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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            Dequincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES HUGE COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

 It appears speed may be a factor of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

             

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Anthony Sansone, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 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.

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

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

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

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

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  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, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then 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; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF THE JOB

UPDATE:

Earlier this morning, October 6, CPSO deputies received intel on a possible location of escaped inmate trustee, Anthony Collins, Jr.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the 6000 block of Common Street in Lake Charles and at approximately 8:50 a.m. deputies located Collins in a field. He was arrested and taken into custody.

He will be charged with escape.

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Today at approximately 11:00 a.m. inmate trustee Anthony D. Collins, Jr., 38, last known address 522 Bank Street, Lake Charles, walked off of his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job on litter detail on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit which was later located on Landfair Drive in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was serving time for drug charges and probation violation on bank fraud charges.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Collins.  If anyone knows of Collins’ whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

UPDATE: CPSO detectives received information which leads them to believe the suspect in the armed robbery at the Super 8 Motel in Lake Charles on September 28 also committed an armed robbery of a motel in Opelousas, LA. on October 1. Attached are clearer photographs of the suspect and car sent to us by the Opelousas Police Department. 


 Lake Charles –

 

On Thursday, September 28 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Super 8 Motel located on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the front lobby with a knife and demanded the attendant open the money drawer.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and fled in what detectives believe to be a silver Kia Optima.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone, or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY  

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On July 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex on Lake Street in reference to a rape.During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she went to the dumpster located near her apartment to throw out trash and left the door to her apartment slightly open.  She stated when she re-entered her home she observed an unknown man inside holding a knife.  She told detectives she attempted to flee but the suspect grabbed her and forced her into the bedroom at knife point, at which time he raped her.  The victim also advised detectives she attempted to resist the suspect but he hit her multiple times.  Detectives also learned the suspect stole the victim’s cell phone before leaving the residence.

 

 After further investigation, evidence at the scene led to the identification of the suspect as Brandon L. Bell, 33, 653 Odile Street, Lake Charles.  On September 21 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for Bell’s arrest.  Bell was arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and armed robbery. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

During the investigation detectives observed numerous marks on the 12 year old boy’s neck, back, and arm.  The boy advised detectives that a family member, Jason R. Coward, 43, Vinton, LA, punished him by making him run on a treadmill for an extended period of time.  The victim stated he would become exhausted and fell down several times onto the moving belt of the treadmill, which caused the marks on his body.  The victim also advised detectives that when he would fall off Coward would force him back onto the treadmill by pushing him onto it while the belt was still moving. 

             

Later the same day Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $5,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On September 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car on North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Louis J. Stoddard, 36, 3818 Stegal Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies received written permission to search the car from the owner, who was a passenger in the car.  The search revealed a glass smoking device under the driver’s side floor mat, a plastic box containing numerous glass smoking devices in the back seat, and a scale located inside the center console. 

 

When the deputy questioned Stoddard he advised all of the paraphernalia belonged to him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; improper display of temporary tag; no insurance; no registration; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stoddard was released the next day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.

 

Stoddard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1999.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet and Cpl. Anthony Williams are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On September 23, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Tate A. Hue, 42, 4200 Luke Powers Road #38, Lake Charles, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck.  The deputy also observed Hue to have glossy eyes.  When the deputy asked Hue if he had anything to drink he initially stated no, but then advised the deputy he had 6 beers before driving his truck. 

 

Hue, who has 3 prior DWI convictions, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Hue was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; modification of exhaust systems; and turning movements required.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,600 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR OWNERS OF VEHICLES OF INTEREST IN MOSS BLUFF ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

September 24 at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area where the robbery occurred and were able to identify a car and a truck of interest that were in the parking lot of the casino minutes before the robbery took place.  The vehicles seen on surveillance may not be directly involved in the robbery that occurred, but detectives would like to speak to the owners of the vehicles. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding the car or truck or knows the owners of the vehicles seen in the photographs, or witnessed someone wearing dark colored clothing running towards Highway 171 from Buddy’s Casino, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.   

  

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


CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY AND 3 CTS CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 5 year old girl who was having a seizure.  They advised deputies the girl had several sores, bruises, and rashes covering her body.  It was also discovered the girl was malnourished and had a lacerated kidney.

           

The following day, September 23, after further investigation the girl’s mother, Tammi S. Campbell, 40, Vinton, LA, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the next day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

During the investigation detectives also learned there were three other children, ages 9, 7, and 3, living in the home with the 5 year old girl.  Detectives arrived at the residence in Vinton and discovered the home to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence. 

           

On September 25 detectives interviewed the father of all 4 children, Brian S. Fisher, 40, Vinton, LA, who stated at times all the kids were locked inside their bedrooms, where the windows were nailed shut and covered with garbage bags.  Detectives also learned that when the children were locked in their rooms they were without food or water for several hours, sometimes overnight and into the morning.  Later the same day Campbell, who is also mother to the 3 other children, was rearrested and additionally charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.  Fisher was also arrested and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; they were both booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Ronald Ware set Campbell’s bond at $225,000 and Fisher’s bond at $325,000. 

 

The 5 year old girl was transferred to a hospital in New Orleans.  The children were placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Elliot Phillips is the initial arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Ben Hare and Michelle Robinson are the lead investigators on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Late last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   

 

The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or the suspect seen in the photograph, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CPSO MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTIONS WITH MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

After further investigation detectives identified the driver of car seen in the surveillance footage as Christopher R. Guidry, 31, Elton, LA.  Detectives also learned Guidry had prior knowledge of the robbery and assisted in conducting wire transfers with a portion of the stolen money from the credit union.  On August 24 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant charging Guidry with principal to simple robbery in the amount of $20,000.  He is currently incarcerated in the Lafayette Parish Jail on unrelated charges.           

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO CITES 17 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

On Monday, September 18 between the hours of 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received two complaints, one on Dietrich Loop and one on Toulouse Drive, both in Lake Charles, in reference to students from a local high school causing damage to the residences.

 

During the investigation it was learned that 8 students were responsible for breaking a basketball goal and spray painting vulgar graffiti on the driveway and garage door at the home on Dietrich Loop.  Detectives learned 9 students responsible for spray painting vulgar graffiti on the grass and driveway, as well as, using a paintball gun on the residence on Toulouse Drive.  The students also threw toilet paper and eggs on both of the homes, and the home on Toulouse Drive had flour and food condiments thrown all over the outside of the residence and the yard.

          

Two students are being charged with simple criminal property damage; criminal mischief; and criminal trespass.  The other 15 students are being charged with criminal mischief; and criminal trespass. All 17 students were all issued citations and released. 

           

“These are high school homecoming pranks that were taken too far,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These acts of reckless conduct and vandalism, when the students go out of their way to destroy and vandalize property, will not be tolerated. “

           

“While destroying someone else’s property is very disconcerting, another major concern to me as a parent is for the safety of the students.  A student could accidentally be shot by homeowner mistaking them for a burglar.  This is an avoidable tragedy and we’re so fortunate it has not happened yet,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

“With more homecomings coming up around the parish in the next few weeks, I urge students not to resort to vandalism and I urge parents not to condone this type of behavior.  Our deputies spent several days and countless overtime hours to solve these two cases and we will do the same if it happens again,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

CPSO Detectives Sgt. Bobby Shortridge and Sgt. Melanie Veillon are the lead investigators on these cases, being assisted by CPSO detectives Sgt. Mitch Taylor, Sgt. Cody Soileau, and Sr. Sgt. Cory Maddox.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 5th    

 

Lake Charles –

 

On September 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Edgerly DeQuincy Road in Vinton in reference to a truck that was swerving in and out of the lane of travel.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the truck already stopped on the roadway.  Deputies approached the truck and made contact with the driver, Larry G. Marcantel, Jr., 50, 3641 Marcantel Road, Vinton, who was slouched over in his seat.  Deputies also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from the cab of the truck.  When deputies instructed Marcantel to exit his truck they observed him to have very unsteady balance and needed assistance to stand.  Deputies also observed Marcantel to have slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  While speaking with deputies Marcantel advised them he was drinking beer while driving home from Texas.

 

After Marcantel performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Marcantel, who is currently on probation for DWI 4th, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 5th; and a traffic violation.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $51,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Rabb, Cpl. Kirk Carroll, and Deputy Larry Fontenot are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 8:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Elliswood Drive in Sulphur in reference to an accidental death.  When deputies arrived they discovered Edward D. Diaz, 47, DeRidder, deceased.  During further investigation it appears Diaz was working for an electric company up in a bucket truck when he unintentionally brushed up against an exposed power line, which electrocuted him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE & PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Bryson E. Parfait, 25, 1003 18th Street, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl he met on social media.  Detectives learned Parfait had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim multiple times over approximately 4 months.  The victim also told detectives they exchanged nude photographs and videos on their cell phones. 

 

On September 18, when detectives questioned Parfait, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on at least seven occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,000.

 

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF WEST AFRICAN SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a request on social media sites or apps such as Facebook or WhatsApp from an individual they do not know who will begin to message them.  The suspect will continue to converse with the victim over a period of days, while speaking lovingly and affectionately and will use endearing terms such as “soul mate.”  Victims then report the suspect will ask them to perform an act such as sending nude photographs or performing sexual acts live on a social media app.  Once the act is complete the suspects states they are underage and what the victim has done is criminal behavior.  The suspect will then threaten to go to the police or the victim’s family and friends if they do not send money to them in the form of a MoneyGram to the Bank of West Africa.  This is a scam! 

 

Here are some tips to be on the lookout for to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

·         The suspects are reported to make a common profile using fake photographs and information to create the appearance that they are American. 

·         The suspect’s profile will have indicators they are not from this area such as an abundance of friends with African surnames.  They will also “like” many groups from the areas of Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, as well as other African nations.

·         The suspects will have difficulties typing properly in the English language.  Pay attention to their verbiage. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Caleb L. Trahan, 19, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, #499, Lake Charles, raping a 17 year old girl, who was an ex-acquaintance of Trahan. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on June 27 she was at Trahan’s former residence when he got on top of her and held her arms over her head and had sexual intercourse with her.  She stated she told Trahan “no” several times and attempted to push him away but he would not stop.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Trahan, and on September 8 when he was interviewed by detectives, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  After further investigation, on September 14 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Trahan’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape. 

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

The morning of September 13 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Wilson Street in Hayes in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Leroy P. Guidry, Jr., 42, 7708 Wilson Street, Hayes.  Detectives learned the victim arrived at Guidry’s home with an acquaintance of Guidry’s, at which time a physical altercation ensued and Guidry stabbed the victim several times.  Detectives do not believe Guidry and the victim previously knew each other.

 

Guidry, who was still at his home when deputies arrived, was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles - 

 

On September 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Stephen L. Carbone, 29, 210 Thicket Road, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl, who was an acquaintance.  When questioned by detectives Carbone confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

Carbone was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 6 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received two complaints in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victims’ bank accounts. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on September 4 the suspect used cloned debit cards to make the fraudulent ATM withdrawals, both complaints totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect 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 asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.


Information released by the Department of Child and Family Services on families trying to located loved ones who have evacuated after Hurricane Harvey.

SHERIFF MANCUSO RELEASES UPDATED INFORMATION ON RIVER CRESTS IN VINTON & STARKS

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports stating the Sabine River is predicted to crest tomorrow, August 2, at approximately 11:00 a.m. at 31.4 feet, approximately 2 feet less than the March 2016 flood.  There is still a voluntary evacuation in place for the residents of the western part of Calcasieu Parish, areas of Highway 109 west to the Sabine River and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

           

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to continue to handle evacuations and flood related calls. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton is open 24 hours a day for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 494-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO CPSO’S PLAN TO GATHER DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY EVACUEES HAS PROMPTED A LOCAL PARTNERSHIP

 

Lake Charles –

           

Due to the overwhelming response from the public, it has been determined the Calcasieu Parish Office is neither prepared or equipped to handle the magnitude of donations for the Hurricane Harvey evacuees; therefore, we have since partnered with Church of the King of Lake Charles to accept all donations at their church located at 305 N. Ryan St. in Lake Charles.

           

Non-perishable items can be brought to the church Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Todd Shoemaker at (337) 477-8890.

           

Church of the King of Lake Charles Church works with all denominations and many charitable organizations throughout the parish.  They are prepared to handle all of the needs of first responders and their families, as well as, anyone else’s needs who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Louisiana and Texas.

           

 “It is heartwarming to see so many people and organizations that want to help these evacuees but we quickly realized we would not be able to handle all the donations by ourselves.  We are so thankful the Church of the King of Lake Charles has agreed to partner with us in this endeavor,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

CPSO ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.  Detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles and released it to the public.  Detectives received numerous leads and tips and were able to positively identify the suspect as Lindsey K. Cole, 24, 6926 Greathouse Road, Lake Charles.

 

 On August 22 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $4,500 for her arrest.  On August 25 Cole was located at a local motel where she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft; and theft less than $5,000. 

