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CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Thursday, September 17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a home improvement store on E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigation, detectives learned a truck hauling a trailer was pulling into a parking spot and as the driver pulled forward the trailer hit the side of the victim’s truck, causing damage. The truck is described as a 1999-2002 Chevrolet extended cab truck, dark green or gray in color, with double step running boards. The truck also has aftermarket rims along with a black toolbox in the bed. The truck was pulling a single axle utility trailer with a folding tailgate. The passenger side tail lights on the trailer will be busted.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigators, Lt. Bryan Guth or Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 20-137490.


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Loftin Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

During the preliminary investigation detectives were advised by the victim that she observed an unknown man near her generator and when she opened the door to confront the suspect he ran towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to shut the door but the suspect was able to force his way inside.  Once inside the residence the suspect used a cable to choke the victim, stole her purse then fled the scene on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ tall, with a slim build and “scruffy” face.  He was last seen headed north towards River Road wearing leather work gloves, a gray shirt and khaki shorts.   

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday evening around 5:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Erble Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim, Andrew Lafleur, III, 39, Moss Bluff, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned an 11 year old family member was responsible for the shooting.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 2nd degree murder.      

 

The investigation is continuing and there is no further information available at this time.  CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF ISSUES STATEMENT

Lake Charles –

 

 ”Unfortunately earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  ”Although I tested positive I want the citizens of Calcasieu Parish to know I am dedicated to the recovery of our community. I will be continually working and quarantining in my office, away from everyone. Although I will not be able to attend any face to face meetings my Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory will be representing CPSO in my absence, and I will still be available for interviews and meetings through video or phone conferencing.” Sheriff Mancuso continued, ”I also want to take this time to remind our community that this virus is still affecting people and we need to continue to take precautions to prevent COVID-19.”  

CPSO CHARGES DOUBLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81 deceased inside their home. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Scot M. Kidd, 36, Kinder, a longtime acquaintance of the victims, was possibly responsible for the murders.  He was arrested the following day, August 30, on unrelated charges in Eunice and was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center, where he is still being held. 

           

Earlier today, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Kidd to be held with no bond for 2 counts of 1st degree murder. 

 

Other assisting agencies were the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF ROOFING SCAM IN AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of a roofing scam that has been reported in our area.  We have received a few complaints in reference to a roofing contractor contacting citizens and advising them to make an initial payment over the phone.  This is a scam!

 

“Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Laura we will likely see an influx of clean up and repair scams reported in our area.  This is a trying time for our community, and unfortunately during times of disaster and need there are individuals that will prey on the vulnerable,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Here are some tips to help you possibly avoid being scammed:

·         Do your research.  Ask for identification along with proof of insurance, along with several references.  Ask people you trust for recommendations on companies they have used in the past. 

·         Get more than one estimate.  Get the estimates in writing and make sure they are detailed about exactly what work will be included.

·          NEVER pay in full or make a final payment prior to work being completed. 

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN IOWA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to two deceased people inside the home.   

 

After further investigation detectives spoke with the complainant who stated they found their family members, Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81, deceased inside their home. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time, but this case appears to be a double homicide. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

If anyone has any information related to this incident they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.    

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HURRICANE LAURA UPDATE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office began evacuating all prisoners, over 900, due to the threat of Hurricane Laura. The prisoners will be housed in various facilities throughout the state and will be brought back as soon as conditions are safe.

 

Also, effective immediately the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed. However, all emergency divisions including patrol, will continue to be operational. The CPSO high water and rescue teams 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.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “Looting and destruction of property during this disaster will not be tolerated. The jail will remain operational for anyone who commits a major crime, as well as, anyone destroying property or looting in Calcasieu Parish.” He continued, “We will also activate a dusk to dawn curfew starting tomorrow evening. The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing manpower on patrol and will do everything we can to keep you and your property safe, but at some point it will be too hazardous for deputies to respond and for that time frame you need to ensure your own personal safety if you choose to stay.”

 

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 a.m. CPSO will have a call center that will be manned 24/7 for non-emergency concerns or issues. The numbers to call are (337) 491-8068 and (337) 491-3685. Please only call these phone lines if you need hurricane-related information. If you have an emergency or need assistance, please call 911.

 

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

CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in reference to a deceased inmate, Santana N. Lebine, 34, Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation it was learned at approximately 7:30 p.m. other inmates sharing a cell with Lebine found her unresponsive, at which time they notified correctional deputies.  Deputies attempted to revive Lebine, but she was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the citizens that a hurricane threat is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana.   While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Wednesday evening with possible rainfall totals anywhere from 5-15” which would result in significant flooding.

