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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Lake Caroline Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving several people. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a large fight and multiple shots had been fired during the fight.  Deputies obtained a description of a car that was possibly involved.  A short time later deputies located the car and a traffic stop was conducted.  When they spoke with the driver Shane D. Richard, 32, 2514 Annetta Drive, Lake Charles, he advised deputies he fired multiple rounds in the air during the fight.  He also told deputies another unknown suspect fired shots during the fight.  

           

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapon or dangerous instrumentalities.  He was released the following day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

There were no injuries sustained from the gunfire.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to suspicious circumstances. 

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with convicted registered sex offender, Tyrone Bradshaw, 53, Lake Charles, who was sleeping outside a local church.  While speaking with Bradshaw deputies learned he was no longer living at his last registered address on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles, and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Bradshaw was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000.  

               

Bradshaw was convicted of rape by force or fear in 1985 in California.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

On June 14 the suspect seen in these photographs entered Dick's Sporting Goods located at 542 W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect stole a set of Callaway irons worth approximately $1,400.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to shoplifting. 

           

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who stated an unknown man stole a set of Callaway Apex irons worth approximately $1,400.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and observed the suspect stealing the irons the previous day, Sunday, June 14 around noon. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man.  If anyone knows his identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Charles Trosclair at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to several complaints of residential burglaries that had occurred the previous night.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised the suspect had stolen several items out of the homes and damaged the residences.  During the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jody P. Broussard, 34, 306 E. Miller Ave., Iowa.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $205,000 for Broussard’s arrest.  He was later located and arrested.  After a subsequent search of his truck and home detectives located numerous items that had been reported stolen from the residences on Patton Street.

           

Broussard was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; 5 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is making adjustments to some services currently offered.  CPSO offices are remaining fully staffed and ready to serve the public, but in an attempt to keep the public and deputies safe we are limiting the amount of public in the building at one time.  The following offices have minor changes.

           

-CPSO ID/Records Department:  Please call (337) 491-3642 to set up an appointment for fingerprints. 

           

-CPSO Bar Cards:  Please call (337) 491-7960 to set up an appointment for bar cards.  We are also asking you please print out the bar card application and have it filled out prior to your arrival in an attempt to limit the time you will be in the office.  You can find the application on our website at www.cpso.com under the Special Investigations tab.  

 

-All CPSO Law Enforcement Centers:  If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call and schedule an appointment. 

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

-CPSO Administration: To speak with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory please call 491-3715 and they will attempt to handle your concerns over the phone, if possible.  Although Sheriff Mancuso believes in an open door policy we will not be taking walk-ins or issuing Honorary Commissions at this time to protect the health of the community and our department.  

 

The public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is required to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office and will be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival.  

 

There is no change at this time to visitation at the CCC or CSP; visitation will remain suspended until further notice.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Tony Marcantel, 50, Shreveport, after it was learned he was living at a residence in Sulphur and failed to notify the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  During the investigation detectives learned Marcantel, who is registered in Shreveport, had been living in Sulphur for several weeks. 

 

On June 19 Marcantel was located at the residence in Sulphur.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $100,000.

 

Marcantel was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2002 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

On June 10 between 3:00 a.m. and 4 a.m. an unknown suspect burglarized the business of Landscape Management located at 5005 Cobra Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect shown in these photograph cut a hole into the warehouse wall to gain entry into the business.  The suspect stole over $20,000 worth of law equipment.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highland Street in south Lake Charles in reference to serving an arrest warrant for domestic abuse and child endangerment. 

 

Upon arrival at the home deputies were able to secure the child, who was located inside, and move him to a safe area away from the residence.  Moments later, when deputies attempted to execute the warrant the suspect refused to comply with deputies commands.  The suspect charged at deputies with a machete at which time deputies shot the suspect.  He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

           

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Wanda Lane in DeQuincy in reference to a suspicious vehicle driving slowly in the neighborhood.   

 

When the deputy arrived he made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur.  Ramuar advised the deputy he had driven from Sulphur and was looking for a friend but was lost.  During the investigation it was learned the van Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2009 in Calcasieu Parish; he was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.  Ramuar was also arrested earlier this year in February and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Thomas Poore was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & 1 FOR POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit received multiple reports of burglaries of unlocked vehicles at an RV park on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance in the area where the burglaries occurred and observed 4 suspects.  Detectives were also able to identify a car, belonging to Allison F. Vincent, 19, 2516 May Street, Westlake, that was used during the burglaries.  On June 10 detectives made contact with Vincent at her residence, and after a subsequent search of the home detectives located 8 firearms inside the home; one of which was reported stolen; along with illegal narcotics. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned Vincent, along with 3 other individuals at the home; Ray A. Mitchell, 18, Demetrius T. Miller, 20, both of Gramercy, LA, and a 17 year old juvenile, New Orleans, LA, were responsible for the vehicle burglaries at the RV park. 

           

They were all four arrested; Vincent, Mitchell and Miller were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  

 

Disean T. Ester, 20, 2465 Highway 397, Lake Charles, who was also in the home at the time the search warrant was executed, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of marijuana. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Vincent, Mitchell and Miller’s bonds at $90,000 and Ester’s bond at $130,000.      

           

Detectives have reason to believe most, if not all of the firearms found in the residence have been stolen within the last several months, but are currently waiting for verification.  Detectives also learned Vincent, Mitchell, Miller, Ester, and the juvenile are responsible for other vehicle burglaries that occurred outside of Calcasieu Parish.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Eugene Lane in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located two victims inside the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. 

 

When detectives arrived they were advised by residents in the home that Kalley N. Murray, 23, 4109 Carlyss Drive, #57, Sulphur, was responsible for the shooting.  Detectives viewed video surveillance from the home and observed Murray, who is an acquaintance of one the residents, standing at the front of the home kicking the door.  Detectives then observed Murray shoot at the residence numerous times before leaving the scene.   

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Murray, who has an active warrant in the amount of $450,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for 2 counts of aggravated battery; 6 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her; if anyone knows her whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

The two victims, ages 10 and 28, were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

 

UPDATE: Murray has been taken into custody in Lafayette with the assistance of the Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Carencro Police Department, and the Marshal’s Office Task Force.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 12 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies sometime during the evening hours on June 11 and the morning hours on June 12 someone broke into a storage trailer that was parked in his driveway.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect entered a tool box on his truck.  The victim stated the suspect stole 20 Stihl chainsaws, valued at over $10,000, out of the trailer.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a rape.  During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she was raped by Michael J. Handy, Jr., 25, 2960 Lake Street, #410, Lake Charles, a couple days prior, while she was at his residence. 

 

A short time later detectives located Handy at his place of employment, and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape.  His bond is still pending.   

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 10 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Cobra Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. an unknown suspect cut a hole through the warehouse wall and stole over $20,000 worth of lawn equipment including Stihl chain saws, Stihl weed eaters, Stihl edgers, and a Stihl demo saw, along with other landscaping tools.

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club in the 3900 block of Highway 90 in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located a victim inside the night club with a gunshot wound.  Deputies immediately dressed the wound until emergency medical personnel could arrive; at which time the victim was transported to a local hospital.  Once deputies arrived at the hospital it was learned three additional victims were at the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds they received as a result of the shooting. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses at the scene detectives learned Nathaniel J. Lede, 26, Lake Charles, was responsible for the shooting.  A short time later detectives observed Lede driving on Highway 14 in Lake Charles, at which time a traffic stop was initiated and he was taken into custody.     

           

Lede was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of aggravated battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm at an alcoholic beverage outlet; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $535,000.  Lede was currently on parole after being released in August 2018.  He was convicted of illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of stolen things; and simple burglary in the 14th Judicial District Court and was to remain on supervision until October 2024. 

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

Sheriff Mancuso thanks our community and the families of our dedicated deputies.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they discovered Keith D. Lemoine, 41, Moss Bluff, unconscious and not breathing.  During further investigation it appears Lemoine was working on an electrical device in his garage when he was electrocuted.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 25, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries and learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital. 

 

During the initial investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brignac was charged with possession of a stolen firearm; she was released later the same day on a $7,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

On May 27, after Leviers release from the hospital, he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  He was released later the same day on a $70,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.   

           

After further investigation detectives learned gunfire erupted outside the business after the initial gunfire inside.  After reviewing surveillance cameras in the area of the incident detectives observed a car travelling westbound on Highway 90 when a flash from a muzzle was seen coming from inside the car as it drove past the business while a group of people were standing outside.  Detectives were able to identify the car and on May 30, a search warrant was executed on the car.  Detectives learned Abram I. Landry, 19, 6735 Highway 90 E, Lot # 58, Lake Charles, was the driver of the car during the time of the shooting and during a subsequent search warrant on his residence detectives recovered a semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30 round magazine and a semi-automatic pistol. 

 

Landry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with assault by drive-by shooting; and illegal use of a weapon while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.  It was also learned Landry had an active warrant in the amount of $101,500 for domestic abuse aggravated assault; illegal use of a weapon; aggravated criminal damage to property; aggravated assault with a firearm; and simple battery.       

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 23 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area of East Burton Street near J. Clophus Road in Sulphur when they observed two cars parked next to each other; one of the cars having obvious damage.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned Johnny L. Koopman, Jr., 25, Bridge City, Texas, had left a bar, driving an acquaintance’s car and somehow damaged it.  Deputies observed tire marks and damaged landscaping, along with a damaged water pipe in the area where the car was parked.  Deputies were attempting to locate Koopman at which time deputies were notified by CPSO dispatch that Koopman had called stating he had been in a vehicle accident and was hiding in the woods. 

           

Deputies located Koopman, at which time he was arrested.  When deputies were speaking with him he stated he had been driving the car but did not know what happened.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking prior to the incident.  Deputies observed injuries to Koopman, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. 

           

Due to his injuries Koopman, who has two previous DWIs, could not complete standard field sobriety testing; but submitted to toxicology testing while at the hospital.  Once he was treated and released he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; no driver’s license on person; carless operation; and hit and run driving.  He was released on May 26 on a $22,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.   

 

CPSO Deputy John Hays is the arresting deputy on this case.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held January 6, 2020

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1. Amend the 2019-2020 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

2. Adopt the proposed 2020-2021 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Christopher A. Leblanc, 31, 8511 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, writing checks out of a closed account. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned Leblanc had written several checks totaling approximately $144,000 out of a closed account.  Leblanc used the checks to purchase a four wheeler with accessories along with three vehicles from local dealerships in the Lake Charles area. 

           

Detectives learned Leblanc was possibly in the Opelousas area driving one of the vehicles he had purchased; at which time they contacted the Opelousas Police Department for assistance.  OPD was able to locate Leblanc and recover the vehicle.  When detectives spoke with Leblanc, who was being held in the St. Landry Parish Jail, he confirmed he wrote all the checks and stated to detectives he knew some of the checks written were out of a closed account.  On April 30 he was transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of worthless checks $5,000 to $25,000; and 2 counts of worthless checks over $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.  

           

The four wheeler along with the three vehicles have been recovered.

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a fraud investigator at a large bank in reference to an ongoing bank fraud in our area.

 

During the investigation, it was learned the suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions and collecting money on a deceitful basis. Detectives worked with the fraud investigator and learned the suspects were responsible for over 60 cases from January 2019 until December 2019. The bank advised detectives their records indicated they were at a loss for approximately $100,000.

 

Using video surveillance from the bank detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were able to identify multiple suspects responsible for the fraud; Ahmad D. Beloney, 25, 1711 Rose Street, Trevon Benoit, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Brian K. Williams, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Gregory P. Griffin, Jr., 31, 6675 Highway 90 E. Lot 245, Aaron C. Leblanc, 20, unknown, Martanez F. Jackson, 22, 1745 Obrien Street, Chrishanski J. Edwards, 20, 633 18th Street, all of Lake Charles, and Raven A. Aaron, 20, Houston, Texas. Detectives also learned the suspects were using social media to solicit participants in the fraud.

 

At the beginning of May, after an extensive investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of the eight suspects, charging them with 63 counts of bank fraud; racketeering; theft over $25,000; and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity. On May 18 detectives located Beloney at his residence. The following day detectives located Benoit and Williams after a traffic stop. They were all three arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

After Beloney’s arrest it was learned Aaron was attempting to move money from Beloney’s account in an attempt to hide his assets. She was additionally charged with obstruction of justice.

 

Beloney, Williams, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson and Edwards’ bonds have been set at $735,000. Benoit’s bond is set at $556,000 and Aaron’s bond is set at $755,000.

 

Detectives are currently searching for the remaining five suspects, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson, Edward and Aaron, and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

On May 18, during Beloney’s arrest at his residence the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a subsequent narcotics search warrant at the home. Detectives located over 280 grams of marijuana, over 900 grams of THC edibles, 3 grams of MDMA, 1 gram of Alprazolam and a shotgun inside the home. The combined street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $10,000.

 

The following people located at the residence were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center: Kameron J. Anderson, 22, 1201 Summit Street, Lake Charles, Terra M. Beloney, 48, Joseph P. Beloney, 48, Aujene T. Beloney, 22, and Darius L. Jones, 23, all of 1711 Rose Street, Lake Charles. They were all charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Terra, Joseph, Aujene and Jones and were additionally charged with possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS. Terra was also charged with possession of CDS I and possession of CDS IV. Shalise R. Richard, 22, Texas, was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana and released on scene. Ahmad was also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and money laundering.

 

Judge Ron Ware set Anderson’s bond at $3,000, Terra’s bond at $8,500, Joseph’s bond at $6,500, Aujene’s bond at $4,000 and Jones’ bond at $6,500. Judge Ware also set an additional $14,000 bond for Ahmad in reference to the drug charges.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries.  Deputies then learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital with injuries. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

           

After further investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and observed Levier along with two unknown males in possession of firearms.  Detectives also located numerous spent casings of various calibers at the scene of the shooting. 

           

Brignac is charged with possession of a stolen firearm; Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $7,000.  Upon Levier’s release from the hospital he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $70,000.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the two other men seen in the video surveillance.  Anyone with information is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605. 

 

Two 15 year old females suffered from non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound; one to the leg and one to the buttocks.  Three females, ages 15, 16 and 17, were grazed by bullets.  A 15 year old female and 18 year old male suffered minor injuries during the panic that ensued after the shooting began.  Levier suffered major, but non-life threatening injuries resulting from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Charles R. Getwood, II, 41, Port Arthur, Texas, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Getwood had been living in Calcasieu Parish since 2009 and did not notify the proper authorities.  The investigation also revealed Getwood had been employed in Calcasieu Parish since 2006.  Detectives made contact with Getwood and advised him he was non-compliant and needed to meet with them on May 15 to register, but he failed to appear for his appointment.  Several days later he contacted detectives and stated he had quit his job and terminated his lease in Calcasieu Parish.  He later met with Detectives on May 21 and it was learned he was still employed in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned authorities in Texas, where Getwood was registered, were unaware he had been residing in Calcasieu; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again.      

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000.

 

Getwood was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Port Arthur, Texas in 2001. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 5 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On May 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Hayes in reference to a home invasion that occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. that morning. 

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the victim and learned two suspects approached the residence armed with firearms and attempted to gain entry inside.  Detectives then learned one of the suspects confronted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.  After further investigation and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, along with witness statements detectives were able to identify six suspects involved in the home invasion and robbery; Frances S. Wright, 20, 3814 Swanee Street, Damonte J. Batiste, 20, 4200 Worthy Drive, Trenisha A. Gray, 17, 1608 Clover Drive, Myrical M. Nelson, 22, 1608 Clover Drive, Leroy D. Jones, 18, 1743 Broadmoor Drive, and Joseph L. Collins, Jr., 22, all of Lake Charles.

 

On May 18 CPSO Violent Crimes detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) located all suspects except for Collins.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Jones’ bond at $200,000 and the others at $90,000.    

 

 Judge Robert Wyatt also signed a warrant in the amount of $90,000 for Collins’ arrest.  He is also charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Detectives are currently searching for Collins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

The investigation revealed the victim is an acquaintance with at least one of the suspects. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 7 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Lorenzo Mays, Jr., 42, Lake Charles.  During the check the deputy was unable to locate Mays at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation the deputy was advised by the homeowner that Mays did not live at that address; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office Sex Offender detectives continued attempts to locate Mays but were unsuccessful so on May 11 detectives issued a warrant for his arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

On May 14 Mays was located at a residence on Holmes Street in Lake Charles and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  His bond is set at $10,000.

 

Mays was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mays was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 and again in 2014. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Ryan Street and W. Claude Street in Lake Charles.

 

When a deputy spoke with the driver, Damien J. Ashworth, 40, 1320 Sally Mae Street, Lake Charles, he observed him to have glassy eyes along with slurred speech.  Ashworth advised the deputy he had two shots of liquor.  During the investigation deputies learned Ashworth had three previous DWI arrests within the last ten years as well as a suspended driver’s license.  Deputies also located an open container of alcohol partially under the driver’s seat, in plain view.     

 

After Ashworth performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ashworth was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving under suspension for prior DWI; failure to maintain lane; and open container.  He was released the following day on a $28,250 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 123rd BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 123rd  Basic Academy with 40 officers representing 12 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but on May 12 they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Robert Montie, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 123rd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Troy Tyson, Lake Charles Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Nicholas Dufrene, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        William Black, Anthony Boswell, Michael Boudreaux, Cheree Chapman, Zachary Cooper, Alexander Day, Nicholas Dufrene, Joshua Gilmore, Kristian Hagerich, Michael Hamorski, Jennifer Hoffpauir, Caleb Jones, Casey Laurents, Robert Montie, David Reed, Richard Ruot, Omri Wilcox, Alanna Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Janetta LaLande, Christopher Spicer, Brennen Theriot – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lawrence Jones, Raygan O’Quinn, Seth Whetstine – Coushatta Police Department

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

Tanner Richert, Tannier Touchet – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Kenda Davis, Raymond Ford, Martin Johnson, Ted Oliver, Troy Tyson – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Eric Murillo, Mary Williams – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

                Anastacio Perez, Westlake Police Department, graduated after completing numerous hours of refresher courses.

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, May 18 all Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office buildings will reopen to the public.  Although all offices will be open, the public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is asked to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office; the public will also be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival. 

           

There will be no changes at this time to visitation at the Calcasieu Correctional Center or Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison.  Visitation will remained suspended until further notice.  Inmates will continue to receive free phone calls during the week.