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY EVACUATION OF WESTERN PART OF THE PARISH; VINTON LEC OPEN 24/7 BEGINNING IN THE MORNING

Lake Charles –

 

With the threat of flooding in the western part of the parish, Sheriff Tony Mancuso requested a declaration from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to implement a voluntary evacuation of the western part of the parish.  “We are beefing up patrols on the Sabine River and throughout that part of the parish to protect people’s property,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “We don’t want people to have to worry about looters should they choose to evacuate.  There will be zero-tolerance for looting.”  The National Guard and the LA Wildlife & Fisheries will be assisting with search & rescue, as well as patrols.

 

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to handle evacuations and any flood related calls they may receive. Deputies will be canvassing that area to assist those citizens get out of their homes.  Sheriff Mancuso has arranged for pet and livestock needs through the CPSO Livestock Unit.  Anyone with pet or livestock needs, please call 491-3605.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton will be open 24 hours a day beginning tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 491-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

 

 

This voluntary evacuation is for the western part of the parish ONLY – From Highway 109 west to the Sabine River; and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

 

 Lake Charles –

 

 Due to the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Harvey, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed tomorrow, Monday, August 28. 

 

CPSO Patrol Division and the high water team will be available to help anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation, trapped in their home and needs help evacuating, or has any other weather-related issues.  Please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 if you have an emergency. 

 

The public may call the CPSO Call Center for non-emergency concerns or issues at 337-491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPLOYS ITS HIGH WATER TEAM FOR ISSUES RELATING TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the weather-related issues involving Tropical Storm Harvey, the Sheriff’s Office has immediately deployed its high water team consisting of 32 deputies, numerous boats and high water vehicles.  Sheriff Mancuso has increased regular patrol by 50%.  He says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event for the next several days.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700. 

The Sheriff’s Office has set up a call center for non-emergency calls.  The number is 491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

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CPSO SETS UP CALL CENTER TO TAKE NON-EMERGENCY CALLS AND URGES THE PUBLIC TO GET PREPARED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has set up a call center at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take non-emergency calls during Hurricane Harvey.  The number is (337) 491-3846 and will be open for calls twenty four hours a day beginning Sunday morning at 6:30.

           

“We are setting up this call center because we are anticipating a large number of non-emergency calls from the public,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I know that it is most likely a day or two away from all the effects our parish will feel from Hurricane Harvey, but we are preparing for the worst.”

           

“I think it is very important that our citizens get ready now for the imminent flooding we are going to experience,” says Mancuso.  “It is a possibility some of us will lose electricity and some of us may even be displaced from their home due to flooding.  Go buy your water, non-perishable food, batteries, get medications filled and have plenty of gas in your vehicle.  I strongly encourage everyone to prepare for a significant high water event.”

 

 

Follow us on twitter @CalcasieuSO for information and updates pertaining to Hurricane Harvey.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on August 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received two complaints in reference to a vehicle burglary on Jerry Street and on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles, that occurred sometime during the previous night. 

 

During further investigation CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives learned the suspect stole a purse containing several debit and credit cards from the car on Jerry Street.  It was also discovered one of the stolen credit cards was used at a store on Nelson Road and a pharmacy on Ryan Street in Lake Charles on the same night the card was stolen.  The suspect also attempted to use the credit card at a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles.  Detectives later learned that one of the stolen debit cards was found inside a recovered truck that was reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department from a residence on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles.       

 

 

VCIU detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect at the local grocery store where the stolen card was used.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the video and photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead VCIU Detective David Doucett at 494-4583.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  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.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

Lake Charles -

 

On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

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

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

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, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            Dequincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES HUGE COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

 It appears speed may be a factor of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

             

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Anthony Sansone, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 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.

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

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

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

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

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  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, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then 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; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF THE JOB

UPDATE:

Earlier this morning, October 6, CPSO deputies received intel on a possible location of escaped inmate trustee, Anthony Collins, Jr.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the 6000 block of Common Street in Lake Charles and at approximately 8:50 a.m. deputies located Collins in a field. He was arrested and taken into custody.

He will be charged with escape.

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Today at approximately 11:00 a.m. inmate trustee Anthony D. Collins, Jr., 38, last known address 522 Bank Street, Lake Charles, walked off of his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job on litter detail on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit which was later located on Landfair Drive in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was serving time for drug charges and probation violation on bank fraud charges.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Collins.  If anyone knows of Collins’ whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

UPDATE: CPSO detectives received information which leads them to believe the suspect in the armed robbery at the Super 8 Motel in Lake Charles on September 28 also committed an armed robbery of a motel in Opelousas, LA. on October 1. Attached are clearer photographs of the suspect and car sent to us by the Opelousas Police Department. 


 Lake Charles –

 

On Thursday, September 28 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Super 8 Motel located on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the front lobby with a knife and demanded the attendant open the money drawer.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and fled in what detectives believe to be a silver Kia Optima.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone, or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY  

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On July 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex on Lake Street in reference to a rape.During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she went to the dumpster located near her apartment to throw out trash and left the door to her apartment slightly open.  She stated when she re-entered her home she observed an unknown man inside holding a knife.  She told detectives she attempted to flee but the suspect grabbed her and forced her into the bedroom at knife point, at which time he raped her.  The victim also advised detectives she attempted to resist the suspect but he hit her multiple times.  Detectives also learned the suspect stole the victim’s cell phone before leaving the residence.

 

 After further investigation, evidence at the scene led to the identification of the suspect as Brandon L. Bell, 33, 653 Odile Street, Lake Charles.  On September 21 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for Bell’s arrest.  Bell was arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and armed robbery. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

During the investigation detectives observed numerous marks on the 12 year old boy’s neck, back, and arm.  The boy advised detectives that a family member, Jason R. Coward, 43, Vinton, LA, punished him by making him run on a treadmill for an extended period of time.  The victim stated he would become exhausted and fell down several times onto the moving belt of the treadmill, which caused the marks on his body.  The victim also advised detectives that when he would fall off Coward would force him back onto the treadmill by pushing him onto it while the belt was still moving. 

             

Later the same day Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $5,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On September 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car on North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Louis J. Stoddard, 36, 3818 Stegal Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies received written permission to search the car from the owner, who was a passenger in the car.  The search revealed a glass smoking device under the driver’s side floor mat, a plastic box containing numerous glass smoking devices in the back seat, and a scale located inside the center console. 

 

When the deputy questioned Stoddard he advised all of the paraphernalia belonged to him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; improper display of temporary tag; no insurance; no registration; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stoddard was released the next day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.

 

Stoddard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1999.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet and Cpl. Anthony Williams are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On September 23, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Tate A. Hue, 42, 4200 Luke Powers Road #38, Lake Charles, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck.  The deputy also observed Hue to have glossy eyes.  When the deputy asked Hue if he had anything to drink he initially stated no, but then advised the deputy he had 6 beers before driving his truck. 

 

Hue, who has 3 prior DWI convictions, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Hue was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; modification of exhaust systems; and turning movements required.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,600 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR OWNERS OF VEHICLES OF INTEREST IN MOSS BLUFF ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

September 24 at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area where the robbery occurred and were able to identify a car and a truck of interest that were in the parking lot of the casino minutes before the robbery took place.  The vehicles seen on surveillance may not be directly involved in the robbery that occurred, but detectives would like to speak to the owners of the vehicles. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding the car or truck or knows the owners of the vehicles seen in the photographs, or witnessed someone wearing dark colored clothing running towards Highway 171 from Buddy’s Casino, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.   

  

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


CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY AND 3 CTS CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 5 year old girl who was having a seizure.  They advised deputies the girl had several sores, bruises, and rashes covering her body.  It was also discovered the girl was malnourished and had a lacerated kidney.

           

The following day, September 23, after further investigation the girl’s mother, Tammi S. Campbell, 40, Vinton, LA, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the next day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

During the investigation detectives also learned there were three other children, ages 9, 7, and 3, living in the home with the 5 year old girl.  Detectives arrived at the residence in Vinton and discovered the home to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence. 

           

On September 25 detectives interviewed the father of all 4 children, Brian S. Fisher, 40, Vinton, LA, who stated at times all the kids were locked inside their bedrooms, where the windows were nailed shut and covered with garbage bags.  Detectives also learned that when the children were locked in their rooms they were without food or water for several hours, sometimes overnight and into the morning.  Later the same day Campbell, who is also mother to the 3 other children, was rearrested and additionally charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.  Fisher was also arrested and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; they were both booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Ronald Ware set Campbell’s bond at $225,000 and Fisher’s bond at $325,000. 

 

The 5 year old girl was transferred to a hospital in New Orleans.  The children were placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Elliot Phillips is the initial arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Ben Hare and Michelle Robinson are the lead investigators on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Late last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   

 

The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or the suspect seen in the photograph, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CPSO MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTIONS WITH MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

After further investigation detectives identified the driver of car seen in the surveillance footage as Christopher R. Guidry, 31, Elton, LA.  Detectives also learned Guidry had prior knowledge of the robbery and assisted in conducting wire transfers with a portion of the stolen money from the credit union.  On August 24 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant charging Guidry with principal to simple robbery in the amount of $20,000.  He is currently incarcerated in the Lafayette Parish Jail on unrelated charges.           

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO CITES 17 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

On Monday, September 18 between the hours of 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received two complaints, one on Dietrich Loop and one on Toulouse Drive, both in Lake Charles, in reference to students from a local high school causing damage to the residences.

 

During the investigation it was learned that 8 students were responsible for breaking a basketball goal and spray painting vulgar graffiti on the driveway and garage door at the home on Dietrich Loop.  Detectives learned 9 students responsible for spray painting vulgar graffiti on the grass and driveway, as well as, using a paintball gun on the residence on Toulouse Drive.  The students also threw toilet paper and eggs on both of the homes, and the home on Toulouse Drive had flour and food condiments thrown all over the outside of the residence and the yard.

          

Two students are being charged with simple criminal property damage; criminal mischief; and criminal trespass.  The other 15 students are being charged with criminal mischief; and criminal trespass. All 17 students were all issued citations and released. 

           

“These are high school homecoming pranks that were taken too far,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These acts of reckless conduct and vandalism, when the students go out of their way to destroy and vandalize property, will not be tolerated. “

           

“While destroying someone else’s property is very disconcerting, another major concern to me as a parent is for the safety of the students.  A student could accidentally be shot by homeowner mistaking them for a burglar.  This is an avoidable tragedy and we’re so fortunate it has not happened yet,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

“With more homecomings coming up around the parish in the next few weeks, I urge students not to resort to vandalism and I urge parents not to condone this type of behavior.  Our deputies spent several days and countless overtime hours to solve these two cases and we will do the same if it happens again,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

CPSO Detectives Sgt. Bobby Shortridge and Sgt. Melanie Veillon are the lead investigators on these cases, being assisted by CPSO detectives Sgt. Mitch Taylor, Sgt. Cody Soileau, and Sr. Sgt. Cory Maddox.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 5th    

 

Lake Charles –

 

On September 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Edgerly DeQuincy Road in Vinton in reference to a truck that was swerving in and out of the lane of travel.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the truck already stopped on the roadway.  Deputies approached the truck and made contact with the driver, Larry G. Marcantel, Jr., 50, 3641 Marcantel Road, Vinton, who was slouched over in his seat.  Deputies also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from the cab of the truck.  When deputies instructed Marcantel to exit his truck they observed him to have very unsteady balance and needed assistance to stand.  Deputies also observed Marcantel to have slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  While speaking with deputies Marcantel advised them he was drinking beer while driving home from Texas.

 

After Marcantel performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Marcantel, who is currently on probation for DWI 4th, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 5th; and a traffic violation.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $51,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Rabb, Cpl. Kirk Carroll, and Deputy Larry Fontenot are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 8:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Elliswood Drive in Sulphur in reference to an accidental death.  When deputies arrived they discovered Edward D. Diaz, 47, DeRidder, deceased.  During further investigation it appears Diaz was working for an electric company up in a bucket truck when he unintentionally brushed up against an exposed power line, which electrocuted him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE & PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Bryson E. Parfait, 25, 1003 18th Street, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl he met on social media.  Detectives learned Parfait had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim multiple times over approximately 4 months.  The victim also told detectives they exchanged nude photographs and videos on their cell phones. 

 

On September 18, when detectives questioned Parfait, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on at least seven occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,000.

 

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF WEST AFRICAN SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a request on social media sites or apps such as Facebook or WhatsApp from an individual they do not know who will begin to message them.  The suspect will continue to converse with the victim over a period of days, while speaking lovingly and affectionately and will use endearing terms such as “soul mate.”  Victims then report the suspect will ask them to perform an act such as sending nude photographs or performing sexual acts live on a social media app.  Once the act is complete the suspects states they are underage and what the victim has done is criminal behavior.  The suspect will then threaten to go to the police or the victim’s family and friends if they do not send money to them in the form of a MoneyGram to the Bank of West Africa.  This is a scam! 