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

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

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

            Here are some tips to be prepared:

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

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

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

·         Unplug appliances and turn off the main water valve.

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to two suspects attempting to gain access into the coin machines earlier that morning.

 

During the initial investigation detectives observed the two suspects on surveillance video at approximately 1:00 a.m. using a hammer and bat to open the coin machines.  Detectives also learned the suspects left the business and traveled to a nearby convenience store, where they were also seen on surveillance footage. 

 

Later the same day detectives received information that the suspects, later identified as Johnathan L Willis, 26, 612 W. Brimstone #3, Sulphur, and Jacob B. Lafleur, 18, 784 Long Drive, Lake Charles, returned to the convenience store, wearing the same clothes they were observed in during the burglary.  Detectives arrived at the store at which time Willis and Lafleur were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with simple burglary; and criminal damage to coin operated machines.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE & ISSUES WARRANT FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10, and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigations, detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

After further investigation and releasing photographs to the public detectives were able to identify the suspects as a 17 year old male and Justin L. Malbrough, 18, 2041 11th Street, Lake Charles.  On August 17 detectives located the juvenile at his residence where he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives also attempted to locate Malbrough but were unsuccessful.  Later the same day detective issued warrants for his arrest in the amount of $296,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

They are both charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm; 4 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Malbrough; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR MAN FOR RAPE & LATER LOCATE IN TEXAS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Patrick R. Sanner, 52, Sulphur, raping a juvenile under the age of 13. 

           

Later the same day after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Sanner’s arrest in the amount of $2 million signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  After detectives learned Sanner threatened to evade arrest by traveling to Mexico detectives requested assistance from federal agencies, and he was located the following day in Texas near the Mexican border. 

           

Sanner was arrested and booked into the Cameron County Jail in Brownsville, where he is awaiting an extradition hearing.  He is charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.     

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit issued a warrant signed by Michael Canaday for the arrest of convicted sex offender Ralph L. Francis, 39, 3606 W. Roosevelt Street, Lake Charles, after detectives learned he was in violation of his sex offender requirements on two separate occasions.  The initial investigation revealed Francis failed to report to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for his mandatory quarterly registration in June.  During further investigation detectives also verified Francis had been driving a small SUV and had not registered the vehicle with law enforcement.   

 

Later the same day Francis was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $50,000.    

 

Francis was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2000 along with sexual battery in 2003; both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Sgt. Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

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CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Dynell A. Dise, 26, Westlake, was found unresponsive in his single-man cell during a head count.  Deputies immediately attempted to revive Dise, but he was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. 

         

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Herbert J. Gauthier, 62, 5528 Collins Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with two boys, ages 17 and 15. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with Gauthier who confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000.

 

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

CPSO MAKES ARREST FOR UNDERAGE DWI & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Route 66 in DeQuincy.  The initial investigation revealed the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, striking several trees.  Two juvenile passengers in the truck were injured; one who suffered non-life threatening injuries was transported to a local hospital, and the other who suffered serious bodily injury was airlifted to a hospital out of town.  

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Dylan M. LeJeune, 18, 1090 Highway 27, DeQuincy, he advised deputies he consumed multiple alcoholic beverages and took prescription medication that was not prescribed to him prior to driving the truck.  After LeJeune performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he submitted to a blood draw for a toxicology report.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with underage DWI 1st; carless operation; 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring; and vehicular negligent injuring.  He was released today on a $5,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The crash is still under investigation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

 On May 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised his credit card, which had recently gone missing, had been used. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used at several businesses in Lake Charles on May 26.  Detectives obtained surveillance photos from one of the stores showing an unknown man using the card.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspect but were unsuccessful.   

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph or recognize the car that was driven by the suspect please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is currently working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigations detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department. Both stolen vehicles were later recovered. During further investigation detectives learned a total of 5 firearms were stolen during the burglaries.

 

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

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around 10:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on East Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible homicide.  When deputies arrived they located Marc A. Frazier, 37, Lake Charles, deceased inside his residence.  During the initial investigation it was learned there was another man inside the residence when Frazier was killed but he was able to escape the gunfire and went to a nearby residence to call for help. 

 

Detectives later learned Britney E. Pousson, 30, 2187 E. Gauthier Road lot# 574, Lake Charles, was responsible for the death of Frazier.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.     

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 29, 2020 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Tori Lynette Broussard for First Degree Murder (2 counts) related to the homicides of Kyla Hidalgo and Kaleb Charlton.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released once available.