           

The following offices will have minor operational changes during the Phase I of reopening:

CPSO Administration

To meet with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory you must call 491-3715 and set up an appointment.

 

CPSO ID Records

For fingerprinting you are asked to call 491-3642 to set up an appointment. 

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call prior to your arrival.

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

On January 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to suspicious ATM withdrawals and fraudulent transactions from the victim’s account. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a family member, Larry D. Lacey, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, took the victim’s debit card and made fraudulent withdrawals and purchases totaling approximately $1,300 since December 2019.  On April 30 after further investigation Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $15,000 for Lacey’s arrest.

 

On May 6 he was located at the victim’s residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft over $1,000 when the victim is over the age of 60 or has a disability.  He was released on bond the following day. 

 

CPSO Detective Bradley Grant is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to an alarm activation.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a car that had crashed into an electrical pole on the property, causing the wires to fall and electrocute a fence.  Shortly after arriving deputies observed a man, later identified as Kendrick D. Richard, 38, 1405 Hunter Drive, Lake Charles, walking in a field near the accident.

           

When deputies spoke with Richard they smelt a strong odor of synthetic marijuana emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed Richard to have glossy eyes.  Richard advised deputies he was driving the car but would not say how the crash occurred.  During the investigation deputies learned Richard, who has two prior DWIs, was driving under suspension for a previous DWI.  During further investigation and after a search of the car, deputies located a partially burnt cigarette containing suspected synthetic marijuana. Deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside the car.   

           

Richard, who refused standard field sobriety testing, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  Deputies asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies then obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Richard was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $62,000.

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On May 3 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Nelson Road and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jairus A. Matt, 31, 6108 White Oak Drive, Lake Charles, he observed him to have slurred speech along with delayed reactions when deputies asked questions.  While speaking with Matt he advised the deputy he had taken prescription medication prior to driving.  After a search of the truck the deputy located a prescription bottle belonging to Matt, with pills not matching the prescription located on the bottle.  They deputy then located a pill matching the prescription on the bottle, on the floor of the truck.  The deputy also located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine inside the truck.   

 

After Matt, who has two prior DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Matt was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; running a stop sign; failure to maintain lane; possession CDS II; possession of CDS IV.  He was released the following day on a $51,500 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones is the arresting deputy on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on W. Dave Dugas Road in Sulphur in reference to a possible kidnapping.  When deputies arrived they learned an employee who had arrived to work around 3:30 a.m. attempted to open the business approximately an hour later and learned she had been locked inside. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives viewed video surveillance and observed a man, later identified as Matthew D. Allen, 29, 1205 W. Dave Dugas Road, Sulphur, was dropped off in the business parking lot earlier that morning.  They watched Allen remain on the property for several hours prior to the victim arriving at work.  They observed the victim arrive at work and enter the business; at which time they witnessed Allen attempt to cut the power off to the business at the breaker box, but was unsuccessful.  Detectives then observed Allen approach the front of the business and tamper with the surveillance camera.  It was later learned he smeared blood on the camera lens.  Detectives continued to watch the surveillance footage which showed Allen at the front of the business.  Allen was observed locking a padlock, which was left unlocked on the door, from the outside; while the employee was still inside. 

 

During further investigation detectives observed the metal siding on the business was damaged.  After detectives located blood on the steps and railing in the area of the damaged metal siding it was determined Allen attempted to gain entry to the business by prying the metal siding off, but was unsuccessful.

 

A short time later Allen was located at his residence in the same clothing he was observed to be wearing on the surveillance footage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted simple burglary.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $70,000. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 16 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Custer Drive in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation deputies learned Michael C. Red, 18, 1242 Kellogg Road, DeQuincy, and Shyheim Graham, 23, 1605 Goodwin Street, Vinton, entered the victim’s home armed with a firearm and robbed him.  It was also discovered a third suspect, Joshua L. Pratt, 17, 2264 Hillary Drive, Vinton, picked up the suspects after the robbery and fled the area. 

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of Red, Graham and Pratt in the amount of $225,000 each, for armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; home invasion; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Detectives located Pratt the same day, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  On April 22 Graham turned himself in to detectives at CPSO, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

  

Detectives are currently searching for Red and asks if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

               

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


 

UPDATE:  On Friday, April 24, at approximately 7:00 p.m. CPSO located Michael C. Red in Vinton.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on his warrant.  I have attached an updated mugshot.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of N. Claiborne Street and Sim Portie Road in Sulphur.         

 

The initial investigation revealed the car was traveling southbound on N. Claiborne Street when it went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  The car struck a road sign and culvert before coming to rest in the ditch.  The driver of the car, Lisa A. Shepard, 59, Sulphur, was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated.  She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.    

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Bennie F. Norris, 74, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl. 

 

The following day when detectives spoke with Norris he advised he had inappropriately touched the girl approximately six times since the beginning of April.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of molestation a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $450,000. 

 

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

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 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 have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & ONE FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VCIU detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the area showing three suspects, driving a black car, entering unlocked vehicles.

 

A short time later detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to obtain the registration for the car seen in the video surveillance.  Detectives made contact with the owner of the car, Janaysha R. Seymore, 21, 1900 Prejean Drive, Lake Charles, at her home.  When detectives arrived at the home they also made contact with two men, later identified as Kentrell J. Dunn, 19, and Coby J. Simon, 20, both of 4249 5th Avenue, Lake Charles.  After receiving consent to search the residence detectives located most of the stolen property that been taken from the vehicle burglaries off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.   

           

After further investigation and questioning it was learned Dunn and Simon, along with a 16 year old juvenile were responsible for the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives also discovered they had brought the stolen property back to Seymore’s residence and she had knowledge that the property had been stolen. 

 

Later the same day Seymore, Dunn and Simon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Seymore is charged with possession of stolen things $1,000 - $5,000. Dunn is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Simon is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of marijuana; criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Michael Canaday set Seymore’s bond at $5,000, Dunn’s bond at $187,500, and Simon’s bond at $63,500.  The juvenile was also arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property. 

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. inmate trustee Shane W. Cormier, 50, last known address 3644 Anthony Ferry Road in Sulphur, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5410 East Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Cormier qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Cormier has been incarcerated at the CCC since March and is serving time for charges of simple burglary, simple robbery, and theft.  He was last seen wearing navy blue scrubs.  

           

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

UPDATE:  Cormier was located by detectives at a home on North Hudson Street in Sulphur at approximately 2:30 this afternoon.  He will be charged with simple escape.  More arrests are possible pending further investigation.    

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, April 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on East Savanna Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the vehicle went off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a palm tree along with a street sign.  The vehicle, described as a newer model Ford Flex, white in color, will have damage to area near the front bumper.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in this video, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-48456.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 9 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an 11 year old child being left alone at the store. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the child to have red marks and bruising on his face.  Deputies learned the mother, Heather M. Johnson, 39, Westlake, had struck the child several times, busting his nose, and left him at the store.

           

A short time later deputies made contact with Johnson at her home.  When detectives spoke with her she stated she became angry with the child.  She confirmed to deputies she struck him several times and left him at the store.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking deputies located suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person.  Johnson is charged with cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $34,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 4 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in South Lake Charles after receiving a call from an alarm company in reference to a panic alarm being activated at the residence. 

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim and learned while she was outside three men showed up at her home and forced her inside by gunpoint.  The victim stated once they were inside the home she was raped at gunpoint.  After further investigation and reviewing video surveillance in the area detectives learned the identities of the three men to be Jarence T. Lee, 29, Jaquaylon M. Guillory, 23, and Tyrell J. Jackson, 22, all of Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned a fourth man, identified as Jarvis J. Bias, 23, Lake Charles was also involved. 

 

Between April 4 and April 6 all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lee, Guillory and Jackson are charged with 1st degree rape; and home invasion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set all three bonds at $200,000.  Bias is charged with principle to 1st degree rape; and principle to home invasion.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $180,000. 

 

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


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of scams that are surfacing in the area in regards to COVID-19 stimulus checks.

 

Please be aware that the federal government will NOT ask you to confirm personal or banking information by email, phone or text.  They will also NOT demand a processing fee to expedite your stimulus payment.

 

These are scams, not legitimate communications from the U.S. Department of Treasury.  If you have received these messages, do not click on links in emails or text messages and do not provide your personal information.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding James L. Jordan, 68, Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 23 year old woman. 

           

After speaking with detectives Jordan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000

 

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

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 28 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Robert J. Perkins, 41, Reeves.  There appeared to be no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected.  The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

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

An update from Sheriff Mancuso to our community in reference to COVID-19

CPSO ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

Detectives attempted to identify the man but were unsuccessful.  He is described as a white male, possibly in his mid to late fifties, approximately 5’6” and weighing approximately 150 pounds.  He has dark brown/black hair, a thick handle bar mustache and surgical scars on his right shoulder, forearm, and hip.  Detectives did not locate any tattoos on his body.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in obtaining the identity of the man.  If anyone has any information or believes they know his identity, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

It is unknown at this time how far the body floated or how long he was in the water.

 

There appears to be no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a complaint of a suspicious car.  When deputies arrived they observed the car near the gate to the park.  When deputies approached the car they observed a man, later identified as Kenneth T. Selvage, 34, Baker, LA, in the driver’s seat sleeping with the vehicle on and in drive.

 

Once deputies woke Selvage and spoke with him they could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed him to be disoriented and incoherent while speaking.  During further investigation deputies located an open bottle of alcohol inside the car.  Deputies also learned Selvage, who has three prior DWI arrests, has a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.      

 

After Selvage performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $47,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and is subject to random drug screens.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr. was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft at a grocery store on 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on the previous day two suspects cashed an altered Coinstar receipt at the store.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the store and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Joshua Bruns at 491-3605.


A message from Sheriff Tony Mancuso regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT &

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, March 14 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in a parking lot located off Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car. 

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-30997.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary that occurred on Fontenot Road in Westlake earlier that morning.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole a handgun from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

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

               

CPSO VCIU Detectives Greg Nall and Hollan Dyer are the lead investigators on this case. 


CPSO Event Cancellations

FYI – The following Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office events have been cancelled.

 

·        Junior Deputy – Hunter’s Education Field Day at S.J. Welsh Middle School, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been cancelled.

 

·        Senior Citizen Bingo – Westlake Managan Center, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been cancelled.  

CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER & CALCASIEU SHERIFF’S PRISON TEMPORARILY SUSPEND CONTACT VISITS

Lake Charles –

 

Starting today the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison will suspend all contact visits for inmates.  Attorney visits are included in this restriction.  Non-contact visits by telephone and glass partition will still be allowed.

 

This decision will be reevaluated every 30 days until the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) subsides.

CPSO INVESTIGATES EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

 Early this morning at approximately 1:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the area of Miller Avenue and Smith Ferry Road in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

           

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, David A. Pitt, 40, Westlake, was traveling southbound on Miller Ave. when he lost control while attempting to negotiate a curve.  The motorcycle traveled off the roadway into the ditch.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  Pitt was wearing a helmet.

           

As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an employee who was stealing from the store.  Upon arrival, detectives spoke with the asset protection investigator at the store who stated an employee, Nicole L. Reeves, 35, 1035 Wedgewood Drive, Lake Charles, had been stealing merchandise from the store for approximately one year. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Reeves walking out of the store on numerous occasions with unpaid merchandise.  When detectives spoke with Reeves she confirmed she stole over $60,000 worth of merchandise from the store.  Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.     

 

CPSO Detective Freddie Powell is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and L. Ogea Road in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

When deputies arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated he left a local casino in a taxi and informed the driver, later identified as Brandon K. Grant, 40, 633 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, he had just won $15,000 while gambling.  He advised deputies he fell asleep in the taxi and was awoken by a man, later identified as Fergus A. Bushnell, 41, 2820 Caroline Street, Lake Charles, pulling him out from inside the taxi.  The victim then told deputies Bushnell drug him out of the taxi, struck him several times and stole his money along with two cell phones.  He also stated he observed a handle in the waistband of Bushnell’s pants, which he believed to be the handle of a gun.  Deputies were then advised by the victim he attempted to get back into the taxi by grabbing the handle of the door, at which time Grant drove away, dragging him on the ground outside of the taxi for a short distance.  The victim was able to give deputies a description of the truck he observed Bushnell flee the scene in.

 

A short time later CPSO detectives were able to locate Grant driving in the area where the crime occurred.  Deputies also located the truck Bushnell was driving, and made contact with him at which time he arrived at CPSO for questioning.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Grant is charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Bushnell is charged with principal to 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Grant’s bond is still pending; Judge Clayton Davis set Bushnell’s bond at $55,000.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Heard Road and Constance Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Brent Walker, 43, 4401 5th Avenue Apt. N98, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed him to have watery bloodshot eyes.  When the deputy spoke with Walker he advised he had one beer prior to driving his car.  During the investigation the deputy learned Walker, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in 2015, had a suspended driver’s license.  The deputy also located a beer can and a small wine bottle, both opened, inside the car.    

 

After Walker performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th, failure to maintain a lane; obstructing a public passage; open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle; and a suspended driver’s license.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $27,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on East Holbrook Circle in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a three month old boy who was breathing, but unresponsive.  During the initial investigation deputies were advised Ashley N. Zamora, 39, Lake Charles, had been watching the infant.  Deputies learned Zamora was holding the baby in the bathtub while she bathed but fell asleep, at which time the baby fell under the water for an unknown amount of time.

           

During questioning Zamora advised she took prescription medication before taking a bath.  Due to the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident detectives believe Zamora was under the influence; therefore, she was transported to a local hospital to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Her bond is still pending. 

           

The baby was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where he is currently listed in stable condition.

           

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

 

 

 

**NOTE – We do not have an updated mugshot of Zamora at this time.  The attached mugshot is from 2018.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jennifer K. Contreras, 32, Lake Charles and Terrie L. Armstrong, 51, Springtown, TX, who were responsible for cruelty to a juvenile. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned on the previous day Contreras and Armstrong had severely whipped an 11 year old girl on the buttocks with a handmade wooden paddle.  It was discovered the whipping lasted approximately an hour and a half. 

 

When questioned by detectives Contreras and Armstrong confirmed they were responsible for the injuries to the girl.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with cruelty to a juvenile.   

 

The girl was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries and was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.  Judge Ron Ware set Contreras bond at $30,000 and Armstrong’s bond at $15,000. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BANK FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by management of a hotel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible credit card fraud.

           

When detectives spoke with hotel personnel they stated someone had possibly booked a room with a fraudulent credit card.  During the initial investigation detectives contacted the issuing bank on the credit card and confirmed the credit card was fraudulent. 

           

After receiving consent to search the hotel room, deputies located a device used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards.  Deputies also located suspected methamphetamine in the room.  Detectives learned one of the men staying in the room, Phillip E. Jameson, 42, New Caney, Texas, was responsible for manufacturing and using the fraudulent credit card.  Detectives also located two other individuals who were staying in the room, Dina Boone, 24, 501 Miller Avenue, Westlake, and Bradley T. Guillory, 44, Longville, who were in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

           

Jameson, Boone, and Guillory were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jameson is charged with bank fraud; identity theft; and possession of CDS II.  Boone is charged with possession of CDS II.  Guillory is charged with possession of CDS II and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Guillory also had an active warrant through Westlake Police Department.  Jameson was released on a $7,500 bond, Boone was released on a $2,000 bond and Guillory remains incarcerated on a $3,000 bond; all set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.   

           

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


CPSO Crime Stoppers Highway 397 Casino

CPSO Crime Stoppers Henderson Implement

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles was notified in reference to someone threatening to come to the school with a gun.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Christopher D. Thomas, 20, 1501 Sunset Drive, Lake Charles, had threatened a student that attends LaGrange by stating he was going to the school for them with a gun.  Thomas was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and simple assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 27 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of 12th Street and 6th Avenue in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Patrick Richard, 50, 2024 7th Avenue, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have slightly bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Richard he advised he had several beers prior to driving his truck.   

 

After Richard, who has two previous DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and a traffic violation.  Richard was released the following day on a $11,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, March 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.

           

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 491-3737.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a business on Easy Street in Lake Charles in reference to a property damage complaint.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the business and learned on February 16 at approximately 4:30 p.m. two suspects entered the business, which is currently under construction.  Once inside the business the suspects caused over $10,000 worth of damage.  The suspects also spray painted and damaged an enclosed trailer, which was located inside.     

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Randall Gibbons at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 15 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of N. Huntington Street and E. Lincoln Street in Sulphur.

   

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was advised his driver’s license was suspended.  The deputy also learned the SUV Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During a search of the SUV the deputy located several empty beer cans along with an open beer can, cold to the touch, inside the SUV.  Ramuar was later found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.      

     

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; special restrictions on lamps; operating a vehicle under suspension for prior offenses; open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $19,250.  

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Elliott Phillips was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, February 22. 

 

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

               

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Officers at a local middle school were advised of a situation concerning a 14 year old girl who was approached by an unknown male while walking to school near Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

When deputies spoke with the victim she stated a man in an SUV produced a firearm and told her to get in his vehicle.  She stated she attempted to run away at which time the suspect caught up to her, exited his vehicle and attempted to grab her.  The victim advised she was able to get away and immediately reported the incident to CPSO School Crossing Guards, who were outside of the school. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a vehicle description along with video surveillance in the area the incident occurred.  On February 16 detectives located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on I-10, at which time a traffic stop was initiated.  Detectives made contact with the driver, Sean M. Kelley, 31, 1968 Yvonne Drive, Lake Charles.  After interviewing Kelley he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.       

       

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Highway 14 East in Iowa.  While on scene deputies also located an abandoned car stuck in a yard.    

 

During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from homes in the area showing three suspects entering unlocked vehicles earlier the same morning.  While deputies were investigating the vehicle burglaries in Iowa, CPSO dispatch was also receiving calls from residents in a neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to vehicle burglaries and a stolen car, which had occurred the previous night.

 

After further investigation it was learned the car that was stolen from the neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue was the same car deputies found abandoned in the neighbored in Iowa.  VCIU detectives obtained surveillance video from the homes in Lake Charles and observed the same suspects from the vehicle burglaries in Iowa.  After releasing images of the suspects to the public CPSO received several tips and detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center and School Resource Officers, were able to identify one of the suspects as Taveon E. Williams, 18, 4116 Worthy Drive, Lake Charles. 