 

Here are some tips to be on the lookout for to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

·         The suspects are reported to make a common profile using fake photographs and information to create the appearance that they are American. 

·         The suspect’s profile will have indicators they are not from this area such as an abundance of friends with African surnames.  They will also “like” many groups from the areas of Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, as well as other African nations.

·         The suspects will have difficulties typing properly in the English language.  Pay attention to their verbiage. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Caleb L. Trahan, 19, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, #499, Lake Charles, raping a 17 year old girl, who was an ex-acquaintance of Trahan. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on June 27 she was at Trahan’s former residence when he got on top of her and held her arms over her head and had sexual intercourse with her.  She stated she told Trahan “no” several times and attempted to push him away but he would not stop.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Trahan, and on September 8 when he was interviewed by detectives, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  After further investigation, on September 14 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Trahan’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape. 

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

The morning of September 13 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Wilson Street in Hayes in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Leroy P. Guidry, Jr., 42, 7708 Wilson Street, Hayes.  Detectives learned the victim arrived at Guidry’s home with an acquaintance of Guidry’s, at which time a physical altercation ensued and Guidry stabbed the victim several times.  Detectives do not believe Guidry and the victim previously knew each other.

 

Guidry, who was still at his home when deputies arrived, was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles - 

 

On September 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Stephen L. Carbone, 29, 210 Thicket Road, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl, who was an acquaintance.  When questioned by detectives Carbone confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

Carbone was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 6 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received two complaints in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victims’ bank accounts. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on September 4 the suspect used cloned debit cards to make the fraudulent ATM withdrawals, both complaints totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect 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 asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.


Information released by the Department of Child and Family Services on families trying to located loved ones who have evacuated after Hurricane Harvey.

SHERIFF MANCUSO RELEASES UPDATED INFORMATION ON RIVER CRESTS IN VINTON & STARKS

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports stating the Sabine River is predicted to crest tomorrow, August 2, at approximately 11:00 a.m. at 31.4 feet, approximately 2 feet less than the March 2016 flood.  There is still a voluntary evacuation in place for the residents of the western part of Calcasieu Parish, areas of Highway 109 west to the Sabine River and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

           

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to continue to handle evacuations and flood related calls. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton is open 24 hours a day for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 494-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO CPSO’S PLAN TO GATHER DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY EVACUEES HAS PROMPTED A LOCAL PARTNERSHIP

 

Lake Charles –

           

Due to the overwhelming response from the public, it has been determined the Calcasieu Parish Office is neither prepared or equipped to handle the magnitude of donations for the Hurricane Harvey evacuees; therefore, we have since partnered with Church of the King of Lake Charles to accept all donations at their church located at 305 N. Ryan St. in Lake Charles.

           

Non-perishable items can be brought to the church Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Todd Shoemaker at (337) 477-8890.

           

Church of the King of Lake Charles Church works with all denominations and many charitable organizations throughout the parish.  They are prepared to handle all of the needs of first responders and their families, as well as, anyone else’s needs who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Louisiana and Texas.

           

 “It is heartwarming to see so many people and organizations that want to help these evacuees but we quickly realized we would not be able to handle all the donations by ourselves.  We are so thankful the Church of the King of Lake Charles has agreed to partner with us in this endeavor,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

CPSO ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.  Detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles and released it to the public.  Detectives received numerous leads and tips and were able to positively identify the suspect as Lindsey K. Cole, 24, 6926 Greathouse Road, Lake Charles.

 

 On August 22 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $4,500 for her arrest.  On August 25 Cole was located at a local motel where she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft; and theft less than $5,000. 

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY EVACUATION OF WESTERN PART OF THE PARISH; VINTON LEC OPEN 24/7 BEGINNING IN THE MORNING

Lake Charles –

 

With the threat of flooding in the western part of the parish, Sheriff Tony Mancuso requested a declaration from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to implement a voluntary evacuation of the western part of the parish.  “We are beefing up patrols on the Sabine River and throughout that part of the parish to protect people’s property,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “We don’t want people to have to worry about looters should they choose to evacuate.  There will be zero-tolerance for looting.”  The National Guard and the LA Wildlife & Fisheries will be assisting with search & rescue, as well as patrols.

 

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to handle evacuations and any flood related calls they may receive. Deputies will be canvassing that area to assist those citizens get out of their homes.  Sheriff Mancuso has arranged for pet and livestock needs through the CPSO Livestock Unit.  Anyone with pet or livestock needs, please call 491-3605.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton will be open 24 hours a day beginning tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 491-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

 

 

This voluntary evacuation is for the western part of the parish ONLY – From Highway 109 west to the Sabine River; and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

 

 Lake Charles –

 

 Due to the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Harvey, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed tomorrow, Monday, August 28. 

 

CPSO Patrol Division and the high water team will be available to help anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation, trapped in their home and needs help evacuating, or has any other weather-related issues.  Please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 if you have an emergency. 

 

The public may call the CPSO Call Center for non-emergency concerns or issues at 337-491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPLOYS ITS HIGH WATER TEAM FOR ISSUES RELATING TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the weather-related issues involving Tropical Storm Harvey, the Sheriff’s Office has immediately deployed its high water team consisting of 32 deputies, numerous boats and high water vehicles.  Sheriff Mancuso has increased regular patrol by 50%.  He says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event for the next several days.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700. 

The Sheriff’s Office has set up a call center for non-emergency calls.  The number is 491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

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CPSO SETS UP CALL CENTER TO TAKE NON-EMERGENCY CALLS AND URGES THE PUBLIC TO GET PREPARED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has set up a call center at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take non-emergency calls during Hurricane Harvey.  The number is (337) 491-3846 and will be open for calls twenty four hours a day beginning Sunday morning at 6:30.

           

“We are setting up this call center because we are anticipating a large number of non-emergency calls from the public,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I know that it is most likely a day or two away from all the effects our parish will feel from Hurricane Harvey, but we are preparing for the worst.”

           

“I think it is very important that our citizens get ready now for the imminent flooding we are going to experience,” says Mancuso.  “It is a possibility some of us will lose electricity and some of us may even be displaced from their home due to flooding.  Go buy your water, non-perishable food, batteries, get medications filled and have plenty of gas in your vehicle.  I strongly encourage everyone to prepare for a significant high water event.”

 

 

Follow us on twitter @CalcasieuSO for information and updates pertaining to Hurricane Harvey.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on August 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received two complaints in reference to a vehicle burglary on Jerry Street and on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles, that occurred sometime during the previous night. 

 

During further investigation CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives learned the suspect stole a purse containing several debit and credit cards from the car on Jerry Street.  It was also discovered one of the stolen credit cards was used at a store on Nelson Road and a pharmacy on Ryan Street in Lake Charles on the same night the card was stolen.  The suspect also attempted to use the credit card at a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles.  Detectives later learned that one of the stolen debit cards was found inside a recovered truck that was reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department from a residence on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles.       

 

 

VCIU detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect at the local grocery store where the stolen card was used.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the video and photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead VCIU Detective David Doucett at 494-4583.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  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.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

Lake Charles -

 

On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

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

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

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, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    

CPSO DEPUTY INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 7:50 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call at a residence on Patton Street in Sulphur in reference to a burglary in progress. 

 

Upon arrival the deputy located the suspect, later identified as David S. Rozas, 45, Sulphur, outside the residence holding a gun in his hand.  The deputy made contact with Rozas and gave loud verbal commands for him to drop the gun.  Rozas did not comply with the deputy’s commands and raised the gun toward the deputy, causing the deputy to fire.  Rozas began firing back at the deputy, causing the deputy to take cover and continue to fire at which time Rozas was struck several times. 

 

After further investigation by detectives it was learned Rozas had broken into the home of his estranged wife, armed with a handgun, and was searching the residence for an acquaintance of the wife, who was not there.  The victim was able to call 911 and exit the home in an attempt to hide outside.  Detectives also learned Rozas started to drive away but when he witnessed the victim hiding outside he exited his truck armed with the gun and chased her down, at which time the deputy arrived on scene. 

 

Rozas was transported by ambulance to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Rozas was arrested and charged with attempted 1st degree murder of a police officer; aggravated assault with a firearm; and home invasion.  Upon his release from the hospital he will be booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has requested the Louisiana State Police conduct an investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On November 22 at approximately 12:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car near the intersection of 11th Street and 4th Avenue in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Kenion M. Boutte, 20, 3309 S. General Wainwright Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies also learned Boutte did not have a valid driver’s license. 

 

Boutte was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; no turn signal; and driver must be licensed.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $51,600 with special conditions being he cannot be released until it is cleared by Probation & Parole.

 

Boutte was convicted of aggravated assault of a child in Houston, Texas in 2015.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 21 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local business in reference to a theft from a work site located on Houston River Road in Westlake.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated there was a generator, worth approximately $1,200, missing from the work site.  The complainant then advised deputies the generator had a GPS tracking system on it and he was able to pull up a location on Eddy Street in Lake Charles.

           

Several minutes later deputies arrived at the home on Eddy Street and located the stolen generator in the back yard as well as another generator, which was also worth approximately $1,200.  It was later learned the second generator found at the home also belonged to the same business but they had lost the GPS signal on it in March and did not know it was missing.   

 

Two of the men living at the home, George Edwards, III, 31, and Joey P. Hanchett, 36, both of 213 Eddy Street, Lake Charles, were transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  After speaking with detectives, Edwards and Hanchett were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Both were released the following day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.    


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

 

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be implementing the Annual Robbery Prevention Mobilization (RPM) in an effort to deter crime and assist shoppers in the parking lot at the Prien Lake Mall during the holiday season, which will begin Friday, November 24 and will continue through December 26, seven days a week.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES METHODS TO PAY 2017 PROPERTY TAXES

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announces taxpayers can pay their 2017 property taxes online on the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com by using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit card.  Taxpayers may also view and print their bill from the website.

 

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

 

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

                       

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Office

Magnolia Life Building                     

1011 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 100, Lake Charles

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

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

 

Sulphur (West Cal) CPSO Law Enforcement Center

1525 Cypress Street, Sulphur

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

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

 

Also for the convenience to the taxpayers, the Calcasieu Parish Tax Collector’s Office will have a representative to collect the 2017 property taxes on the following dates and at the following locations around the parish:

 

DATE AND TIME                                                                 LOCATION 

 

Tuesday, December 5                                                  Vinton Law Enforcement Center

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

           

Wednesday, December 6                                            Dequincy Law Enforcement Center

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

 

Thursday, December 7                                               Moss Bluff Law Enforcement Center

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

 

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

 

For information concerning payment of taxes, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Tax Division at (337) 491-3680.

 

For information concerning assessment, address changes, and homestead, please call the Calcasieu Parish Tax Assessor’s Office at  (337) 721-3000.

 

The deadline to make payment for the 2017 tax notices without paying any interest or penalty is December 31, 2017.  Any payments received after December 31, 2017 will be charged 1% interest per month and are subject to additional costs mandated by the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES HUGE COCAINE BUST ON I-10

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On Tuesday, November 14 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Cpl. Chad Booth and Sgt. Allen Desormeaux with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T.Team) conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 pickup truck eastbound on Interstate 10 near mile marker 14 for a traffic violation.  The driver of the truck was Stephane Baril, a native of Quebec, Canada.  During the course of the traffic stop Cpl. Booth observed Baril to be overly nervous and act in a suspicious manner. Cpl. Chad Booth issued Baril a notice of violation for the traffic offense. 

           

Based on the observations made by Cpl. Booth during the course of the traffic stop concerning the overly nervous and suspicious actions of Baril, he requested permission to conduct a search of the truck.  Baril granted the request, providing Cpl. Booth with written consent and allowing him to conduct a search of the truck.  During the search, Cpl. Booth and Sgt. Desormeaux recovered approximately eighty (80) large bundles of compressed powder cocaine totaling 219.5 pounds, with the estimated street value of over $3,000,000..  The eighty (80) bundles of compressed cocaine were found to be concealed in multiple luggage bags located in the bed of the truck.

           

Baril was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS II (Cocaine) over 400 grams.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million. 


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

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Office has been award $46,650 in grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement activities throughout the year to reduce traffic crashes and the resulting serious injuries and fatalities.   The grant will be used to place off duty deputies on the roads to enforce traffic laws that pertain to seatbelts, drinking and driving, underage drinking and driving, and speeding.  The Sheriff’s Office will utilize checkpoints as wells as saturation patrol to enforce these laws.  “We are very pleased to receive this grant which will allow us to have more patrol deputies on the road enforcing traffic laws that will help to keep our citizens safe,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Research shows that high-visibility enforcement can reduce fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  We will be looking for, and arresting or ticketing, those violators that make it dangerous for the law-abiding drivers.”

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will participate in several special nationwide enforcement campaigns such as “Click It or Ticket”, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”, and “Buckle Up In Your Truck.”  These special enforcement campaigns will run through September 30, 2018.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY 

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident on Southpark Drive in Lake Charles. 

           

The preliminary investigation revealed the truck was traveling southbound when it left the roadway and struck a tree.  The driver, Robert Kelly, 30, Texas, was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene.  

           

 It appears speed may be a factor of the accident but the investigation is still continuing. As mandated by state law, a toxicology report will be conducted on the driver.

             

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

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 118th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 118th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 34 officers representing 12 agencies in the five-parish area. There were 32 officers who completed 456 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, 1 officer who completed a transition course of 249 hours of instruction, and 1 officer who completed a refresher course of 140 hours. All 34 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

 

Tammy Moore, Elizabeth Police Department, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

 

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Anthony Sansone, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Collin Kleckley, first; Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw, second; McNeese Police Department

Dustin Doyle, third; Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

 

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Collin Kleckley, Lake Charles Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 456 hours of instruction are as follows:

Dustin Doyle – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jacob Dolby, Trey James, Evan Perkins, Anthony Sansone – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office 

Noah Aultman, Josh Deville, Garrett Douglas, Austin Fontenot, Tanner Habetz, Cameron Hicks, Bradley Lamar, Bradley Laningham, Dempsey Lavergne, Logan Leger, Devetrick McClain, Aaron Miller, Robert Nordan, IV, Britt Poindexter, Andrew Westlake, Jacob Williams - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Kaleigh Parker - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dalton Doyle– DeRidder Police Department

Tammy Moore – Elizabeth Police Department

Leric Istre – Elton Police Department

Erin LaPoint – Jennings Police Department

Houston Boyt, Bret Dommert, Collin Kleckley – Lake Charles Police Department

Kristopher Shaw – McNeese Police Department

Corey Clophus – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

Robert Cole – Westlake Police Department

 

Jason Witham, McNeese Police Department, graduated after completing 249 hours of transition courses and Ronald January, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 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.

Crime Stoppers Malmor Landing

On October 9th around 6:15 p.m. two suspects gained access to the docks seen in these photographs at Malmor Landing Marina, located on Mike Hooks road in Westlake.

 

Once on the property the suspects started several fires on the docks near the gas pumps, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage.

 

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 118th BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 118th Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony Thursday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Thirty-four (34) cadets representing Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeRidder Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Elton Police Department, Jennings Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, McNeese Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office, and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF 2 MEN

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of N. Claiborne Street and W. Houston River Road in Sulphur in reference to two men who had fallen from a helicopter.  When deputies arrived they discovered two men, both in their 20’s and both from California, deceased.  During further investigation it was learned the two men were working on the electrical lines in the area from a helicopter.  It appears their safety harness was rubbing against the power lines, causing it to snap and causing them to fall about 100 feet from the helicopter.  Both men were pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. 

 

Foul play is not suspected, the deaths appear to be accidental.  Next of kin has not been notified so their names have not been released.

 

UPDATE:  The two men have been identified as Nicholas Gamalski, 27, and Travis Chiokai, 26, both from California.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On October 30 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on October 29 the suspects gained access into the business and stole approximately $15,000 to $20,000 worth of tools as well as a welding machine and other miscellaneous items.    

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspects or vehicle seen in the photographs contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles in reference to a theft.  When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated he believed his neighbor, Phillip D. Spell, 61, 1010 Azalea Street, Lake Charles, had been stealing from him.

           

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated at one time Spell had a key to his home and would keep an eye on his residence when he was out of town.  He stated he started to notice some of his belongings were missing and when he confronted Spell he admitted to stealing from him.  After further investigation detectives learned Spell had pawned several of the victim’s belongings, such as several guns and tools, to a local pawn shop. 

 

Later the same day Spell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; and theft from $5,000 but less than $25,000.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 5 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck near Park Avenue and Shell Beach Drive in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Derrick A. Hayes, 34, 18223 Foreman Road, Iowa, he detected an odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  The deputy also observed Hayes to have blood shot eyes and trouble keeping his balance.  Hayes, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform all sections of the standard field sobriety test.  He was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused. 

 

Hayes was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; and defective tail lamps.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $25,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

           

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Ryan Tarver is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On November 2 at approximately 12:10 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Weaver Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputies spoke with the driver, Tyson V. Francis, 30, 7157 W. Savannah Lane, Lake Charles, they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.  Deputies also observed Francis to have glossy eyes, slurred speech, and trouble keeping his balance. 

 

Francis, who has 3 previous DWI arrests, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Francis was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th. 

 

Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $50,250 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license and he may not possess any alcohol. 

 

CPSO Deputy Sabrina Benoit is the arresting deputy on this case. 

Crime Stoppers Bronco Stop

On June 9th around 3:00 a.m. the truck seen in this photograph entered the rear parking lot of the Bronco Stop, located on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

 

The two suspects seen in this photograph exited the truck and cut the copper wire on the outside AC unit, causing approximately $1,400 worth of damage.  The suspects then stole the wire along with a water hose from the property.

 

If anyone has any information call Crime Stoppers at 493-2222.

Crime Stoppers Lake St. Lay Down Yard

Sometime between September 27th and 28th and unknown person gained entry to the lay down yard at the South end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

 

Once on the property the usspect busted out the windows of several pieces of heavy equipment, causing around $2,000 worth of damage.

 

If anyone has information on this case call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

Crime Stoppers VFW

Sometime between September 3rd and 4th an unknown person gained entry inside the VFW Post 2130 located on Lake Street in Lake Charles, through an unlocked door.

 

Once inside the suspect stole approximately $6,000 from the register, ATM, jukebox, and poker machine. The suspect caused approximately $1,200 worth of damage to the machines.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On January 24 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Luke J. Daigle, 51, 3662 Pete Seay Road, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a family acquaintance.  The victim advised detectives Daigle touched her inappropriately on more than one occasion when she was approximately 11 years old.  

 

On May 8 after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for Daigle’s arrest.  Detectives’ attempts to locate Daigle were unsuccessful.  On October 27 Daigle was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 4 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 27 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Christopher E. Vincent, 27, 1833 Sara Street, Sulphur, having inappropriate sexual contact with a female family member, who is now 10 years old.  The victim advised detectives the incident happened on more than one occasion between 2014 and 2017.  

 

On October 20 after further investigation, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000 for Vincent’s arrest.  On October 27 Vincent was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with 1st degree rape.  Judge Ritchie set his special conditions of bond to include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On October 17 at approximately 9:50 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Vermillion Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a man walking in the victim’s backyard.  When deputies arrived they viewed video surveillance at the victim’s home which showed a man opening the door to the victim’s truck, which had been left unlocked.  The video footage then showed the suspect walking into the victim’s backyard. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspect seen in the video surveillance as Joshua R. Langford, 26, 3371 Sancess Road, Lake Charles, and on October 19 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $26,000 for his arrest.  On October 23, Langford was located and when detectives interviewed him he advised he had gone to the victim’s residence and was looking for tools.  Langford also advised detectives he had taken two bags of tools out of the victim’s truck.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted simple burglary; attempted theft; and criminal trespassing. 

           

Due to the warrant being issued before detectives learned items were stolen from the truck Langford was charged with attempted theft.  It will be up to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office to upgrade the charge.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a walk in complaint at the Vinton Law Enforcement Center in reference to a theft. 

 

The victim advised deputies he ordered a new credit card and never received it in the mail, but several weeks later he noticed charges on the credit card that he had not authorized.  The victim also stated in July he noticed his handgun was missing from the dresser inside his home.  During further investigation deputies learned from July - October 2017 there was approximately $12,000 of unauthorized charges on the victim’s account.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation, deputies questioned the victim’s family member, Randy E. Deason, 53, 1210 East Street, Vinton, who stated to deputies he was responsible for all the charges on the credit card and he also stole the gun, as well as, some other items from the victim’s home and pawned them at a local pawn shop.  Deason was arrested the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft from $5,000 - $25,000; theft of a firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $25,000

           

Detectives were able to locate the stolen gun, as well as, a pair of binoculars and a men’s ring at the pawn shop, which were then recovered and returned to the victim.   

           

CPSO Deputies Christopher Dougay and Travis Carroll are the arresting deputies on this case.  Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN"

 

Lake Charles –

 

Before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area.

               

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

               

While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts.  “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within two miles of any address you register,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  The alerts are in real-time and sent out via email as soon as an offender has registered with the Sheriff’s Office.

               

There is no cost of this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register.  Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential.  With these resources available, Sheriff Mancuso says parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween.

    

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

CPSO ARREST MAN & WOMAN AND ISSUE WARRANTS FOR 3 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING AND ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles. The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street. Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in. The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings. When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings. Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911.

 

Detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa. On October 23, Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest. On October 24 Pryor turned herself in to the Oakdale Police Department. She was arrested, transported and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery.

 

During further investigation detectives learned there were four more suspects, in addition to Pryor, responsible for the armed robbery and shooting and were able to identify them as Brodrick B. Record, 19, 400 New Street, Oakdale, Kenneth J. Sweet, 27, 3227 Aster Street, Lake Charles, Fabien Record, 18, 1117 East Street, Mamou, and Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez, 19, 2210 Turkey Creek Road, Glenmora. On October 24, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for all four of the men in the amount of $500,000 each; charging them all with attempted first degree murder; and armed robbery. Later the same evening F. Record was located in Oakdale and arrested, he is currently waiting to be transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

 

Detectives are currently searching for B. Record, Sweet, and Labrada-Hernandez and asks if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.


UPDATE: ALL SUSPECTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY

 

 

·        Broderick Record – turned himself in to Glenmora PD on October 28, currently awaiting extradition

 

·        Kenneth Sweet – turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 27

 

 

·        Mauricio Labrada-Hernandez -  turned himself in to Oakdale PD, booked into CCC on October 28

  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, November 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S BINGO LUNCHEON IN LAKE CHARLES  

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a Senior Citizen’s Bingo Luncheon on Thursday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Ward 3 Recreation Power Center located at 3210 Power Center Parkway.

 

All senior citizens 55 and older are invited at no charge.  For more information please call (337) 491-3737.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR 4 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOOTING & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On October 22 at approximately 10:45 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a motel on Highway 90 in Lake Charles.  The complainant advised she had left the scene with the victim in her car but would wait for deputies in a parking lot off Broad Street.  Once deputies arrived the victim was transported to a local hospital. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the complainant, who was sitting in the driver’s seat of the car, and her husband, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, were in the parking lot of the motel on Highway 90 when four suspects, who were armed with firearms, approached their car and got in it.  The woman said once the suspects were inside the car they demanded she give them her personal belongings.  When the women did not comply they shot the man and stole her belongings.  Once the suspects got out of the car, the complainant advised detectives she was able to flee the scene with the victim, at which time she called 911. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Tammy D. Pryor, 18, 909 West Fourth Street, Iowa.  The following day Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $500,000 for her arrest.  Pryor is charged with attempted 1st degree murder; and armed robbery.  Detectives are currently searching for Pryor and ask if anyone has any information regarding her whereabouts, please call CPSO lead Detective Casey Lafargue at (337) 491-3753.

 

CPSO detectives are also asking for the public’s help to identify the other three suspects, two of which are described as black males.  The suspects were seen on video surveillance driving a car described as a 2000-2003 light colored Nissan Maxima.  If anyone has any information please call Detective Lafargue or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On October 20 at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a single vehicle accident in the 3100 block of Smith Ferry Road in Westlake.

 

Upon arrival the deputy discovered the truck appeared to have run off the road; striking a mailbox, tree, and fence.  When the deputy made contact with the driver, Logan M. Lejeune, 29, 2508 Wilda Street, Westlake, he smelled a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  The deputy also observed Lejeune to have slurred speech, glossy eyes, and unsteady balance.  Lejeune advised the deputy he had drank approximately 12 beers prior to driving. 

 

Lejeune, who was arrested for DWI 3rd in 2013, refused to perform standard field sobriety testing and was then 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; and careless operation of a vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $27,500 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without ignition interlock device and a valid driver’s license, he may not consume any alcoholic beverages, and he cannot commit any other crimes.

           

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO INFORMS PUBLIC OF SUSPICIOUS VAN IN MOSS BLUFF AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 17 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Park Road and Pine Cone Drive in Moss Bluff in reference to a suspicious van.  During further investigation detectives were advised that a man driving a van stopped two kids in the area, elementary and middle school age, and was asking them personal questions.  “We are currently investigating this incident and following all possible leads.  We also have extra patrol in the area before and after school as a precautionary measure,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “I want to urge parents to talk to their children about stranger danger and teach them to be aware of their surroundings.” 

 

CPSO detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man.  He is described as a white male, 30 to 40 years old, with brown hair.  The van is described as silver or grey in color.  If anyone has any information please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On October 7 at approximately 7:45 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck on West Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When the deputy spoke with the driver, Bobby J. Fontenot, 30, 125 W. Hale Street, Lake Charles, he detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his person. He also observed Fontenot to have slurred speech and unsteady balance.

 

Fontenot performed poorly on a portion of the standard field sobriety test and then stated he was unable to complete the remainder of the test due to medical issues. He was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office where he submitted to a breath intoxilyzer test which revealed he was over the legal limit.