 

Below you will find the details of the initial Press Release related to the July 15, 2020 homicides:

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and an unknown male were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

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

 

Press Release Update from July 27, 2020:

                                  Deputies along with officers from assisting agencies secured a perimeter in the Ragley area and                                      continued to search for Broussard all throughout the day yesterday.  They continued to search throughout the                            night and  in to today.

Detectives received a call at approximately 8:45 this morning after Broussard entered the Dollar General on Highway 171 to turn himself in.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately arrived at the store within seconds and he was taken into custody without incident.

 

He is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder; attempted 1st degree murder; and 2nd degree kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $4 million. (These charges have been upgraded from what his charges were as of sending out the press release yesterday)

TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR HOMICIDE

 

 

Lake Charles, LA -

On Friday, July 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested two juveniles for the Second Degree Murder of Anthony Bennett.  Bennett was located in the middle of the roadway with gunshot wounds on July 23 at approximately 11 p.m.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The 16 year old was found in possession of a firearm that was reported stolen from a vehicle less than a mile from the crime scene one day prior to the homicide.
               The juveniles were initially located on Opelousas Street, near Calcasieu Avenue; however, they ran from deputies.  A short time later, deputies located both of them on I-10 westbound, near the Opelousas Street on-ramp.

 

The 16 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm; the 13 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN SULPHUR AND SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Sulphur, LA –

On July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 4600 block of Hwy 27 S in Sulphur in reference to numerous vehicle burglaries. 

                When detectives arrived, they learned that approximately 9 vehicles had been burglarized.  During the initial investigation, it was also learned that a firearm was stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                While detectives were conducting the investigation in Sulphur, CPSO Patrol Deputies responded to an apartment complex in South Lake Charles.  Deputies spoke with several victims who had their vehicles burglarized.  When detectives arrived to the apartment complex, they learned an additional 2 firearms had been stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                Detectives reviewed the surveillance footage from both locations and learned that the same subject committed the burglaries in Sulphur and South Lake Charles.  The subject is possibly driving a silver 2005-2009 BMW X3 with black rims.  The subject was observed to be a black male dressed in all black and wearing a red and yellow scorpion beanie.

                Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Lake Charles on July 24 during the early morning hours.   

During the initial investigation, detectives learned that an unknown suspect stole catalytic converters off of several vehicles that were parked at 5005 Cobra Rd. in Lake Charles.  The suspect was seen leaving the scene in a small SUV.

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV or the subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to contact Detective John Coffman at 337-425-3333 or 337-491-7992. 

 


CPSO WORKING A HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a man in the roadway near the intersection of Opelousas Street and Ange Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived they located, Anthony J. Bennett, 53, Lake Charles, lying in the middle of the roadway.  Deputies immediately rendered aid and Bennett was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

           

The death is being investigated as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have information on this case to please call CPSO at 491-3605.             

           

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF K9 KING’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service in honor of CPSO K9 King.  It will began at approximately 7:50 a.m. with a procession leaving from Johnson Funeral Home, located at 4321 Lake Street in Lake Charles.  The procession will travel north down Lake Street to I-210 eastbound and exit onto Broad Street; it will then proceed east on Broad Street until it reaches the CPSO K9 Facility, located at 5400 E. Broad Street behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Following the procession will be a memorial service beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. for King with full honors, including 21-gun salute and TAPS. 

 

K9 King died in the line of duty Sunday, July 12.  The previous day King had completed a short track searching for a domestic violence suspect that fled the scene of a crime, when he suffered from complications due to heat exhaustion.   He was a 7 year old Belgian Malinois who worked for CPSO the last 4 years.  K9 King was cremated and his ashes will be kept by his handler, Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon and his family.         

           

“Our K9s are like members of our family,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King.  When a member of our family dies, we all hurt.  I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time.”

 

Any outside law enforcement agency K9 that is interested in participating or attending the memorial service is asked to contact Sgt. Nathan McKee at nmckee@cpso.com. 

 

Due to maintaining social distancing guidelines and limited space at the K9 Facility, the public is asked to find a location along the route to stand if they wish to pay their respects to K9 King.  

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 3 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5100 block of Maplewood Drive in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  During the initial investigation detectives observed video surveillance from the business and learned earlier that morning an unknown man had stolen a company truck and trailer containing two zero turn lawn mowers and a welding machine, along with numerous other lawn equipment tools, all totaling over $50,000.  Detectives were also advised by the complainant the suspect damaged the gate outside the business.   

           

After further investigation detectives, with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, learned Brock D. