster, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He was charged with 7 counts of sexual battery; and 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $510,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 11th Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned an unknown man had stolen packages of the victim’s doorstep on two separate occasions, February 12 and February 15.  The suspect stole over $1,000 worth of brand name clothing and household items. 

           

During the course of the investigation detectives received information that David A. Jennings, 39, 925 11th Street, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the thefts.  On February 18, CPSO detectives located Jennings at his residence, and while speaking with him he confirmed he was responsible for the thefts.  After a subsequent search of the home detectives located the stolen packages, along with suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

           

Jennings was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.   

             

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, February 18.   

           

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.  Participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D, and the Lake Charles City Police.

CPSO ISSUES APOLOGY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, February 8 Ricardo L. Estevez, 53, Weston, Florida, was wrongfully arrested in Broward County, Florida, after a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detective issued an incorrect warrant for his arrest after he was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a contractor fraud case.   

 

“Although I know an apology will not fix this issue, I am sincerely sorry this happed to Mr. Estevez.  He was arrested for a crime in Louisiana in which he had no part of.  Once we learned this occurred we made every effort to get him out of jail as quickly as possible,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “A mistake like this should not happen, we are professionals and it is our responsibility to do our due diligence to check and make sure this type of information is correct prior to issuing a warrant.  We are looking at this internally to see how this mistake was made and what changes need to take place to ensure this does not occur again.”

 

CPSO detectives are currently conducting further investigation into the contractor fraud case to identify and issue a warrant for the correct suspect.

CPSO WARNING CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently been reported in our area. 

           

Victims report receiving an email from a company they normally deal with, asking them to change their billing account numbers to reflect the company’s new account.  The email appears to be one they have corresponded with before, but upon further investigation you will notice a small variation, such as two letters transposed.

           

THIS IS A SCAM.  Do not change any billing/invoicing information from an email request.  You should always call the company and verify the request is legitimate.      

           

If anyone believes they may have been a victim of this scam, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty.  The caller, who claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a catalytic converter stolen off a truck that was parked at a boat launch in Vinton.

           

During the investigation detectives were able to determine Kory J. Moss, 33, 313 Paisley Parkway, Sulphur, and William D. Hawkins, 34, Kinder, LA, were possibly responsible for the theft.  During further investigation, on February 2, detectives made contact with Moss at which time he confirmed he and Hawkins stole the catalytic converter off the truck and sold it.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

           

Later the same day VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Hawkins’ arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The following day detectives traveled to Allen Parish to assist the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office in the execution of the arrest warrant.  Detectives located Hawkins at his residence and while speaking with him he confirmed his involvement in the theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.

           

During the execution for the arrest warrant additional evidence was obtained at the residence that links Hawkins to additional catalytic converter thefts in Calcasieu Parish.

           

Moss and Hawkins are charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property from $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both their bonds at $20,000.

           

During the execution of the arrest warrant Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and arrested Watkins on additional criminal charges.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are likely.  CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a victim locating a nude video of herself.  The victim advised detectives the video was taken without her consent.

           

After further investigation detectives learned Cullen C. Schmidt, 22, Lumberton, TX, was responsible for taking the video.  The following day detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $95,000 for his arrest.  He was arrested on January 26 in Texas, and on January 31 he was extradited to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARREST 3RD SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8, 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the area near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton in reference to the theft of utility wire.

           

During the investigation detectives learned there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  Later the same day detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36 and John D. Mitchener, 48, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for the theft. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Alex S. Meyer, 34, Port Arthur, TX, was also responsible for the wire thefts.  On November 19 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Meyer’s arrest in the amount of $80,000.  On January 22 Meyer was arrested in Orange County, Texas and was later extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center on January 25. 

 

He is charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property between $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8 and January 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous reports of vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles in the areas of Tom Hebert Road, Crestview, Glen Prairie, Delord Lane, and Swan Drive. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspects were breaking the glass on locked vehicles to gain entry as well as burglarizing unlocked vehicles.  Detectives were also advised 3 firearms were stolen during the vehicle burglaries.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify two suspects responsible for the burglaries, Wyatt Z. Peterson, 18, and Armorian D. Hadnot, 24, both of 2324 Rose Street in Lake Charles. 

 

On January 24 VCIU detectives with the assistance of CPSO ACT-Team deputies executed a search warrant at the home on Rose Street at which time they located 5 firearms, one of which had been reported stolen through LCPD.  Detectives also located multiple credit cards belonging to one of the victim’s from the vehicle burglaries.

 

After further investigation Peterson and Hadnot were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Peterson is additionally charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Peterson’s bond at $95,000 and Hadnot’s bond at $99,500.    

  

The firearms stolen during the vehicle burglaries have not yet been recovered.  Detectives are currently investigating the ownership of the remaining 4 firearms seized from the home.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Matthew Bean and James Rathke are the lead investigators on these cases.

 

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


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 38 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Michael J. Hutchison, 59, California, at which time they detected the odor of raw marijuana emitting from inside the car.  During a subsequent probable cause search of the car detectives located 12 trash bags containing a total of 137 pounds of high grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of approximately $500,000.  Detectives also located $295,227 and 49 money orders, totaling $32,800, inside the car.       

           

Hutchison was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $340,000.

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

             


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the driver, later identified as Marcus K. Pentecost, 30, 1610 Lewis Street, Sulphur, was traveling northbound on Lewis Street when he struck the bicycle from behind and fled the scene.  The victim, identified as a 15 year old juvenile, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

Pentecost was later located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; felony hit and run; operating a vehicle under suspension; and carless operation.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $85,500.

           

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver.   

           

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

 

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

Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Formation of SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Law enforcement leaders announce the formation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force.

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute those individuals responsible for human trafficking, all while providing quality social services to those who find themselves a victim to this horrendous crime.

           

“January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  There is no better time than now to initiate conversations in our community and raise awareness about human trafficking,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “No town is immune to human trafficking or sex trafficking and we want to make sure the residents here in SWLA are educated on how to identify victims.  We also want to ensure the victims of these crimes we are here to help them and they are the reason we have created this task force; if we can save one person by the initiatives of this task force, we have done our jobs.”

 

Calcasieu District Attorney Stephen Dwight says, “Human Trafficking is real and it happens right here in our parish. The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force will provide the education needed to know the indictors of what a victim of Human Trafficking looks like and how to report it. If our community is properly educated then we can put a stop to this awful crime happening in our community and these victims will gain their freedom back. I look forward to seeing our community come together in the fight to end Human Trafficking and I am proud to be involved.”

 

“The Lake Charles Police Department is committed to ensuring that our citizens feel safe in our community. We believe this safety is something they deserve," said Lake Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel. "Human trafficking is a large topic of conversation nationwide and it is an issue that cannot be solved by one agency alone. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this task force and look forward to working with our partners to address this issue in our community."

 

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and is a form of modern slavery,” says United States Attorney Brandon Brown.  “We must continue to be vigilant and aggressive in combating these heinous acts but of equal importance, we must compassionately assist and rehabilitate these victims. In other words, law enforcement and certain community based organizations must come together to set these victims free and simultaneously capture and punish the offenders in this district who prey on “the least of these” or the most vulnerable people of our respective communities. We have a legal and moral obligation to do so as public servants in the Western District of Louisiana.” 

 

“Human Trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight and it involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” said FBI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Williams, Jr. “The FBI works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies and non-profits on the front lines to combat human trafficking.” 

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.   

           

If you belong to a local service agency or non-profit that would like to be involved please send an email to info@cpso.com. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN BICYCLE/VEHICLE FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

Due to evidence at the scene, detectives believe the suspect’s vehicle is a Jeep Cherokee, 2010 model, possibly blue or black in color. The vehicle will likely have damage to the driver’s side headlight, hood, and windshield. The vehicle will also be missing the driver’s side mirror. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. If anyone has any information relating to this fatality, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Garrin N. Solari, 29, 212 Ashland Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 10. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised the incident occurred in December 2021, while the victim was at Solari’s residence.  On January 24, after further investigation, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Solari’s arrest in the amount of $350,000.  Later the same day he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery.    

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is lead investigator in the case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 22 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Leger Road and Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a man passed out in a car.

           

When deputies arrived they located the car and observed the driver, Jose A. Trinidad, 47, 2187 E. Gauthier Road, Lot 107, inside.  When they spoke with Trinidad deputies detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance and incoherent speech.  Deputies also observed alcoholic beverages inside the car. 

           

Due to Trinidad’s level of intoxication deputies notified emergency medical services, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn by hospital personnel. 

       

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample and Trinidad, who has two prior DWI convictions, was medically cleared he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  He was released January 24 on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

CPSO Deputy Cody Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case.

           

 

On January 22 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 27 in Sulphur in reference to an individual backing into a pole in the parking lot.  

           

When deputies arrived they located the suspect’s truck driving erratically in the parking lot.  When deputies made contact with the driver, Mark E. Ancelet, 57, 402 East Street, Vinton, they observed him to have unsteady balance along with a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed several empty alcoholic beverage containers inside the truck.

           

Deputies attempted to perform field sobriety testing but were unable to complete it due to Ancelet’s level of intoxication.  During the investigation deputies also learned Ancelet had been convicted of DWI 3rd in 2014.

           

Ancelet was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital. 

           

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ancelet was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $50,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Britt Poindexter is the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR UNLAWFUL PRESENCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, Brent W. Delino, 34, Orange, Texas, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned Delino had been observed picking up a family member at a local school in Sulphur on several occasions.  According to Delino’s registration requirements, due to his victim’s age, he is not allowed to be within 1000 feet of a school, park, or daycare. 

           

On January 19 detectives located Delino at the school at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful presence of a sex offender.  He was released on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis the following day.

           

Delino was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was additionally convicted of unlawful presence of a sex offender in 2016 in Jeff Davis Parish.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF HIT AND RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, January 7 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss bluff.   

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck pulled into a parking spot and attempted to back up, striking a parked vehicle.  The driver entered the store for a brief time and then left the scene.  The truck is described as a maroon and tan, GMC Sierra pick-up truck.   

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or suspect seen in the photographs to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 22-2636.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM NONPROFIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to Richard J. Cole, Sr., 73, 1301 Bernadette Drive, Sulphur, stealing from a local nonprofit. 

           

During the investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that they located numerous discrepancies on bank statements and expense reports in which Cole was responsible for as treasurer for the nonprofit.  Detectives were also informed Cole wrote over $100,000 worth of checks to himself from the nonprofit account but was unable to provide documentation on what the checks were written for. 

 

During further investigation detectives received information showing numerous payments on personal credit cards and accounts belonging to Cole were paid for with money from the nonprofit.  The investigation revealed since January 2015 Cole stole over $367,000.

           

On January 20 Cole was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  He was released on a $75,000 ROR bond by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a threat of a possible shooting occurring at Sulphur High School. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised an unknown individual made a phone call to another student, stating a shooting would occur at the school the following day.  During the investigation a 15 year old boy contacted CPSO and advised he was responsible for making the phone call.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Deputy Britt Poindexter is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator in the case.

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF AMERICAN PRESS BUILDIN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 “In December 2021, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office purchased the American Press building to use as a new CPSO Annex building,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “At this time we are completing modifications and minor renovations to the facility.  When the renovations are complete will we be relocating our offices that are currently downtown, including Accounting, Human Resources, Insurance, Risk Management, and Professional Services, to the annex building.  We will also be relocating our Detectives Division to the new building.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office purchased the building for $4.9 million and is currently leasing an area in the back to the American Press to house the actual press itself. 

           

The CPSO Tax Office, located downtown, will NOT be relocated.  

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES 2 SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN SEIZURE OF $1 MILLION IN ILLEGAL NARCOTICS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 6 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed two search warrants, at a storage unit on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles along with one at the home of Caleb D. Barfield, 43, and Kimberly R. Breaux, 30, at 1700 Mignonette Street, Apt. A, Lake Charles, after a long term narcotics investigation revealed possible drug activity at the two locations. 

           

Upon execution of the search warrants detectives located over 15 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl powder mixture, over 27 pounds of home pressed suspected methamphetamine tablets, over 600 grams of pressed purported oxycodone tablets, over 170 grams of fentanyl gel, 50 ounces of promethazine syrup, 2 semi-automatic handguns, a commercial grade tablet pressing machine, over $20,000 in U.S. currency, and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $1 million. 

           

Barfield and Breaux were arrested at the residence and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Barfield is charged with 6 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute or manufacture; 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; 2 counts of illegal carrying of a weapon by a convicted felon; money laundering; illegal use of CDS in presence of a juvenile; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Breaux is charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS II; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; possession of a firearm in presence of a CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Barfield’s bond at $803,000 and Breaux’s bond at $59,000.  Breaux was released on bond the following day.   

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.     

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Edgerly Road near Route 66 in DeQuincy.  

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a car traveling northbound on Edgerly Road crossed the center line while negotiating a curve and struck an SUV that was traveling southbound.  The driver of the car was transported to a local hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.  Both drivers were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.   

 

The investigation is continuing.  Impairment is not suspected, but as mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted on both drivers.

 

Next of kin has not been notified so the driver’s name is not being released at this time. 

 

The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries. 

 

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 5 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 7 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on South Savannah Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning. 

           

When deputies arrived they were informed a 5 year old child had been located in the neighbor’s swimming pool unresponsive.  Life saving measures were performed on the boy prior to him being transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

                       

The initial investigation indicates foul play is not suspected.  

           

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

CPSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam that has recently been reported in the area. 

           

The initial investigation revealed the victim received priority mail from the postal service.  Inside was a letter stating they had been selected to complete a “secret survey assignment” by evaluating a list of stores that sell American Express gift cards.  The letter instructs the victim to deposit a check, which is enclosed in the letter, and use part of the funds to purchase $1,500 worth of gift cards.  The letter then instructs the victim to take photos of the front and backs of the gift cards and text and email them to the contact information listed along with other requested information in reference to the store. 

           

THIS IS A SCAM!! 

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –


UPDATE: 


The individual in the picture reported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office last night and spoke with detectives.  At This time it appears she may be the victim of a 
re-shipping scam.  Further investigation revealed she signed up for a job online to pick up packages to have them reshipped.  She received an email from a shipping company, which instructed her to pick up the package. The company sent her information on where to pick up the package along with a copy of the first victim’s(the actual package owner) ID. In the email the company also stated they would send her a shipping label at a later time to ship the package.  The woman in the picture has cooperated with detectives and is assisting in uncovering this possible scam.

There is no further information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 



On December 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim had a package, worth over $1,500, delivered to a pharmacy in Moss Bluff and an on December 16 and unknown suspect fraudulently picked up the victim’s package.  It was also discovered the suspect presented store personnel with an ID matching the victim’s name.  The suspect left the store in a tan colored car. 

           

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the pharmacy and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman see in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding this theft or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between December 6 and 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to four different locations in Sulphur in reference to the theft of catalytic converters off a total of 12 vehicles. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Johnathan A. Guidry, 29, 1010 Brady Street, Sulphur, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters matching those that had been stolen.  After further investigation detectives learned Shannan L. Istre, 43, and Nathan T. Burnett, 41, both of 1010 Brady Street, Sulphur, were also possibly involved in the catalytic converter thefts.       

           

Between December 17 and 20 detectives spoke with all three suspects.  While speaking with detectives Guidry confirmed he was responsible for all 12 thefts.  When detectives spoke with Istre and Burnett they advised they were only involved in the thefts at two of the businesses. 

           

All 3 men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Guidry is charged with 12 counts of theft; and 12 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Istre and Burnett are charged with 6 counts of theft; and 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Burnett is additionally charged with possession of CDS II; and introduction of a CDS into a penal facility. 

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Guidry’s bond at $160,500. Judge Mike Canaday set Istre’s bond at $60,000 and Burnett’s bond at $85,000.  

           

During the investigation detectives also learned the suspects are responsible for several other catalytic converter thefts in Sulphur, which are being investigated by the Sulphur Police Department. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth, Kyle Miers, and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on these cases.   

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING CRASH INVOLVING 2 FATALITIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 23, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Davis Road in Westlake in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeler. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the motorcycle and the four-wheeler were both traveling north on Davis Road when the motorcycle struck the four-wheeler from behind.  The driver, and only occupant on the motorcycle, along with the driver and the two passengers on the four-wheeler were all ejected. 

           

The driver of the motorcycle, Trey Augustine, 29, Westlake, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the four-wheeler and a juvenile passenger were transported to the hospital, where the 14 year old juvenile girl was later pronounced dead. 

           

The crash is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed.

           

The 30 year old driver of the four-wheeler sustained serious injuries, and the other passenger, a 15 year old, sustained minor injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives met with registered sex offender Billy R. Morris, Jr., 36, 1134 Oak Leaf Lane, Lake Charles, in order for him to complete his semi-annual sex offender registration.  

           

During the registration appointment detectives spoke with Morris in reference to registering a car he had possibly been observed driving in the past due to the fact that all sex offenders are required by law to list every motorized vehicle registered to or operated by them to law enforcement prior to use.  Morris advised detectives he does not drive the car in question and refused to list it on his registration paperwork.  Prior to Morris leaving his registration appointment, detectives learned he had been operating the car and had driven it to his appointment; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

           

Morris was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  He was released later the same day on a $40,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Morris was convicted of oral copulation with a person under 18 in 2004 along with failure to register as a sex offender in 2012. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO COLLECTS CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CALCASIEU PARISH FAMILIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with local Entergy Louisiana employees, collected toys for needy families in Calcasieu Parish for Christmas.  Together, along with a donation of bikes from First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles, we were able to provide gifts for over 49 families, which included over 100 children. 

           

“I am always proud of the way our deputies come together to support others in need in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Our department along with Entergy employees have collected toys together for the last several years.  This year we also had some generous donations from Billy Navarre, TransWood Trucking, and Fuselier Bonding Services, so we were able to help more families.”

           

The donations were dispersed last week to those identified families.   


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Thursday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Starks High School, located at 137 Highway 109.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

Please visit our website to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 18 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect entered the store earlier that day at approximately 11:30 a.m. at which time he stole multiple items from the store.  Later the same day, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store again and attempted to steal over $4,000 worth of merchandise but was unsuccessful.  The suspect was seen leaving the store in a dark colored Chrysler 300. 

           

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in the photograph, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon 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, which starts Saturday, December 18, and ends January 1, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“According to the NHTSA in 2019 there were over 10,000 people killed in preventable drunk driving related crashes in the United States.  In Louisiana 30% of traffic fatalities were due to impaired driving.  Being a responsible driver is simple, if you are drinking do not drive.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE AT STARKS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat on social media from a student that attends Starks High School. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boy threatened a shooting at the school.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

CPSO SROs Stephen Arnold and Russell Cox and Detective Monte Gentry are the lead investigators on this case

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On December 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives were dispatched to a business on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to the theft of catalytic converters off four vehicles in the parking lot of the business. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned the theft occurred on November 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the business and observed a man in the parking lot with a flashlight underneath the vehicles.  After further investigation detectives learned on December 1 Davon R. Allemand, 22, 2596 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, scrapped four catalytic converters matching those stolen off the four vehicles from the business. 

           

On December 10 Detectives spoke with Allemand, at which time he confirmed he was responsible for the thefts.  Allemand also advised detectives he was responsible for the theft of catalytic converters from 3 other businesses, two in Sulphur and one in Westlake. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of theft; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his total bond at $133,000.

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Kyle Miers, James Rathke, and Grant Strenth are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

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 Friday, July 1st.  

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 Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

· Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Thursday.   

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

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CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14. The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community. The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Henry Pugh Blvd. in Lake Charles in reference to multiple buildings on the property being burglarized. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned several of the buildings had been damaged and copper wire and tubing, electronics, and power tools had been stolen from the buildings.  Further investigation revealed the thefts had begun earlier this year and the suspects, later identified as Dustin P. Boudreaux, 31, 111 Eve Landry Road, Creole, Brandon J. Phillips, 40, 155A Donna Road, Lake Charles, and James E. Pilotti, 36, 150 Mildred Street, Cameron, went to the locations several times to commit the thefts.

           

After further investigation CPSO detectives, with the assistance of the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed search warrants on the homes of Boudreaux and Pilotti.  Detectives located large amounts of copper wire and wire casing, copper tubing, and power tools with the name of the business labeled on them.  It was also discovered since March Boudreaux, Pilotti, and Phillips each scrapped over 2,000 pounds of copper.  

 

Between May 13 and 20, Boudreaux, Phillips, and Pilotti, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property over $50,000.  Boudreaux was additionally charged with several traffic violations.  Judge Michael Canaday set Boudreaux’s bond at $75,200.  Judge Derrick Kee set Phillip’s and Pilotti’s bond at $92,000.  

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, which starts today and ends June 5, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 28.

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  buckling up in the front seat of a car can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.  Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter from a parking lot on Old Spanish Trail in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the suspect entered the fenced in parking lot where employees park and cut the catalytic converter off the victim’s truck.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Patrick D. Pierce, 46, 424 McGuire Road, Westlake.   

           

On May 18 detectives made contact with Pierce at which time he refused to speak to detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; theft $1,000 - $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $16,000.  Detectives also discovered Pierce had three active warrants for contempt of court and one active warrant for theft of a motor vehicle, after an investigation earlier this year revealed he took a car on a test drive from a local auto sales company in Lake Charles and failed to return the car.  The car was later located at a scrap yard in Lake Charles.   

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sydney K. Pierce, 25, 1800 Khamiel Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she was in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives received information from the Lake Charles Police Department in reference to Pierce, who is a convicted felon, being in possession of a firearm in a photograph.  Detectives were also advised Pierce had been using social media.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to locate a gun in the home where Pierce lives that matched the weapon in the photograph of Pierce.  Detectives also discovered Pierce has numerous social media accounts and failed to notify law enforcement, making her in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.  Pierce also failed to have the required information on her social media accounts regarding her sex offender information. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of registration of sex offenders; and 4 counts of notification of sex offenders.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $475,000.

           

Pierce was convicted of sexual assault of a child in January 2022 in Orange County, Texas. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 19.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2021 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Luke Pierrotti – Support Services Division

Sgt. William “Freddie” Powell – Investigations Division

Sr. Cpl. Christopher Hathaway – Enforcement Division

Sgt. Darin Castro - Correctional Division           

Mark Anthony – Special Services Division           

Dari Guillory – Financial Division

Cpl. Bobby Benjamin –Security Enforcement Division

Sgt. Remy Broussard – Logistical Support Division

 

Sgt. Darin Castro was also chosen as “2021 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Donna Rubin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  Andrew Davies, M.D. was awarded the “Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 15 the Contractor Fraud Response Team received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victims stated in May 2021, they entered into an agreement with Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 40, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, to provide materials and labor for floor installation.  The victims advised the job was going to cost over $30,000, and they paid a deposit of over $19,000.  Further investigation revealed Shawn and Leigh only delivered approximately $800 worth of materials and failed to complete the job.  It was also discovered Shawn nor Leigh were licensed to complete the work. 

  

After further investigation, on April 28, Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of Shawn and Leigh.  They were located in West Monroe with the assistance of the CPSO Warrants Division and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, and on May 13 they were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess the required license for home improvements; and contractor misapplication of payments over $1,000.  They were both released later the same day on each a $40,000 bond. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

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

 

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


CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, TROOP D

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

 

Lake Charles

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR UNLAWFUL PRESENCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, John J. Corbett, 34, homeless, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned on May 7, deputies made contact with Corbett in a parking lot downtown near the beach, during a suspicious vehicle investigation.  According to Corbett’s registration requirements, due to his victim’s age, he is not allowed to be within 1000 feet of a school, park, daycare, or recreational center. 

           

On May 9, CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives made contact with Corbett at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful presence of a sex offender.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000. 

           

Corbett was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Texas in 2007.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

During the initial fatality investigation on May 6, deputies arrested Bentley A. Stewart, 43, 108 McGuire Road, Westlake, after it was discovered he had been driving under the influence near the area where the crash occurred.  At the time deputies did not have enough evidence to charge Stewart with the fatality. 

 

Earlier this afternoon, after further investigation and collection of evidence, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Michael Canaday for Stewart’s arrest.

           

Stewart, who is still currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for DWI 3rd offense; and operating a vehicle while under suspension, is additionally charged with vehicular homicide; hit & run death or serious bodily injury; and limitations on passing bicycles.

           

Stewart’s total bond is $391,000.

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Terry Faulk are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation and after collecting evidence at the scene, detectives believe the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind.  The initial investigation also reveals the crash likely occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking the public to call CPSO at 491-3605 if you have any information relating to this fatality. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF HIT & RUN SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, April 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m. at a parking lot on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the truck was pulling out of a parking spot when it struck the car parked next to it.  The truck is described as a gray Dodge Ram 3500 dually, and was last seen heading north on Highway 108 in Sulphur. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspect seen in the video to contact the lead investigator, Detective Jordan Trahan at 491-3605.  


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter, and the attempted theft of another, from two vehicles parked at a business in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect, Brandon J. Lacour, 37, 21203 Carl Hoppe Road, Iowa.  When detectives attempted to locate Lacour, they learned he had been arrested by the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 29 for the same crime. 

           

After further investigation, detectives met with Lacour at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and during his interview he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Lacour, who is currently incarcerated at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail, is being charged with theft $1,000 – $5,000; attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; and 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a two year old with severe injuries covering her body. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the two year old along with a four year old, were in the care of Jocson D. Silva, 21, Sulphur.  The investigation also revealed Silva physically abused both children.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles; and cruelty to juveniles.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

The two year old was airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of her injuries.  She remains in critical condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detectives Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR HARBORING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation detectives arrived at the residence where Boudreaux was possibly living, at which time they made contact with an occupant inside the home.  The woman stated she did not know anyone by the name of Stoney Boudreaux and advised she just rented a room inside the house and was the only one living there.  The woman insisted Boudreaux was not inside the residence and refused to allow detectives inside.  Once detectives advised her a search warrant was obtained for the residence, she confirmed Boudreaux was inside the home. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned the woman, identified as Stephanie M. Beauchamp, 31, 740 18th Street, Lake Charles, had falsely identified herself and had given detectives a family member’s name, date of birth, and social security number when they made initial contact with her.

           

On April 27 detectives went back to the residence and made contact with Beauchamp at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Beauchamp, who was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, is charged with harboring or concealing a sex offender; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $101,000.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Phillips 66 in Westlake in reference to an accidental death.  The initial investigation revealed a contract worker was killed while unloading equipment.   He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. 

           

There is no further information to release at this time.  The name of the victim is not being released until notification of next of kin.

 

Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

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It features CPSO Lieutenant Jacob Dore and Sergeant LeAnn Adams with the Sex Crimes Division.

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies she was robbed at gunpoint by three men.  The victim also stated the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash, items from inside the store, along with her personal belongings.  She was able to give deputies a description of the car, at which time CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

           

A short time later the Lake Charles City Police observed the suspect’s car, at which time the officer attempted to make a stop on the car.  The suspects fled and led officers on a pursuit.  Spike strips were deployed by assisting agencies and the car ultimately came to a stop near mile marker 72 in Acadia Parish. 

           

Three suspects fled the car on foot, but were shortly apprehended.  Taurus T. Finley, Jr., 20, Evan A. Ard, 20, both of Hammond, and Jaylon D. Brumfield, 23, 710 Iris Street, #309, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge David Ritchie set each of their bonds at $855,000.

           

CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case.   

           

Assisting agencies are the Lake Charles City Police, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Louisiana State Police Troop I, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, and Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge in Lafayette Parish in 2019, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

On April 23, 2021, Boudreaux reported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to complete his annual sex offender registration.  During registration detectives advised Boudreaux he owed community notification fees and was given a month to pay those fees.  Boudreaux failed to pay his fees by the deadline, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   Detectives attempted to locate Boudreaux and after further investigation they learned he was rarely at his registered address and had not registered a new address with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After speaking with the homeowner at his registered address detectives were advised Boudreaux only stayed one or two days a week at the home. 

           

Detectives continued their attempts to locate Boudreaux but were unsuccessful and on July 30 they issued a warrant in the amount of $44,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for his arrest.  On August 15 Boudreaux was arrested in Colorado and later released, with the agreement he would turn himself in to CPSO by September 2021. 

           

Boudreaux failed to turn himself in to CPSO and detectives continued to attempt to locate him.  During their investigation they learned he may be living at a home on 18th Street in Lake Charles.  On April 25, 2022, detectives made contact with an occupant at the home who stated Boudreaux was not at the residence.  After a search warrant was executed on the property, Boudreaux was located hiding in the attic.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to register as a sex offender and pay fees; and notification of a sex offender. 

           

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

           

Boudreaux also had an active warrant from 2021 through CPSO for theft of a motor vehicle; and theft $1,000 to $5,000 in the amount of $100,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie, along with an out of state detainer and a Parole detainer. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.         

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives Darcy R. Sones, 62, Westlake, had inappropriate sexual contact with her on more than 10 occasions.  After further investigation Sones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery / victim under the age of 13; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.1 million.   

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 127th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 127th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 41 officers representing 18 agencies in the five-parish area. Thirty-eight officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Two officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 127th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Triston Myers, Probation & Parole.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Austin Pierrotti, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dillan Santos, second; McNeese Police Department
Steven Davis, third; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Garrett Kelly, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Physical Training was presented to Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:
Steven Davis, Kyle Gill, Caitlyn Reed– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Anderson, Gabriel Aucoin, Caden Barrow, Quindon Barry, Joshua Campbell, Chassie Huval, Garrett Kelly, Jessica Nichols, Reagan Nordan, Natalie Norwood, Callie Nunez, Austin Pierrotti, Shakevia Smith, Timothy Trosclair, Francis Turner, Denin Wilcox - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Clark, Bryce Cooper, Darrell Guillory– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department
Joshua Cormier – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Emily LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department
Taylor Jackson – Kinder Police Department
Liberty Gay – Lake Charles Harbor Police Department
Bretlyn Sonnier – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice
Mikah Jones, LilPaul Williams – Lake Charles Police Department
Dillan Santos – McNeese Police Department
Caleb LaBorde, Juanita Stanley – Oakdale Police Department
Triston Myers – Probation & Parole
Tiffany Lanthier, Colby Wiersema – Sulphur Police Department
Melynda Carpenter – Vinton Police Department
Kerry Derouen – Welsh Police Department
Bayleigh Taylor – Westlake Police Department
James Witherington, Reeves Police Department, and Patricia Patrick, Vinton Police Department, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Camryn Bullock, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition 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 INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting routine patrol on E. Napoleon Street in Sulphur at which time he heard gunshots.  The deputy observed numerous motorcycles and an SUV in an abandoned business parking lot.  While the deputy was driving towards the parking lot the individuals fled the area.  During a search of the parking lot, detectives located two firearms, blood, and numerous shell casings of different calibers.   

 

A short time later deputies conducted a stop on the SUV that fled and made contact with the driver, Justin D. Wareham, 39, 2421 Straley Road, Westlake, a member of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang.  During a search of the SUV deputies located a firearm. 

 

During further investigation detectives made contact with Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who advised they were out with several individuals that may be connected to the incident in Sulphur, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.  CPSO Detectives were advised the victim was refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, but he was being transported to a local hospital in Texas to be treated for his injury. 

After further investigation Wareham was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a weapon.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.  Assisting agencies include the Sulphur Police Department and the DeQuincy Police Department.   

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which starts April 23 and runs until April 30, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 23.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $85,000 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 continue to receive this grant over the years, which allows 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, 2022.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch in Vinton in reference to a theft of a catalytic converter. 

           

During the initial investigation Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives and deputies with the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to identify two possible suspects, Dustin R. Landry, 33, and Joshua R. Hickman, 35, both of 1301 La Salette Avenue, Sulphur. 

           

Detectives made contact with Landry and Hickman and during the interview they confirmed they had the catalytic converter from the vehicle at the boat launch and sold it.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle they were traveling in detectives located burglary tools.

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $40,000. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191638.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.   

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a guest possibly using stolen credit cards while booking reservations. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by hotel staff that the suspect, Charles E. Ellis, Jr., 38, 5834 Eastern Drive, Lake Charles, provided nine different credit cards and attempted to book three separate reservations online.  Only one of the credit cards worked and one of the reservations was confirmed, totaling over $1,100.  Detectives were able to confirm with the credit card company that the account had been compromised and Ellis fraudulently charged the reservation on the card. 

           

During further investigations detectives executed a search warrant in the room and located numerous cell phones and USB flash drives along with drug paraphernalia.  

           

Ellis, who was located at the hotel, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of identity theft; theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and identity theft $1,000 or more.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $31,000.

           

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

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sonny Schiro is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kent Castille is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 11, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Brandon W. Cannon, 40, 2203 Currie Drive, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 18, the previous day. 

           

An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On April 7, Cannon was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The following day, April 8, deputies with the CPSO Warrants Division located Cannon at his place of employment, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.25 million. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a possible rape.         

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Braylen M. Leday, 23, 2034 13th Street, Lake Charles, confirmed he had sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12, who was a family acquaintance.  After detectives spoke with Leday he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $900,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

             The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Ward 3 Recreation Center, located at 3210 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

Please visit our website to register.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WITH DEMENTIA

UPDATE: 

 

Earlier this afternoon CPSO deputies located Mr. Brown, deceased, in a pond nearby his residence. 

 

 

Foul play is not suspected. The coroner will determine the cause of death. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for Paul A. Brown, 82, Lake Charles. 

           

Mr. Brown, who has dementia, left on foot from his residence on Corbina Road in Lake Charles at approximately 1:30 a.m this morning.  He was last seen wearing a gray stripped shirt, gray pants, black belt, black socks, and brown Sketcher shoes.  He may also have on a dark blue baseball hat. 

           

If you have any information or come into contact with Mr. Brown please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

            

 

Note:  Mr. Brown may possibly have an Apple AirTag on his person that will attempt to connect to an Apple device if he gets within close proximity.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR B&T & SEARCHING FOR 2ND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local elementary school in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned two unknown individuals gained entry into the school by breaking a window the previous day during the early morning hours.  Once inside the suspects stole a wet vac, floor scrubber, backpack blower, weed eater, and an unknown amount of tissue boxes.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Nicholas L. Dominique, 43, 2918 8th Street, Lake Charles.  On March 24 detectives spoke with Dominique at which time he confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $56,000.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the second suspect, who is seen in the photographs.  Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.    

           

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect used a crowbar to break the glass on the front door of the business.  Once inside the suspect stole liquor, cigarettes, and an undisclosed amount of cash from inside the register. 

           

After further investigation deputies identified the suspect as Byron S. Stracener, 58, Channelview, TX.  On March 24 detectives issued a warrant for Stracener’s arrest in the amount of $27,500 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio, charging him with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property; and simple burglary.

 

Stracener was arrested the same day by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for a burglary that occurred in Beauregard Parish.  He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Detention Center.   

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a 15 year old girl making threats towards Molo Middle School.

           

CPSO Safe School deputies were notified at which time the school was placed on lockdown.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the girl outside the school.  She was taken into custody, at which time they learned she was in possession of a knife, which she had concealed on her person. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing; and illegal carrying of a weapon. 

           

CPSO Deputy Hadrain Citizen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kardel Guidry is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

 

Note: The juvenile who made the threat, is NOT a student at the school. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to a welfare check on a 5 year old, special needs child, who lives at the home.

           

When deputies arrived they located the boy, naked, inside the home.  Deputies learned his guardian had left him in the care of a disabled adult, who is unable to provide proper supervision for the child.  Deputies observed the boy to be covered in feces and the home to be in deplorable conditions with human and animal feces all over.  Deputies attempted to locate clothes for the child, but could not find any clothes for him at the home.

             

At approximately 4:30 p.m., while deputies were still on scene, the child’s caregiver and family member, Ouida W. Whatley, 42, Sulphur, arrived home.  After speaking with deputies she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $55,000.

           

The Department of Children and Family Services released the child to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Tristan Mount is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies he was inside his truck at which time an acquaintance, Joseph A. Ripley, 35, 4224 Fellows Road, DeQuincy, opened his passenger’s side door, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money.  The victim stated he did not have any cash, but transferred all of the money in his bank account to Ripley using a mobile payment app.  The victim stated after the incident occurred Ripley entered the establishment and he drove to a nearby parking lot, where he contacted law enforcement. 

           

Deputies located Ripley inside the business and performed a pat down for officer safety, at which time they located a handgun on his person.  After further investigation, Ripley, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; negligent carrying of a concealed handgun; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He was released the following day on a $107,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

           

The investigation is ongoing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the armed robbery, or anyone with any information regarding this incident to please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Mason Simien is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO Crime Stoppers - Drug Store Theft

On February 16, during the early morning hours the suspect seen in this video shattered the front door of a drug store located in Moss Bluff.

 

Once inside the suspect entered the pharmacy and stole several medications then fled on foot.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived they learned Robert C. Willis, 33, 1182 Waynewood Drive, Lake Charles, went to the victim’s residence, who is an acquaintance, and was demanding money and other items from him.  The victim opened his back door and his dog exited from inside the house to use the restroom at which time Willis stabbed the dog in the head and neck.  Willis then proceeded to enter the residence and threatened to stab the people inside the home.  Willis left the residence and threatened to come back with a gun. 

           

A short time later deputies located Willis at his residence at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; aggravated cruelty to animals; and 2 counts of aggravated assault.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $14,000.      

           

The dog suffered severe lacerations and was transported to a local emergency veterinarian office where he was treated for his injuries. 

           

CPSO Deputy Dylan Davis is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE 2022 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Jill Feverjean and Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher were two of fifteen law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2022 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher were nominated to receive this award for their selfless acts of kindness performed during 2021.   

 

On May 17, 2021, several communities in Calcasieu Parish were caught off guard as a historic 16-18 inches of rain fell over a six-hour period, causing an unprecedented flash flood. During this time, deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office were deployed to do what they do best, respond to emergencies. One place where deputies were sent was a local church which had quickly mobilized to serve as a makeshift shelter. In addition to providing crowd control functions, deputies were taking in reports of stranded motorists and residents from those who were able to get to the shelter. While speaking with residents and observing the surroundings, Detective Jill Feverjean noticed a despondent woman with no shoes. What really caught Detective Feverjean’s attention, however, was the infant on an oxygen tank who was clinging to the shoeless woman. Detective Feverjean immediately approached the woman and child to inquire whether medical attention was needed. The woman responded that the child was good for the time being. Then, the woman relayed her story that she had quickly fled the rising flood waters with only minimal supplies for herself and her child. The despair in the woman’s eyes and the compromised health of the young child spurred Detective Feverjean into action.  Feverjean went to the store and used her personal funds to buy shoes, diapers, and formula for the woman and child.

 

On January 20, 2021, Corporal Alex Zaunbrecher with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a disturbance call. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that one of the individuals present on scene was a victim of human trafficking. The adult victim had a small child with her which complicated matters. Both of them were apprehensive of law enforcement and the adult victim was less than cooperative with responding deputies trying to file their report. Corporal Zaunbrecher intervened and was able to calm down the victim and also encouraged her to participate in the investigation. Subsequently, Corporal Zaunbrecher learned that the adult victim was heavily reliant on the male suspect from the disturbance call, mainly because she and her child were homeless. Corporal Zaunbrecher took it upon herself to secure a motel room for the mom and child, and also purchased food and clothing using her personal funds. Zaunbrecher also ensured the child had a few toys to occupy her time while at the hotel. The next morning, while Corporal Zaunbrecher was off-duty, she was able to locate a family friendly homeless shelter for the adult victim and child. With no other means of transportation, Zaunbrecher, while off-duty, drove them across the state to the shelter and helped to get them settled in.

 

“I am pleased Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher are being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization, they are very deserving recipients.  Both deputies went above and beyond what is required of them as a deputy and displayed genuine acts of kindness for those who are most vulnerable.  I am proud to say they work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.    

          

The deputies were presented the award by Beyond the Badge, a non-profit organization, on March 8 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge. 

 

 

Pictured from left to right: Captain Robert Manuel, Enforcement; Commander Nick Fontenot, Investigations; Detective Jill Feverjean, Investigations; Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher, Patrol; Chief Deputy Gary “Stitch” Guillory 

CPSO ARREST TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at the time of the initial investigation the vehicles collided head on and the passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

Evidence collected at the scene along with witness statements revealed the driver of the car, Mason C. Young, 20, and the driver of the truck, Drake A. Young, 22, both of 261 Arthur Vincent Road, Sulphur, were driving in a careless and reckless manner, which ultimately led to the crash.  After further investigation, on March 2, detective issued warrants for their arrest.

 

On March 7 Mason and Drake were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  They were released later the same day on $40,000 bond each, set by Judge Tony Fazzio.     

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified by ONSTAR in reference to a possible crash at a boat launch on Old Highway 90. 

   

When deputies arrived they located a car that had driven into the water and was fully submerged.  The CPSO Marine Division & Dive Team were deployed and recovered the driver, Christopher L. Williams, 36, Katy, TX, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The investigation is continuing and the cause of the incident remains unknown.  As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 6 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Starks in reference to an unconscious female.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim had been taken against her will by an acquaintance, Matthew D. Estridge, 22, 5097 Buddy Johnson Road, Starks.  Detectives also learned Estridge threatened to kill the victim and hit the victim numerous times, causing her to become unconscious. 

           

After further investigation, on March 7, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Estridge’s arrest.  Later the same day Estridge turned himself in and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple kidnapping; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Guidry ordered Estridge be held without bond. 

           

The victim sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANNUAL YOUTH FISHING DERB

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth/D.A.R.E. Division will be holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, March 19, from 7:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

 

Participants, who must be 15 years of age or younger, are asked to bring their own fishing gear, bait, lawn chairs, and a cooler to bring their fish home.  The first 100 kids will receive a t-shirt.  Refreshments will be furnished. 

           

This is event is offered to kids free of charge.  Youth groups are welcome.

             

For more information, please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & 2 COUNTS ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel & casino in Lake Charles in reference to a rape and armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man, who she recently met online, met her at the hotel.  Detectives learned the man was in a room with her at which time he produced a firearm and raped her.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect robbed her at gunpoint before leaving the room.  It was also discovered an acquaintance of the victim, who was standing by the elevators when the suspect left the room, was ordered back to the room by the suspect at which time he also robbed her at gunpoint.   

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the man as Travis W. Carter, 30, Linden, TN.  On February 28 detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $475,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Carter’s arrest.

           

On March 2 Carter was located at a local casino in Lake Charles and placed under arrest.  When detectives interviewed Carter he changed his story multiple times.   He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 2 counts of armed robbery; and 2 counts of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOUISIANA FUNDRAISER “TIP A COP”

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will participate in the Special Olympics Louisiana (LASO) fundraiser “Tip-A-Cop” on Thursday, March 10 at Texas Roadhouse, located at 3431 Nelson Road in Lake Charles, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Deputies will volunteer their time as “celebrity waiters” working closely alongside the regular wait staff, assisting in serving and helping as hosts.  All tips received by deputies will be donated to Special Olympics Louisiana. 

           

Special Olympics is one of the most recognized and respected charities, dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competitions.  According to LASO every $250 raised allows one athlete to train and compete for an entire year.

           

“We are excited to have our deputies participate in this event to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.  It is a great way for our agency and our community to come together and raise awareness for a worthy cause,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The funds raised at this event will benefit those in Louisiana and help provide year-round programs for over 12,000 athletes.”            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In November 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a child, under the age of 5, who was admitted into the ER for a sexual assault examination.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Aaron D. Guillory, 29, Lake Charles, sexually abused the child.  After further investigation, on February 28 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  He was arrested earlier today and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  His bond is set at $400,000.           

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, February 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1313 Country Club Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One thousand five hundred ninety-four(1,594) vehicles were checked; ten (10) field sobriety tests were administered; twenty-nine (29) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; thirteen (13) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; four (4) citations were issued for expired license plate; seven (7) citations were issued for illegal window tint; and one (1) citation was issued for a headlight violation.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Darien A. Bartie, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for illegal carrying of weapons in presence of CDS; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

o   Corey P. Orgeron, 33, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of CDS III; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Breoisha C. Brooks, 29, TX, arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Casey Fontenot, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

17 year old juvenile arrested for possession of marijuana; and DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Lake Charles Police Department, and Ward 3 Marshal’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO Sheriff Tony Mancuso featured on CPDA podcast

In this episode Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso discuss how effective communication between community leaders greatly benefits public safety.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday March 4 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Bobby R. Treaster, 46, 3517 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents took place between January 2021 and October 2021.    

           

On February 18, after detectives spoke with Treaster, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He was charged with 7 counts of sexual battery; and 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $510,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 11th Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned an unknown man had stolen packages of the victim’s doorstep on two separate occasions, February 12 and February 15.  The suspect stole over $1,000 worth of brand name clothing and household items. 

           

During the course of the investigation detectives received information that David A. Jennings, 39, 925 11th Street, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the thefts.  On February 18, CPSO detectives located Jennings at his residence, and while speaking with him he confirmed he was responsible for the thefts.  After a subsequent search of the home detectives located the stolen packages, along with suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

           

Jennings was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.   

             

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, February 18.   

           

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.  Participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D, and the Lake Charles City Police.

CPSO ISSUES APOLOGY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, February 8 Ricardo L. Estevez, 53, Weston, Florida, was wrongfully arrested in Broward County, Florida, after a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detective issued an incorrect warrant for his arrest after he was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a contractor fraud case.   

 

“Although I know an apology will not fix this issue, I am sincerely sorry this happed to Mr. Estevez.  He was arrested for a crime in Louisiana in which he had no part of.  Once we learned this occurred we made every effort to get him out of jail as quickly as possible,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “A mistake like this should not happen, we are professionals and it is our responsibility to do our due diligence to check and make sure this type of information is correct prior to issuing a warrant.  We are looking at this internally to see how this mistake was made and what changes need to take place to ensure this does not occur again.”

 

CPSO detectives are currently conducting further investigation into the contractor fraud case to identify and issue a warrant for the correct suspect.

CPSO WARNING CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently been reported in our area. 

           

Victims report receiving an email from a company they normally deal with, asking them to change their billing account numbers to reflect the company’s new account.  The email appears to be one they have corresponded with before, but upon further investigation you will notice a small variation, such as two letters transposed.

           

THIS IS A SCAM.  Do not change any billing/invoicing information from an email request.  You should always call the company and verify the request is legitimate.      

           

If anyone believes they may have been a victim of this scam, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty.  The caller, who claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a catalytic converter stolen off a truck that was parked at a boat launch in Vinton.

           

During the investigation detectives were able to determine Kory J. Moss, 33, 313 Paisley Parkway, Sulphur, and William D. Hawkins, 34, Kinder, LA, were possibly responsible for the theft.  During further investigation, on February 2, detectives made contact with Moss at which time he confirmed he and Hawkins stole the catalytic converter off the truck and sold it.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

           

Later the same day VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Hawkins’ arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The following day detectives traveled to Allen Parish to assist the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office in the execution of the arrest warrant.  Detectives located Hawkins at his residence and while speaking with him he confirmed his involvement in the theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.

           

During the execution for the arrest warrant additional evidence was obtained at the residence that links Hawkins to additional catalytic converter thefts in Calcasieu Parish.

           

Moss and Hawkins are charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property from $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both their bonds at $20,000.

           

During the execution of the arrest warrant Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and arrested Watkins on additional criminal charges.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are likely.  CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a victim locating a nude video of herself.  The victim advised detectives the video was taken without her consent.

           

After further investigation detectives learned Cullen C. Schmidt, 22, Lumberton, TX, was responsible for taking the video.  The following day detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $95,000 for his arrest.  He was arrested on January 26 in Texas, and on January 31 he was extradited to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARREST 3RD SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8, 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the area near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton in reference to the theft of utility wire.

           

During the investigation detectives learned there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  Later the same day detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36 and John D. Mitchener, 48, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for the theft. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Alex S. Meyer, 34, Port Arthur, TX, was also responsible for the wire thefts.  On November 19 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Meyer’s arrest in the amount of $80,000.  On January 22 Meyer was arrested in Orange County, Texas and was later extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center on January 25. 

 

He is charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property between $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8 and January 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous reports of vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles in the areas of Tom Hebert Road, Crestview, Glen Prairie, Delord Lane, and Swan Drive. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspects were breaking the glass on locked vehicles to gain entry as well as burglarizing unlocked vehicles.  Detectives were also advised 3 firearms were stolen during the vehicle burglaries.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify two suspects responsible for the burglaries, Wyatt Z. Peterson, 18, and Armorian D. Hadnot, 24, both of 2324 Rose Street in Lake Charles. 

 

On January 24 VCIU detectives with the assistance of CPSO ACT-Team deputies executed a search warrant at the home on Rose Street at which time they located 5 firearms, one of which had been reported stolen through LCPD.  Detectives also located multiple credit cards belonging to one of the victim’s from the vehicle burglaries.

 

After further investigation Peterson and Hadnot were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Peterson is additionally charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Peterson’s bond at $95,000 and Hadnot’s bond at $99,500.    

  

The firearms stolen during the vehicle burglaries have not yet been recovered.  Detectives are currently investigating the ownership of the remaining 4 firearms seized from the home.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Matthew Bean and James Rathke are the lead investigators on these cases.

 

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


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 38 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Michael J. Hutchison, 59, California, at which time they detected the odor of raw marijuana emitting from inside the car.  During a subsequent probable cause search of the car detectives located 12 trash bags containing a total of 137 pounds of high grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of approximately $500,000.  Detectives also located $295,227 and 49 money orders, totaling $32,800, inside the car.       

           

Hutchison was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $340,000.

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

             


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the driver, later identified as Marcus K. Pentecost, 30, 1610 Lewis Street, Sulphur, was traveling northbound on Lewis Street when he struck the bicycle from behind and fled the scene.  The victim, identified as a 15 year old juvenile, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

Pentecost was later located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; felony hit and run; operating a vehicle under suspension; and carless operation.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $85,500.

           

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver.   

           

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

 

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

Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Formation of SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Law enforcement leaders announce the formation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force.

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute those individuals responsible for human trafficking, all while providing quality social services to those who find themselves a victim to this horrendous crime.

           

“January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  There is no better time than now to initiate conversations in our community and raise awareness about human trafficking,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “No town is immune to human trafficking or sex trafficking and we want to make sure the residents here in SWLA are educated on how to identify victims.  We also want to ensure the victims of these crimes we are here to help them and they are the reason we have created this task force; if we can save one person by the initiatives of this task force, we have done our jobs.”

 

Calcasieu District Attorney Stephen Dwight says, “Human Trafficking is real and it happens right here in our parish. The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force will provide the education needed to know the indictors of what a victim of Human Trafficking looks like and how to report it. If our community is properly educated then we can put a stop to this awful crime happening in our community and these victims will gain their freedom back. I look forward to seeing our community come together in the fight to end Human Trafficking and I am proud to be involved.”

 

“The Lake Charles Police Department is committed to ensuring that our citizens feel safe in our community. We believe this safety is something they deserve," said Lake Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel. "Human trafficking is a large topic of conversation nationwide and it is an issue that cannot be solved by one agency alone. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this task force and look forward to working with our partners to address this issue in our community."

 

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and is a form of modern slavery,” says United States Attorney Brandon Brown.  “We must continue to be vigilant and aggressive in combating these heinous acts but of equal importance, we must compassionately assist and rehabilitate these victims. In other words, law enforcement and certain community based organizations must come together to set these victims free and simultaneously capture and punish the offenders in this district who prey on “the least of these” or the most vulnerable people of our respective communities. We have a legal and moral obligation to do so as public servants in the Western District of Louisiana.” 

 

“Human Trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight and it involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” said FBI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Williams, Jr. “The FBI works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies and non-profits on the front lines to combat human trafficking.” 

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.   

           

If you belong to a local service agency or non-profit that would like to be involved please send an email to info@cpso.com. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN BICYCLE/VEHICLE FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

Due to evidence at the scene, detectives believe the suspect’s vehicle is a Jeep Cherokee, 2010 model, possibly blue or black in color. The vehicle will likely have damage to the driver’s side headlight, hood, and windshield. The vehicle will also be missing the driver’s side mirror. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. If anyone has any information relating to this fatality, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Garrin N. Solari, 29, 212 Ashland Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 10. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised the incident occurred in December 2021, while the victim was at Solari’s residence.  On January 24, after further investigation, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant for Solari’s arrest in the amount of $350,000.  Later the same day he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with sexual battery.    

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is lead investigator in the case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 22 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Leger Road and Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to a man passed out in a car.

           

When deputies arrived they located the car and observed the driver, Jose A. Trinidad, 47, 2187 E. Gauthier Road, Lot 107, inside.  When they spoke with Trinidad deputies detected a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance and incoherent speech.  Deputies also observed alcoholic beverages inside the car. 

           

Due to Trinidad’s level of intoxication deputies notified emergency medical services, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn by hospital personnel. 

       

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample and Trinidad, who has two prior DWI convictions, was medically cleared he was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  He was released January 24 on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

CPSO Deputy Cody Fontenot is the arresting deputy on this case.

           

 

On January 22 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Highway 27 in Sulphur in reference to an individual backing into a pole in the parking lot.  

           

When deputies arrived they located the suspect’s truck driving erratically in the parking lot.  When deputies made contact with the driver, Mark E. Ancelet, 57, 402 East Street, Vinton, they observed him to have unsteady balance along with a strong odor of alcoholic beverages emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed several empty alcoholic beverage containers inside the truck.

           

Deputies attempted to perform field sobriety testing but were unable to complete it due to Ancelet’s level of intoxication.  During the investigation deputies also learned Ancelet had been convicted of DWI 3rd in 2014.

           

Ancelet was placed under arrest and asked to consent to a breath intoxilyzer test, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn at which time he was transported to a local hospital. 

           

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ancelet was transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $50,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Britt Poindexter is the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR UNLAWFUL PRESENCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, Brent W. Delino, 34, Orange, Texas, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned Delino had been observed picking up a family member at a local school in Sulphur on several occasions.  According to Delino’s registration requirements, due to his victim’s age, he is not allowed to be within 1000 feet of a school, park, or daycare. 

           

On January 19 detectives located Delino at the school at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful presence of a sex offender.  He was released on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis the following day.

           

Delino was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was additionally convicted of unlawful presence of a sex offender in 2016 in Jeff Davis Parish.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF HIT AND RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Friday, January 7 at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a parking lot on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss bluff.   

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck pulled into a parking spot and attempted to back up, striking a parked vehicle.  The driver entered the store for a brief time and then left the scene.  The truck is described as a maroon and tan, GMC Sierra pick-up truck.   

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or suspect seen in the photographs to contact the lead investigator Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference case number 22-2636.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM NONPROFIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to Richard J. Cole, Sr., 73, 1301 Bernadette Drive, Sulphur, stealing from a local nonprofit. 

           

During the investigation detectives were advised by the complainant that they located numerous discrepancies on bank statements and expense reports in which Cole was responsible for as treasurer for the nonprofit.  Detectives were also informed Cole wrote over $100,000 worth of checks to himself from the nonprofit account but was unable to provide documentation on what the checks were written for. 

 

During further investigation detectives received information showing numerous payments on personal credit cards and accounts belonging to Cole were paid for with money from the nonprofit.  The investigation revealed since January 2015 Cole stole over $367,000.

           

On January 20 Cole was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  He was released on a $75,000 ROR bond by Judge Tony Fazzio.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a threat of a possible shooting occurring at Sulphur High School. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies were advised an unknown individual made a phone call to another student, stating a shooting would occur at the school the following day.  During the investigation a 15 year old boy contacted CPSO and advised he was responsible for making the phone call.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and is charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Deputy Britt Poindexter is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Larry Cormier is the lead investigator in the case.