           

On February 11 CPSO VCIU detectives arrived at Williams’ residence in an attempt to locate him; at which time they observed a car in the driveway with three men inside.  When two of the men observed detectives they fled the area on foot, leading detectives on a foot pursuit.  A CPSO K-9 was deployed and located the men, Williams and a 17 year old juvenile, hiding in the shed of an abandoned house nearby.  Williams and the juvenile were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning in reference to the burglaries and thefts in the neighborhoods in Iowa and Lake Charles; along with the stolen car.  While speaking with detectives they confirmed they were the ones responsible.  They were both arrested; Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives were also able to identify the third suspect, a 17 year old juvenile, and located him the following day, February 12, at his residence.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

           

They are all charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Williams’ bond at $50,500. 

           

During the investigation detectives located 5 firearms, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department; along with a large sum of counterfeit money.       

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on these cases. 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES SPONSORED BY CITGO TO RUN IN 124TH BOSTON MARATHON

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Services Commander Matthew Vezinot and Reserve Deputy Jeff Pittman were two of the three local first responders in our area chosen to represent CITGO Petroleum Corporation during the 124th Annual Boston Marathon. 

 

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is the official fuel sponsor for the 124th Boston Marathon and recently surprised ten first responders located in their operational areas in Lake Charles, LA, Houston and Corpus Christi, TX, and Lemont, IL.  According to Jerry Dunn, vice president and general manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, Vezinot and Pittman were chosen by a panel based on their responses when asked what running in the Boston Marathon means to them.  “Just as the famous CITGO sign in Kenmore Square watches over this historic race, our first responders watch over our community each and every day by putting their lives on the line,” said Dunn.  “We are grateful for their dedication to the safety of our community and honored to have the opportunity to send a few of our local heroes on the road to Boston.”   

 

“I am thrilled for Commander Vezinot and Deputy Pittman; this is a once in a lifetime chance for them to be chosen and sponsored to compete in the Boston Marathon,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These two deputies are passionate about their jobs here at the Sheriff’s Office and do a lot for our community, so it is great to see them recognized for their dedication as first responders.” 

 

They will compete in the Boston marathon on Monday, April 20 which is Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO AND LHSAA TO HOST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GOLF BALL HELICOPTER DROP

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) will host their annual golf tournament on Friday, April 24, at Frasch Park Golf Course in Sulphur, with tee-off beginning at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 

All proceeds of the tournament will go to support LHSAA programs for female athletes in our state high schools and for recognition programs for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. 

 

The tournament is a four-person scramble with an entry fee of $420.00 per team which includes (1) mulligan per player, (1) entry in the Golf Ball Drop per player, and range balls prior to the round.  Additional mulligans can be purchased on the day of the event; $20 per team will give each player a second mulligan.  Lunch will be served and refreshments will be available on the course.  There will also be two helicopter golf ball drops beginning at 12:00 p.m., providing an innovative option to help raise funds.  Tickets to the first Golf Ball Drop are $5 per golf ball and may be purchased in advance or the morning of the tournament.  The second Golf Ball Drop will be for individuals who participated in the tournament.  A grand prize of $250 per drop will be awarded to the participant whose golf ball ends up closest to the hole, or if there is a hole in one during the drop.

 

Entry deadline is Monday, April 20.  Checks should be made payable to TONY MANCUSO SPECIAL EVENTS.   Please send payment along with a complete entry form to:

            George McInnis, Golf Pro – Frasch Park Golf Course

            400 Picard Road, Sulphur, LA 70663

 

For information or to register for the tournament, please contact:

Heather Williams, 431-8088, Sarah Lafargue, 437-3694, Elizabeth Daley 491-3622, or Danika Guillory 491-3713.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of a victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on January 17 the suspect made a fraudulent ATM withdrawal, totaling $1,700 from a bank in Moss Bluff.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the bank and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman and SUV seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a burglary and theft. 

       

During the initial investigation deputies learned earlier the same morning, at approximately 4:00 a.m. two unknown men gained access into the business by shattering the front door.  Deputies viewed surveillance footage from the business and observed the men steal approximately $7,000 worth of tools and generators and load it into the trunk of a car. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or car seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Freddie Powell at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Highway 14 East in Iowa. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects were burglarizing mostly unlocked vehicles during the late night hours of February 4 into the early morning hours of February 5.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photographs of two of the suspects. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the vehicle burglaries or if you can identify the suspects seen in the photographs to call CPSO at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR HOME INVASION

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 4 at approximately 1:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was on a traffic complaint when he observed an elderly man flagging him down near Highway 14 and 8th Street in Lake Charles. 

           

Upon speaking with the man the deputy was advised a woman, later identified as Moeshay L. Janice, 19, 919 Vincent Street, Vinton, knocked on his door and asked for a ride to the hospital.  The man stated that once he opened the door, while he was distracted, Janice grabbed his set of car keys off the counter and attempted to leave the residence.  The man then advised the deputy he was able to get his keys back but Janice pushed her way back into the home, knocking over an elderly woman inside the residence, and took another set of keys.  The man stated he attempted to stop Janice, but was knocked down; at which time she fled the residence in his wife’s SUV. 

           

CPSO detectives arrived on scene and began canvassing the area, in an attempt to locate Janice.  A short time later she was observed walking in the area where the home invasion occurred.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; carjacking; and battery of the infirmed.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $800,000. 

           

CPSO Deputy Alex McKnight is the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

The SUV was later located with the assistance of OnStar

 

The two victims received minor injuries.  

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy David P. Monceaux, 33, Iowa, after receiving a complaint in reference to him sexually abusing a juvenile girl.

 

When detectives interviewed Monceaux he stated he had inappropriate sexual conduct with at least two young girls. The initial investigation revealed Monceaux had sexually abused three girls since 2017, when they were ranging in ages of 6 to 9.

 

Monceaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of 1st degree rape; and 30 counts of felony sexual battery. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $2.5 million.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Monceaux worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for approximately 2 years.

 

The investigation in ongoing.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE CHARGES OF THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, January 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a stolen car.  The following day deputies received another complaint of a truck that had been stolen from a business on Nelson Road in Lake Charles on Sunday.  During the initial investigation into the two complaints detectives learned Dylan S. Dowd, 27, Grand Chenier, LA, was possibly responsible for stealing both vehicles.

 

On Monday, January 27 while attempting to locate Dowd, detectives along with CPSO CDU (Crime Deterrent Unit) deputies located the stolen car at a residence on Hickory Drive in Lake Charles.  When detectives attempted to recover the vehicle Dowd fled the scene; they attempted to locate him but were unsuccessful.  During the recovery of the stolen car detectives located several tools inside the car, that had been reported stolen with the truck from the business on Nelson Road.  The stolen truck was also located on Monday, abandoned in a field in Lebleu Settlement.

 

On Tuesday, January 28 at approximately 6:50 a.m. CPSO deputies responded to a business on Highway 3059 in Lake Charles in reference to a truck that had been stolen.  During further investigation detectives obtained video surveillance from the business, which showed Dowd entering several trucks on the property and then stealing one.  A short time later it was learned the stolen truck was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Lake Street in Lake Charles; detectives subsequently located Dowd along with the stolen truck at a gas station in the area.

 

When Dowd observed deputies he fled on foot, but after a brief foot pursuit he was apprehended.  During his arrest, deputies were advised by a witness they observed Dowd throw something on top the roof of a business nearby.  When deputies searched the roof, they located a handgun.  Dowd was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

 

Dowd was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; illegal possession of a stolen vehicle; criminal trespass; criminal damage to property less than $1,000; flight from an officer; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and theft less than $1,000.

 

Dowd also had active warrants through the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for attempted theft less than $25,000; theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and theft less than $1,000; after three investigations revealed he was breaking into gaming machines on separate occasions between December and January.  He also had an active warrant from Lake Charles Police Department along with a probation detainer.

 

Dowd’s total bond is set at $90,000.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

 

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 2:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to call from a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon detectives’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 3 year old boy had been brought in with a brain injury.  Hospital staff stated the boy was immediately brought into surgery.  Detectives were also advised that the boy had extensive injuries and bruising from head to toe, in different stages of healing; which meant the bruises had occurred over an extended period of time.  Detectives were advised by medical staff they suspected the injuries sustained to the child were non-accidental. 

 

During further investigation, detectives spoke with the child’s stepmother, Jessica P. Matthews, 26, Lake Charles.  Matthews advised detectives she was at home when she found the boy on the floor appearing to have a seizure.   She stated she placed the boy on the floor of his room and went to get dressed and then called the boy’s father, Tyler N. Laborde, 26, Lake Charles, at which time he came home and they brought the boy to the hospital.  After further questioning Matthews told detectives on the previous day Laborde threw his 4 year old daughter out of her room into the hallway, causing her to fall, after she took food from a 1 year old girl, who is also living at the home.  Matthews stated Laborde then placed the 4 year old in time out for approximately 4 hours.  She also advised detectives on a previous occasion the 3 year old boy had been placed in time out for approximately 3 to 4 hours by Laborde for spilling water.  Matthews also told detectives she and Laborde discipline their children, but she never leaves marks.  She stated Laborde left bruises on the boy’s legs after spanking him with a belt.  Matthews also advised detectives approximately 5 days ago Laborde held the boy’s face in the toilet, nearly touching the water, because he did not say he needed to use the bathroom. 

 

When detectives spoke with Laborde he denied throwing his four year old daughter.  Laborde admitted to spanking the boy the previous day.  Laborde also advised detectives Matthews was the one who put the children in time out on their knees for long periods of time. 

 

Matthews and Laborde were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree battery; 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile; and cruelty to juvenile.  Their bonds have not yet been set. 

 

The 3 year old boy currently remains in a local hospital in critical condition.

 

All children in the home were placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

             

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Common Street and 11th Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Alex J. Lemoine, 29, 701 11th Street, Lake Charles, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes.  While speaking with Lemoine he stated to deputies he drank a beer and a shot of vodka.  Deputies also learned Lemoine had a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI arrests and was convicted of DWI 3rd in October of 2019.    

 

After Lemoine performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and a traffic violation.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,550. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Craig Guillory, Jr., and Cpl. Rodney Daigle are the arresting deputies on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MISREPRESENTATION DURING ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

On January 7 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, who was working an off-duty security detail at a store on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles, was notified of a man attempting to steal merchandise at the store.  The deputy made contact with the suspect and after an investigation he was issued a misdemeanor summons for theft less than $1,000 and later released. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the suspect gave the deputy a false name and social security number, which belonged to a man who had previously reported his wallet and identity had been stolen in 2019. 

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph; anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON GRAND JURY WARRANT FOR MULTIPLE COUNTS OF RAPE & SEXUAL BATTERY & ARRESTS WOMAN FOR OBSTRUCTION

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received several complaints regarding Timothy B. Benoit, II, 33, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting two girls, on different occasions between 2015 and 2018, starting when they were 5 and 8 years old.  The investigations were conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On January 16 Benoit was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day CPSO deputies arrived at Benoit’s residence in an attempt to locate him.  Upon arrival deputies made contact with Benoit’s girlfriend, who also lives at the residence, Ashley L. Foy, 29, Lake Charles.  While speaking with Foy deputies observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.  Foy advised deputies Benoit was not there and was out of the state, but once detectives gained access into the home they located Benoit inside.  While deputies were inside they observed the home to be in poor living conditions and covered in animal feces.  Deputies located suspected marijuana in a bed, where Benoit and Foy’s 5 month old twins were sleeping.  Deputies also located drug paraphernalia inside the residence, while their two year old was present in the home.  Foy advised detectives the marijuana and paraphernalia belonged to her. 

  

Benoit and Foy were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Benoit is charged with 3 counts of 1st degree rape and 3 counts of sexual battery from his Grand Jury warrant.  His is additionally charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.  His bond is set at $1,507,500.  Foy is charged with 3 counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile; possession of marijuana; 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; obstruction of justice; and interfering with a law enforcement investigation.  Her bond is set at $11,000.   

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE RAPE & 20 COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from the Louisiana State Police LA-SAFE (Louisiana Analytical & Fusion Exchange) along with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to explicit Instagram conversations between an account belonging to Lakien D. Perry, 18, 3225 Utah Street, Sulphur, and an unidentified account.

 

During the investigation detectives learned Perry provided the other account with a live video feed of her having inappropriate sexual contact with a 5 year old male.  The investigation revealed Perry had interaction, sending inappropriate videos and photographs of her and the child, with the other account since December 2019.  During further investigation detectives also learned Perry had inappropriate sexual contact with a 3 year old female.    

 

On January 17 Perry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of 1st degree rape; 20 counts of sexual battery; and pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $2.8 million.

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore, James Jones, and Shelly Trahan are the investigators on this case; along with the assistance of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing.   

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

Between November 29 and December 26, 2019, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.  Deputies also assisted shoppers in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14. 

 

Deputies were available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they could provide.

 

Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:

·         1,265 assistance calls

·         776 total business checks

·         1 unlocked vehicle

·         7 assists to other agencies

·         5 shoplifting incidents

·         36 suspicious persons

·         17 misdemeanor summons / arrests

·         1 fight

·         22 vehicle-traffic related incidents

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph; anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  January 6, 2020

TIME:   9:00AM

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

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

Roll Call

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

No Old Business   

New Business:

 

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

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

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

 

CPSO CAPTAIN BEN ANGERSTEIN GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY OF NEWBORN IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

IPD is the investigating agency.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

 

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

  

 

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

 

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & SILENCER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

             

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

During the investigation while deputies were speaking with Anderson they observed numerous empty beer bottles inside his truck.  They also observed Anderson to show signs of impairment.  During further questioning Anderson refused to cooperate and kicked a deputy.  Anderson, who refused standard field sobriety and breath intoxilyzer testing, was arrested.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 1st; resisting an officer; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; battery on a police officer; vehicular negligent injuring; and 2 counts of 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $4,000.

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Lake Caroline Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving several people. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a large fight and multiple shots had been fired during the fight.  Deputies obtained a description of a car that was possibly involved.  A short time later deputies located the car and a traffic stop was conducted.  When they spoke with the driver Shane D. Richard, 32, 2514 Annetta Drive, Lake Charles, he advised deputies he fired multiple rounds in the air during the fight.  He also told deputies another unknown suspect fired shots during the fight.  

           

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapon or dangerous instrumentalities.  He was released the following day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

There were no injuries sustained from the gunfire.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to suspicious circumstances. 

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with convicted registered sex offender, Tyrone Bradshaw, 53, Lake Charles, who was sleeping outside a local church.  While speaking with Bradshaw deputies learned he was no longer living at his last registered address on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles, and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Bradshaw was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000.  

               

Bradshaw was convicted of rape by force or fear in 1985 in California.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

On June 14 the suspect seen in these photographs entered Dick's Sporting Goods located at 542 W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect stole a set of Callaway irons worth approximately $1,400.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to shoplifting. 

           

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who stated an unknown man stole a set of Callaway Apex irons worth approximately $1,400.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and observed the suspect stealing the irons the previous day, Sunday, June 14 around noon. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man.  If anyone knows his identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Charles Trosclair at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to several complaints of residential burglaries that had occurred the previous night.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised the suspect had stolen several items out of the homes and damaged the residences.  During the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jody P. Broussard, 34, 306 E. Miller Ave., Iowa.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $205,000 for Broussard’s arrest.  He was later located and arrested.  After a subsequent search of his truck and home detectives located numerous items that had been reported stolen from the residences on Patton Street.

           

Broussard was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; 5 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is making adjustments to some services currently offered.  CPSO offices are remaining fully staffed and ready to serve the public, but in an attempt to keep the public and deputies safe we are limiting the amount of public in the building at one time.  The following offices have minor changes.

           

-CPSO ID/Records Department:  Please call (337) 491-3642 to set up an appointment for fingerprints. 

           

-CPSO Bar Cards:  Please call (337) 491-7960 to set up an appointment for bar cards.  We are also asking you please print out the bar card application and have it filled out prior to your arrival in an attempt to limit the time you will be in the office.  You can find the application on our website at www.cpso.com under the Special Investigations tab.  

 

-All CPSO Law Enforcement Centers:  If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call and schedule an appointment. 

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

-CPSO Administration: To speak with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory please call 491-3715 and they will attempt to handle your concerns over the phone, if possible.  Although Sheriff Mancuso believes in an open door policy we will not be taking walk-ins or issuing Honorary Commissions at this time to protect the health of the community and our department.  

 

The public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is required to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office and will be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival.  

 

There is no change at this time to visitation at the CCC or CSP; visitation will remain suspended until further notice.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Tony Marcantel, 50, Shreveport, after it was learned he was living at a residence in Sulphur and failed to notify the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  During the investigation detectives learned Marcantel, who is registered in Shreveport, had been living in Sulphur for several weeks. 

 

On June 19 Marcantel was located at the residence in Sulphur.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $100,000.

 

Marcantel was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2002 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

On June 10 between 3:00 a.m. and 4 a.m. an unknown suspect burglarized the business of Landscape Management located at 5005 Cobra Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect shown in these photograph cut a hole into the warehouse wall to gain entry into the business.  The suspect stole over $20,000 worth of law equipment.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highland Street in south Lake Charles in reference to serving an arrest warrant for domestic abuse and child endangerment. 

 

Upon arrival at the home deputies were able to secure the child, who was located inside, and move him to a safe area away from the residence.  Moments later, when deputies attempted to execute the warrant the suspect refused to comply with deputies commands.  The suspect charged at deputies with a machete at which time deputies shot the suspect.  He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

           

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Wanda Lane in DeQuincy in reference to a suspicious vehicle driving slowly in the neighborhood.   

 

When the deputy arrived he made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur.  Ramuar advised the deputy he had driven from Sulphur and was looking for a friend but was lost.  During the investigation it was learned the van Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2009 in Calcasieu Parish; he was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.  Ramuar was also arrested earlier this year in February and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Thomas Poore was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & 1 FOR POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit received multiple reports of burglaries of unlocked vehicles at an RV park on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance in the area where the burglaries occurred and observed 4 suspects.  Detectives were also able to identify a car, belonging to Allison F. Vincent, 19, 2516 May Street, Westlake, that was used during the burglaries.  On June 10 detectives made contact with Vincent at her residence, and after a subsequent search of the home detectives located 8 firearms inside the home; one of which was reported stolen; along with illegal narcotics. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned Vincent, along with 3 other individuals at the home; Ray A. Mitchell, 18, Demetrius T. Miller, 20, both of Gramercy, LA, and a 17 year old juvenile, New Orleans, LA, were responsible for the vehicle burglaries at the RV park. 

           

They were all four arrested; Vincent, Mitchell and Miller were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  

 

Disean T. Ester, 20, 2465 Highway 397, Lake Charles, who was also in the home at the time the search warrant was executed, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of marijuana. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Vincent, Mitchell and Miller’s bonds at $90,000 and Ester’s bond at $130,000.      

           

Detectives have reason to believe most, if not all of the firearms found in the residence have been stolen within the last several months, but are currently waiting for verification.  Detectives also learned Vincent, Mitchell, Miller, Ester, and the juvenile are responsible for other vehicle burglaries that occurred outside of Calcasieu Parish.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Eugene Lane in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located two victims inside the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. 

 

When detectives arrived they were advised by residents in the home that Kalley N. Murray, 23, 4109 Carlyss Drive, #57, Sulphur, was responsible for the shooting.  Detectives viewed video surveillance from the home and observed Murray, who is an acquaintance of one the residents, standing at the front of the home kicking the door.  Detectives then observed Murray shoot at the residence numerous times before leaving the scene.   

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Murray, who has an active warrant in the amount of $450,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for 2 counts of aggravated battery; 6 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her; if anyone knows her whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

The two victims, ages 10 and 28, were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

 

UPDATE: Murray has been taken into custody in Lafayette with the assistance of the Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Carencro Police Department, and the Marshal’s Office Task Force.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 12 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies sometime during the evening hours on June 11 and the morning hours on June 12 someone broke into a storage trailer that was parked in his driveway.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect entered a tool box on his truck.  The victim stated the suspect stole 20 Stihl chainsaws, valued at over $10,000, out of the trailer.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a rape.  During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she was raped by Michael J. Handy, Jr., 25, 2960 Lake Street, #410, Lake Charles, a couple days prior, while she was at his residence. 

 

A short time later detectives located Handy at his place of employment, and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape.  His bond is still pending.   

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 10 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Cobra Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. an unknown suspect cut a hole through the warehouse wall and stole over $20,000 worth of lawn equipment including Stihl chain saws, Stihl weed eaters, Stihl edgers, and a Stihl demo saw, along with other landscaping tools.

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club in the 3900 block of Highway 90 in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located a victim inside the night club with a gunshot wound.  Deputies immediately dressed the wound until emergency medical personnel could arrive; at which time the victim was transported to a local hospital.  Once deputies arrived at the hospital it was learned three additional victims were at the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds they received as a result of the shooting. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses at the scene detectives learned Nathaniel J. Lede, 26, Lake Charles, was responsible for the shooting.  A short time later detectives observed Lede driving on Highway 14 in Lake Charles, at which time a traffic stop was initiated and he was taken into custody.     

           

Lede was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of aggravated battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm at an alcoholic beverage outlet; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $535,000.  Lede was currently on parole after being released in August 2018.  He was convicted of illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of stolen things; and simple burglary in the 14th Judicial District Court and was to remain on supervision until October 2024. 

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

Sheriff Mancuso thanks our community and the families of our dedicated deputies.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they discovered Keith D. Lemoine, 41, Moss Bluff, unconscious and not breathing.  During further investigation it appears Lemoine was working on an electrical device in his garage when he was electrocuted.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 25, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries and learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital. 

 

During the initial investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brignac was charged with possession of a stolen firearm; she was released later the same day on a $7,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

On May 27, after Leviers release from the hospital, he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  He was released later the same day on a $70,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.   

           

After further investigation detectives learned gunfire erupted outside the business after the initial gunfire inside.  After reviewing surveillance cameras in the area of the incident detectives observed a car travelling westbound on Highway 90 when a flash from a muzzle was seen coming from inside the car as it drove past the business while a group of people were standing outside.  Detectives were able to identify the car and on May 30, a search warrant was executed on the car.  Detectives learned Abram I. Landry, 19, 6735 Highway 90 E, Lot # 58, Lake Charles, was the driver of the car during the time of the shooting and during a subsequent search warrant on his residence detectives recovered a semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30 round magazine and a semi-automatic pistol. 

 

Landry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with assault by drive-by shooting; and illegal use of a weapon while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.  It was also learned Landry had an active warrant in the amount of $101,500 for domestic abuse aggravated assault; illegal use of a weapon; aggravated criminal damage to property; aggravated assault with a firearm; and simple battery.       

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 23 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area of East Burton Street near J. Clophus Road in Sulphur when they observed two cars parked next to each other; one of the cars having obvious damage.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned Johnny L. Koopman, Jr., 25, Bridge City, Texas, had left a bar, driving an acquaintance’s car and somehow damaged it.  Deputies observed tire marks and damaged landscaping, along with a damaged water pipe in the area where the car was parked.  Deputies were attempting to locate Koopman at which time deputies were notified by CPSO dispatch that Koopman had called stating he had been in a vehicle accident and was hiding in the woods. 

           

Deputies located Koopman, at which time he was arrested.  When deputies were speaking with him he stated he had been driving the car but did not know what happened.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking prior to the incident.  Deputies observed injuries to Koopman, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. 

           

Due to his injuries Koopman, who has two previous DWIs, could not complete standard field sobriety testing; but submitted to toxicology testing while at the hospital.  Once he was treated and released he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; no driver’s license on person; carless operation; and hit and run driving.  He was released on May 26 on a $22,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.   

 

CPSO Deputy John Hays is the arresting deputy on this case.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held January 6, 2020

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1. Amend the 2019-2020 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

2. Adopt the proposed 2020-2021 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Christopher A. Leblanc, 31, 8511 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, writing checks out of a closed account. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned Leblanc had written several checks totaling approximately $144,000 out of a closed account.  Leblanc used the checks to purchase a four wheeler with accessories along with three vehicles from local dealerships in the Lake Charles area. 

           

Detectives learned Leblanc was possibly in the Opelousas area driving one of the vehicles he had purchased; at which time they contacted the Opelousas Police Department for assistance.  OPD was able to locate Leblanc and recover the vehicle.  When detectives spoke with Leblanc, who was being held in the St. Landry Parish Jail, he confirmed he wrote all the checks and stated to detectives he knew some of the checks written were out of a closed account.  On April 30 he was transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of worthless checks $5,000 to $25,000; and 2 counts of worthless checks over $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.  

           

The four wheeler along with the three vehicles have been recovered.

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a fraud investigator at a large bank in reference to an ongoing bank fraud in our area.

 

During the investigation, it was learned the suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions and collecting money on a deceitful basis. Detectives worked with the fraud investigator and learned the suspects were responsible for over 60 cases from January 2019 until December 2019. The bank advised detectives their records indicated they were at a loss for approximately $100,000.

 

Using video surveillance from the bank detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were able to identify multiple suspects responsible for the fraud; Ahmad D. Beloney, 25, 1711 Rose Street, Trevon Benoit, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Brian K. Williams, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Gregory P. Griffin, Jr., 31, 6675 Highway 90 E. Lot 245, Aaron C. Leblanc, 20, unknown, Martanez F. Jackson, 22, 1745 Obrien Street, Chrishanski J. Edwards, 20, 633 18th Street, all of Lake Charles, and Raven A. Aaron, 20, Houston, Texas. Detectives also learned the suspects were using social media to solicit participants in the fraud.

 

At the beginning of May, after an extensive investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of the eight suspects, charging them with 63 counts of bank fraud; racketeering; theft over $25,000; and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity. On May 18 detectives located Beloney at his residence. The following day detectives located Benoit and Williams after a traffic stop. They were all three arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

After Beloney’s arrest it was learned Aaron was attempting to move money from Beloney’s account in an attempt to hide his assets. She was additionally charged with obstruction of justice.

 

Beloney, Williams, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson and Edwards’ bonds have been set at $735,000. Benoit’s bond is set at $556,000 and Aaron’s bond is set at $755,000.

 

Detectives are currently searching for the remaining five suspects, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson, Edward and Aaron, and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

On May 18, during Beloney’s arrest at his residence the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a subsequent narcotics search warrant at the home. Detectives located over 280 grams of marijuana, over 900 grams of THC edibles, 3 grams of MDMA, 1 gram of Alprazolam and a shotgun inside the home. The combined street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $10,000.

 

The following people located at the residence were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center: Kameron J. Anderson, 22, 1201 Summit Street, Lake Charles, Terra M. Beloney, 48, Joseph P. Beloney, 48, Aujene T. Beloney, 22, and Darius L. Jones, 23, all of 1711 Rose Street, Lake Charles. They were all charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Terra, Joseph, Aujene and Jones and were additionally charged with possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS. Terra was also charged with possession of CDS I and possession of CDS IV. Shalise R. Richard, 22, Texas, was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana and released on scene. Ahmad was also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and money laundering.

 

Judge Ron Ware set Anderson’s bond at $3,000, Terra’s bond at $8,500, Joseph’s bond at $6,500, Aujene’s bond at $4,000 and Jones’ bond at $6,500. Judge Ware also set an additional $14,000 bond for Ahmad in reference to the drug charges.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries.  Deputies then learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital with injuries. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

           

After further investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and observed Levier along with two unknown males in possession of firearms.  Detectives also located numerous spent casings of various calibers at the scene of the shooting. 

           

Brignac is charged with possession of a stolen firearm; Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $7,000.  Upon Levier’s release from the hospital he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $70,000.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the two other men seen in the video surveillance.  Anyone with information is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605. 

 

Two 15 year old females suffered from non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound; one to the leg and one to the buttocks.  Three females, ages 15, 16 and 17, were grazed by bullets.  A 15 year old female and 18 year old male suffered minor injuries during the panic that ensued after the shooting began.  Levier suffered major, but non-life threatening injuries resulting from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Charles R. Getwood, II, 41, Port Arthur, Texas, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Getwood had been living in Calcasieu Parish since 2009 and did not notify the proper authorities.  The investigation also revealed Getwood had been employed in Calcasieu Parish since 2006.  Detectives made contact with Getwood and advised him he was non-compliant and needed to meet with them on May 15 to register, but he failed to appear for his appointment.  Several days later he contacted detectives and stated he had quit his job and terminated his lease in Calcasieu Parish.  He later met with Detectives on May 21 and it was learned he was still employed in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned authorities in Texas, where Getwood was registered, were unaware he had been residing in Calcasieu; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again.      

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000.

 

Getwood was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Port Arthur, Texas in 2001. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 5 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On May 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Hayes in reference to a home invasion that occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. that morning. 

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the victim and learned two suspects approached the residence armed with firearms and attempted to gain entry inside.  Detectives then learned one of the suspects confronted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.  After further investigation and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, along with witness statements detectives were able to identify six suspects involved in the home invasion and robbery; Frances S. Wright, 20, 3814 Swanee Street, Damonte J. Batiste, 20, 4200 Worthy Drive, Trenisha A. Gray, 17, 1608 Clover Drive, Myrical M. Nelson, 22, 1608 Clover Drive, Leroy D. Jones, 18, 1743 Broadmoor Drive, and Joseph L. Collins, Jr., 22, all of Lake Charles.

 

On May 18 CPSO Violent Crimes detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) located all suspects except for Collins.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Jones’ bond at $200,000 and the others at $90,000.    

 

 Judge Robert Wyatt also signed a warrant in the amount of $90,000 for Collins’ arrest.  He is also charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Detectives are currently searching for Collins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

The investigation revealed the victim is an acquaintance with at least one of the suspects. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 7 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Lorenzo Mays, Jr., 42, Lake Charles.  During the check the deputy was unable to locate Mays at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation the deputy was advised by the homeowner that Mays did not live at that address; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office Sex Offender detectives continued attempts to locate Mays but were unsuccessful so on May 11 detectives issued a warrant for his arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

On May 14 Mays was located at a residence on Holmes Street in Lake Charles and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  His bond is set at $10,000.

 

Mays was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mays was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 and again in 2014. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Ryan Street and W. Claude Street in Lake Charles.

 

When a deputy spoke with the driver, Damien J. Ashworth, 40, 1320 Sally Mae Street, Lake Charles, he observed him to have glassy eyes along with slurred speech.  Ashworth advised the deputy he had two shots of liquor.  During the investigation deputies learned Ashworth had three previous DWI arrests within the last ten years as well as a suspended driver’s license.  Deputies also located an open container of alcohol partially under the driver’s seat, in plain view.     

 

After Ashworth performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ashworth was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving under suspension for prior DWI; failure to maintain lane; and open container.  He was released the following day on a $28,250 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 123rd BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 123rd  Basic Academy with 40 officers representing 12 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but on May 12 they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Robert Montie, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 123rd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Troy Tyson, Lake Charles Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Nicholas Dufrene, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        William Black, Anthony Boswell, Michael Boudreaux, Cheree Chapman, Zachary Cooper, Alexander Day, Nicholas Dufrene, Joshua Gilmore, Kristian Hagerich, Michael Hamorski, Jennifer Hoffpauir, Caleb Jones, Casey Laurents, Robert Montie, David Reed, Richard Ruot, Omri Wilcox, Alanna Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Janetta LaLande, Christopher Spicer, Brennen Theriot – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lawrence Jones, Raygan O’Quinn, Seth Whetstine – Coushatta Police Department

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

Tanner Richert, Tannier Touchet – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Kenda Davis, Raymond Ford, Martin Johnson, Ted Oliver, Troy Tyson – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Eric Murillo, Mary Williams – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

                Anastacio Perez, Westlake Police Department, graduated after completing numerous hours of refresher courses.

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, May 18 all Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office buildings will reopen to the public.  Although all offices will be open, the public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is asked to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office; the public will also be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival. 

           

There will be no changes at this time to visitation at the Calcasieu Correctional Center or Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison.  Visitation will remained suspended until further notice.  Inmates will continue to receive free phone calls during the week.

           

The following offices will have minor operational changes during the Phase I of reopening:

CPSO Administration

To meet with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory you must call 491-3715 and set up an appointment.

 

CPSO ID Records

For fingerprinting you are asked to call 491-3642 to set up an appointment. 

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call prior to your arrival.

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

On January 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to suspicious ATM withdrawals and fraudulent transactions from the victim’s account. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a family member, Larry D. Lacey, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, took the victim’s debit card and made fraudulent withdrawals and purchases totaling approximately $1,300 since December 2019.  On April 30 after further investigation Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $15,000 for Lacey’s arrest.

 

On May 6 he was located at the victim’s residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft over $1,000 when the victim is over the age of 60 or has a disability.  He was released on bond the following day. 

 

CPSO Detective Bradley Grant is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to an alarm activation.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a car that had crashed into an electrical pole on the property, causing the wires to fall and electrocute a fence.  Shortly after arriving deputies observed a man, later identified as Kendrick D. Richard, 38, 1405 Hunter Drive, Lake Charles, walking in a field near the accident.

           

When deputies spoke with Richard they smelt a strong odor of synthetic marijuana emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed Richard to have glossy eyes.  Richard advised deputies he was driving the car but would not say how the crash occurred.  During the investigation deputies learned Richard, who has two prior DWIs, was driving under suspension for a previous DWI.  During further investigation and after a search of the car, deputies located a partially burnt cigarette containing suspected synthetic marijuana. Deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside the car.   

           

Richard, who refused standard field sobriety testing, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  Deputies asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies then obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Richard was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $62,000.

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On May 3 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Nelson Road and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jairus A. Matt, 31, 6108 White Oak Drive, Lake Charles, he observed him to have slurred speech along with delayed reactions when deputies asked questions.  While speaking with Matt he advised the deputy he had taken prescription medication prior to driving.  After a search of the truck the deputy located a prescription bottle belonging to Matt, with pills not matching the prescription located on the bottle.  They deputy then located a pill matching the prescription on the bottle, on the floor of the truck.  The deputy also located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine inside the truck.   

 

After Matt, who has two prior DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Matt was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; running a stop sign; failure to maintain lane; possession CDS II; possession of CDS IV.  He was released the following day on a $51,500 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones is the arresting deputy on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on W. Dave Dugas Road in Sulphur in reference to a possible kidnapping.  When deputies arrived they learned an employee who had arrived to work around 3:30 a.m. attempted to open the business approximately an hour later and learned she had been locked inside. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives viewed video surveillance and observed a man, later identified as Matthew D. Allen, 29, 1205 W. Dave Dugas Road, Sulphur, was dropped off in the business parking lot earlier that morning.  They watched Allen remain on the property for several hours prior to the victim arriving at work.  They observed the victim arrive at work and enter the business; at which time they witnessed Allen attempt to cut the power off to the business at the breaker box, but was unsuccessful.  Detectives then observed Allen approach the front of the business and tamper with the surveillance camera.  It was later learned he smeared blood on the camera lens.  Detectives continued to watch the surveillance footage which showed Allen at the front of the business.  Allen was observed locking a padlock, which was left unlocked on the door, from the outside; while the employee was still inside. 

 

During further investigation detectives observed the metal siding on the business was damaged.  After detectives located blood on the steps and railing in the area of the damaged metal siding it was determined Allen attempted to gain entry to the business by prying the metal siding off, but was unsuccessful.

 

A short time later Allen was located at his residence in the same clothing he was observed to be wearing on the surveillance footage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted simple burglary.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $70,000. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 16 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Custer Drive in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation deputies learned Michael C. Red, 18, 1242 Kellogg Road, DeQuincy, and Shyheim Graham, 23, 1605 Goodwin Street, Vinton, entered the victim’s home armed with a firearm and robbed him.  It was also discovered a third suspect, Joshua L. Pratt, 17, 2264 Hillary Drive, Vinton, picked up the suspects after the robbery and fled the area. 

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of Red, Graham and Pratt in the amount of $225,000 each, for armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; home invasion; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Detectives located Pratt the same day, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  On April 22 Graham turned himself in to detectives at CPSO, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

  

Detectives are currently searching for Red and asks if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

               

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


 

UPDATE:  On Friday, April 24, at approximately 7:00 p.m. CPSO located Michael C. Red in Vinton.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on his warrant.  I have attached an updated mugshot.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of N. Claiborne Street and Sim Portie Road in Sulphur.         