 

Fontenot, who has 2 prior DWIs in the last ten years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; failure to dim lights; tail lamps required; expired license plate; and failure to register vehicle. He was released the next day on a $5,400 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detection monitor at all times.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS DEQUINCY FUGITIVE WANTED FOR ATT 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in Westlake that informed deputies he had just seen fugitive Jeremy Rutledge, 32, DeQuincy, on Fred Lutz Rd. in Westlake.

           

CPSO deputies, with the assistance of Westlake Police Department, arrived on the scene, located Rutledge and took him into custody.  Rutledge was in possession of a pellet gun at the time of his arrest.

           

DeQuincy Police Department had a warrant out for Rutledge since September 27 for attempted 2nd degree murder and false imprisonment.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL

Lake Charles –

 

On October 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigator along with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) responded to a call from the Lake Charles Housing Authority to a home on Gertrude Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a deceased dog located inside the home.

 

Upon arrival, detectives observed the deceased dog, located inside a small crate without water, to be extremely emaciated.  During further investigation, after the necropsy was performed on the dog, it was advised by doctors that the animal died as a result of severe dehydration and starvation due to a foreign object found in the animal’s stomach.  Doctors also advised detectives this stage of starvation was due to months of inadequate nutrition. 

 

When detectives were leaving the home the resident, who is also the owner of the dog, Camilla E. Ross, 644 Gertrude Drive #27, Lake Charles, arrived.  Ross advised detectives she left home on September 24 to go out of town and had just returned back in town.  She stated when she left she provided the dog with food, but forgot to leave water.  She also stated to detectives she was aware the dog was not eating, but did not bring it to a veterinarian. 

 

Ross was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  She was released later that evening on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR MANSLAUGHTER

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress at a house at 3200 E. Opelousas Street in Lake Charles.  Prior to deputies’ arrival they were advised by the complainant that shots had been fired.  Once deputies arrived they observed a man, later identified as Terren L. Zeno, 24, Lake Charles, deceased inside the residence.   

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned prior to the shooting, Zeno had been in a verbal altercation over the phone with the resident living at E. Opelousas Street.  Zeno, along with another man, drove to the home.  Detectives then were advised while Zeno was arriving at the residence, another man, identified as Patrick W. Green, 32, 1403 N. Prater Street, arrived at the home.  A confrontation then ensued outside the residence between the men, at which time Green entered the homeowner’s house.  Zeno then attempted to force his way inside the house to continue the altercation at which time he was shot by Green. 

           

The homeowner and the three men who were involved in the altercation were all acquaintances.

           

Green was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with manslaughter.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $250,000.

           

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF THE JOB

UPDATE:

Earlier this morning, October 6, CPSO deputies received intel on a possible location of escaped inmate trustee, Anthony Collins, Jr.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the 6000 block of Common Street in Lake Charles and at approximately 8:50 a.m. deputies located Collins in a field. He was arrested and taken into custody.

He will be charged with escape.

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Today at approximately 11:00 a.m. inmate trustee Anthony D. Collins, Jr., 38, last known address 522 Bank Street, Lake Charles, walked off of his Calcasieu Correctional Center trustee job on litter detail on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was last seen wearing an orange jumpsuit which was later located on Landfair Drive in Lake Charles.

           

Collins was serving time for drug charges and probation violation on bank fraud charges.

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Collins.  If anyone knows of Collins’ whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

UPDATE: CPSO detectives received information which leads them to believe the suspect in the armed robbery at the Super 8 Motel in Lake Charles on September 28 also committed an armed robbery of a motel in Opelousas, LA. on October 1. Attached are clearer photographs of the suspect and car sent to us by the Opelousas Police Department. 


 Lake Charles –

 

On Thursday, September 28 at approximately 9:45 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Super 8 Motel located on N. Martin Luther King Highway in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the front lobby with a knife and demanded the attendant open the money drawer.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the drawer and fled in what detectives believe to be a silver Kia Optima.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or car seen in the photographs, please call CPSO lead detective Roland Jones at 431-8015 and leave a message if he is unable to answer the phone, or call Crimestoppers at 439-2222.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY  

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On July 31 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex on Lake Street in reference to a rape.During the initial investigation the victim advised detectives she went to the dumpster located near her apartment to throw out trash and left the door to her apartment slightly open.  She stated when she re-entered her home she observed an unknown man inside holding a knife.  She told detectives she attempted to flee but the suspect grabbed her and forced her into the bedroom at knife point, at which time he raped her.  The victim also advised detectives she attempted to resist the suspect but he hit her multiple times.  Detectives also learned the suspect stole the victim’s cell phone before leaving the residence.

 

 After further investigation, evidence at the scene led to the identification of the suspect as Brandon L. Bell, 33, 653 Odile Street, Lake Charles.  On September 21 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for Bell’s arrest.  Bell was arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and armed robbery. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS VINTON MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On September 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to cruelty to a juvenile. 

 

During the investigation detectives observed numerous marks on the 12 year old boy’s neck, back, and arm.  The boy advised detectives that a family member, Jason R. Coward, 43, Vinton, LA, punished him by making him run on a treadmill for an extended period of time.  The victim stated he would become exhausted and fell down several times onto the moving belt of the treadmill, which caused the marks on his body.  The victim also advised detectives that when he would fall off Coward would force him back onto the treadmill by pushing him onto it while the belt was still moving. 

             

Later the same day Coward was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $5,000.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On September 25 at approximately 11:20 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a stop on a car on North Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation.

 

Deputies made contact with the driver, Louis J. Stoddard, 36, 3818 Stegal Road, Sulphur, a registered sex offender, and learned he was in control of a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  After further investigation deputies received written permission to search the car from the owner, who was a passenger in the car.  The search revealed a glass smoking device under the driver’s side floor mat, a plastic box containing numerous glass smoking devices in the back seat, and a scale located inside the center console. 

 

When the deputy questioned Stoddard he advised all of the paraphernalia belonged to him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; improper display of temporary tag; no insurance; no registration; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Stoddard was released the next day on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.

 

Stoddard was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 1999.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Mark Rosteet and Cpl. Anthony Williams are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On September 23, at approximately 9:50 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a traffic stop on a truck traveling on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Tate A. Hue, 42, 4200 Luke Powers Road #38, Lake Charles, he detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the truck.  The deputy also observed Hue to have glossy eyes.  When the deputy asked Hue if he had anything to drink he initially stated no, but then advised the deputy he had 6 beers before driving his truck. 

 

Hue, who has 3 prior DWI convictions, refused to perform a standard field sobriety test.  Hue was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; modification of exhaust systems; and turning movements required.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,600 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet.

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Travis Killmer is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO LOOKING FOR OWNERS OF VEHICLES OF INTEREST IN MOSS BLUFF ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

September 24 at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.

           

During further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area where the robbery occurred and were able to identify a car and a truck of interest that were in the parking lot of the casino minutes before the robbery took place.  The vehicles seen on surveillance may not be directly involved in the robbery that occurred, but detectives would like to speak to the owners of the vehicles. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding the car or truck or knows the owners of the vehicles seen in the photographs, or witnessed someone wearing dark colored clothing running towards Highway 171 from Buddy’s Casino, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.   

  

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


CPSO ARRESTS COUPLE FOR 2ND DEGREE CRUELTY AND 3 CTS CRUELTY TO JUVENILES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.  Upon deputies arrival they were advised by hospital staff that they were currently treating a 5 year old girl who was having a seizure.  They advised deputies the girl had several sores, bruises, and rashes covering her body.  It was also discovered the girl was malnourished and had a lacerated kidney.

           

The following day, September 23, after further investigation the girl’s mother, Tammi S. Campbell, 40, Vinton, LA, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the next day on a $15,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

 

During the investigation detectives also learned there were three other children, ages 9, 7, and 3, living in the home with the 5 year old girl.  Detectives arrived at the residence in Vinton and discovered the home to be unkempt, with animal urine and feces throughout the residence. 

           

On September 25 detectives interviewed the father of all 4 children, Brian S. Fisher, 40, Vinton, LA, who stated at times all the kids were locked inside their bedrooms, where the windows were nailed shut and covered with garbage bags.  Detectives also learned that when the children were locked in their rooms they were without food or water for several hours, sometimes overnight and into the morning.  Later the same day Campbell, who is also mother to the 3 other children, was rearrested and additionally charged with 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile.  Fisher was also arrested and charged with 2nd degree cruelty to a juvenile; and 3 counts of cruelty to a juvenile; they were both booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Ronald Ware set Campbell’s bond at $225,000 and Fisher’s bond at $325,000. 

 

The 5 year old girl was transferred to a hospital in New Orleans.  The children were placed in state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services.

 

CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Elliot Phillips is the initial arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detectives Ben Hare and Michelle Robinson are the lead investigators on this case.     


CPSO LOOKING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Late last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. a man entered Buddy’s Casino, located at 6191 Highway 171 North in Moss Bluff, armed with a handgun.  The suspect forced an employee into a back room and demanded money.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash he was seen on surveillance footage fleeing the casino on foot towards Highway 171.   

 

The suspect is described as approximately 6 feet tall and was last seen wearing dark colored clothing and a black mask.  If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or the suspect seen in the photograph, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

 

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

CPSO MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTIONS WITH MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

 Lake Charles –

 

On May 22 at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

During the investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery.  Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

After further investigation detectives identified the driver of car seen in the surveillance footage as Christopher R. Guidry, 31, Elton, LA.  Detectives also learned Guidry had prior knowledge of the robbery and assisted in conducting wire transfers with a portion of the stolen money from the credit union.  On August 24 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant charging Guidry with principal to simple robbery in the amount of $20,000.  He is currently incarcerated in the Lafayette Parish Jail on unrelated charges.           

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO CITES 17 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR CRIMINAL MISCHIEF

On Monday, September 18 between the hours of 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received two complaints, one on Dietrich Loop and one on Toulouse Drive, both in Lake Charles, in reference to students from a local high school causing damage to the residences.

 

During the investigation it was learned that 8 students were responsible for breaking a basketball goal and spray painting vulgar graffiti on the driveway and garage door at the home on Dietrich Loop.  Detectives learned 9 students responsible for spray painting vulgar graffiti on the grass and driveway, as well as, using a paintball gun on the residence on Toulouse Drive.  The students also threw toilet paper and eggs on both of the homes, and the home on Toulouse Drive had flour and food condiments thrown all over the outside of the residence and the yard.

          

Two students are being charged with simple criminal property damage; criminal mischief; and criminal trespass.  The other 15 students are being charged with criminal mischief; and criminal trespass. All 17 students were all issued citations and released. 

           

“These are high school homecoming pranks that were taken too far,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These acts of reckless conduct and vandalism, when the students go out of their way to destroy and vandalize property, will not be tolerated. “

           

“While destroying someone else’s property is very disconcerting, another major concern to me as a parent is for the safety of the students.  A student could accidentally be shot by homeowner mistaking them for a burglar.  This is an avoidable tragedy and we’re so fortunate it has not happened yet,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

“With more homecomings coming up around the parish in the next few weeks, I urge students not to resort to vandalism and I urge parents not to condone this type of behavior.  Our deputies spent several days and countless overtime hours to solve these two cases and we will do the same if it happens again,” says Sheriff Mancuso.

           

CPSO Detectives Sgt. Bobby Shortridge and Sgt. Melanie Veillon are the lead investigators on these cases, being assisted by CPSO detectives Sgt. Mitch Taylor, Sgt. Cody Soileau, and Sr. Sgt. Cory Maddox.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 5th    

 

Lake Charles –

 

On September 16 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of Edgerly DeQuincy Road in Vinton in reference to a truck that was swerving in and out of the lane of travel.  When deputies arrived on scene they located the truck already stopped on the roadway.  Deputies approached the truck and made contact with the driver, Larry G. Marcantel, Jr., 50, 3641 Marcantel Road, Vinton, who was slouched over in his seat.  Deputies also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from the cab of the truck.  When deputies instructed Marcantel to exit his truck they observed him to have very unsteady balance and needed assistance to stand.  Deputies also observed Marcantel to have slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  While speaking with deputies Marcantel advised them he was drinking beer while driving home from Texas.

 

After Marcantel performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused. 

 

Marcantel, who is currently on probation for DWI 4th, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 5th; and a traffic violation.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $51,000.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Christopher Rabb, Cpl. Kirk Carroll, and Deputy Larry Fontenot are the arresting deputies on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday morning at approximately 8:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Elliswood Drive in Sulphur in reference to an accidental death.  When deputies arrived they discovered Edward D. Diaz, 47, DeRidder, deceased.  During further investigation it appears Diaz was working for an electric company up in a bucket truck when he unintentionally brushed up against an exposed power line, which electrocuted him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Foul play is not suspected, the death appears to be accidental. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE & PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES

Lake Charles –

 

On September 10 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Bryson E. Parfait, 25, 1003 18th Street, Lake Charles, having a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl he met on social media.  Detectives learned Parfait had inappropriate sexual contact with the victim multiple times over approximately 4 months.  The victim also told detectives they exchanged nude photographs and videos on their cell phones. 