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF AMERICAN PRESS BUILDIN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 “In December 2021, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office purchased the American Press building to use as a new CPSO Annex building,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “At this time we are completing modifications and minor renovations to the facility.  When the renovations are complete will we be relocating our offices that are currently downtown, including Accounting, Human Resources, Insurance, Risk Management, and Professional Services, to the annex building.  We will also be relocating our Detectives Division to the new building.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office purchased the building for $4.9 million and is currently leasing an area in the back to the American Press to house the actual press itself. 

           

The CPSO Tax Office, located downtown, will NOT be relocated.  

C.A.T. TEAM EXECUTES 2 SEARCH WARRANTS RESULTING IN SEIZURE OF $1 MILLION IN ILLEGAL NARCOTICS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On January 6 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed two search warrants, at a storage unit on Sharon Lane in Lake Charles along with one at the home of Caleb D. Barfield, 43, and Kimberly R. Breaux, 30, at 1700 Mignonette Street, Apt. A, Lake Charles, after a long term narcotics investigation revealed possible drug activity at the two locations. 

           

Upon execution of the search warrants detectives located over 15 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and fentanyl powder mixture, over 27 pounds of home pressed suspected methamphetamine tablets, over 600 grams of pressed purported oxycodone tablets, over 170 grams of fentanyl gel, 50 ounces of promethazine syrup, 2 semi-automatic handguns, a commercial grade tablet pressing machine, over $20,000 in U.S. currency, and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $1 million. 

           

Barfield and Breaux were arrested at the residence and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Barfield is charged with 6 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute or manufacture; 2 counts of possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; 2 counts of illegal carrying of a weapon by a convicted felon; money laundering; illegal use of CDS in presence of a juvenile; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Breaux is charged with 2 counts of possession of CDS II; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile; possession of a firearm in presence of a CDS; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Barfield’s bond at $803,000 and Breaux’s bond at $59,000.  Breaux was released on bond the following day.   

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.     

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING TRAFFIC FATALITY

Earlier this morning at approximately 6:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a crash on Edgerly Road near Route 66 in DeQuincy.  

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a car traveling northbound on Edgerly Road crossed the center line while negotiating a curve and struck an SUV that was traveling southbound.  The driver of the car was transported to a local hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the crash.  Both drivers were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.   

 

The investigation is continuing.  Impairment is not suspected, but as mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted on both drivers.

 

Next of kin has not been notified so the driver’s name is not being released at this time. 

 

The driver of the SUV sustained minor injuries. 

 

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 5 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 7 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on South Savannah Lane in Lake Charles in reference to a possible drowning. 

           

When deputies arrived they were informed a 5 year old child had been located in the neighbor’s swimming pool unresponsive.  Life saving measures were performed on the boy prior to him being transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

                       

The initial investigation indicates foul play is not suspected.  

           

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

CPSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is warning residents of a scam that has recently been reported in the area. 

           

The initial investigation revealed the victim received priority mail from the postal service.  Inside was a letter stating they had been selected to complete a “secret survey assignment” by evaluating a list of stores that sell American Express gift cards.  The letter instructs the victim to deposit a check, which is enclosed in the letter, and use part of the funds to purchase $1,500 worth of gift cards.  The letter then instructs the victim to take photos of the front and backs of the gift cards and text and email them to the contact information listed along with other requested information in reference to the store. 

           

THIS IS A SCAM!! 

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –


UPDATE: 


The individual in the picture reported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office last night and spoke with detectives.  At This time it appears she may be the victim of a 
re-shipping scam.  Further investigation revealed she signed up for a job online to pick up packages to have them reshipped.  She received an email from a shipping company, which instructed her to pick up the package. The company sent her information on where to pick up the package along with a copy of the first victim’s(the actual package owner) ID. In the email the company also stated they would send her a shipping label at a later time to ship the package.  The woman in the picture has cooperated with detectives and is assisting in uncovering this possible scam.

There is no further information to release at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 



On December 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim had a package, worth over $1,500, delivered to a pharmacy in Moss Bluff and an on December 16 and unknown suspect fraudulently picked up the victim’s package.  It was also discovered the suspect presented store personnel with an ID matching the victim’s name.  The suspect left the store in a tan colored car. 

           

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the pharmacy and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman see in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding this theft or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Between December 6 and 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to four different locations in Sulphur in reference to the theft of catalytic converters off a total of 12 vehicles. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Johnathan A. Guidry, 29, 1010 Brady Street, Sulphur, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters matching those that had been stolen.  After further investigation detectives learned Shannan L. Istre, 43, and Nathan T. Burnett, 41, both of 1010 Brady Street, Sulphur, were also possibly involved in the catalytic converter thefts.       

           

Between December 17 and 20 detectives spoke with all three suspects.  While speaking with detectives Guidry confirmed he was responsible for all 12 thefts.  When detectives spoke with Istre and Burnett they advised they were only involved in the thefts at two of the businesses. 

           

All 3 men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Guidry is charged with 12 counts of theft; and 12 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Istre and Burnett are charged with 6 counts of theft; and 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Burnett is additionally charged with possession of CDS II; and introduction of a CDS into a penal facility. 

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Guidry’s bond at $160,500. Judge Mike Canaday set Istre’s bond at $60,000 and Burnett’s bond at $85,000.  

           

During the investigation detectives also learned the suspects are responsible for several other catalytic converter thefts in Sulphur, which are being investigated by the Sulphur Police Department. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth, Kyle Miers, and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on these cases.   

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING CRASH INVOLVING 2 FATALITIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night, December 23, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 3100 block of Davis Road in Westlake in reference to a crash involving a motorcycle and a four-wheeler. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the motorcycle and the four-wheeler were both traveling north on Davis Road when the motorcycle struck the four-wheeler from behind.  The driver, and only occupant on the motorcycle, along with the driver and the two passengers on the four-wheeler were all ejected. 

           

The driver of the motorcycle, Trey Augustine, 29, Westlake, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the four-wheeler and a juvenile passenger were transported to the hospital, where the 14 year old juvenile girl was later pronounced dead. 

           

The crash is still under investigation.  In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed.

           

The 30 year old driver of the four-wheeler sustained serious injuries, and the other passenger, a 15 year old, sustained minor injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On December 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives met with registered sex offender Billy R. Morris, Jr., 36, 1134 Oak Leaf Lane, Lake Charles, in order for him to complete his semi-annual sex offender registration.  

           

During the registration appointment detectives spoke with Morris in reference to registering a car he had possibly been observed driving in the past due to the fact that all sex offenders are required by law to list every motorized vehicle registered to or operated by them to law enforcement prior to use.  Morris advised detectives he does not drive the car in question and refused to list it on his registration paperwork.  Prior to Morris leaving his registration appointment, detectives learned he had been operating the car and had driven it to his appointment; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

           

Morris was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  He was released later the same day on a $40,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Morris was convicted of oral copulation with a person under 18 in 2004 along with failure to register as a sex offender in 2012. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO COLLECTS CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CALCASIEU PARISH FAMILIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with local Entergy Louisiana employees, collected toys for needy families in Calcasieu Parish for Christmas.  Together, along with a donation of bikes from First Pentecostal Church of Lake Charles, we were able to provide gifts for over 49 families, which included over 100 children. 

           

“I am always proud of the way our deputies come together to support others in need in our community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Our department along with Entergy employees have collected toys together for the last several years.  This year we also had some generous donations from Billy Navarre, TransWood Trucking, and Fuselier Bonding Services, so we were able to help more families.”

           

The donations were dispersed last week to those identified families.   


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Thursday, January 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Starks High School, located at 137 Highway 109.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

Please visit our website to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 18 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect entered the store earlier that day at approximately 11:30 a.m. at which time he stole multiple items from the store.  Later the same day, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the suspect entered the store again and attempted to steal over $4,000 worth of merchandise but was unsuccessful.  The suspect was seen leaving the store in a dark colored Chrysler 300. 

           

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in the photograph, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon 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, which starts Saturday, December 18, and ends January 1, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“According to the NHTSA in 2019 there were over 10,000 people killed in preventable drunk driving related crashes in the United States.  In Louisiana 30% of traffic fatalities were due to impaired driving.  Being a responsible driver is simple, if you are drinking do not drive.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE AT STARKS HIGH SCHOOL FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified in reference to a possible threat on social media from a student that attends Starks High School. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 14 year old boy threatened a shooting at the school.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing. 

           

CPSO SROs Stephen Arnold and Russell Cox and Detective Monte Gentry are the lead investigators on this case

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On December 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives were dispatched to a business on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to the theft of catalytic converters off four vehicles in the parking lot of the business. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned the theft occurred on November 30 at approximately 11:30 p.m.  Detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the business and observed a man in the parking lot with a flashlight underneath the vehicles.  After further investigation detectives learned on December 1 Davon R. Allemand, 22, 2596 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, scrapped four catalytic converters matching those stolen off the four vehicles from the business. 

           

On December 10 Detectives spoke with Allemand, at which time he confirmed he was responsible for the thefts.  Allemand also advised detectives he was responsible for the theft of catalytic converters from 3 other businesses, two in Sulphur and one in Westlake. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of theft; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his total bond at $133,000.

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Kyle Miers, James Rathke, and Grant Strenth are the lead investigators on these cases. 

 

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

CPSO to Conduct DWI Checkpoint

 

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 Friday, July 1st.  

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 Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Westlake, LA –

 

                Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary believed to have taken place between June 10 and June 12 at a Westlake business. 

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect broke into a storage building at a business located on Hwy 90 in Westlake.  Two portable generators, three water pumps and a flat screen TV were all taken from the business. 

                The suspect was driving a grey 4 door GMC Yukon and will have damage to the front end of the vehicle due to driving through the entrance gate.  The suspect appears to be a black male of medium build and was last seen wearing a white muscle shirt with dark colored pants. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspect seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

 

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

 

 

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CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

CPSO Searching for Burglary Suspect

 

Sulphur, LA –

 

           Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary that took place in the early morning hours of June 12, 2022 at a business in Sulphur.

                During the investigation, detectives learned that the unknown suspect cut the padlock on the gate to enter the lay down yard located at the end of Carbide Drive in Sulphur and took several sections of stainless steel pipe.  The suspect was driving a dark colored truck with a light colored tandem axle enclosed trailer. 

                The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for this burglary.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ vehicle seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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

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

 

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CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

CPSO Arrests 3 for Smash and Grab Burglaries

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

                On April 2, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified of a burglary that occurred at a convenience store on Lake Street.   After reviewing surveillance video from the business, detectives observed a gray Nissan Sentra enter the parking lot with no license plate.  The unknown male left the parking lot and later returned and gained access into the business by throwing a stone through the window.  The subject proceeded to load approximately $4,000 worth of cigarettes into a trash can.  After utilizing additional resources, detectives learned that the vehicle was registered to Nathan Johnson (29) from Baton Rouge, LA.

                After further investigation, on August 3, 2021 an arrest warrant was issued by Judge Tony Fazzio for Johnson for the following charges:  Simple Burglary; Simple Criminal Property Damage from $1,000 but less than $50,000; Theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000 with a total bond of $32,500.  

On June 23, 2022 deputies arrested Nathan Johnson for the above outstanding warrant as a result of a traffic stop.  Also in the vehicle were Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV.  After further investigation and reviewing the surveillance footage, it was learned that these subjects also attempted to burglarize another convenience store located on Tom Hebert Road prior to the traffic stop.

All 3 subjects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jerry Alfred III and Jerry Alfred IV were charged with Attempted Burglary.  Nathan Johnson was additionally charged with Attempted Burglary.

Detectives with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office are currently assisting in a state wide investigation being conducted in reference to similar “smash and grab thefts”.

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Bradley Grant are the lead investigators on this case. 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to unknown suspects burglarizing two different businesses on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff earlier that morning at approximately 2:00 a.m.  While speaking with the victims, detectives learned the suspects cut off several catalytic converters from vehicles located at the business.  The suspects also stole a set of rims and tires, two air compressors and numerous tools. 

 

During further investigation with the assistance of witnesses, detectives were able to identify one of the possible suspects as Timothy W. Cormier, 53, Ragley.  When detectives made contact with Cormier they observed one of the stolen air compressors in the bed of his truck.  Cormier gave detectives permission to search his truck, at which time detectives located a chainsaw and nail gun that had been stolen during the burglaries earlier that morning.  

 

After further investigation detectives also learned two additional suspects were involved, Jeremy J. Broussard, 41, Moss Bluff, and Jason D. Whittington, 42, Ragley.  A search warrant was executed at the home of Broussard, at which time detectives located several items that had been reported stolen earlier that morning.         

Between June 17 and June 21 Cormier, Broussard, and Whittington were all arrested.  When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglaries. 

 

They were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Cormier is charged with simple burglary; theft $5,000 to $25,000; and possession of stolen property.  Judge Wyatt set his bond at $35,000.  Broussard is charged with simple burglary; theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and 3 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $40,000.  Whittington is charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $5,000 to $25,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $127,500.  

 

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

           

CPSO Detective David Doucett is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS TEACHER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a local high school teacher, Alan B. Million, 40, Sulphur, inappropriately touching a student in October 2021, during tutoring after school.  The victim also advised detectives he was talking to her about sex. 

 

On June 16 after further investigation, Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $25,000 for Million’s arrest.  He was arrested on June 20 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  He was released on bond later the same day.

 

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

 

Note: Due to new legislation (HB 729) the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will no longer routinely release booking photographs/mugshots. 

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area that appears to target the elderly.   Victims report receiving a phone call from a suspect who claims to be a grandchild or other family member.  In some instances the phone number appears to be a legitimate number.  The suspect begins to tell them they are incarcerated or are in some type of trouble and need money immediately wired to them. 

 

THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

· Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

· Verify the information before sending any money

·  Never wire money based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that wiring money is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

If anyone believes they may have been victimized by these scammers, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the class will continue on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191711.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Thursday.   

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU REGIONAL TRAINING ACADEMY

UPDATE: Young has been located and taken into custody. He will be charged with simple escape. 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this afternoon inmate trustee Stacy G. Young, 52, last known address 3340 Burson Road in Lake Charles, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Young qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Young has been incarcerated at the CCC since May 15, when he was booked in for possession of CDS II and no reflectors on a bicycle.  He was last seen wearing a yellow t-shirt with the word “inmate”, blue jeans, and a gray baseball cap.    