 

The initial investigation revealed the car was traveling southbound on N. Claiborne Street when it went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  The car struck a road sign and culvert before coming to rest in the ditch.  The driver of the car, Lisa A. Shepard, 59, Sulphur, was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated.  She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.    

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Bennie F. Norris, 74, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl. 

 

The following day when detectives spoke with Norris he advised he had inappropriately touched the girl approximately six times since the beginning of April.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of molestation a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $450,000. 

 

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

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 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 have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & ONE FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VCIU detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the area showing three suspects, driving a black car, entering unlocked vehicles.

 

A short time later detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to obtain the registration for the car seen in the video surveillance.  Detectives made contact with the owner of the car, Janaysha R. Seymore, 21, 1900 Prejean Drive, Lake Charles, at her home.  When detectives arrived at the home they also made contact with two men, later identified as Kentrell J. Dunn, 19, and Coby J. Simon, 20, both of 4249 5th Avenue, Lake Charles.  After receiving consent to search the residence detectives located most of the stolen property that been taken from the vehicle burglaries off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.   

           

After further investigation and questioning it was learned Dunn and Simon, along with a 16 year old juvenile were responsible for the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives also discovered they had brought the stolen property back to Seymore’s residence and she had knowledge that the property had been stolen. 

 

Later the same day Seymore, Dunn and Simon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Seymore is charged with possession of stolen things $1,000 - $5,000. Dunn is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Simon is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of marijuana; criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Michael Canaday set Seymore’s bond at $5,000, Dunn’s bond at $187,500, and Simon’s bond at $63,500.  The juvenile was also arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property. 

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. inmate trustee Shane W. Cormier, 50, last known address 3644 Anthony Ferry Road in Sulphur, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5410 East Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Cormier qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Cormier has been incarcerated at the CCC since March and is serving time for charges of simple burglary, simple robbery, and theft.  He was last seen wearing navy blue scrubs.  

           

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

UPDATE:  Cormier was located by detectives at a home on North Hudson Street in Sulphur at approximately 2:30 this afternoon.  He will be charged with simple escape.  More arrests are possible pending further investigation.    

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, April 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on East Savanna Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the vehicle went off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a palm tree along with a street sign.  The vehicle, described as a newer model Ford Flex, white in color, will have damage to area near the front bumper.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in this video, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-48456.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 9 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an 11 year old child being left alone at the store. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the child to have red marks and bruising on his face.  Deputies learned the mother, Heather M. Johnson, 39, Westlake, had struck the child several times, busting his nose, and left him at the store.

           

A short time later deputies made contact with Johnson at her home.  When detectives spoke with her she stated she became angry with the child.  She confirmed to deputies she struck him several times and left him at the store.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking deputies located suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person.  Johnson is charged with cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $34,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 4 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in South Lake Charles after receiving a call from an alarm company in reference to a panic alarm being activated at the residence. 

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim and learned while she was outside three men showed up at her home and forced her inside by gunpoint.  The victim stated once they were inside the home she was raped at gunpoint.  After further investigation and reviewing video surveillance in the area detectives learned the identities of the three men to be Jarence T. Lee, 29, Jaquaylon M. Guillory, 23, and Tyrell J. Jackson, 22, all of Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned a fourth man, identified as Jarvis J. Bias, 23, Lake Charles was also involved. 

 

Between April 4 and April 6 all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lee, Guillory and Jackson are charged with 1st degree rape; and home invasion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set all three bonds at $200,000.  Bias is charged with principle to 1st degree rape; and principle to home invasion.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $180,000. 

 

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


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of scams that are surfacing in the area in regards to COVID-19 stimulus checks.

 

Please be aware that the federal government will NOT ask you to confirm personal or banking information by email, phone or text.  They will also NOT demand a processing fee to expedite your stimulus payment.

 

These are scams, not legitimate communications from the U.S. Department of Treasury.  If you have received these messages, do not click on links in emails or text messages and do not provide your personal information.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding James L. Jordan, 68, Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 23 year old woman. 

           

After speaking with detectives Jordan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000

 

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

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 28 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Robert J. Perkins, 41, Reeves.  There appeared to be no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected.  The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

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

An update from Sheriff Mancuso to our community in reference to COVID-19

CPSO ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

Detectives attempted to identify the man but were unsuccessful.  He is described as a white male, possibly in his mid to late fifties, approximately 5’6” and weighing approximately 150 pounds.  He has dark brown/black hair, a thick handle bar mustache and surgical scars on his right shoulder, forearm, and hip.  Detectives did not locate any tattoos on his body.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in obtaining the identity of the man.  If anyone has any information or believes they know his identity, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

It is unknown at this time how far the body floated or how long he was in the water.

 

There appears to be no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a complaint of a suspicious car.  When deputies arrived they observed the car near the gate to the park.  When deputies approached the car they observed a man, later identified as Kenneth T. Selvage, 34, Baker, LA, in the driver’s seat sleeping with the vehicle on and in drive.

 

Once deputies woke Selvage and spoke with him they could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed him to be disoriented and incoherent while speaking.  During further investigation deputies located an open bottle of alcohol inside the car.  Deputies also learned Selvage, who has three prior DWI arrests, has a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.      

 

After Selvage performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $47,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and is subject to random drug screens.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr. was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft at a grocery store on 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on the previous day two suspects cashed an altered Coinstar receipt at the store.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the store and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Joshua Bruns at 491-3605.


A message from Sheriff Tony Mancuso regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT &

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, March 14 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in a parking lot located off Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car. 

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-30997.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary that occurred on Fontenot Road in Westlake earlier that morning.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole a handgun from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

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

               

CPSO VCIU Detectives Greg Nall and Hollan Dyer are the lead investigators on this case. 


CPSO Event Cancellations

FYI – The following Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office events have been cancelled.

 

·        Junior Deputy – Hunter’s Education Field Day at S.J. Welsh Middle School, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been cancelled.

 

·        Senior Citizen Bingo – Westlake Managan Center, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been cancelled.  

CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER & CALCASIEU SHERIFF’S PRISON TEMPORARILY SUSPEND CONTACT VISITS

Lake Charles –

 

Starting today the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison will suspend all contact visits for inmates.  Attorney visits are included in this restriction.  Non-contact visits by telephone and glass partition will still be allowed.

 

This decision will be reevaluated every 30 days until the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) subsides.

CPSO INVESTIGATES EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

 Early this morning at approximately 1:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the area of Miller Avenue and Smith Ferry Road in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

           

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, David A. Pitt, 40, Westlake, was traveling southbound on Miller Ave. when he lost control while attempting to negotiate a curve.  The motorcycle traveled off the roadway into the ditch.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  Pitt was wearing a helmet.

           

As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an employee who was stealing from the store.  Upon arrival, detectives spoke with the asset protection investigator at the store who stated an employee, Nicole L. Reeves, 35, 1035 Wedgewood Drive, Lake Charles, had been stealing merchandise from the store for approximately one year. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Reeves walking out of the store on numerous occasions with unpaid merchandise.  When detectives spoke with Reeves she confirmed she stole over $60,000 worth of merchandise from the store.  Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.     

 

CPSO Detective Freddie Powell is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and L. Ogea Road in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

When deputies arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated he left a local casino in a taxi and informed the driver, later identified as Brandon K. Grant, 40, 633 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, he had just won $15,000 while gambling.  He advised deputies he fell asleep in the taxi and was awoken by a man, later identified as Fergus A. Bushnell, 41, 2820 Caroline Street, Lake Charles, pulling him out from inside the taxi.  The victim then told deputies Bushnell drug him out of the taxi, struck him several times and stole his money along with two cell phones.  He also stated he observed a handle in the waistband of Bushnell’s pants, which he believed to be the handle of a gun.  Deputies were then advised by the victim he attempted to get back into the taxi by grabbing the handle of the door, at which time Grant drove away, dragging him on the ground outside of the taxi for a short distance.  The victim was able to give deputies a description of the truck he observed Bushnell flee the scene in.

 

A short time later CPSO detectives were able to locate Grant driving in the area where the crime occurred.  Deputies also located the truck Bushnell was driving, and made contact with him at which time he arrived at CPSO for questioning.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Grant is charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Bushnell is charged with principal to 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Grant’s bond is still pending; Judge Clayton Davis set Bushnell’s bond at $55,000.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Heard Road and Constance Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Brent Walker, 43, 4401 5th Avenue Apt. N98, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed him to have watery bloodshot eyes.  When the deputy spoke with Walker he advised he had one beer prior to driving his car.  During the investigation the deputy learned Walker, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in 2015, had a suspended driver’s license.  The deputy also located a beer can and a small wine bottle, both opened, inside the car.    

 

After Walker performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th, failure to maintain a lane; obstructing a public passage; open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle; and a suspended driver’s license.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $27,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on East Holbrook Circle in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a three month old boy who was breathing, but unresponsive.  During the initial investigation deputies were advised Ashley N. Zamora, 39, Lake Charles, had been watching the infant.  Deputies learned Zamora was holding the baby in the bathtub while she bathed but fell asleep, at which time the baby fell under the water for an unknown amount of time.

           

During questioning Zamora advised she took prescription medication before taking a bath.  Due to the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident detectives believe Zamora was under the influence; therefore, she was transported to a local hospital to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Her bond is still pending. 

           

The baby was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where he is currently listed in stable condition.

           

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

 

 

 

**NOTE – We do not have an updated mugshot of Zamora at this time.  The attached mugshot is from 2018.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jennifer K. Contreras, 32, Lake Charles and Terrie L. Armstrong, 51, Springtown, TX, who were responsible for cruelty to a juvenile. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned on the previous day Contreras and Armstrong had severely whipped an 11 year old girl on the buttocks with a handmade wooden paddle.  It was discovered the whipping lasted approximately an hour and a half. 

 

When questioned by detectives Contreras and Armstrong confirmed they were responsible for the injuries to the girl.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with cruelty to a juvenile.   

 

The girl was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries and was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.  Judge Ron Ware set Contreras bond at $30,000 and Armstrong’s bond at $15,000. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BANK FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by management of a hotel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible credit card fraud.

           

When detectives spoke with hotel personnel they stated someone had possibly booked a room with a fraudulent credit card.  During the initial investigation detectives contacted the issuing bank on the credit card and confirmed the credit card was fraudulent. 

           

After receiving consent to search the hotel room, deputies located a device used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards.  Deputies also located suspected methamphetamine in the room.  Detectives learned one of the men staying in the room, Phillip E. Jameson, 42, New Caney, Texas, was responsible for manufacturing and using the fraudulent credit card.  Detectives also located two other individuals who were staying in the room, Dina Boone, 24, 501 Miller Avenue, Westlake, and Bradley T. Guillory, 44, Longville, who were in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

           

Jameson, Boone, and Guillory were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jameson is charged with bank fraud; identity theft; and possession of CDS II.  Boone is charged with possession of CDS II.  Guillory is charged with possession of CDS II and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Guillory also had an active warrant through Westlake Police Department.  Jameson was released on a $7,500 bond, Boone was released on a $2,000 bond and Guillory remains incarcerated on a $3,000 bond; all set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.   

           

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


CPSO Crime Stoppers Highway 397 Casino

CPSO Crime Stoppers Henderson Implement

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles was notified in reference to someone threatening to come to the school with a gun.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Christopher D. Thomas, 20, 1501 Sunset Drive, Lake Charles, had threatened a student that attends LaGrange by stating he was going to the school for them with a gun.  Thomas was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and simple assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 27 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of 12th Street and 6th Avenue in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Patrick Richard, 50, 2024 7th Avenue, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have slightly bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Richard he advised he had several beers prior to driving his truck.   

 

After Richard, who has two previous DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and a traffic violation.  Richard was released the following day on a $11,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, March 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.

           

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 491-3737.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a business on Easy Street in Lake Charles in reference to a property damage complaint.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the business and learned on February 16 at approximately 4:30 p.m. two suspects entered the business, which is currently under construction.  Once inside the business the suspects caused over $10,000 worth of damage.  The suspects also spray painted and damaged an enclosed trailer, which was located inside.     

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Randall Gibbons at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 15 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of N. Huntington Street and E. Lincoln Street in Sulphur.

   

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was advised his driver’s license was suspended.  The deputy also learned the SUV Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During a search of the SUV the deputy located several empty beer cans along with an open beer can, cold to the touch, inside the SUV.  Ramuar was later found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.      

     

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; special restrictions on lamps; operating a vehicle under suspension for prior offenses; open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $19,250.  

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Elliott Phillips was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, February 22. 

 

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

               

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles –

 

On Wednesday, February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Officers at a local middle school were advised of a situation concerning a 14 year old girl who was approached by an unknown male while walking to school near Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

When deputies spoke with the victim she stated a man in an SUV produced a firearm and told her to get in his vehicle.  She stated she attempted to run away at which time the suspect caught up to her, exited his vehicle and attempted to grab her.  The victim advised she was able to get away and immediately reported the incident to CPSO School Crossing Guards, who were outside of the school. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a vehicle description along with video surveillance in the area the incident occurred.  On February 16 detectives located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on I-10, at which time a traffic stop was initiated.  Detectives made contact with the driver, Sean M. Kelley, 31, 1968 Yvonne Drive, Lake Charles.  After interviewing Kelley he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.       

       

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Highway 14 East in Iowa.  While on scene deputies also located an abandoned car stuck in a yard.    

 

During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from homes in the area showing three suspects entering unlocked vehicles earlier the same morning.  While deputies were investigating the vehicle burglaries in Iowa, CPSO dispatch was also receiving calls from residents in a neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to vehicle burglaries and a stolen car, which had occurred the previous night.

 

After further investigation it was learned the car that was stolen from the neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue was the same car deputies found abandoned in the neighbored in Iowa.  VCIU detectives obtained surveillance video from the homes in Lake Charles and observed the same suspects from the vehicle burglaries in Iowa.  After releasing images of the suspects to the public CPSO received several tips and detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center and School Resource Officers, were able to identify one of the suspects as Taveon E. Williams, 18, 4116 Worthy Drive, Lake Charles. 

           

On February 11 CPSO VCIU detectives arrived at Williams’ residence in an attempt to locate him; at which time they observed a car in the driveway with three men inside.  When two of the men observed detectives they fled the area on foot, leading detectives on a foot pursuit.  A CPSO K-9 was deployed and located the men, Williams and a 17 year old juvenile, hiding in the shed of an abandoned house nearby.  Williams and the juvenile were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning in reference to the burglaries and thefts in the neighborhoods in Iowa and Lake Charles; along with the stolen car.  While speaking with detectives they confirmed they were the ones responsible.  They were both arrested; Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives were also able to identify the third suspect, a 17 year old juvenile, and located him the following day, February 12, at his residence.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

           

They are all charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Williams’ bond at $50,500. 

           

During the investigation detectives located 5 firearms, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department; along with a large sum of counterfeit money.       

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on these cases. 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES SPONSORED BY CITGO TO RUN IN 124TH BOSTON MARATHON

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Services Commander Matthew Vezinot and Reserve Deputy Jeff Pittman were two of the three local first responders in our area chosen to represent CITGO Petroleum Corporation during the 124th Annual Boston Marathon. 

 

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is the official fuel sponsor for the 124th Boston Marathon and recently surprised ten first responders located in their operational areas in Lake Charles, LA, Houston and Corpus Christi, TX, and Lemont, IL.  According to Jerry Dunn, vice president and general manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, Vezinot and Pittman were chosen by a panel based on their responses when asked what running in the Boston Marathon means to them.  “Just as the famous CITGO sign in Kenmore Square watches over this historic race, our first responders watch over our community each and every day by putting their lives on the line,” said Dunn.  “We are grateful for their dedication to the safety of our community and honored to have the opportunity to send a few of our local heroes on the road to Boston.”   

 

“I am thrilled for Commander Vezinot and Deputy Pittman; this is a once in a lifetime chance for them to be chosen and sponsored to compete in the Boston Marathon,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These two deputies are passionate about their jobs here at the Sheriff’s Office and do a lot for our community, so it is great to see them recognized for their dedication as first responders.” 

 

They will compete in the Boston marathon on Monday, April 20 which is Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO AND LHSAA TO HOST ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND GOLF BALL HELICOPTER DROP

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso and the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) will host their annual golf tournament on Friday, April 24, at Frasch Park Golf Course in Sulphur, with tee-off beginning at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

 

All proceeds of the tournament will go to support LHSAA programs for female athletes in our state high schools and for recognition programs for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. 

 

The tournament is a four-person scramble with an entry fee of $420.00 per team which includes (1) mulligan per player, (1) entry in the Golf Ball Drop per player, and range balls prior to the round.  Additional mulligans can be purchased on the day of the event; $20 per team will give each player a second mulligan.  Lunch will be served and refreshments will be available on the course.  There will also be two helicopter golf ball drops beginning at 12:00 p.m., providing an innovative option to help raise funds.  Tickets to the first Golf Ball Drop are $5 per golf ball and may be purchased in advance or the morning of the tournament.  The second Golf Ball Drop will be for individuals who participated in the tournament.  A grand prize of $250 per drop will be awarded to the participant whose golf ball ends up closest to the hole, or if there is a hole in one during the drop.

 

Entry deadline is Monday, April 20.  Checks should be made payable to TONY MANCUSO SPECIAL EVENTS.   Please send payment along with a complete entry form to:

            George McInnis, Golf Pro – Frasch Park Golf Course

            400 Picard Road, Sulphur, LA 70663

 

For information or to register for the tournament, please contact:

Heather Williams, 431-8088, Sarah Lafargue, 437-3694, Elizabeth Daley 491-3622, or Danika Guillory 491-3713.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of a victim’s bank account. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on January 17 the suspect made a fraudulent ATM withdrawal, totaling $1,700 from a bank in Moss Bluff.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the bank and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman and SUV seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 2 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a burglary and theft. 

       

During the initial investigation deputies learned earlier the same morning, at approximately 4:00 a.m. two unknown men gained access into the business by shattering the front door.  Deputies viewed surveillance footage from the business and observed the men steal approximately $7,000 worth of tools and generators and load it into the trunk of a car. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or car seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Freddie Powell at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Highway 14 East in Iowa. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects were burglarizing mostly unlocked vehicles during the late night hours of February 4 into the early morning hours of February 5.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photographs of two of the suspects. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the vehicle burglaries or if you can identify the suspects seen in the photographs to call CPSO at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR HOME INVASION

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On February 4 at approximately 1:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was on a traffic complaint when he observed an elderly man flagging him down near Highway 14 and 8th Street in Lake Charles. 