 

On September 18, when detectives questioned Parfait, he confirmed he had sexual contact with the victim on at least seven occasions.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $20,000.

 

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

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF WEST AFRICAN SCAM REPORTED IN OUR AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that has recently surfaced in our area.   Victims report receiving a request on social media sites or apps such as Facebook or WhatsApp from an individual they do not know who will begin to message them.  The suspect will continue to converse with the victim over a period of days, while speaking lovingly and affectionately and will use endearing terms such as “soul mate.”  Victims then report the suspect will ask them to perform an act such as sending nude photographs or performing sexual acts live on a social media app.  Once the act is complete the suspects states they are underage and what the victim has done is criminal behavior.  The suspect will then threaten to go to the police or the victim’s family and friends if they do not send money to them in the form of a MoneyGram to the Bank of West Africa.  This is a scam! 

 

Here are some tips to be on the lookout for to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:

·         The suspects are reported to make a common profile using fake photographs and information to create the appearance that they are American. 

·         The suspect’s profile will have indicators they are not from this area such as an abundance of friends with African surnames.  They will also “like” many groups from the areas of Nigeria, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast, as well as other African nations.

·         The suspects will have difficulties typing properly in the English language.  Pay attention to their verbiage. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Caleb L. Trahan, 19, 5859 Tom Hebert Road, #499, Lake Charles, raping a 17 year old girl, who was an ex-acquaintance of Trahan. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on June 27 she was at Trahan’s former residence when he got on top of her and held her arms over her head and had sexual intercourse with her.  She stated she told Trahan “no” several times and attempted to push him away but he would not stop.

 

Detectives attempted to make contact with Trahan, and on September 8 when he was interviewed by detectives, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  After further investigation, on September 14 Judge Guy Bradberry signed a warrant in the amount of $100,000 for Trahan’s arrest.  He was located later the same day and arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape. 

 

CPSO Detective Sarah Stubbs is the lead investigator on this case.

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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

The morning of September 13 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Wilson Street in Hayes in reference to a stabbing. 

 

During further investigation deputies discovered the victim had been stabbed by Leroy P. Guidry, Jr., 42, 7708 Wilson Street, Hayes.  Detectives learned the victim arrived at Guidry’s home with an acquaintance of Guidry’s, at which time a physical altercation ensued and Guidry stabbed the victim several times.  Detectives do not believe Guidry and the victim previously knew each other.

 

Guidry, who was still at his home when deputies arrived, was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $250,000.

 

The victim was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries and is currently in the Intensive Care Unit.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles - 

 

On September 11, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Stephen L. Carbone, 29, 210 Thicket Road, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl, who was an acquaintance.  When questioned by detectives Carbone confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

Carbone was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $50,000.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On September 6 and 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received two complaints in reference to money being fraudulently withdrawn out of the victims’ bank accounts. 

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned on September 4 the suspect used cloned debit cards to make the fraudulent ATM withdrawals, both complaints totaling approximately $900 at a bank in Lake Charles.  Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect 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 asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.


Information released by the Department of Child and Family Services on families trying to located loved ones who have evacuated after Hurricane Harvey.

SHERIFF MANCUSO RELEASES UPDATED INFORMATION ON RIVER CRESTS IN VINTON & STARKS

Lake Charles –

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has received reports stating the Sabine River is predicted to crest tomorrow, August 2, at approximately 11:00 a.m. at 31.4 feet, approximately 2 feet less than the March 2016 flood.  There is still a voluntary evacuation in place for the residents of the western part of Calcasieu Parish, areas of Highway 109 west to the Sabine River and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

           

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to continue to handle evacuations and flood related calls. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton is open 24 hours a day for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 494-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO CPSO’S PLAN TO GATHER DONATIONS FOR HURRICANE HARVEY EVACUEES HAS PROMPTED A LOCAL PARTNERSHIP

 

Lake Charles –

           

Due to the overwhelming response from the public, it has been determined the Calcasieu Parish Office is neither prepared or equipped to handle the magnitude of donations for the Hurricane Harvey evacuees; therefore, we have since partnered with Church of the King of Lake Charles to accept all donations at their church located at 305 N. Ryan St. in Lake Charles.

           

Non-perishable items can be brought to the church Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Todd Shoemaker at (337) 477-8890.

           

Church of the King of Lake Charles Church works with all denominations and many charitable organizations throughout the parish.  They are prepared to handle all of the needs of first responders and their families, as well as, anyone else’s needs who has been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Louisiana and Texas.

           

 “It is heartwarming to see so many people and organizations that want to help these evacuees but we quickly realized we would not be able to handle all the donations by ourselves.  We are so thankful the Church of the King of Lake Charles has agreed to partner with us in this endeavor,” says Sheriff Mancuso. 

CPSO ARREST WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.  Detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. 

 

After further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles and released it to the public.  Detectives received numerous leads and tips and were able to positively identify the suspect as Lindsey K. Cole, 24, 6926 Greathouse Road, Lake Charles.

 

 On August 22 Judge Ronald Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $4,500 for her arrest.  On August 25 Cole was located at a local motel where she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft; and theft less than $5,000. 

 

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO CALLS FOR VOLUNTARY EVACUATION OF WESTERN PART OF THE PARISH; VINTON LEC OPEN 24/7 BEGINNING IN THE MORNING

Lake Charles –

 

With the threat of flooding in the western part of the parish, Sheriff Tony Mancuso requested a declaration from the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury to implement a voluntary evacuation of the western part of the parish.  “We are beefing up patrols on the Sabine River and throughout that part of the parish to protect people’s property,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “We don’t want people to have to worry about looters should they choose to evacuate.  There will be zero-tolerance for looting.”  The National Guard and the LA Wildlife & Fisheries will be assisting with search & rescue, as well as patrols.

 

The Sheriff’s Office currently has high water vehicles and boats staged in the western part of the parish, and is prepared to handle evacuations and any flood related calls they may receive. Deputies will be canvassing that area to assist those citizens get out of their homes.  Sheriff Mancuso has arranged for pet and livestock needs through the CPSO Livestock Unit.  Anyone with pet or livestock needs, please call 491-3605.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vinton Law Enforcement Center, located at 1302 Center St. in Vinton will be open 24 hours a day beginning tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. for the duration of the flooding event for anyone needing assistance.  If anyone is needing information regarding flooding or has any other flood related issues please call the CPSO Vinton LEC at (337) 491-4568 or 911 if it is an emergency.  

 

 

This voluntary evacuation is for the western part of the parish ONLY – From Highway 109 west to the Sabine River; and north from I-10 to Calcasieu Parish Line.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

 

 Lake Charles –

 

 Due to the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Harvey, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed tomorrow, Monday, August 28. 

 

CPSO Patrol Division and the high water team will be available to help anyone who finds themselves in an emergency situation, trapped in their home and needs help evacuating, or has any other weather-related issues.  Please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700 if you have an emergency. 

 

The public may call the CPSO Call Center for non-emergency concerns or issues at 337-491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE DEPLOYS ITS HIGH WATER TEAM FOR ISSUES RELATING TO TROPICAL STORM HARVEY

Lake Charles –

 

Due to the weather-related issues involving Tropical Storm Harvey, the Sheriff’s Office has immediately deployed its high water team consisting of 32 deputies, numerous boats and high water vehicles.  Sheriff Mancuso has increased regular patrol by 50%.  He says, “We are expecting this to be a significant rain event for the next several days.  We will have high water vehicles and boats staged in different areas within the parish, on both sides of the river.  We are prepared to handle any flood-related calls we may receive.” 

 

If anyone finds themselves in an emergency or trapped in their home and needs help evacuating or has any other weather-related issues please call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3700. 

The Sheriff’s Office has set up a call center for non-emergency calls.  The number is 491-3846.

 

Follow CPSO on Twitter @CalcasieuSO or on Facebook for continued updates and information.

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CPSO SETS UP CALL CENTER TO TAKE NON-EMERGENCY CALLS AND URGES THE PUBLIC TO GET PREPARED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso has set up a call center at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office to take non-emergency calls during Hurricane Harvey.  The number is (337) 491-3846 and will be open for calls twenty four hours a day beginning Sunday morning at 6:30.

           

“We are setting up this call center because we are anticipating a large number of non-emergency calls from the public,” says Sheriff Mancuso.  “I know that it is most likely a day or two away from all the effects our parish will feel from Hurricane Harvey, but we are preparing for the worst.”

           

“I think it is very important that our citizens get ready now for the imminent flooding we are going to experience,” says Mancuso.  “It is a possibility some of us will lose electricity and some of us may even be displaced from their home due to flooding.  Go buy your water, non-perishable food, batteries, get medications filled and have plenty of gas in your vehicle.  I strongly encourage everyone to prepare for a significant high water event.”

 

 

Follow us on twitter @CalcasieuSO for information and updates pertaining to Hurricane Harvey.

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

During the early morning hours on August 21, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received two complaints in reference to a vehicle burglary on Jerry Street and on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles, that occurred sometime during the previous night. 

 

During further investigation CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives learned the suspect stole a purse containing several debit and credit cards from the car on Jerry Street.  It was also discovered one of the stolen credit cards was used at a store on Nelson Road and a pharmacy on Ryan Street in Lake Charles on the same night the card was stolen.  The suspect also attempted to use the credit card at a store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles.  Detectives later learned that one of the stolen debit cards was found inside a recovered truck that was reported stolen through the Lake Charles Police Department from a residence on South Chateau Circle in Lake Charles.       

 

 

VCIU detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage of the suspect at the local grocery store where the stolen card was used.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the man seen in the video and photographs.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead VCIU Detective David Doucett at 494-4583.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS

Lake Charles –

 

On August 19 at approximately 9:40 a.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a stop near the intersection of Common Street and E. McNeese Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation. When deputies spoke with the driver, Randy R. Gallow, 40, 718 Tallow Road, Lot 13, Lake Charles, they discovered Gallow, a sex offender who was convicted of oral sexual battery in 2005 in Baton Rouge, did not possess his sex offender ID Card which is required by law for all registered sex offenders.

 

Gallow was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; and a traffic violation. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $25,250. Gallow also has a probation detainer that was issued by Evangeline Parish which requires he be held without bond.

 

CPSO Deputy Brent Smith was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMAN IN CONNECTION WITH IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a theft from a vehicle that occurred on August 6 at a local nightclub in Lake Charles. The victim advised detectives several items including a Louis Vuitton purse and Tom Ford sunglasses, both totaling approximately $2,200, $300 cash, a payroll check for $275, and her ID were missing from her car.

 

Upon further investigation detectives learned the stolen payroll check had been cashed using the ID stolen from the victim’s car. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspect cashing the check at a local bank in Lake Charles. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the woman seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspect and car shown in the pictures is asked to call CPSO lead Detective John Melton at 494-4565.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 113

Sometime between August 4th and 6th, five newly constructed homes on Baywood Drive off McNeese Street in Lake Charles were burglarized. The suspects stole approximately $6,000 worth of appliances.

The vehicles seen in these photographs were seen on surveillance leaving the subdivision.

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national crackdown on drunk driving with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign, that starts today, August 18 and ends September 3, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ is a partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to curb impaired driving and save lives.

 

“Research shows approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involve drunk drivers.  According to the NHTSA in 2015, there were 10,265 people killed in drunk-driving crashes, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014.  By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Calcasieu Parish roadways safer for everyone,” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

 

In conjunction with the national crackdown on drunk driving campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Saturday, August  19.  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.

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

In July the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding a convicted sex offender, Otis R. Jackson, 49, Westlake, inappropriately touching a 12 year old girl, who was a family member.  During the investigation the victim stated that sometime in May she woke up and Jackson was inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

It was also learned during the investigation that Jackson had not been living at his registered address and had not notified the proper authorities within three (3) days, as required by law for all registered sex offenders so on July 31 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  On August 14 he was released on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry. 

 

After further investigation into the initial complaint of the inappropriate touching, Jackson was arrested on August 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $150,000.

 

Jackson was convicted of aggravated rape in 1998 in Cameron Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2015 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Detectives Monte Gentry and Lisa Hardy are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO VICE DETECTIVES ARREST MAN FOR VIDEO VOYEURISM

Lake Charles –

 

On August 15, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vice detectives arrested former teacher, Vernon S. Benoit, 46, 314 Jarrett Street, Welsh, after a four month long investigation revealed he was videoing female students at high school football games, inside the mall, and in his classroom where he taught at a local high school in Calcasieu Parish.

           

The investigation was initiated in October 2016 after Vice detectives received a complaint in reference to a man, later identified as Benoit, who was videoing juvenile girls inside the mall.  When detectives spoke with one of the victims it was learned that Benoit had also been videotaping her and her friends at a high school football game approximately two weeks prior.  The following day CPSO deputies, who were working a security detail at a local high school football game, were notified that a man, later identified as Benoit, was videoing juvenile girls at the game.    