           

If anyone knows of Young’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

CPSO Crime Stoppers CVS

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14. The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community. The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 

Registration and meet and greet will be on Monday, June 20 at 8:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, located at 2009 N. Simmons Street in Lake Charles. A parent or guardian must attend.

To register please visit https://form.jotform.com/220053561756049.

 

Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required. For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF SEATBELT CHECKPOINT IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, May 28, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Troop D conducted a seatbelt checkpoint at 1657 Swisco Road in Sulphur.  As a result of the checkpoint, deputies checked 416 vehicles and issued 33 citations.

 

Citations were given as follow:

No seatbelt – 25

No child restraints – 2

Driving under suspension – 3

Expired license plate – 1

Failure to register vehicle – 1

Expired driver’s license – 1

 

Child passenger safety technicians were also present to assist motorists with inspecting and properly installing child safety seats.  This checkpoint was funded by Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. 

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Crime Stoppers Hit & Run

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 22 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were working an off-duty security detail at a bar located on Common Street in Lake Charles when they heard multiple shots fired from a parking lot nearby. 

           

Deputies proceeded to the parking lot when they observed a car exiting at a high rate of speed.  Deputies later located a firearm and multiple shell casings on the ground, where the car was seen leaving from.  Further investigation revealed approximately five vehicles were struck from the gunfire.

           

A short time later deputies located the car near the intersection of McNeese Street and Kirkman Street, at which time a stop was conducted.  Deputies made contact with the driver, Marcus D. Watley, 18, 1403 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, and two passengers, Javin U. Green, 19, Port Arthur, TX, and Ali M. Vital, 19, 1617 Clover Drive, Lake Charles.  Deputies also located a firearm in the backseat of the vehicle. 

           

After further investigation Watley, Green, and Vital, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set each of their bonds at $45,000.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are possible.  If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Henry Pugh Blvd. in Lake Charles in reference to multiple buildings on the property being burglarized. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned several of the buildings had been damaged and copper wire and tubing, electronics, and power tools had been stolen from the buildings.  Further investigation revealed the thefts had begun earlier this year and the suspects, later identified as Dustin P. Boudreaux, 31, 111 Eve Landry Road, Creole, Brandon J. Phillips, 40, 155A Donna Road, Lake Charles, and James E. Pilotti, 36, 150 Mildred Street, Cameron, went to the locations several times to commit the thefts.

           

After further investigation CPSO detectives, with the assistance of the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed search warrants on the homes of Boudreaux and Pilotti.  Detectives located large amounts of copper wire and wire casing, copper tubing, and power tools with the name of the business labeled on them.  It was also discovered since March Boudreaux, Pilotti, and Phillips each scrapped over 2,000 pounds of copper.  

 

Between May 13 and 20, Boudreaux, Phillips, and Pilotti, were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft over $25,000; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property over $50,000.  Boudreaux was additionally charged with several traffic violations.  Judge Michael Canaday set Boudreaux’s bond at $75,200.  Judge Derrick Kee set Phillip’s and Pilotti’s bond at $92,000.  

           

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected. 

           

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

 

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


CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, which starts today and ends June 5, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 28.

           

According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,  buckling up in the front seat of a car can reduce your risk of fatal injury by 45% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%.  Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  

CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter from a parking lot on Old Spanish Trail in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the suspect entered the fenced in parking lot where employees park and cut the catalytic converter off the victim’s truck.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect as Patrick D. Pierce, 46, 424 McGuire Road, Westlake.   

           

On May 18 detectives made contact with Pierce at which time he refused to speak to detectives.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure; theft $1,000 - $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Derrick Kee set his bond at $16,000.  Detectives also discovered Pierce had three active warrants for contempt of court and one active warrant for theft of a motor vehicle, after an investigation earlier this year revealed he took a car on a test drive from a local auto sales company in Lake Charles and failed to return the car.  The car was later located at a scrap yard in Lake Charles.   

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender Sydney K. Pierce, 25, 1800 Khamiel Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed she was in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives received information from the Lake Charles Police Department in reference to Pierce, who is a convicted felon, being in possession of a firearm in a photograph.  Detectives were also advised Pierce had been using social media.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to locate a gun in the home where Pierce lives that matched the weapon in the photograph of Pierce.  Detectives also discovered Pierce has numerous social media accounts and failed to notify law enforcement, making her in violation of her sex offender registration requirements.  Pierce also failed to have the required information on her social media accounts regarding her sex offender information. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 4 counts of registration of sex offenders; and 4 counts of notification of sex offenders.  Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $475,000.

           

Pierce was convicted of sexual assault of a child in January 2022 in Orange County, Texas. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 19.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2021 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Luke Pierrotti – Support Services Division

Sgt. William “Freddie” Powell – Investigations Division

Sr. Cpl. Christopher Hathaway – Enforcement Division

Sgt. Darin Castro - Correctional Division           

Mark Anthony – Special Services Division           

Dari Guillory – Financial Division

Cpl. Bobby Benjamin –Security Enforcement Division

Sgt. Remy Broussard – Logistical Support Division

 

Sgt. Darin Castro was also chosen as “2021 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Donna Rubin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.”  Andrew Davies, M.D. was awarded the “Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS COUPLE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 15 the Contractor Fraud Response Team received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victims stated in May 2021, they entered into an agreement with Shawn E. Ledoux, 43, and Leigh A. Ledoux, 40, both of West Monroe, DBA Ledoux’s Flooring and More, to provide materials and labor for floor installation.  The victims advised the job was going to cost over $30,000, and they paid a deposit of over $19,000.  Further investigation revealed Shawn and Leigh only delivered approximately $800 worth of materials and failed to complete the job.  It was also discovered Shawn nor Leigh were licensed to complete the work. 

  

After further investigation, on April 28, Judge Tony Fazzio signed warrants for the arrest of Shawn and Leigh.  They were located in West Monroe with the assistance of the CPSO Warrants Division and the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, and on May 13 they were transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to possess the required license for home improvements; and contractor misapplication of payments over $1,000.  They were both released later the same day on each a $40,000 bond. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

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

 

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


CPSO & LA STATE POLICE CELEBRATE NATIONAL POLICE WEEK WITH MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

Lake Charles –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police will be celebrating National Police Week with the following scheduled event that is open to the public and media. 

 

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE

and

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, TROOP D

 MEMORIAL SERVICE & ROLL CALL

 

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 

9:30 a.m.

 

Lake Charles Civic Center

Exhibition Hall

 

Lake Charles

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR UNLAWFUL PRESENCE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 9 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested convicted sex offender, John J. Corbett, 34, homeless, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender requirements.

           

During the investigation it was learned on May 7, deputies made contact with Corbett in a parking lot downtown near the beach, during a suspicious vehicle investigation.  According to Corbett’s registration requirements, due to his victim’s age, he is not allowed to be within 1000 feet of a school, park, daycare, or recreational center. 

           

On May 9, CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives made contact with Corbett at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with unlawful presence of a sex offender.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $30,000. 

           

Corbett was convicted of indecency with a child by sexual contact in Texas in 2007.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

During the initial fatality investigation on May 6, deputies arrested Bentley A. Stewart, 43, 108 McGuire Road, Westlake, after it was discovered he had been driving under the influence near the area where the crash occurred.  At the time deputies did not have enough evidence to charge Stewart with the fatality. 

 

Earlier this afternoon, after further investigation and collection of evidence, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Michael Canaday for Stewart’s arrest.

           

Stewart, who is still currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for DWI 3rd offense; and operating a vehicle while under suspension, is additionally charged with vehicular homicide; hit & run death or serious bodily injury; and limitations on passing bicycles.

           

Stewart’s total bond is $391,000.

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Terry Faulk are the lead investigators on this case.   

CPSO SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Friday, May 6, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Joe Miller Road and Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a man unresponsive in the ditch.

           

During the initial investigation and after collecting evidence at the scene, detectives believe the victim was traveling eastbound on a bicycle on Joe Miller Road when he was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind.  The initial investigation also reveals the crash likely occurred between 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

           

The victim, Brian A. Matte, 62, Lake Charles, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking the public to call CPSO at 491-3605 if you have any information relating to this fatality. 

           

CPSO Sgt. Terry Faulk is the lead investigator on this crash. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF HIT & RUN SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, April 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m. at a parking lot on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. 

           

During the investigation it was discovered the truck was pulling out of a parking spot when it struck the car parked next to it.  The truck is described as a gray Dodge Ram 3500 dually, and was last seen heading north on Highway 108 in Sulphur. 

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspect seen in the video to contact the lead investigator, Detective Jordan Trahan at 491-3605.  


CPSO CHARGES MAN WITH THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office VCIU Detectives received a report in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter, and the attempted theft of another, from two vehicles parked at a business in Westlake. 

           

During the investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify a possible suspect, Brandon J. Lacour, 37, 21203 Carl Hoppe Road, Iowa.  When detectives attempted to locate Lacour, they learned he had been arrested by the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 29 for the same crime. 

           

After further investigation, detectives met with Lacour at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail and during his interview he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Lacour, who is currently incarcerated at the Jeff Davis Parish Jail, is being charged with theft $1,000 – $5,000; attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; and 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $75,000.  

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a two year old with severe injuries covering her body. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the two year old along with a four year old, were in the care of Jocson D. Silva, 21, Sulphur.  The investigation also revealed Silva physically abused both children.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to juveniles; and cruelty to juveniles.  His bond has not yet been set.

           

The two year old was airlifted to a hospital out of town due to the severity of her injuries.  She remains in critical condition. 

           

The investigation is continuing.  CPSO Detectives Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR HARBORING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation detectives arrived at the residence where Boudreaux was possibly living, at which time they made contact with an occupant inside the home.  The woman stated she did not know anyone by the name of Stoney Boudreaux and advised she just rented a room inside the house and was the only one living there.  The woman insisted Boudreaux was not inside the residence and refused to allow detectives inside.  Once detectives advised her a search warrant was obtained for the residence, she confirmed Boudreaux was inside the home. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned the woman, identified as Stephanie M. Beauchamp, 31, 740 18th Street, Lake Charles, had falsely identified herself and had given detectives a family member’s name, date of birth, and social security number when they made initial contact with her.

           

On April 27 detectives went back to the residence and made contact with Beauchamp at which time she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Beauchamp, who was also in possession of drug paraphernalia, is charged with harboring or concealing a sex offender; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $101,000.   

           

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

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Phillips 66 in Westlake in reference to an accidental death.  The initial investigation revealed a contract worker was killed while unloading equipment.   He was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. 

           

There is no further information to release at this time.  The name of the victim is not being released until notification of next of kin.

 

Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

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CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store on Toomey Road in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the complainant advised deputies she was robbed at gunpoint by three men.  The victim also stated the suspects stole an undisclosed amount of cash, items from inside the store, along with her personal belongings.  She was able to give deputies a description of the car, at which time CPSO dispatch put out a BOLO (Be on The Lookout). 

           

A short time later the Lake Charles City Police observed the suspect’s car, at which time the officer attempted to make a stop on the car.  The suspects fled and led officers on a pursuit.  Spike strips were deployed by assisting agencies and the car ultimately came to a stop near mile marker 72 in Acadia Parish. 

           

Three suspects fled the car on foot, but were shortly apprehended.  Taurus T. Finley, Jr., 20, Evan A. Ard, 20, both of Hammond, and Jaylon D. Brumfield, 23, 710 Iris Street, #309, Lake Charles, were arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.  They are charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; illegal carrying of a weapon during a crime of violence; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge David Ritchie set each of their bonds at $855,000.

           

CPSO Detective Lauren Manuel is the lead investigator on this case.   

           

Assisting agencies are the Lake Charles City Police, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Louisiana State Police Troop I, Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Welsh Police Department, and Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detectives arrested Stoney L. Boudreaux, 33, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge in Lafayette Parish in 2019, after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

On April 23, 2021, Boudreaux reported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to complete his annual sex offender registration.  During registration detectives advised Boudreaux he owed community notification fees and was given a month to pay those fees.  Boudreaux failed to pay his fees by the deadline, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   Detectives attempted to locate Boudreaux and after further investigation they learned he was rarely at his registered address and had not registered a new address with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After speaking with the homeowner at his registered address detectives were advised Boudreaux only stayed one or two days a week at the home. 

           

Detectives continued their attempts to locate Boudreaux but were unsuccessful and on July 30 they issued a warrant in the amount of $44,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for his arrest.  On August 15 Boudreaux was arrested in Colorado and later released, with the agreement he would turn himself in to CPSO by September 2021. 

           

Boudreaux failed to turn himself in to CPSO and detectives continued to attempt to locate him.  During their investigation they learned he may be living at a home on 18th Street in Lake Charles.  On April 25, 2022, detectives made contact with an occupant at the home who stated Boudreaux was not at the residence.  After a search warrant was executed on the property, Boudreaux was located hiding in the attic.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; failure to register as a sex offender and pay fees; and notification of a sex offender. 

           

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

           

Boudreaux also had an active warrant from 2021 through CPSO for theft of a motor vehicle; and theft $1,000 to $5,000 in the amount of $100,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie, along with an out of state detainer and a Parole detainer. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to a rape.         

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives Darcy R. Sones, 62, Westlake, had inappropriate sexual contact with her on more than 10 occasions.  After further investigation Sones was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of sexual battery / victim under the age of 13; 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.1 million.   