           

Upon speaking with the man the deputy was advised a woman, later identified as Moeshay L. Janice, 19, 919 Vincent Street, Vinton, knocked on his door and asked for a ride to the hospital.  The man stated that once he opened the door, while he was distracted, Janice grabbed his set of car keys off the counter and attempted to leave the residence.  The man then advised the deputy he was able to get his keys back but Janice pushed her way back into the home, knocking over an elderly woman inside the residence, and took another set of keys.  The man stated he attempted to stop Janice, but was knocked down; at which time she fled the residence in his wife’s SUV. 

           

CPSO detectives arrived on scene and began canvassing the area, in an attempt to locate Janice.  A short time later she was observed walking in the area where the home invasion occurred.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; carjacking; and battery of the infirmed.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $800,000. 

           

CPSO Deputy Alex McKnight is the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

The SUV was later located with the assistance of OnStar

 

The two victims received minor injuries.  

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation on Deputy David P. Monceaux, 33, Iowa, after receiving a complaint in reference to him sexually abusing a juvenile girl.

 

When detectives interviewed Monceaux he stated he had inappropriate sexual conduct with at least two young girls. The initial investigation revealed Monceaux had sexually abused three girls since 2017, when they were ranging in ages of 6 to 9.

 

Monceaux was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of 1st degree rape; and 30 counts of felony sexual battery. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $2.5 million.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Monceaux worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for approximately 2 years.

 

The investigation in ongoing.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MULTIPLE CHARGES OF THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Sunday, January 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence off Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a stolen car.  The following day deputies received another complaint of a truck that had been stolen from a business on Nelson Road in Lake Charles on Sunday.  During the initial investigation into the two complaints detectives learned Dylan S. Dowd, 27, Grand Chenier, LA, was possibly responsible for stealing both vehicles.

 

On Monday, January 27 while attempting to locate Dowd, detectives along with CPSO CDU (Crime Deterrent Unit) deputies located the stolen car at a residence on Hickory Drive in Lake Charles.  When detectives attempted to recover the vehicle Dowd fled the scene; they attempted to locate him but were unsuccessful.  During the recovery of the stolen car detectives located several tools inside the car, that had been reported stolen with the truck from the business on Nelson Road.  The stolen truck was also located on Monday, abandoned in a field in Lebleu Settlement.

 

On Tuesday, January 28 at approximately 6:50 a.m. CPSO deputies responded to a business on Highway 3059 in Lake Charles in reference to a truck that had been stolen.  During further investigation detectives obtained video surveillance from the business, which showed Dowd entering several trucks on the property and then stealing one.  A short time later it was learned the stolen truck was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Lake Street in Lake Charles; detectives subsequently located Dowd along with the stolen truck at a gas station in the area.

 

When Dowd observed deputies he fled on foot, but after a brief foot pursuit he was apprehended.  During his arrest, deputies were advised by a witness they observed Dowd throw something on top the roof of a business nearby.  When deputies searched the roof, they located a handgun.  Dowd was also in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

 

Dowd was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; illegal possession of a stolen vehicle; criminal trespass; criminal damage to property less than $1,000; flight from an officer; possession of CDS II; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and theft less than $1,000.

 

Dowd also had active warrants through the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for attempted theft less than $25,000; theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and theft less than $1,000; after three investigations revealed he was breaking into gaming machines on separate occasions between December and January.  He also had an active warrant from Lake Charles Police Department along with a probation detainer.

 

Dowd’s total bond is set at $90,000.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

 

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 2:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to call from a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon detectives’ arrival they were advised by hospital staff that a 3 year old boy had been brought in with a brain injury.  Hospital staff stated the boy was immediately brought into surgery.  Detectives were also advised that the boy had extensive injuries and bruising from head to toe, in different stages of healing; which meant the bruises had occurred over an extended period of time.  Detectives were advised by medical staff they suspected the injuries sustained to the child were non-accidental. 

 

During further investigation, detectives spoke with the child’s stepmother, Jessica P. Matthews, 26, Lake Charles.  Matthews advised detectives she was at home when she found the boy on the floor appearing to have a seizure.   She stated she placed the boy on the floor of his room and went to get dressed and then called the boy’s father, Tyler N. Laborde, 26, Lake Charles, at which time he came home and they brought the boy to the hospital.  After further questioning Matthews told detectives on the previous day Laborde threw his 4 year old daughter out of her room into the hallway, causing her to fall, after she took food from a 1 year old girl, who is also living at the home.  Matthews stated Laborde then placed the 4 year old in time out for approximately 4 hours.  She also advised detectives on a previous occasion the 3 year old boy had been placed in time out for approximately 3 to 4 hours by Laborde for spilling water.  Matthews also told detectives she and Laborde discipline their children, but she never leaves marks.  She stated Laborde left bruises on the boy’s legs after spanking him with a belt.  Matthews also advised detectives approximately 5 days ago Laborde held the boy’s face in the toilet, nearly touching the water, because he did not say he needed to use the bathroom. 

 

When detectives spoke with Laborde he denied throwing his four year old daughter.  Laborde admitted to spanking the boy the previous day.  Laborde also advised detectives Matthews was the one who put the children in time out on their knees for long periods of time. 

 

Matthews and Laborde were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree battery; 2nd degree cruelty to juvenile; and cruelty to juvenile.  Their bonds have not yet been set. 

 

The 3 year old boy currently remains in a local hospital in critical condition.

 

All children in the home were placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. 

             

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 8:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Common Street and 11th Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Alex J. Lemoine, 29, 701 11th Street, Lake Charles, they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed him to have bloodshot eyes.  While speaking with Lemoine he stated to deputies he drank a beer and a shot of vodka.  Deputies also learned Lemoine had a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI arrests and was convicted of DWI 3rd in October of 2019.    

 

After Lemoine performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and a traffic violation.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,550. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Craig Guillory, Jr., and Cpl. Rodney Daigle are the arresting deputies on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MISREPRESENTATION DURING ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

On January 7 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy, who was working an off-duty security detail at a store on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles, was notified of a man attempting to steal merchandise at the store.  The deputy made contact with the suspect and after an investigation he was issued a misdemeanor summons for theft less than $1,000 and later released. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the suspect gave the deputy a false name and social security number, which belonged to a man who had previously reported his wallet and identity had been stolen in 2019. 

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph; anyone with information regarding this incident or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN ON GRAND JURY WARRANT FOR MULTIPLE COUNTS OF RAPE & SEXUAL BATTERY & ARRESTS WOMAN FOR OBSTRUCTION

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received several complaints regarding Timothy B. Benoit, II, 33, Lake Charles, sexually assaulting two girls, on different occasions between 2015 and 2018, starting when they were 5 and 8 years old.  The investigations were conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office.  On January 16 Benoit was indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury and a warrant was issued for his arrest. 

 

Later the same day CPSO deputies arrived at Benoit’s residence in an attempt to locate him.  Upon arrival deputies made contact with Benoit’s girlfriend, who also lives at the residence, Ashley L. Foy, 29, Lake Charles.  While speaking with Foy deputies observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.  Foy advised deputies Benoit was not there and was out of the state, but once detectives gained access into the home they located Benoit inside.  While deputies were inside they observed the home to be in poor living conditions and covered in animal feces.  Deputies located suspected marijuana in a bed, where Benoit and Foy’s 5 month old twins were sleeping.  Deputies also located drug paraphernalia inside the residence, while their two year old was present in the home.  Foy advised detectives the marijuana and paraphernalia belonged to her. 

  

Benoit and Foy were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Benoit is charged with 3 counts of 1st degree rape and 3 counts of sexual battery from his Grand Jury warrant.  His is additionally charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.  His bond is set at $1,507,500.  Foy is charged with 3 counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile; possession of marijuana; 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; obstruction of justice; and interfering with a law enforcement investigation.  Her bond is set at $11,000.   

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE RAPE & 20 COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY

On January 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from the Louisiana State Police LA-SAFE (Louisiana Analytical & Fusion Exchange) along with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in reference to explicit Instagram conversations between an account belonging to Lakien D. Perry, 18, 3225 Utah Street, Sulphur, and an unidentified account.

 

During the investigation detectives learned Perry provided the other account with a live video feed of her having inappropriate sexual contact with a 5 year old male.  The investigation revealed Perry had interaction, sending inappropriate videos and photographs of her and the child, with the other account since December 2019.  During further investigation detectives also learned Perry had inappropriate sexual contact with a 3 year old female.    

 

On January 17 Perry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of 1st degree rape; 20 counts of sexual battery; and pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $2.8 million.

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore, James Jones, and Shelly Trahan are the investigators on this case; along with the assistance of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing.   

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF ANNUAL ROBBERY PREVENTION MOBILIZATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Lake Charles –

 

Between November 29 and December 26, 2019, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office implemented the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall seven days a week from noon until one hour past mall closing.  Deputies also assisted shoppers in the Southgate Shopping Center on Ryan Street and the Power Center on Highway 14. 

 

Deputies were available to assist shoppers with such things as helping them find their car, jump starting their car if the battery is dead, changing a flat, assisting employees and shoppers by walking them to their car after dark, or any other assistance they could provide.

 

Deputies responded to incidents which included the following:

·         1,265 assistance calls

·         776 total business checks

·         1 unlocked vehicle

·         7 assists to other agencies

·         5 shoplifting incidents

·         36 suspicious persons

·         17 misdemeanor summons / arrests

·         1 fight

·         22 vehicle-traffic related incidents

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

Detectives were able to view surveillance footage at the business and obtained a photograph of the suspect.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the photograph; anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                      

A public hearing will be held as follows:

 

DATE:  January 6, 2020

TIME:   9:00AM

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

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

Roll Call

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

No Old Business   

New Business:

 

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

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

 

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

 

CPSO CAPTAIN BEN ANGERSTEIN GRADUATES FROM NATIONAL FBI ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY OF NEWBORN IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

IPD is the investigating agency.

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

               

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation in continuing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

 

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

  

 

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

 

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF FIREARMS & SILENCER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.

             

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

During the investigation while deputies were speaking with Anderson they observed numerous empty beer bottles inside his truck.  They also observed Anderson to show signs of impairment.  During further questioning Anderson refused to cooperate and kicked a deputy.  Anderson, who refused standard field sobriety and breath intoxilyzer testing, was arrested.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 1st; resisting an officer; failure to stop at a stop sign; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; battery on a police officer; vehicular negligent injuring; and 2 counts of 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $4,000.

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Lake Caroline Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance involving several people. 

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned there was a large fight and multiple shots had been fired during the fight.  Deputies obtained a description of a car that was possibly involved.  A short time later deputies located the car and a traffic stop was conducted.  When they spoke with the driver Shane D. Richard, 32, 2514 Annetta Drive, Lake Charles, he advised deputies he fired multiple rounds in the air during the fight.  He also told deputies another unknown suspect fired shots during the fight.  

           

Richard was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of weapon or dangerous instrumentalities.  He was released the following day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

There were no injuries sustained from the gunfire.  The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 900 block of Bilbo Street in Lake Charles in reference to suspicious circumstances. 

 

When deputies arrived they made contact with convicted registered sex offender, Tyrone Bradshaw, 53, Lake Charles, who was sleeping outside a local church.  While speaking with Bradshaw deputies learned he was no longer living at his last registered address on Canvasback Street in Lake Charles, and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Bradshaw was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $2,000.  

               

Bradshaw was convicted of rape by force or fear in 1985 in California.  He was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015.

 

CPSO Cpl. Jacob Williams was the arresting deputy on this case.

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

On June 14 the suspect seen in these photographs entered Dick's Sporting Goods located at 542 W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect stole a set of Callaway irons worth approximately $1,400.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to shoplifting. 

           

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the complainant who stated an unknown man stole a set of Callaway Apex irons worth approximately $1,400.  Detectives viewed video surveillance and observed the suspect stealing the irons the previous day, Sunday, June 14 around noon. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man.  If anyone knows his identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective Charles Trosclair at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to several complaints of residential burglaries that had occurred the previous night.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised the suspect had stolen several items out of the homes and damaged the residences.  During the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as Jody P. Broussard, 34, 306 E. Miller Ave., Iowa.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $205,000 for Broussard’s arrest.  He was later located and arrested.  After a subsequent search of his truck and home detectives located numerous items that had been reported stolen from the residences on Patton Street.

           

Broussard was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling; 6 counts of simple criminal damage to property $1,000 to $50,000; 5 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in our area the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is making adjustments to some services currently offered.  CPSO offices are remaining fully staffed and ready to serve the public, but in an attempt to keep the public and deputies safe we are limiting the amount of public in the building at one time.  The following offices have minor changes.

           

-CPSO ID/Records Department:  Please call (337) 491-3642 to set up an appointment for fingerprints. 

           

-CPSO Bar Cards:  Please call (337) 491-7960 to set up an appointment for bar cards.  We are also asking you please print out the bar card application and have it filled out prior to your arrival in an attempt to limit the time you will be in the office.  You can find the application on our website at www.cpso.com under the Special Investigations tab.  

 

-All CPSO Law Enforcement Centers:  If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call and schedule an appointment. 

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

-CPSO Administration: To speak with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory please call 491-3715 and they will attempt to handle your concerns over the phone, if possible.  Although Sheriff Mancuso believes in an open door policy we will not be taking walk-ins or issuing Honorary Commissions at this time to protect the health of the community and our department.  

 

The public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is required to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office and will be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival.  

 

There is no change at this time to visitation at the CCC or CSP; visitation will remain suspended until further notice.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Tony Marcantel, 50, Shreveport, after it was learned he was living at a residence in Sulphur and failed to notify the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders.  During the investigation detectives learned Marcantel, who is registered in Shreveport, had been living in Sulphur for several weeks. 

 

On June 19 Marcantel was located at the residence in Sulphur.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $100,000.

 

Marcantel was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2002 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

On June 10 between 3:00 a.m. and 4 a.m. an unknown suspect burglarized the business of Landscape Management located at 5005 Cobra Road in Lake Charles.

 

The suspect shown in these photograph cut a hole into the warehouse wall to gain entry into the business.  The suspect stole over $20,000 worth of law equipment.

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today at approximately 11:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Highland Street in south Lake Charles in reference to serving an arrest warrant for domestic abuse and child endangerment. 

 

Upon arrival at the home deputies were able to secure the child, who was located inside, and move him to a safe area away from the residence.  Moments later, when deputies attempted to execute the warrant the suspect refused to comply with deputies commands.  The suspect charged at deputies with a machete at which time deputies shot the suspect.  He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

           

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident; all questions regarding the shooting should be deferred to them.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On June 14 at approximately 10:00 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a residence on Wanda Lane in DeQuincy in reference to a suspicious vehicle driving slowly in the neighborhood.   

 

When the deputy arrived he made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur.  Ramuar advised the deputy he had driven from Sulphur and was looking for a friend but was lost.  During the investigation it was learned the van Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000. 

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2009 in Calcasieu Parish; he was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.  Ramuar was also arrested earlier this year in February and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Thomas Poore was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & 1 FOR POSSESSION OF A STOLEN FIREARM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit received multiple reports of burglaries of unlocked vehicles at an RV park on Highway 27 in Sulphur. 

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance in the area where the burglaries occurred and observed 4 suspects.  Detectives were also able to identify a car, belonging to Allison F. Vincent, 19, 2516 May Street, Westlake, that was used during the burglaries.  On June 10 detectives made contact with Vincent at her residence, and after a subsequent search of the home detectives located 8 firearms inside the home; one of which was reported stolen; along with illegal narcotics. 

           

During further investigation detectives learned Vincent, along with 3 other individuals at the home; Ray A. Mitchell, 18, Demetrius T. Miller, 20, both of Gramercy, LA, and a 17 year old juvenile, New Orleans, LA, were responsible for the vehicle burglaries at the RV park. 

           

They were all four arrested; Vincent, Mitchell and Miller were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  

 

Disean T. Ester, 20, 2465 Highway 397, Lake Charles, who was also in the home at the time the search warrant was executed, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of a stolen firearm; illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of marijuana. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set Vincent, Mitchell and Miller’s bonds at $90,000 and Ester’s bond at $130,000.      

           

Detectives have reason to believe most, if not all of the firearms found in the residence have been stolen within the last several months, but are currently waiting for verification.  Detectives also learned Vincent, Mitchell, Miller, Ester, and the juvenile are responsible for other vehicle burglaries that occurred outside of Calcasieu Parish.  The investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely. 

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Eugene Lane in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located two victims inside the residence suffering from gunshot wounds. 

 

When detectives arrived they were advised by residents in the home that Kalley N. Murray, 23, 4109 Carlyss Drive, #57, Sulphur, was responsible for the shooting.  Detectives viewed video surveillance from the home and observed Murray, who is an acquaintance of one the residents, standing at the front of the home kicking the door.  Detectives then observed Murray shoot at the residence numerous times before leaving the scene.   

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Murray, who has an active warrant in the amount of $450,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for 2 counts of aggravated battery; 6 counts of aggravated criminal damage to property; and illegal use of a weapon during a crime of violence.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her; if anyone knows her whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

The two victims, ages 10 and 28, were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

 

UPDATE: Murray has been taken into custody in Lafayette with the assistance of the Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Carencro Police Department, and the Marshal’s Office Task Force.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 12 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation the victim advised deputies sometime during the evening hours on June 11 and the morning hours on June 12 someone broke into a storage trailer that was parked in his driveway.  The victim also advised detectives the suspect entered a tool box on his truck.  The victim stated the suspect stole 20 Stihl chainsaws, valued at over $10,000, out of the trailer.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a rape.  During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she was raped by Michael J. Handy, Jr., 25, 2960 Lake Street, #410, Lake Charles, a couple days prior, while she was at his residence. 

 

A short time later detectives located Handy at his place of employment, and after speaking with him he was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape.  His bond is still pending.   

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 10 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Cobra Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned sometime between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. an unknown suspect cut a hole through the warehouse wall and stole over $20,000 worth of lawn equipment including Stihl chain saws, Stihl weed eaters, Stihl edgers, and a Stihl demo saw, along with other landscaping tools.