 

After further investigation on November 7, CPSO Vice Detectives, with the assistance of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Benoit’s residence and recovered several USB drives, jump drives, and computers, as well as, a cell phone and numerous other electronic devices.  Detectives submitted the items to evidence to be reviewed, where it was revealed Benoit had photographs of juvenile girls on his cell phone. 

 

The case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on August 14 Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Benoit’s arrest.  Benoit was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with video voyeurism.  He was released later the same evening on a $7,500 bond with special conditions being he can have no contact with the victims, cannot video anyone without their permission regardless of age, no unsupervised contact with minor children, no criminal activity, and must stay away from public and private schools. 

            

CPSO SEARCHING FOR TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR TRESPASSING

Lake Charles -

 

On June 24 at approximately 5:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Van Meter Road in Starks in reference to a trespassing that occurred on June 21.

           

During the follow up investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage at the home which showed a man, later identified as James F. Connolly, 47, Vidor, Texas, walk up to the front door of the residence and then walk around the property.  The surveillance footage also showed Connolly, who was carrying a firearm, enter a shop on the property.

           

On August 2, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Connolly’s arrest signed by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Connolly is being charged with criminal trespassing; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  His bond is set at $22,500.  Detectives attempted to locate Connolly, but were unsuccessful.  If anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Troy Thibodeaux is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS HAYES MAN FOR ORAL SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in Hayes regarding Derrick A. Hayes, 33, having inappropriate contact with a 3 year old boy at Hayes’ residence.  The victim told detectives Hayes, who is a family acquaintance, bit him on the penis while he was watching him.  Detectives also observed injuries on the boy consistent with his statements.   

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Hayes was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with oral sexual battery.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR MOSS BLUFF CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On May 22, at approximately 11:50 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from the CSE Federal Credit Union, located at 1170 Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff in reference to a robbery.  The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the credit union and demanded money from the teller.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, he fled on foot into a wooded area located behind the credit union. 

 

Upon deputies’ arrival CPSO K-9s were able to track the suspect’s scent to an area where it is believed he left in a vehicle. 

 

After further investigation detectives viewed video surveillance footage in the area of the credit union and were able to identify a car of interest that drove by the credit union several times before the robbery and leave the area immediately following the robbery. 

 

Detectives received several leads and were able to identify the suspect as Ray J. McAllister, 37, Del Valle, Texas.  With information obtained during the investigation detectives were able to place McAllister in Lake Charles during the time the robbery occurred.  Detectives also learned the car seen on surveillance in the area of the credit union prior to and after the robbery was borrowed by McAllister.   After further investigation on August 14, Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant in the amount of $150,000, charging him with robbery.  McAllister is currently incarcerated in Waco, Texas on unrelated charges.

           

The FBI assisted in the investigation.

           

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

CPSO MAKES ARRESTS IN STARKS HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 2 around 1:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an open field near the area of Creek Road and Bud Bennet Road in Starks in reference to an unknown deceased man with apparent trauma to his body, later identified as Dustin Hammons of Houston, TX.

 

CPSO detectives traveled to Houston to speak with family members and friends of Hammons.  Statements obtained by detectives indicated Hammons was last seen in the company of Boyd “Lurch” Hagood, 45, and Ashlyn Brown, 22, both of Baytown, TX, in a car driven by Hagood.  According to witnesses, Hammons leaves the area with Hagood and Brown and is not seen again. 

 

Utilizing current available technology, detectives were able to identify and locate the car driven by Boyd as it traveled from the Houston area towards Louisiana. With the assistance of Texas Department of Public Safety, Pasadena Police Department, and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Baytown PD, Houston PD, FBI, Homeland Security Enforcement and Texas Rangers, Boyd and Brown were located and placed under arrest.

 

The homicide is believed to be drug-related.

 

An arrest warrant for 2nd Degree Murder was obtained for Hagood and Brown.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Hagood’s bond at $2,500,000 and Brown’s bond at $1,500,000.  Both are currently being held in Harris County on charges of Aggravated Assault.

 

CPSO Detective Sgt. Casey LaFargue is the lead investigator on this case.


Full Press Conference of Sheriff Tony Mancuso giving an update on the Starks homicide case & Moss Bluff CSE Credit Union case

CPSO INVESTIGATES MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

On August 12, at approximately 8:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the intersection of Miller Avenue and Pine Ridge Drive in Westlake in reference to a motorcycle accident.

 

The investigation revealed the driver of the motorcycle, Anthony Fuselier, 27, Westlake, was traveling northbound on Miller Ave. and failed to negotiate a curve at John Stine Road.  The motorcycle crossed the center line into the southbound lane of Miller Ave., close to the intersection at Pine Ridge Dr.  It hit a tree in a yard and Fuselier was thrown from his motorcycle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Fuselier was wearing a helmet.

 

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

 

CPSO Sgt. Ty Istre is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN TOPSY

Lake Charles –

 

Early this morning at approximately 5:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call near the intersection of Topsy Road and Welcome Road in Topsy in reference to a man being hit by a car.

 

The initial investigation revealed Ryan G. Little, 33, Topsy, was walking in Jeff Davis Parish close to the Calcasieu Parish Line when an elderly man driving a pickup truck gave him a ride.  As they were driving, Little began acting erratically and started hitting the driver, at which time he pulled over his truck and fled in an attempt to escape Little and get help.  According to witnesses on the scene, a few minutes later they saw Little walking westbound on Topsy Road, in Calcasieu Parish, acting erratically and attempting to stop passing vehicles.  Little continued walking westbound on Topsy Road, in the middle of the westbound lane of travel, at which time a driver of a pickup truck, also traveling westbound, struck him.  Little was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

In accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both the driver and the pedestrian.  Impairment of the driver is not suspected.

 

The fatality is still under investigation.  The elderly man was transported to the hospital. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 44 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On August 10, 2016, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty detective was contacted by Calcasieu Parish Animal Services (CPAS) in reference to Rebecca L. Cole, 56, 2417 Estelle Drive, Sulphur, allegedly hoarding and collecting animals inside her home. 

 

CPAS advised the detective they responded to an abandoned mobile home, located at 3218 Myrtle Springs Road, Lot 6, Westlake, that was owned by Cole in reference to a cruelty complaint they received involving numerous cats.  They told the detective their investigation revealed Cole was collecting cats at the mobile home.  They stated she had been intentionally baiting the cats by placing food in the doorway and then once they entered she would lock them inside.  CPAS also stated they made numerous attempts to work with Cole to reduce the number of cats in her possession but she refused to cooperate.     

 

On August 11, 2016 the CPSO detective, along with CPAS, served a search warrant on the mobile home.  Upon entering the home the odor of urine and feces was overwhelming, and they were not able to stay inside the home for any lengthy amount of time.  The home appeared to be abandoned and was solely inhabited by cats, who had destroyed the interior of the mobile home.  The detective observed the majority of the cats to be ferial and not accustomed to human contact.  They removed forty-four (44) cats from the mobile home, all but three were ill, and they learned Cole had been collecting the cats for approximately 10 years.  They also located the remains of a cat in a bedroom closet. 

 

This case was turned over to the DA’s Office and on May 24, 2017, Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $44,000 for Cole’s arrest.  On August 3, she was located at her residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of simple cruelty to animals.  She was released on bond the next day. 

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS 2 VINTON MEN FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 21 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives with the Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) received a tip in reference to Dalton J. Jaquillard, 23, 1428 Shaw Drive, Vinton, being in possession of a boat that was believed to be stolen. 

 

The same day VCIU detectives conducted surveillance on Jaquillard and witnessed him pulling the suspected stolen boat in Vinton.  Detectives later located the boat parked in a parking lot on West Street in Vinton and when they checked the registration they were able to confirm the boat had been reported stolen from a business in Sulphur on June 15.  Detectives continued to conduct their surveillance and located Jaquillard, as well as, a passenger, Kyle M. Moore, 24, 1303 North Street, Vinton, parked at a car wash in Vinton.  When deputies attempted to make contact with the men, Moore fled on foot.

 

When detectives spoke with Jaquillard he stated that Moore placed a stolen engine on the boat.  When detectives ran the VIN from the motor, they confirmed the motor was reported stolen from a business in Lake Charles.  Jaquillard also advised detectives he, as well as Moore, were responsible for two vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur, one of which a truck window was busted out. 

 

Later the same day detectives located Moore.  When they spoke with him he confirmed that he and Jaquillard were responsible for the vehicle burglaries in a parking lot of a refinery in Sulphur.

 

Jaquillard and Moore were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and both charged with simple burglary; theft under $750; and criminal damage to property.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Jaquillard’s bond at $30,000 and Moore’s bond at $5,000. 

 

The burglary and theft cases are still under investigation and more charges are possible. 

 


CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2017 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG), the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of thirteen Tasers, two automated external defibrillators (AED’s), one through the wall radar device, and two complete diving suits which will include a regular mask, snorkel, boots, fins, buoyancy compensator, regulator, mask with communications, 3 m.m. and .5 m.m. wet suits, dry suit and dive computers.

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by September 5, 2017 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to Lt. Jason McRight, Planning & Research, at 337-491-3716.

Sheriff Mancuso Gives Update on Homicide in Starks

CPSO LOOKING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT IN VINTON

Lake Charles –

 

This afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a house at 1010 Stevenson in Vinton in regard to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they found a victim who had been shot in the leg with what appears to be non-life threatening injuries; however, the victim was transported to a hospital in Lafayette.

 

Deputies learned the suspect, William S. Lastrapes, 36, who lives at the house on Stevenson St., had left the scene.  Deputies have been searching for Lastrapes for the last several hours.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued and signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $750,000.  Lastrapes is being charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 

If anyone see Lastrapes or knows his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   He was last seen on foot close to his house on Stevenson.   He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.

 

 

UPDATE William S. Lastrapes turned himself into the Calcasieu Parish Office this morning.  The victim is still in the hospital and his injuries appear to be non-life threatening at this time.

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN STARKS

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

After further investigation the body has been identified as Dustin R. Hammons, 22, of Houston, TX. The investigation has revealed Hammons received trauma to his body so his death is being ruled a homicide. The cause and manner of death are pending the coroner’s investigation.

 

The investigation is continuing and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking if anyone has any information concerning this homicide; or anyone who believes they may have seen suspicious activity in the area of Highway 12 and Creek Road any time between Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, August 2, to please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

 

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

 

**Because Hammons is not from our area, we are including a picture of him in an effort to gather information for the investigation of his death.**

CPSO INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Today around 1:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Bud Bennett and Creek Rds. in Starks in regard to a parish worker stating he had found a body of a man in the woods.

 

 The Sheriff’s Office is investigating this death as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  Identification of the man has not yet been made at this time.

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS 3 RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA – 

 

On Monday, June 26 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit (VCIU) detective responded to a complaint of five vehicle burglaries of unlocked vehicles in the area of Gulf Highway and one complaint of a vehicle burglary of a locked car, where the suspect busted a window, in the area of E. Gauthier Road in Lake Charles.

 

During further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for all six vehicle burglaries as John M. Guillory, 18, Darrien C. Guillory, 19, both of 2006 19th Street, Lake Charles, and Charlie Y. Guillory, 20, 4349 Gorden Woods Drive, Lake Charles. 

  

On July 17 after detectives interviewed John Guillory, he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $5,500.  Several days later on July 19, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of  $4,600 for Darrien Guillory’s arrest and $4,300 for Charlie Guillory’s arrest.  On July 21, Darrien Guillory turned himself in to the CPSO Warrants Division and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are all being charged with 5 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft under $750; and simple criminal property damage.  

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Charlie Guillory (picture attached).  If anyone knows his whereabouts please call CPSO lead Detective Greg Nall at (337) 491-3747 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222. 


CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR 3 WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR PURSE THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

  

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of three women inside the store who were concealing handbags. The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them drive off in a car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stop further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then flee the scene.  It was later learned the suspects used cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  The women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.     

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store and were able to obtain images of the women responsible.  After releasing the photographs of the suspects to the public, detectives received numerous tips as to the identity of the suspects.  Detectives were able to identify the women as Jebria M. Lee, 23;  Jerdae V. Tanner, 21; and Mikiara J. Williams, 22, all of Baton Rouge.  Detectives made contact with Lee who admitted to the theft. 

 

On July 31, after further investigation, Judge Guy Bradberry signed warrants for the three women in the amount of $35,000 each.  They are all being charged with theft of goods over $1,500; simple criminal damage to property; resisting an officer; and aggravated flight from an officer.  Detectives are currently searching for Lee, Tanner, and Williams and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO lead detective John Coffman at (337) 491-7992. 

 

The three women are currently suspects in numerous thefts in other parishes in Louisiana and possibly out of state.

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, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the CPSO John Scott Doyle Building behind the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison at 5400 E. Broad Street.

 

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) 433-8910 or (337) 491-3737.

 

Lunch will be provided at no cost.