           

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

 

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 127th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –
According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 127th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 41 officers representing 18 agencies in the five-parish area. Thirty-eight officers completed 514 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement. Two officers completed 140 hours of refresher courses and one officer completed 220 hours of transition courses. These law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.
Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 127th Basic Academy.
The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Triston Myers, Probation & Parole.
Firearms awards were presented to:
Austin Pierrotti, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Dillan Santos, second; McNeese Police Department
Steven Davis, third; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Garrett Kelly, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Physical Training was presented to Brandon Anderson, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Officers graduating after completing 514 hours of instruction are as follows:
Steven Davis, Kyle Gill, Caitlyn Reed– Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Anderson, Gabriel Aucoin, Caden Barrow, Quindon Barry, Joshua Campbell, Chassie Huval, Garrett Kelly, Jessica Nichols, Reagan Nordan, Natalie Norwood, Callie Nunez, Austin Pierrotti, Shakevia Smith, Timothy Trosclair, Francis Turner, Denin Wilcox - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office
Brandon Clark, Bryce Cooper, Darrell Guillory– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department
Joshua Cormier – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office
Emily LeBlanc – Jennings Police Department
Taylor Jackson – Kinder Police Department
Liberty Gay – Lake Charles Harbor Police Department
Bretlyn Sonnier – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice
Mikah Jones, LilPaul Williams – Lake Charles Police Department
Dillan Santos – McNeese Police Department
Caleb LaBorde, Juanita Stanley – Oakdale Police Department
Triston Myers – Probation & Parole
Tiffany Lanthier, Colby Wiersema – Sulphur Police Department
Melynda Carpenter – Vinton Police Department
Kerry Derouen – Welsh Police Department
Bayleigh Taylor – Westlake Police Department
James Witherington, Reeves Police Department, and Patricia Patrick, Vinton Police Department, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses. Camryn Bullock, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 220 hours of transition 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 INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting routine patrol on E. Napoleon Street in Sulphur at which time he heard gunshots.  The deputy observed numerous motorcycles and an SUV in an abandoned business parking lot.  While the deputy was driving towards the parking lot the individuals fled the area.  During a search of the parking lot, detectives located two firearms, blood, and numerous shell casings of different calibers.   

 

A short time later deputies conducted a stop on the SUV that fled and made contact with the driver, Justin D. Wareham, 39, 2421 Straley Road, Westlake, a member of the Bandidos MC, a recognized outlaw motorcycle gang.  During a search of the SUV deputies located a firearm. 

 

During further investigation detectives made contact with Orange County Sheriff’s Office, who advised they were out with several individuals that may be connected to the incident in Sulphur, one of whom was suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.  CPSO Detectives were advised the victim was refusing to cooperate with law enforcement, but he was being transported to a local hospital in Texas to be treated for his injury. 

After further investigation Wareham was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal discharge of a weapon.  His bond is still pending.  

 

The investigation is continuing and more arrests and charges are likely.  Assisting agencies include the Sulphur Police Department and the DeQuincy Police Department.   

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which starts April 23 and runs until April 30, is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 23.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  

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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award nearly $85,000 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 continue to receive this grant over the years, which allows 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, 2022.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch in Vinton in reference to a theft of a catalytic converter. 

           

During the initial investigation Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives and deputies with the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to identify two possible suspects, Dustin R. Landry, 33, and Joshua R. Hickman, 35, both of 1301 La Salette Avenue, Sulphur. 

           

Detectives made contact with Landry and Hickman and during the interview they confirmed they had the catalytic converter from the vehicle at the boat launch and sold it.  After a subsequent search of the vehicle they were traveling in detectives located burglary tools.

           

They were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $40,000. 

           

CPSO VCIU Detectives Grant Strenth and Matthew Bean are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

 

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://louisianaoutdoors.com/events/191638.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.   

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 8 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a guest possibly using stolen credit cards while booking reservations. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by hotel staff that the suspect, Charles E. Ellis, Jr., 38, 5834 Eastern Drive, Lake Charles, provided nine different credit cards and attempted to book three separate reservations online.  Only one of the credit cards worked and one of the reservations was confirmed, totaling over $1,100.  Detectives were able to confirm with the credit card company that the account had been compromised and Ellis fraudulently charged the reservation on the card. 

           

During further investigations detectives executed a search warrant in the room and located numerous cell phones and USB flash drives along with drug paraphernalia.  

           

Ellis, who was located at the hotel, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 8 counts of identity theft; theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and identity theft $1,000 or more.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $31,000.

           

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

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Sonny Schiro is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kent Castille is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 11, 2021, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Brandon W. Cannon, 40, 2203 Currie Drive, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 18, the previous day. 

           

An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On April 7, Cannon was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  The following day, April 8, deputies with the CPSO Warrants Division located Cannon at his place of employment, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature; and felony sexual battery.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.25 million. 

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a local hospital in reference to a possible rape.         

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Braylen M. Leday, 23, 2034 13th Street, Lake Charles, confirmed he had sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12, who was a family acquaintance.  After detectives spoke with Leday he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $900,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.  

           

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

 

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

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

             The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.

 Registration and meet and greet will be on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Ward 3 Recreation Center, located at 3210 Power Center Parkway in Lake Charles.  A parent or guardian must attend.  

 

Please visit our website to register.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or for any questions please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MAN WITH DEMENTIA

UPDATE: 

 

Earlier this afternoon CPSO deputies located Mr. Brown, deceased, in a pond nearby his residence. 

 

 

Foul play is not suspected. The coroner will determine the cause of death. 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for Paul A. Brown, 82, Lake Charles. 

           

Mr. Brown, who has dementia, left on foot from his residence on Corbina Road in Lake Charles at approximately 1:30 a.m this morning.  He was last seen wearing a gray stripped shirt, gray pants, black belt, black socks, and brown Sketcher shoes.  He may also have on a dark blue baseball hat. 

           

If you have any information or come into contact with Mr. Brown please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

            

 

Note:  Mr. Brown may possibly have an Apple AirTag on his person that will attempt to connect to an Apple device if he gets within close proximity.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR B&T & SEARCHING FOR 2ND SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local elementary school in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned two unknown individuals gained entry into the school by breaking a window the previous day during the early morning hours.  Once inside the suspects stole a wet vac, floor scrubber, backpack blower, weed eater, and an unknown amount of tissue boxes.

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Nicholas L. Dominique, 43, 2918 8th Street, Lake Charles.  On March 24 detectives spoke with Dominique at which time he confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $56,000.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the second suspect, who is seen in the photographs.  Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.    

           

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

 

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


CPSO CHARGES MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to a burglary.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned the suspect used a crowbar to break the glass on the front door of the business.  Once inside the suspect stole liquor, cigarettes, and an undisclosed amount of cash from inside the register. 

           

After further investigation deputies identified the suspect as Byron S. Stracener, 58, Channelview, TX.  On March 24 detectives issued a warrant for Stracener’s arrest in the amount of $27,500 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio, charging him with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property; and simple burglary.

 

Stracener was arrested the same day by the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office for a burglary that occurred in Beauregard Parish.  He was booked into the Beauregard Parish Detention Center.   

           

CPSO Detective Jill Feverjean is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE FOR THREAT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday at approximately 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were notified in reference to a 15 year old girl making threats towards Molo Middle School.

           

CPSO Safe School deputies were notified at which time the school was placed on lockdown.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the girl outside the school.  She was taken into custody, at which time they learned she was in possession of a knife, which she had concealed on her person. 

           

She was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing; and illegal carrying of a weapon. 

           

CPSO Deputy Hadrain Citizen is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kardel Guidry is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

 

Note: The juvenile who made the threat, is NOT a student at the school. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday afternoon, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Sulphur in reference to a welfare check on a 5 year old, special needs child, who lives at the home.

           

When deputies arrived they located the boy, naked, inside the home.  Deputies learned his guardian had left him in the care of a disabled adult, who is unable to provide proper supervision for the child.  Deputies observed the boy to be covered in feces and the home to be in deplorable conditions with human and animal feces all over.  Deputies attempted to locate clothes for the child, but could not find any clothes for him at the home.

             

At approximately 4:30 p.m., while deputies were still on scene, the child’s caregiver and family member, Ouida W. Whatley, 42, Sulphur, arrived home.  After speaking with deputies she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $55,000.

           

The Department of Children and Family Services released the child to a family member.

           

CPSO Deputy Tristan Mount is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Saturday, March 19 at approximately 1:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on North Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to an armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies he was inside his truck at which time an acquaintance, Joseph A. Ripley, 35, 4224 Fellows Road, DeQuincy, opened his passenger’s side door, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money.  The victim stated he did not have any cash, but transferred all of the money in his bank account to Ripley using a mobile payment app.  The victim stated after the incident occurred Ripley entered the establishment and he drove to a nearby parking lot, where he contacted law enforcement. 

           

Deputies located Ripley inside the business and performed a pat down for officer safety, at which time they located a handgun on his person.  After further investigation, Ripley, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; negligent carrying of a concealed handgun; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He was released the following day on a $107,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.  

           

The investigation is ongoing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have witnessed the armed robbery, or anyone with any information regarding this incident to please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Mason Simien is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Joshua Couch is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO Crime Stoppers - Drug Store Theft

On February 16, during the early morning hours the suspect seen in this video shattered the front door of a drug store located in Moss Bluff.

 

Once inside the suspect entered the pharmacy and stole several medications then fled on foot.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HOME INVASION AND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on North Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance.

           

When deputies arrived they learned Robert C. Willis, 33, 1182 Waynewood Drive, Lake Charles, went to the victim’s residence, who is an acquaintance, and was demanding money and other items from him.  The victim opened his back door and his dog exited from inside the house to use the restroom at which time Willis stabbed the dog in the head and neck.  Willis then proceeded to enter the residence and threatened to stab the people inside the home.  Willis left the residence and threatened to come back with a gun. 

           

A short time later deputies located Willis at his residence at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; aggravated cruelty to animals; and 2 counts of aggravated assault.  Judge Kendrick Guidry set his bond at $14,000.      

           

The dog suffered severe lacerations and was transported to a local emergency veterinarian office where he was treated for his injuries. 

           

CPSO Deputy Dylan Davis is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective John Coffman is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE 2022 HEART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARD

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Jill Feverjean and Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher were two of fifteen law enforcement officers from across the state to be awarded the 2022 Heart of Law Enforcement Award.  Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher were nominated to receive this award for their selfless acts of kindness performed during 2021.   

 

On May 17, 2021, several communities in Calcasieu Parish were caught off guard as a historic 16-18 inches of rain fell over a six-hour period, causing an unprecedented flash flood. During this time, deputies from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office were deployed to do what they do best, respond to emergencies. One place where deputies were sent was a local church which had quickly mobilized to serve as a makeshift shelter. In addition to providing crowd control functions, deputies were taking in reports of stranded motorists and residents from those who were able to get to the shelter. While speaking with residents and observing the surroundings, Detective Jill Feverjean noticed a despondent woman with no shoes. What really caught Detective Feverjean’s attention, however, was the infant on an oxygen tank who was clinging to the shoeless woman. Detective Feverjean immediately approached the woman and child to inquire whether medical attention was needed. The woman responded that the child was good for the time being. Then, the woman relayed her story that she had quickly fled the rising flood waters with only minimal supplies for herself and her child. The despair in the woman’s eyes and the compromised health of the young child spurred Detective Feverjean into action.  Feverjean went to the store and used her personal funds to buy shoes, diapers, and formula for the woman and child.

 

On January 20, 2021, Corporal Alex Zaunbrecher with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a disturbance call. During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that one of the individuals present on scene was a victim of human trafficking. The adult victim had a small child with her which complicated matters. Both of them were apprehensive of law enforcement and the adult victim was less than cooperative with responding deputies trying to file their report. Corporal Zaunbrecher intervened and was able to calm down the victim and also encouraged her to participate in the investigation. Subsequently, Corporal Zaunbrecher learned that the adult victim was heavily reliant on the male suspect from the disturbance call, mainly because she and her child were homeless. Corporal Zaunbrecher took it upon herself to secure a motel room for the mom and child, and also purchased food and clothing using her personal funds. Zaunbrecher also ensured the child had a few toys to occupy her time while at the hotel. The next morning, while Corporal Zaunbrecher was off-duty, she was able to locate a family friendly homeless shelter for the adult victim and child. With no other means of transportation, Zaunbrecher, while off-duty, drove them across the state to the shelter and helped to get them settled in.

 

“I am pleased Detective Feverjean and Cpl. Zaunbrecher are being recognized by the Beyond the Badge organization, they are very deserving recipients.  Both deputies went above and beyond what is required of them as a deputy and displayed genuine acts of kindness for those who are most vulnerable.  I am proud to say they work for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.    

          

The deputies were presented the award by Beyond the Badge, a non-profit organization, on March 8 during a ceremony and luncheon that was held in Baton Rouge. 

 

 

Pictured from left to right: Captain Robert Manuel, Enforcement; Commander Nick Fontenot, Investigations; Detective Jill Feverjean, Investigations; Cpl. Alex Zaunbrecher, Patrol; Chief Deputy Gary “Stitch” Guillory 

CPSO ARREST TWO RESPONSIBLE FOR FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched near the intersection of Johnny Jones Road and Arthur Vincent Road in Sulphur in reference to a two vehicle accident. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck was traveling southbound and a car was traveling northbound, both on Johnny Jones Road.  For reasons unknown at the time of the initial investigation the vehicles collided head on and the passenger in the car, Hunter W. Quarles, 20, Sulphur, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

Evidence collected at the scene along with witness statements revealed the driver of the car, Mason C. Young, 20, and the driver of the truck, Drake A. Young, 22, both of 261 Arthur Vincent Road, Sulphur, were driving in a careless and reckless manner, which ultimately led to the crash.  After further investigation, on March 2, detective issued warrants for their arrest.

 

On March 7 Mason and Drake were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  They were released later the same day on $40,000 bond each, set by Judge Tony Fazzio.     

           

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth and Sgt. Bryan Alexander are the lead investigators on this case.  

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified by ONSTAR in reference to a possible crash at a boat launch on Old Highway 90. 

   

When deputies arrived they located a car that had driven into the water and was fully submerged.  The CPSO Marine Division & Dive Team were deployed and recovered the driver, Christopher L. Williams, 36, Katy, TX, who was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

The investigation is continuing and the cause of the incident remains unknown.  As mandated by state law a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

CPSO Lt. Bryan Guth is the lead investigators of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 6 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Starks in reference to an unconscious female.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the victim had been taken against her will by an acquaintance, Matthew D. Estridge, 22, 5097 Buddy Johnson Road, Starks.  Detectives also learned Estridge threatened to kill the victim and hit the victim numerous times, causing her to become unconscious. 

           

After further investigation, on March 7, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Estridge’s arrest.  Later the same day Estridge turned himself in and when detectives spoke with him he confirmed he was responsible. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple kidnapping; and attempted 2nd degree murder.  Judge Guidry ordered Estridge be held without bond. 