If anyone has any information regarding this burglary and theft they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a night club in the 3900 block of Highway 90 in Lake Charles after receiving a call in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival deputies located a victim inside the night club with a gunshot wound.  Deputies immediately dressed the wound until emergency medical personnel could arrive; at which time the victim was transported to a local hospital.  Once deputies arrived at the hospital it was learned three additional victims were at the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds they received as a result of the shooting. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with witnesses at the scene detectives learned Nathaniel J. Lede, 26, Lake Charles, was responsible for the shooting.  A short time later detectives observed Lede driving on Highway 14 in Lake Charles, at which time a traffic stop was initiated and he was taken into custody.     

           

Lede was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of aggravated battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal possession of a firearm at an alcoholic beverage outlet; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $535,000.  Lede was currently on parole after being released in August 2018.  He was convicted of illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of stolen things; and simple burglary in the 14th Judicial District Court and was to remain on supervision until October 2024. 

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

Sheriff Mancuso thanks our community and the families of our dedicated deputies.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Jug Says Road in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they discovered Keith D. Lemoine, 41, Moss Bluff, unconscious and not breathing.  During further investigation it appears Lemoine was working on an electrical device in his garage when he was electrocuted.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 25, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries and learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital. 

 

During the initial investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Brignac was charged with possession of a stolen firearm; she was released later the same day on a $7,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson. 

 

On May 27, after Leviers release from the hospital, he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  He was released later the same day on a $70,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.   

           

After further investigation detectives learned gunfire erupted outside the business after the initial gunfire inside.  After reviewing surveillance cameras in the area of the incident detectives observed a car travelling westbound on Highway 90 when a flash from a muzzle was seen coming from inside the car as it drove past the business while a group of people were standing outside.  Detectives were able to identify the car and on May 30, a search warrant was executed on the car.  Detectives learned Abram I. Landry, 19, 6735 Highway 90 E, Lot # 58, Lake Charles, was the driver of the car during the time of the shooting and during a subsequent search warrant on his residence detectives recovered a semi-automatic assault rifle with a 30 round magazine and a semi-automatic pistol. 

 

Landry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with assault by drive-by shooting; and illegal use of a weapon while committing a crime of violence.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.  It was also learned Landry had an active warrant in the amount of $101,500 for domestic abuse aggravated assault; illegal use of a weapon; aggravated criminal damage to property; aggravated assault with a firearm; and simple battery.       

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 23 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were patrolling the area of East Burton Street near J. Clophus Road in Sulphur when they observed two cars parked next to each other; one of the cars having obvious damage.

           

During the initial investigation deputies learned Johnny L. Koopman, Jr., 25, Bridge City, Texas, had left a bar, driving an acquaintance’s car and somehow damaged it.  Deputies observed tire marks and damaged landscaping, along with a damaged water pipe in the area where the car was parked.  Deputies were attempting to locate Koopman at which time deputies were notified by CPSO dispatch that Koopman had called stating he had been in a vehicle accident and was hiding in the woods. 

           

Deputies located Koopman, at which time he was arrested.  When deputies were speaking with him he stated he had been driving the car but did not know what happened.  He also advised deputies he had been drinking prior to the incident.  Deputies observed injuries to Koopman, at which time he was transported to a local hospital by ambulance. 

           

Due to his injuries Koopman, who has two previous DWIs, could not complete standard field sobriety testing; but submitted to toxicology testing while at the hospital.  Once he was treated and released he was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; no driver’s license on person; carless operation; and hit and run driving.  He was released on May 26 on a $22,000 bond set by Judge Ron Ware.   

 

CPSO Deputy John Hays is the arresting deputy on this case.  

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

            Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held January 6, 2020

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

1. Amend the 2019-2020 Budget for Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

2. Adopt the proposed 2020-2021 Budget for The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact Nicole Ory at 337-602-6846, describing the assistance that is necessary.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Christopher A. Leblanc, 31, 8511 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, writing checks out of a closed account. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned Leblanc had written several checks totaling approximately $144,000 out of a closed account.  Leblanc used the checks to purchase a four wheeler with accessories along with three vehicles from local dealerships in the Lake Charles area. 

           

Detectives learned Leblanc was possibly in the Opelousas area driving one of the vehicles he had purchased; at which time they contacted the Opelousas Police Department for assistance.  OPD was able to locate Leblanc and recover the vehicle.  When detectives spoke with Leblanc, who was being held in the St. Landry Parish Jail, he confirmed he wrote all the checks and stated to detectives he knew some of the checks written were out of a closed account.  On April 30 he was transferred to the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of worthless checks $5,000 to $25,000; and 2 counts of worthless checks over $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $125,000.  

           

The four wheeler along with the three vehicles have been recovered.

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a fraud investigator at a large bank in reference to an ongoing bank fraud in our area.

 

During the investigation, it was learned the suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions and collecting money on a deceitful basis. Detectives worked with the fraud investigator and learned the suspects were responsible for over 60 cases from January 2019 until December 2019. The bank advised detectives their records indicated they were at a loss for approximately $100,000.

 

Using video surveillance from the bank detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, were able to identify multiple suspects responsible for the fraud; Ahmad D. Beloney, 25, 1711 Rose Street, Trevon Benoit, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Brian K. Williams, 22, 921 Priscilla Place, Gregory P. Griffin, Jr., 31, 6675 Highway 90 E. Lot 245, Aaron C. Leblanc, 20, unknown, Martanez F. Jackson, 22, 1745 Obrien Street, Chrishanski J. Edwards, 20, 633 18th Street, all of Lake Charles, and Raven A. Aaron, 20, Houston, Texas. Detectives also learned the suspects were using social media to solicit participants in the fraud.

 

At the beginning of May, after an extensive investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of the eight suspects, charging them with 63 counts of bank fraud; racketeering; theft over $25,000; and unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity. On May 18 detectives located Beloney at his residence. The following day detectives located Benoit and Williams after a traffic stop. They were all three arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

After Beloney’s arrest it was learned Aaron was attempting to move money from Beloney’s account in an attempt to hide his assets. She was additionally charged with obstruction of justice.

 

Beloney, Williams, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson and Edwards’ bonds have been set at $735,000. Benoit’s bond is set at $556,000 and Aaron’s bond is set at $755,000.

 

Detectives are currently searching for the remaining five suspects, Griffin, Leblanc, Jackson, Edward and Aaron, and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

On May 18, during Beloney’s arrest at his residence the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) executed a subsequent narcotics search warrant at the home. Detectives located over 280 grams of marijuana, over 900 grams of THC edibles, 3 grams of MDMA, 1 gram of Alprazolam and a shotgun inside the home. The combined street value of the seized narcotics is approximately $10,000.

 

The following people located at the residence were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center: Kameron J. Anderson, 22, 1201 Summit Street, Lake Charles, Terra M. Beloney, 48, Joseph P. Beloney, 48, Aujene T. Beloney, 22, and Darius L. Jones, 23, all of 1711 Rose Street, Lake Charles. They were all charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Terra, Joseph, Aujene and Jones and were additionally charged with possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS. Terra was also charged with possession of CDS I and possession of CDS IV. Shalise R. Richard, 22, Texas, was arrested and issued a misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana and released on scene. Ahmad was also charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and money laundering.

 

Judge Ron Ware set Anderson’s bond at $3,000, Terra’s bond at $8,500, Joseph’s bond at $6,500, Aujene’s bond at $4,000 and Jones’ bond at $6,500. Judge Ware also set an additional $14,000 bond for Ahmad in reference to the drug charges.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, shortly after midnight, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business at 6780 Highway 90 E. in Lake Charles after receiving multiple calls in reference to a shooting that occurred.  Upon arrival deputies learned there was a graduation party taking place at the business with approximately 200 unsupervised teenagers in attendance.  Deputies located several victims at the scene with injuries.  Deputies then learned several victims had already been taken to the hospital with injuries. 

 

During further investigation and after speaking with numerous witnesses detectives learned Devin L. Levier, 17, 1236 S. Railroad Avenue, Lake Charles, one of the individuals who had already been taken to the hospital, was responsible for the shooting.  When deputies arrived at the hospital they made contact with Mary M. Brignac, 23, 2004 5th Street, Lake Charles, and learned she had brought Levier to the hospital.  Upon searching the car Brignac was in possession of, deputies located a semi-automatic pistol, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department.  Brignac was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

           

After further investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and observed Levier along with two unknown males in possession of firearms.  Detectives also located numerous spent casings of various calibers at the scene of the shooting. 

           

Brignac is charged with possession of a stolen firearm; Judge Sharon Wilson set her bond at $7,000.  Upon Levier’s release from the hospital he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal use of a weapon; illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile; aggravated 2nd degree battery; and aggravated assault with a firearm.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $70,000.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes detectives are asking the public for assistance in identifying the two other men seen in the video surveillance.  Anyone with information is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605. 

 

Two 15 year old females suffered from non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound; one to the leg and one to the buttocks.  Three females, ages 15, 16 and 17, were grazed by bullets.  A 15 year old female and 18 year old male suffered minor injuries during the panic that ensued after the shooting began.  Levier suffered major, but non-life threatening injuries resulting from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.   

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Charles R. Getwood, II, 41, Port Arthur, Texas, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned Getwood had been living in Calcasieu Parish since 2009 and did not notify the proper authorities.  The investigation also revealed Getwood had been employed in Calcasieu Parish since 2006.  Detectives made contact with Getwood and advised him he was non-compliant and needed to meet with them on May 15 to register, but he failed to appear for his appointment.  Several days later he contacted detectives and stated he had quit his job and terminated his lease in Calcasieu Parish.  He later met with Detectives on May 21 and it was learned he was still employed in Calcasieu Parish.  It was also learned authorities in Texas, where Getwood was registered, were unaware he had been residing in Calcasieu; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again.      

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $3,000.

 

Getwood was convicted of sexual assault of a child in Port Arthur, Texas in 2001. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 5 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On May 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Hayes in reference to a home invasion that occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. that morning. 

 

During the investigation detectives spoke with the victim and learned two suspects approached the residence armed with firearms and attempted to gain entry inside.  Detectives then learned one of the suspects confronted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.  After further investigation and with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, along with witness statements detectives were able to identify six suspects involved in the home invasion and robbery; Frances S. Wright, 20, 3814 Swanee Street, Damonte J. Batiste, 20, 4200 Worthy Drive, Trenisha A. Gray, 17, 1608 Clover Drive, Myrical M. Nelson, 22, 1608 Clover Drive, Leroy D. Jones, 18, 1743 Broadmoor Drive, and Joseph L. Collins, Jr., 22, all of Lake Charles.

 

On May 18 CPSO Violent Crimes detectives along with the CPSO ACT-Team (Anti-Crime and Tactical Team) located all suspects except for Collins.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Jones’ bond at $200,000 and the others at $90,000.    

 

 Judge Robert Wyatt also signed a warrant in the amount of $90,000 for Collins’ arrest.  He is also charged with armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and home invasion.  Detectives are currently searching for Collins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

           

The investigation revealed the victim is an acquaintance with at least one of the suspects. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On May 7 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Lorenzo Mays, Jr., 42, Lake Charles.  During the check the deputy was unable to locate Mays at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation the deputy was advised by the homeowner that Mays did not live at that address; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office Sex Offender detectives continued attempts to locate Mays but were unsuccessful so on May 11 detectives issued a warrant for his arrest signed by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

On May 14 Mays was located at a residence on Holmes Street in Lake Charles and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense.  His bond is set at $10,000.

 

Mays was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.  Mays was additionally convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2007 and again in 2014. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Ryan Street and W. Claude Street in Lake Charles.

 

When a deputy spoke with the driver, Damien J. Ashworth, 40, 1320 Sally Mae Street, Lake Charles, he observed him to have glassy eyes along with slurred speech.  Ashworth advised the deputy he had two shots of liquor.  During the investigation deputies learned Ashworth had three previous DWI arrests within the last ten years as well as a suspended driver’s license.  Deputies also located an open container of alcohol partially under the driver’s seat, in plain view.     

 

After Ashworth performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Ashworth was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; driving under suspension for prior DWI; failure to maintain lane; and open container.  He was released the following day on a $28,250 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 123rd BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 123rd  Basic Academy with 40 officers representing 12 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 496 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 40 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but on May 12 they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Robert Montie, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 123rd Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Troy Tyson, Lake Charles Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Nicholas Dufrene, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 496 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        William Black, Anthony Boswell, Michael Boudreaux, Cheree Chapman, Zachary Cooper, Alexander Day, Nicholas Dufrene, Joshua Gilmore, Kristian Hagerich, Michael Hamorski, Jennifer Hoffpauir, Caleb Jones, Casey Laurents, Robert Montie, David Reed, Richard Ruot, Omri Wilcox, Alanna Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Janetta LaLande, Christopher Spicer, Brennen Theriot – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Lawrence Jones, Raygan O’Quinn, Seth Whetstine – Coushatta Police Department

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

Tanner Richert, Tannier Touchet – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Kenda Davis, Raymond Ford, Martin Johnson, Ted Oliver, Troy Tyson – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

Eric Murillo, Mary Williams – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

                Anastacio Perez, Westlake Police Department, graduated after completing numerous hours of refresher courses.

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Monday, May 18 all Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office buildings will reopen to the public.  Although all offices will be open, the public is encouraged to conduct business over the phone or online if possible.  The public is asked to wear a mask while conducting business at the Sheriff’s Office; the public will also be subject to a health screening completed by a deputy upon arrival. 

           

There will be no changes at this time to visitation at the Calcasieu Correctional Center or Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison.  Visitation will remained suspended until further notice.  Inmates will continue to receive free phone calls during the week.

           

The following offices will have minor operational changes during the Phase I of reopening:

CPSO Administration

To meet with Sheriff Tony Mancuso or Chief Stitch Guillory you must call 491-3715 and set up an appointment.

 

CPSO ID Records

For fingerprinting you are asked to call 491-3642 to set up an appointment. 

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

If you are needing assistance from a LEC please call prior to your arrival.

Bell City / Hayes LEC: (337) 491-7939

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

On January 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to suspicious ATM withdrawals and fraudulent transactions from the victim’s account. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a family member, Larry D. Lacey, Jr., 36, Lake Charles, took the victim’s debit card and made fraudulent withdrawals and purchases totaling approximately $1,300 since December 2019.  On April 30 after further investigation Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $15,000 for Lacey’s arrest.

 

On May 6 he was located at the victim’s residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft over $1,000 when the victim is over the age of 60 or has a disability.  He was released on bond the following day. 

 

CPSO Detective Bradley Grant is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 2:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Walcott Road in Westlake in reference to an alarm activation.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a car that had crashed into an electrical pole on the property, causing the wires to fall and electrocute a fence.  Shortly after arriving deputies observed a man, later identified as Kendrick D. Richard, 38, 1405 Hunter Drive, Lake Charles, walking in a field near the accident.

           

When deputies spoke with Richard they smelt a strong odor of synthetic marijuana emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed Richard to have glossy eyes.  Richard advised deputies he was driving the car but would not say how the crash occurred.  During the investigation deputies learned Richard, who has two prior DWIs, was driving under suspension for a previous DWI.  During further investigation and after a search of the car, deputies located a partially burnt cigarette containing suspected synthetic marijuana. Deputies also located an open alcoholic beverage inside the car.   

           

Richard, who refused standard field sobriety testing, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  Deputies asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies then obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Richard was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; operating a vehicle while under suspension; possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of synthetic marijuana.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $62,000.

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

On May 3 at approximately 11:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Nelson Road and Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jairus A. Matt, 31, 6108 White Oak Drive, Lake Charles, he observed him to have slurred speech along with delayed reactions when deputies asked questions.  While speaking with Matt he advised the deputy he had taken prescription medication prior to driving.  After a search of the truck the deputy located a prescription bottle belonging to Matt, with pills not matching the prescription located on the bottle.  They deputy then located a pill matching the prescription on the bottle, on the floor of the truck.  The deputy also located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine inside the truck.   

 

After Matt, who has two prior DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Matt was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; running a stop sign; failure to maintain lane; possession CDS II; possession of CDS IV.  He was released the following day on a $51,500 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones is the arresting deputy on this case. 


Crime Stoppers CPSO 127

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on W. Dave Dugas Road in Sulphur in reference to a possible kidnapping.  When deputies arrived they learned an employee who had arrived to work around 3:30 a.m. attempted to open the business approximately an hour later and learned she had been locked inside. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives viewed video surveillance and observed a man, later identified as Matthew D. Allen, 29, 1205 W. Dave Dugas Road, Sulphur, was dropped off in the business parking lot earlier that morning.  They watched Allen remain on the property for several hours prior to the victim arriving at work.  They observed the victim arrive at work and enter the business; at which time they witnessed Allen attempt to cut the power off to the business at the breaker box, but was unsuccessful.  Detectives then observed Allen approach the front of the business and tamper with the surveillance camera.  It was later learned he smeared blood on the camera lens.  Detectives continued to watch the surveillance footage which showed Allen at the front of the business.  Allen was observed locking a padlock, which was left unlocked on the door, from the outside; while the employee was still inside. 

 

During further investigation detectives observed the metal siding on the business was damaged.  After detectives located blood on the steps and railing in the area of the damaged metal siding it was determined Allen attempted to gain entry to the business by prying the metal siding off, but was unsuccessful.

 

A short time later Allen was located at his residence in the same clothing he was observed to be wearing on the surveillance footage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted simple burglary.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $70,000. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 16 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Custer Drive in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation deputies learned Michael C. Red, 18, 1242 Kellogg Road, DeQuincy, and Shyheim Graham, 23, 1605 Goodwin Street, Vinton, entered the victim’s home armed with a firearm and robbed him.  It was also discovered a third suspect, Joshua L. Pratt, 17, 2264 Hillary Drive, Vinton, picked up the suspects after the robbery and fled the area. 

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of Red, Graham and Pratt in the amount of $225,000 each, for armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; home invasion; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Detectives located Pratt the same day, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  On April 22 Graham turned himself in to detectives at CPSO, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

  

Detectives are currently searching for Red and asks if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

               

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


 

UPDATE:  On Friday, April 24, at approximately 7:00 p.m. CPSO located Michael C. Red in Vinton.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on his warrant.  I have attached an updated mugshot.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of N. Claiborne Street and Sim Portie Road in Sulphur.         