CPSO INVESTIGATES DROWNING

Lake Charles – 

           

On July 29 at approximately 7:40 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office received a call regarding a possible drowning in the Calcasieu River on Mims Road in Westlake.

 

When deputies arrived it was learned Danny L. Gabbard, 60, Lake Charles, was on a boat in the river, when he jumped into the water and did not resurface.  Other witnesses at the scene located Gabbard’s body under the water prior to deputies’ arrival and attempted to revive him.  Once deputies arrived, Gabbard was transported to a local hospital.  He was pronounced dead on July 30.  

 

CPSO Detective Melissa Durflinger is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO LOOKING FOR BLACK HONDA ACCORD INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 24 at approximately 6:40 p.m. a hit and run accident occurred on Parish Rd. (between the parking lots of Market Basket and Walmart) in Moss Bluff.  A late model, black 4 door Honda Accord with tinted windows (similar to the one in the attached picture) was traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway prior to entering the Market Basket parking lot from the south.  The car then exited to the east, crossing Parish Rd., when it struck a northbound motorcycle.  The Honda Accord then fled the area and was last seen traveling east on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in the far right lane, possibly headed to Lake Charles.

 

The Honda Accord will have damage to the passenger side in the area where the front and rear doors meet.  If anyone has any information or know the whereabouts of the car or the identification of the driver/owner, please contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at (337) 491-3846.  If Sgt. Guth does not answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.

 

The driver of the motorcycle was treated at a local hospital for a broken arm and released.

CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On July 12 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was working a uniformed off-duty security detail at Dillards when he was notified by store personnel of 3 women inside the store who were concealing handbags.

 

The deputy proceeded to the area where the three woman were located and witnessed one of the women carrying a large Dillards bag full of handbags.  When the three suspects saw the deputy they took off running through the store, pulling a clothing rack down in front of the deputy.  The deputy pursued the women, who eventually split up and ran different ways, and was able to follow two of them into the parking lot, where he witnessed them get into a white four door car with a sun roof.  The two suspects drove off in the car, running over the deputy’s foot, and then stopped further in the parking lot to pick up the third suspect, then fled the scene. 

 

After the deputy reviewed video surveillance inside the store he observed the suspects using cable cutters to cut the security wires attached to the purses.  After further investigation it was learned the women dropped approximately 13 Brahmin purses, totaling approximately $4,000, inside the store.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying these women.  If anyone knows their identity, please call Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.            


CPSO MAKES ARREST IN BOUZIGARD MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the murder of 19 year old Sierra Bouzigard of Moss Bluff on November 23, 2009.  She was found murdered with trauma to her body on the side of John Koonce Rd. in Moss Bluff.   

 

After exhausting all leads, Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced on September 1, 2015 DNA of an unidentified suspect in the murder was sent to a company that creates a picture and characteristic profile of the suspect from the DNA.  At the time of the murder in 2009, the DNA found at the crime scene was placed in CODIS (Combined DNA Index 

System) but it has produced no matches.

 

At the time Sheriff Mancuso said, “This new technology is very exciting for us.  All along we have been focusing on a Hispanic male because that is the direction our evidence took us.  Now we know it is a white male, with fair/very fair skin, green or blues eyes and brown/black hair so now our investigation will move in a different direction thanks to this profile.  Not only does it give us characteristics of a suspect, it also helps us to eliminate certain factions of the population as suspects.”

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency in the State of Louisiana to use this new technology.

 

The detectives have followed numerous leads since the 2009 murder.  About a month ago a promising lead led them to Blake A. Russell, 31, living at 390 Frank St., DeQuincy.  During the last several weeks surveillance was conducted and during the surveillance, detectives obtained Russell’s DNA from a discarded item.  

    

The Southwest LA Regional Crime Lab was able to match the DNA from the object to the DNA recovered on Bouzigard’s body.

 

Russell was arrested today on a $2 million arrest warrant signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He has been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

CPSO Detective Mark Clark and Lt. Beth McGee are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR 4 COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 17 at approximately 11:20 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home on Oak Grove Drive in Vinton in reference to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services needing assistance due to the residents, Anita L. Montoya, 36, and James V. Chauvin, 40, both of 2113 Oak Grove Drive, Vinton, being uncooperative.  During further investigation into the complaint, the Animal Services officers observed 3 dogs located in a kennel behind the residence, two of which were extremely emaciated.  Montoya was issued a cruelty notice, which she signed acknowledging the animals at her home were underweight and needed immediate veterinarian care.  She was given 24 hours to make an appointment and was then instructed to contact Animal Services for follow up. 

 

 On July 20 it was learned Montoya failed to follow up with Animal Services concerning the dogs.  A CPSO detective, as well as an officer with Animal Services, returned to the residence to check on the welfare of the dogs.  When they arrived they attempted to make contact with the residents but were unsuccessful.  A search warrant was obtained in order to remove all animals located in the home due to their last known condition.  Once they entered the home they located Montoya and Chauvin inside, and located a total of 4 dogs, 1 was located on a screened-in back patio, 2 were located inside a garage, and 1 was located inside the home.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and three of the dogs appeared to be extremely emaciated. 

 

After further investigation Montoya and Chauvin was arrested and charged with 4 counts of simple animal cruelty.  They were both released on a misdemeanor summons. 

 

All four dogs were taken into custody and were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked and are still currently being treated by a licensed veterinarian.     

 

CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.


CPSO ARRESTS CARETAKER FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On June 7, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to a theft from a 92 year old man.  The investigation revealed the elderly victim’s caretaker, Amanda L. Bebee, 35, 20031 Dewolf Road, Iowa, had stolen approximately 13 gold and silver coins from a safe located inside the victim’s residence.  When questioned by detectives, Bebee confirmed she had taken the coins and sold them to a local coin shop.

 

She was arrested on July 13 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000.  She was released the next day on a $10,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 13 at approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a local hospital in reference to a medical emergency.  When deputies arrived they learned a woman was currently undergoing emergency surgery for life threatening injuries.

 

The investigation revealed the victim’s boyfriend, John R. Hodge, Jr., 19, 2532 Broussard Road, Sulphur, beat her until she was unconscious and after she regained consciousness he beat her again.  After further investigation Judge Robert Wyatt signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Hodge’s arrest.  Hodge was located later the same evening at a local convenience store, where he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder. 

 

The victim remains hospitalized in critical condition.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR AGG CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles –

 

On May 29 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint in reference to Ronald L. Fontenot, 60, 4385 Hecker Road, Iowa.  The investigation revealed Fontenot had inappropriate sexual contact with two young girls.  One of the victims advised the abuse started when she was four years old until 2016, when she was 12 years old.  After further investigation, on July 7 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant for Fontenot’s arrest in the amount of $700,000.  On July 11 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of aggravated crime against nature.

 

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Fontenot worked as a school crossing guard and had been with the department for approximately 1 year.

 

CPSO Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGG CRUELTY TO AN ANIMAL AND ANIMAL CRUELTY

Lake Charles –

 

On July 10 at approximately 11:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a home at 2304 Kathy Drive in Sulphur in reference to animal cruelty.  Upon arrival deputies spoke with the homeowner, who no longer lives at the home and who was also the complainant, who advised deputies when she arrived at the house she found two small puppies dead on a pile of dirty clothes located in the kitchen.  She advised deputies she had put them in a bag and then called the Sheriff’s Office. 

 

The home owner gave deputies permission to search the residence.  Once inside deputies located the two residents, Kody Yellott, 26, and Alaura Nixon, 19, who were immediately detained due to deputies locating drug paraphernalia in close proximity to them.  Upon a search of the home, deputies located 8 dogs inside the residence.  Deputies also located 6 small puppies in a corner of the living room that were laying in feces and urine.  There was no food located in the home for the dogs and the floors of the residence were covered in urine and feces.  Deputies observed the remains of two small puppies that were found by the homeowner to be partially eaten by the dogs found in the residence.    

  

Yellot was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $27,500.  Nixon was released, due to needing medical attention, with charges of 14 counts of simple animal cruelty; and 2 counts of aggravated animal cruelty. 

 

A Calcasieu Parish Animal Services detective arrived and took all fourteen (14) dogs into custody, after the owner signed a voluntary surrender.  They were transported to Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and checked by a licensed veterinarian and found to be underweight.   

 

CPSO Deputy Tyler McKnight is the arresting officer on this case.  CPSO Detective Jennie Duncan is the lead investigator on this case.

BEAUREGARD PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKING FOR PUBLIC’S HELP IN LOCATING WORK RELEASE INMATE

Lake Charles –

 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a work release inmate.  On Saturday, July 8 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Jonathan Ashcraft walked away from a fast food restaurant on Nelson Road in Lake Charles where he was employed as a work release inmate.

 

Ashcraft was housed at Beauregard Sheriff’s Office Southwest Transitional Work Release Program which is located at the former Phelps Correctional Center. He was last seen in the area of Country Club Road and Nelson Road in Lake Charles at approximately 3:00 p.m. today, Sunday, July 9.

 

Ashcraft is a white male, 29 years old, 5’11”, 120 lbs., with brown hair and green eyes.  He was wearing a black t-shirt and black sweatpants with a red stripe.  Please note in the picture that is attached, Ashcraft has brown hair now – not the orange-looking hair in the picture, and he no longer has facial hair.

 

Anyone that has seen Ashcraft or his information about his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, who is assisting the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office at  (337) 491-3605.

 

Around 10:30 a.m. on Monday July 10, Jonathan Ashcraft was located in DeQuincy and taken into custody by the DeQuincy Police Department.

 

CPSO LOCATES TEEN RUNAWAY AND REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IN COLORADO

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sunday, June 25 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in the afternoon regarding a 16 year old girl who had left home around noon and had not returned. The family’s attempts to contact her were unsuccessful.

 

The investigation has now revealed Alexis Paige Taylor, 16, Lake Charles, left the state Sunday with convicted sex offender Stephen J. Broussard, 36, from Vinton but had most recently been living in Sulphur.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office worked closely with the FBI (both in Louisiana and Colorado), Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Highway Patrol, and Lafayette City Police (Colorado) to locate Alexis Taylor who appears to be unharmed. Investigative efforts undertaken over the last four days led CPSO detectives to Boulder County, Colorado, where the Boulder County Sheriff's Office was able to locate Broussard and Taylor yesterday around 8:00 p.m. CST near a national park. Broussard was taken into custody without incident and Taylor was taken to a safe location.  The investigation continues and Broussard may face additional charges in Colorado as well as locally. It is not known at this time when he will be expedited back to Calcasieu Parish.    

 

CPSO Detective Greg Jordan is the lead investigator and was assisted by other detectives from multiple investigative units at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office who worked long hours to ensure the juvenile's safe return. 

 

“I’m so pleased this 16 year old girl will be returning to Lake Charles safely,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “And I am so proud of our detectives who have been working on this case non-stop since Sunday. Their relentless efforts are the reason this young girl was found safe and we have a happy ending to this nightmare.”

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 117th BASIC ACADEMY

 

 Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 117th Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 31 officers representing 11 agencies in the five-parish area.  There were 30 officers who completed 374 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement, and 1 officer who completed a transition course of 170 hours of instruction.  All 31 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Bayne Smith, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 117th Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Fred Martin, Sulphur Police Department.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Bayne Smith, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Joshua Abbott, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Fred Martin, third; Sulphur Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Joshua Abbott, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Officers graduating after completing 374 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Joshua Abbott, David Armstrong, Alish Baudoin, Dreylin Bias, Jeremy Crochet, Zachery Ellender, Kristen Fontenot, Jeffery Johnson, Jennifer Landry, Brandon Logue, Michael Miller, Joseph Mulligan, Cody Oliva, Brandi Roessler, Kade Scott, Bayne Smith, Jason Thorpe, Andrae Warriner  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                              Chance Conner  - Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Rosa Captain, Jacob LaCour– Coushatta Police Department

Kevin Miller – Elton Police Department

Elizabeth Ivey – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Lauren Cowick – McNeese Police Department

Denis Jordan, Gary Saleh – New Llano Police Department

Justin Russell – Oakdale Police Department

Jake Simon – Harbor Police Department

Alexandra Haynes, Fred Martin – Sulphur Police Department

Amanda Doyle, Deridder Police Department, graduated after completing 170 hours of transition courses. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On November 29 at approximately 8:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from a local high school in reference to a theft.  Upon arrival deputies viewed video surveillance footage from the previous night which showed a man entering the school around 10:00 p.m. through an unlocked window and stealing numerous pieces of computer equipment, totaling approximately $5,000. 

 

Later the same day with the assistance of the DeQuincy Police Department the suspect, who was identified as Michael S. Burgess, 32, 117 Brantley Street, DeQuincy, was located.  When detectives spoke with Burgess he admitted to the burglary.  Burgess was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft $5,000 to $25,000; and simple burglary.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,000.

 

Detectives were able to recover most of the property and it was returned to the school. 

 

CPSO Detectives Ross Vartuli and John Coffman are the lead investigators on this case.