           

The victim sustained major injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

 

CPSO Detective Roger Pete is the lead investigator on this case.  

 

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

CPSO TO HOST ANNUAL YOUTH FISHING DERB

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Youth/D.A.R.E. Division will be holding their Annual Youth Fishing Derby Saturday, March 19, from 7:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

 

Participants, who must be 15 years of age or younger, are asked to bring their own fishing gear, bait, lawn chairs, and a cooler to bring their fish home.  The first 100 kids will receive a t-shirt.  Refreshments will be furnished. 

           

This is event is offered to kids free of charge.  Youth groups are welcome.

             

For more information, please call (337) 936-1746.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RAPE & 2 COUNTS ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel & casino in Lake Charles in reference to a rape and armed robbery. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives were advised by the victim an unknown man, who she recently met online, met her at the hotel.  Detectives learned the man was in a room with her at which time he produced a firearm and raped her.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect robbed her at gunpoint before leaving the room.  It was also discovered an acquaintance of the victim, who was standing by the elevators when the suspect left the room, was ordered back to the room by the suspect at which time he also robbed her at gunpoint.   

           

After further investigation detectives were able to identify the man as Travis W. Carter, 30, Linden, TN.  On February 28 detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $475,000 signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Carter’s arrest.

           

On March 2 Carter was located at a local casino in Lake Charles and placed under arrest.  When detectives interviewed Carter he changed his story multiple times.   He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; 2 counts of armed robbery; and 2 counts of armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL OLYMPICS LOUISIANA FUNDRAISER “TIP A COP”

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will participate in the Special Olympics Louisiana (LASO) fundraiser “Tip-A-Cop” on Thursday, March 10 at Texas Roadhouse, located at 3431 Nelson Road in Lake Charles, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Deputies will volunteer their time as “celebrity waiters” working closely alongside the regular wait staff, assisting in serving and helping as hosts.  All tips received by deputies will be donated to Special Olympics Louisiana. 

           

Special Olympics is one of the most recognized and respected charities, dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competitions.  According to LASO every $250 raised allows one athlete to train and compete for an entire year.

           

“We are excited to have our deputies participate in this event to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.  It is a great way for our agency and our community to come together and raise awareness for a worthy cause,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “The funds raised at this event will benefit those in Louisiana and help provide year-round programs for over 12,000 athletes.”            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In November 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a child, under the age of 5, who was admitted into the ER for a sexual assault examination.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Aaron D. Guillory, 29, Lake Charles, sexually abused the child.  After further investigation, on February 28 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Guillory’s arrest.  He was arrested earlier today and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  His bond is set at $400,000.           

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, February 18 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint at 1313 Country Club Road in Lake Charles to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

One thousand five hundred ninety-four(1,594) vehicles were checked; ten (10) field sobriety tests were administered; twenty-nine (29) citations were issued for no seatbelt; four (4) citations were issued for no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no driver’s license; thirteen (13) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; four (4) citations were issued for expired license plate; seven (7) citations were issued for illegal window tint; and one (1) citation was issued for a headlight violation.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Darien A. Bartie, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for illegal carrying of weapons in presence of CDS; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

o   Corey P. Orgeron, 33, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of CDS III; possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and a traffic violation

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Breoisha C. Brooks, 29, TX, arrested for possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia

Casey Fontenot, 28, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

17 year old juvenile arrested for possession of marijuana; and DWI 1st

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police Troop D, Lake Charles Police Department, and Ward 3 Marshal’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO Sheriff Tony Mancuso featured on CPDA podcast

In this episode Calcasieu Parish District Attorney Stephen Dwight and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso discuss how effective communication between community leaders greatly benefits public safety.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday March 4 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to Bobby R. Treaster, 46, 3517 Greinwich Blvd., Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 15.  The victim advised detectives the incidents took place between January 2021 and October 2021.    

           

On February 18, after detectives spoke with Treaster, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He was charged with 7 counts of sexual battery; and 3rd degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $510,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Alexander Vincent is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 11th Street in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

           

During the initial investigation it was learned an unknown man had stolen packages of the victim’s doorstep on two separate occasions, February 12 and February 15.  The suspect stole over $1,000 worth of brand name clothing and household items. 

           

During the course of the investigation detectives received information that David A. Jennings, 39, 925 11th Street, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the thefts.  On February 18, CPSO detectives located Jennings at his residence, and while speaking with him he confirmed he was responsible for the thefts.  After a subsequent search of the home detectives located the stolen packages, along with suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

           

Jennings was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.   

             

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

 

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

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” and will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Friday, February 18.   

           

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.  Participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D, and the Lake Charles City Police.

CPSO ISSUES APOLOGY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, February 8 Ricardo L. Estevez, 53, Weston, Florida, was wrongfully arrested in Broward County, Florida, after a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detective issued an incorrect warrant for his arrest after he was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a contractor fraud case.   

 

“Although I know an apology will not fix this issue, I am sincerely sorry this happed to Mr. Estevez.  He was arrested for a crime in Louisiana in which he had no part of.  Once we learned this occurred we made every effort to get him out of jail as quickly as possible,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “A mistake like this should not happen, we are professionals and it is our responsibility to do our due diligence to check and make sure this type of information is correct prior to issuing a warrant.  We are looking at this internally to see how this mistake was made and what changes need to take place to ensure this does not occur again.”

 

CPSO detectives are currently conducting further investigation into the contractor fraud case to identify and issue a warrant for the correct suspect.

CPSO WARNING CITIZENS OF SCAM IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area businesses of a scam that has recently been reported in our area. 

           

Victims report receiving an email from a company they normally deal with, asking them to change their billing account numbers to reflect the company’s new account.  The email appears to be one they have corresponded with before, but upon further investigation you will notice a small variation, such as two letters transposed.

           

THIS IS A SCAM.  Do not change any billing/invoicing information from an email request.  You should always call the company and verify the request is legitimate.      

           

If anyone believes they may have been a victim of this scam, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently resurfaced in our area. 

Victims report receiving a phone call stating a warrant has been issued for their arrest due to their failure to appear for jury duty.  The caller, who claims to be a deputy with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office or some other law enforcement agency, instructs the victim to purchase a prepaid card to void the warrant and avoid arrest.  THIS IS A SCAM!  Sheriff Mancuso wants residents to know that the majority of the time a valid arrest warrant is served in person by law enforcement officials; however, in some circumstances a law enforcement official may call you if you have a warrant but under no circumstance will that officer ever ask for money or any form of payment.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives received a complaint in reference to a catalytic converter stolen off a truck that was parked at a boat launch in Vinton.

           

During the investigation detectives were able to determine Kory J. Moss, 33, 313 Paisley Parkway, Sulphur, and William D. Hawkins, 34, Kinder, LA, were possibly responsible for the theft.  During further investigation, on February 2, detectives made contact with Moss at which time he confirmed he and Hawkins stole the catalytic converter off the truck and sold it.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

           

Later the same day VCIU detectives issued a warrant for Hawkins’ arrest signed by Judge Tony Fazzio.  The following day detectives traveled to Allen Parish to assist the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office in the execution of the arrest warrant.  Detectives located Hawkins at his residence and while speaking with him he confirmed his involvement in the theft.  He was arrested and booked into the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail.

           

During the execution for the arrest warrant additional evidence was obtained at the residence that links Hawkins to additional catalytic converter thefts in Calcasieu Parish.

           

Moss and Hawkins are charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; and simple criminal damage to property from $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set both their bonds at $20,000.

           

During the execution of the arrest warrant Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and arrested Watkins on additional criminal charges.

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges are likely.  CPSO VCIU Detective Grant Strenth is the lead investigator on this case.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a victim locating a nude video of herself.  The victim advised detectives the video was taken without her consent.

           

After further investigation detectives learned Cullen C. Schmidt, 22, Lumberton, TX, was responsible for taking the video.  The following day detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $95,000 for his arrest.  He was arrested on January 26 in Texas, and on January 31 he was extradited to Calcasieu Parish.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism. 

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARREST 3RD SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 8, 2021 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the area near Highway 90 and Batchelor Road in Vinton in reference to the theft of utility wire.

           

During the investigation detectives learned there was an area where newly repaired wire had been damaged and stolen.  Detectives also found the mount to a surveillance camera in the area had been damaged and the camera was missing.  Later the same day detectives arrested Candice L. Landry, 36 and John D. Mitchener, 48, both of Vinton, after an investigation revealed they were responsible for the theft. 

           

After further investigation detectives learned Alex S. Meyer, 34, Port Arthur, TX, was also responsible for the wire thefts.  On November 19 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Meyer’s arrest in the amount of $80,000.  On January 22 Meyer was arrested in Orange County, Texas and was later extradited back to the Calcasieu Correctional Center on January 25. 

 

He is charged with theft from $5,000 to $25,000; simple criminal damage to property between $1,000 to $50,000; theft less than $1,000; and simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000. 

           

CPSO Detective Lucas Josker is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 8 and January 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit detectives responded to numerous reports of vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles in the areas of Tom Hebert Road, Crestview, Glen Prairie, Delord Lane, and Swan Drive. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the suspects were breaking the glass on locked vehicles to gain entry as well as burglarizing unlocked vehicles.  Detectives were also advised 3 firearms were stolen during the vehicle burglaries.  During further investigation detectives were able to identify two suspects responsible for the burglaries, Wyatt Z. Peterson, 18, and Armorian D. Hadnot, 24, both of 2324 Rose Street in Lake Charles. 

 

On January 24 VCIU detectives with the assistance of CPSO ACT-Team deputies executed a search warrant at the home on Rose Street at which time they located 5 firearms, one of which had been reported stolen through LCPD.  Detectives also located multiple credit cards belonging to one of the victim’s from the vehicle burglaries.

 

After further investigation Peterson and Hadnot were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of theft of a firearm; 3 counts of theft less than $1,000; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Peterson is additionally charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Peterson’s bond at $95,000 and Hadnot’s bond at $99,500.    

  

The firearms stolen during the vehicle burglaries have not yet been recovered.  Detectives are currently investigating the ownership of the remaining 4 firearms seized from the home.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detectives Matthew Bean and James Rathke are the lead investigators on these cases.

 

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


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 26 detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 38 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Michael J. Hutchison, 59, California, at which time they detected the odor of raw marijuana emitting from inside the car.  During a subsequent probable cause search of the car detectives located 12 trash bags containing a total of 137 pounds of high grade marijuana, with an estimated street value of approximately $500,000.  Detectives also located $295,227 and 49 money orders, totaling $32,800, inside the car.       

           

Hutchison was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $340,000.

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

             


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR HIT & RUN FATALITY

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the driver, later identified as Marcus K. Pentecost, 30, 1610 Lewis Street, Sulphur, was traveling northbound on Lewis Street when he struck the bicycle from behind and fled the scene.  The victim, identified as a 15 year old juvenile, was pronounced dead at the scene.

           

Pentecost was later located at his residence and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; felony hit and run; operating a vehicle under suspension; and carless operation.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $85,500.

           

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on the driver.   

           

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

 

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

Law Enforcement Leaders Announce Formation of SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Law enforcement leaders announce the formation of the SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force.

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and local service agencies and non-profits working together to prevent sexual exploitation, and prosecute human trafficking cases in and around Calcasieu Parish.  The mission of the task force is to identify, investigate, and prosecute those individuals responsible for human trafficking, all while providing quality social services to those who find themselves a victim to this horrendous crime.

           

“January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  There is no better time than now to initiate conversations in our community and raise awareness about human trafficking,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “No town is immune to human trafficking or sex trafficking and we want to make sure the residents here in SWLA are educated on how to identify victims.  We also want to ensure the victims of these crimes we are here to help them and they are the reason we have created this task force; if we can save one person by the initiatives of this task force, we have done our jobs.”

 

Calcasieu District Attorney Stephen Dwight says, “Human Trafficking is real and it happens right here in our parish. The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force will provide the education needed to know the indictors of what a victim of Human Trafficking looks like and how to report it. If our community is properly educated then we can put a stop to this awful crime happening in our community and these victims will gain their freedom back. I look forward to seeing our community come together in the fight to end Human Trafficking and I am proud to be involved.”

 

“The Lake Charles Police Department is committed to ensuring that our citizens feel safe in our community. We believe this safety is something they deserve," said Lake Charles Police Department Deputy Chief Franklin Fondel. "Human trafficking is a large topic of conversation nationwide and it is an issue that cannot be solved by one agency alone. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this task force and look forward to working with our partners to address this issue in our community."

 

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity and is a form of modern slavery,” says United States Attorney Brandon Brown.  “We must continue to be vigilant and aggressive in combating these heinous acts but of equal importance, we must compassionately assist and rehabilitate these victims. In other words, law enforcement and certain community based organizations must come together to set these victims free and simultaneously capture and punish the offenders in this district who prey on “the least of these” or the most vulnerable people of our respective communities. We have a legal and moral obligation to do so as public servants in the Western District of Louisiana.” 

 

“Human Trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight and it involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act,” said FBI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Williams, Jr. “The FBI works closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, as well as non-government agencies and non-profits on the front lines to combat human trafficking.” 

           

The SWLA Human Trafficking Task Force is a joint project including the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, Western District of LA U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services, Calcasieu Parish Combined Anti-Drug Task Force, Calcasieu Parish School Board, Child Advocacy Center, Department of Child and Family Services, Diocese of Lake Charles, Family and Youth Counseling Agency, Oasis, Rape Crisis, SANE, United Way of SWLA, and Water’s Edge Church.   

           

If you belong to a local service agency or non-profit that would like to be involved please send an email to info@cpso.com. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN BICYCLE/VEHICLE FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this evening at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Lewis Street in Sulphur in reference to a bicycle/vehicle fatality.

           

Due to evidence at the scene, detectives believe the suspect’s vehicle is a Jeep Cherokee, 2010 model, possibly blue or black in color. The vehicle will likely have damage to the driver’s side headlight, hood, and windshield. The vehicle will also be missing the driver’s side mirror. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time. If anyone has any information relating to this fatality, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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