 

The initial investigation revealed the car was traveling southbound on N. Claiborne Street when it went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  The car struck a road sign and culvert before coming to rest in the ditch.  The driver of the car, Lisa A. Shepard, 59, Sulphur, was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated.  She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.    

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Bennie F. Norris, 74, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl. 

 

The following day when detectives spoke with Norris he advised he had inappropriately touched the girl approximately six times since the beginning of April.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of molestation a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $450,000. 

 

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

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 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 have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & ONE FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VCIU detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the area showing three suspects, driving a black car, entering unlocked vehicles.

 

A short time later detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to obtain the registration for the car seen in the video surveillance.  Detectives made contact with the owner of the car, Janaysha R. Seymore, 21, 1900 Prejean Drive, Lake Charles, at her home.  When detectives arrived at the home they also made contact with two men, later identified as Kentrell J. Dunn, 19, and Coby J. Simon, 20, both of 4249 5th Avenue, Lake Charles.  After receiving consent to search the residence detectives located most of the stolen property that been taken from the vehicle burglaries off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.   

           

After further investigation and questioning it was learned Dunn and Simon, along with a 16 year old juvenile were responsible for the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives also discovered they had brought the stolen property back to Seymore’s residence and she had knowledge that the property had been stolen. 

 

Later the same day Seymore, Dunn and Simon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Seymore is charged with possession of stolen things $1,000 - $5,000. Dunn is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Simon is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of marijuana; criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Michael Canaday set Seymore’s bond at $5,000, Dunn’s bond at $187,500, and Simon’s bond at $63,500.  The juvenile was also arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property. 

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. inmate trustee Shane W. Cormier, 50, last known address 3644 Anthony Ferry Road in Sulphur, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5410 East Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Cormier qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Cormier has been incarcerated at the CCC since March and is serving time for charges of simple burglary, simple robbery, and theft.  He was last seen wearing navy blue scrubs.  

           

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

UPDATE:  Cormier was located by detectives at a home on North Hudson Street in Sulphur at approximately 2:30 this afternoon.  He will be charged with simple escape.  More arrests are possible pending further investigation.    

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, April 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on East Savanna Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the vehicle went off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a palm tree along with a street sign.  The vehicle, described as a newer model Ford Flex, white in color, will have damage to area near the front bumper.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in this video, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-48456.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 9 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an 11 year old child being left alone at the store. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the child to have red marks and bruising on his face.  Deputies learned the mother, Heather M. Johnson, 39, Westlake, had struck the child several times, busting his nose, and left him at the store.

           

A short time later deputies made contact with Johnson at her home.  When detectives spoke with her she stated she became angry with the child.  She confirmed to deputies she struck him several times and left him at the store.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking deputies located suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person.  Johnson is charged with cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $34,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 4 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in South Lake Charles after receiving a call from an alarm company in reference to a panic alarm being activated at the residence. 

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim and learned while she was outside three men showed up at her home and forced her inside by gunpoint.  The victim stated once they were inside the home she was raped at gunpoint.  After further investigation and reviewing video surveillance in the area detectives learned the identities of the three men to be Jarence T. Lee, 29, Jaquaylon M. Guillory, 23, and Tyrell J. Jackson, 22, all of Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned a fourth man, identified as Jarvis J. Bias, 23, Lake Charles was also involved. 

 

Between April 4 and April 6 all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lee, Guillory and Jackson are charged with 1st degree rape; and home invasion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set all three bonds at $200,000.  Bias is charged with principle to 1st degree rape; and principle to home invasion.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $180,000. 

 

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


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of scams that are surfacing in the area in regards to COVID-19 stimulus checks.

 

Please be aware that the federal government will NOT ask you to confirm personal or banking information by email, phone or text.  They will also NOT demand a processing fee to expedite your stimulus payment.

 

These are scams, not legitimate communications from the U.S. Department of Treasury.  If you have received these messages, do not click on links in emails or text messages and do not provide your personal information.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding James L. Jordan, 68, Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 23 year old woman. 

           

After speaking with detectives Jordan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000

 

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

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 28 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Robert J. Perkins, 41, Reeves.  There appeared to be no signs of trauma and foul play is not suspected.  The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

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

An update from Sheriff Mancuso to our community in reference to COVID-19

CPSO ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to a possible body floating in the West Fork River off Frank Parker Road in Sulphur.  When deputies arrived they observed what appeared to be a body floating in the river.  CPSO Marine Division arrived on scene and located a deceased male.

 

Detectives attempted to identify the man but were unsuccessful.  He is described as a white male, possibly in his mid to late fifties, approximately 5’6” and weighing approximately 150 pounds.  He has dark brown/black hair, a thick handle bar mustache and surgical scars on his right shoulder, forearm, and hip.  Detectives did not locate any tattoos on his body.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in obtaining the identity of the man.  If anyone has any information or believes they know his identity, they are asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

It is unknown at this time how far the body floated or how long he was in the water.

 

There appears to be no signs of trauma and no foul play is suspected.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a mobile home park off Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a complaint of a suspicious car.  When deputies arrived they observed the car near the gate to the park.  When deputies approached the car they observed a man, later identified as Kenneth T. Selvage, 34, Baker, LA, in the driver’s seat sleeping with the vehicle on and in drive.

 

Once deputies woke Selvage and spoke with him they could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  Deputies also observed him to be disoriented and incoherent while speaking.  During further investigation deputies located an open bottle of alcohol inside the car.  Deputies also learned Selvage, who has three prior DWI arrests, has a suspended driver’s license for prior DWI offenses.      

 

After Selvage performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses; and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $47,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and is subject to random drug screens.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr. was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft at a grocery store on 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on the previous day two suspects cashed an altered Coinstar receipt at the store.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos from the store and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man and woman seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Joshua Bruns at 491-3605.


A message from Sheriff Tony Mancuso regarding the current COVID-19 situation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT &

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Saturday, March 14 at approximately 8:00 p.m. in a parking lot located off Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backed into a car parked in the parking lot, causing damage to the car. 

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in this photograph, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-30997.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary that occurred on Fontenot Road in Westlake earlier that morning.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole a handgun from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

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

               

CPSO VCIU Detectives Greg Nall and Hollan Dyer are the lead investigators on this case. 


CPSO Event Cancellations

FYI – The following Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office events have been cancelled.

 

·        Junior Deputy – Hunter’s Education Field Day at S.J. Welsh Middle School, scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been cancelled.

 

·        Senior Citizen Bingo – Westlake Managan Center, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 has been cancelled.  

CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER & CALCASIEU SHERIFF’S PRISON TEMPORARILY SUSPEND CONTACT VISITS

Lake Charles –

 

Starting today the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison will suspend all contact visits for inmates.  Attorney visits are included in this restriction.  Non-contact visits by telephone and glass partition will still be allowed.

 

This decision will be reevaluated every 30 days until the threat of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) subsides.

CPSO INVESTIGATES EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

 Early this morning at approximately 1:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the area of Miller Avenue and Smith Ferry Road in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

           

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, David A. Pitt, 40, Westlake, was traveling southbound on Miller Ave. when he lost control while attempting to negotiate a curve.  The motorcycle traveled off the roadway into the ditch.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  Pitt was wearing a helmet.

           

As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to an employee who was stealing from the store.  Upon arrival, detectives spoke with the asset protection investigator at the store who stated an employee, Nicole L. Reeves, 35, 1035 Wedgewood Drive, Lake Charles, had been stealing merchandise from the store for approximately one year. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the store and observed Reeves walking out of the store on numerous occasions with unpaid merchandise.  When detectives spoke with Reeves she confirmed she stole over $60,000 worth of merchandise from the store.  Reeves was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000.  She was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.     

 

CPSO Detective Freddie Powell is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Big Lake Road and L. Ogea Road in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

When deputies arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated he left a local casino in a taxi and informed the driver, later identified as Brandon K. Grant, 40, 633 Louisiana Avenue, Lake Charles, he had just won $15,000 while gambling.  He advised deputies he fell asleep in the taxi and was awoken by a man, later identified as Fergus A. Bushnell, 41, 2820 Caroline Street, Lake Charles, pulling him out from inside the taxi.  The victim then told deputies Bushnell drug him out of the taxi, struck him several times and stole his money along with two cell phones.  He also stated he observed a handle in the waistband of Bushnell’s pants, which he believed to be the handle of a gun.  Deputies were then advised by the victim he attempted to get back into the taxi by grabbing the handle of the door, at which time Grant drove away, dragging him on the ground outside of the taxi for a short distance.  The victim was able to give deputies a description of the truck he observed Bushnell flee the scene in.

 

A short time later CPSO detectives were able to locate Grant driving in the area where the crime occurred.  Deputies also located the truck Bushnell was driving, and made contact with him at which time he arrived at CPSO for questioning.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Grant is charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Bushnell is charged with principal to 2nd degree kidnapping; and simple robbery.  Grant’s bond is still pending; Judge Clayton Davis set Bushnell’s bond at $55,000.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On March 7 at approximately 1:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Heard Road and Constance Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Brent Walker, 43, 4401 5th Avenue Apt. N98, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed him to have watery bloodshot eyes.  When the deputy spoke with Walker he advised he had one beer prior to driving his car.  During the investigation the deputy learned Walker, who was convicted of DWI 3rd in 2015, had a suspended driver’s license.  The deputy also located a beer can and a small wine bottle, both opened, inside the car.    

 

After Walker performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th, failure to maintain a lane; obstructing a public passage; open alcoholic container in a motor vehicle; and a suspended driver’s license.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $27,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cameron Hicks was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on East Holbrook Circle in Moss Bluff in reference to a medical emergency.

           

When deputies arrived they observed a three month old boy who was breathing, but unresponsive.  During the initial investigation deputies were advised Ashley N. Zamora, 39, Lake Charles, had been watching the infant.  Deputies learned Zamora was holding the baby in the bathtub while she bathed but fell asleep, at which time the baby fell under the water for an unknown amount of time.

           

During questioning Zamora advised she took prescription medication before taking a bath.  Due to the totality of the circumstances surrounding the incident detectives believe Zamora was under the influence; therefore, she was transported to a local hospital to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Her bond is still pending. 

           

The baby was airlifted to a hospital in Lafayette, where he is currently listed in stable condition.

           

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

 

 

 

**NOTE – We do not have an updated mugshot of Zamora at this time.  The attached mugshot is from 2018.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched after receiving a complaint regarding Jennifer K. Contreras, 32, Lake Charles and Terrie L. Armstrong, 51, Springtown, TX, who were responsible for cruelty to a juvenile. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned on the previous day Contreras and Armstrong had severely whipped an 11 year old girl on the buttocks with a handmade wooden paddle.  It was discovered the whipping lasted approximately an hour and a half. 

 

When questioned by detectives Contreras and Armstrong confirmed they were responsible for the injuries to the girl.  They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and each charged with cruelty to a juvenile.   

 

The girl was transported to a local hospital to be treated for her injuries and was placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.  Judge Ron Ware set Contreras bond at $30,000 and Armstrong’s bond at $15,000. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BANK FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted by management of a hotel located on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible credit card fraud.

           

When detectives spoke with hotel personnel they stated someone had possibly booked a room with a fraudulent credit card.  During the initial investigation detectives contacted the issuing bank on the credit card and confirmed the credit card was fraudulent. 

           

After receiving consent to search the hotel room, deputies located a device used to manufacture fraudulent credit cards.  Deputies also located suspected methamphetamine in the room.  Detectives learned one of the men staying in the room, Phillip E. Jameson, 42, New Caney, Texas, was responsible for manufacturing and using the fraudulent credit card.  Detectives also located two other individuals who were staying in the room, Dina Boone, 24, 501 Miller Avenue, Westlake, and Bradley T. Guillory, 44, Longville, who were in possession of suspected methamphetamine. 

           

Jameson, Boone, and Guillory were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Jameson is charged with bank fraud; identity theft; and possession of CDS II.  Boone is charged with possession of CDS II.  Guillory is charged with possession of CDS II and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Guillory also had an active warrant through Westlake Police Department.  Jameson was released on a $7,500 bond, Boone was released on a $2,000 bond and Guillory remains incarcerated on a $3,000 bond; all set by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible.   

           

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


CPSO Crime Stoppers Highway 397 Casino

CPSO Crime Stoppers Henderson Implement

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer at LaGrange High School in Lake Charles was notified in reference to someone threatening to come to the school with a gun.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned Christopher D. Thomas, 20, 1501 Sunset Drive, Lake Charles, had threatened a student that attends LaGrange by stating he was going to the school for them with a gun.  Thomas was located later the same day and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with terrorizing; and simple assault.  His bond is still pending. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 27 at approximately 10:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of 12th Street and 6th Avenue in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Patrick Richard, 50, 2024 7th Avenue, Lake Charles, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  The deputy also observed him to have slightly bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance.  When the deputy spoke with Richard he advised he had several beers prior to driving his truck.   

 

After Richard, who has two previous DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and a traffic violation.  Richard was released the following day on a $11,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST AARP SMART DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host an AARP Smart Driver Safety Program Thursday, March 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.

           

Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate which may entitle you to discounts on your car insurance. 

 

The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members, and $20 for non-members.  There is limited seating available, to reserve your seat please call (337) 491-3737.  Coffee will be served.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF THOSE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE AT LOCAL BUSINESS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 17 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a business on Easy Street in Lake Charles in reference to a property damage complaint.  During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage at the business and learned on February 16 at approximately 4:30 p.m. two suspects entered the business, which is currently under construction.  Once inside the business the suspects caused over $10,000 worth of damage.  The suspects also spray painted and damaged an enclosed trailer, which was located inside.     

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photographs.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call CPSO lead Detective Randall Gibbons at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 15 at approximately 6:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a SUV near the intersection of N. Huntington Street and E. Lincoln Street in Sulphur.

   

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Harold K. Ramuar, 56, 909 Tana Street, Sulphur, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was advised his driver’s license was suspended.  The deputy also learned the SUV Ramuar was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During a search of the SUV the deputy located several empty beer cans along with an open beer can, cold to the touch, inside the SUV.  Ramuar was later found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.      

     

Ramuar was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; special restrictions on lamps; operating a vehicle under suspension for prior offenses; open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle; possession of drug paraphernalia; and possession of CDS II.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $19,250.  

 

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Elliott Phillips was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

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In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, February 22. 

 

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

               

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

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On Wednesday, February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Safe School Officers at a local middle school were advised of a situation concerning a 14 year old girl who was approached by an unknown male while walking to school near Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

When deputies spoke with the victim she stated a man in an SUV produced a firearm and told her to get in his vehicle.  She stated she attempted to run away at which time the suspect caught up to her, exited his vehicle and attempted to grab her.  The victim advised she was able to get away and immediately reported the incident to CPSO School Crossing Guards, who were outside of the school. 

 

During further investigation detectives obtained a vehicle description along with video surveillance in the area the incident occurred.  On February 16 detectives located the suspect’s vehicle traveling on I-10, at which time a traffic stop was initiated.  Detectives made contact with the driver, Sean M. Kelley, 31, 1968 Yvonne Drive, Lake Charles.  After interviewing Kelley he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $75,000.       

       

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

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On February 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Highway 14 East in Iowa.  While on scene deputies also located an abandoned car stuck in a yard.    

 

During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from homes in the area showing three suspects entering unlocked vehicles earlier the same morning.  While deputies were investigating the vehicle burglaries in Iowa, CPSO dispatch was also receiving calls from residents in a neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to vehicle burglaries and a stolen car, which had occurred the previous night.

 

After further investigation it was learned the car that was stolen from the neighborhood off Louisiana Avenue was the same car deputies found abandoned in the neighbored in Iowa.  VCIU detectives obtained surveillance video from the homes in Lake Charles and observed the same suspects from the vehicle burglaries in Iowa.  After releasing images of the suspects to the public CPSO received several tips and detectives, along with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center and School Resource Officers, were able to identify one of the suspects as Taveon E. Williams, 18, 4116 Worthy Drive, Lake Charles. 

           

On February 11 CPSO VCIU detectives arrived at Williams’ residence in an attempt to locate him; at which time they observed a car in the driveway with three men inside.  When two of the men observed detectives they fled the area on foot, leading detectives on a foot pursuit.  A CPSO K-9 was deployed and located the men, Williams and a 17 year old juvenile, hiding in the shed of an abandoned house nearby.  Williams and the juvenile were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning in reference to the burglaries and thefts in the neighborhoods in Iowa and Lake Charles; along with the stolen car.  While speaking with detectives they confirmed they were the ones responsible.  They were both arrested; Williams was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives were also able to identify the third suspect, a 17 year old juvenile, and located him the following day, February 12, at his residence.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.

           

They are all charged with 12 counts of simple burglary; 6 counts of theft less than $1,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Williams’ bond at $50,500. 

           

During the investigation detectives located 5 firearms, which had been previously reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department; along with a large sum of counterfeit money.       

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Hollan Dyer is the lead investigator on these cases. 

TWO CPSO DEPUTIES SPONSORED BY CITGO TO RUN IN 124TH BOSTON MARATHON

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Special Services Commander Matthew Vezinot and Reserve Deputy Jeff Pittman were two of the three local first responders in our area chosen to represent CITGO Petroleum Corporation during the 124th Annual Boston Marathon. 

 

CITGO Petroleum Corporation is the official fuel sponsor for the 124th Boston Marathon and recently surprised ten first responders located in their operational areas in Lake Charles, LA, Houston and Corpus Christi, TX, and Lemont, IL.  According to Jerry Dunn, vice president and general manager of the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, Vezinot and Pittman were chosen by a panel based on their responses when asked what running in the Boston Marathon means to them.  “Just as the famous CITGO sign in Kenmore Square watches over this historic race, our first responders watch over our community each and every day by putting their lives on the line,” said Dunn.  “We are grateful for their dedication to the safety of our community and honored to have the opportunity to send a few of our local heroes on the road to Boston.”   

 

“I am thrilled for Commander Vezinot and Deputy Pittman; this is a once in a lifetime chance for them to be chosen and sponsored to compete in the Boston Marathon,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These two deputies are passionate about their jobs here at the Sheriff’s Office and do a lot for our community, so it is great to see them recognized for their dedication as first responders.” 

 

They will compete in the Boston marathon on Monday, April 20 which is Patriot’s Day, a state holiday in Massachusetts.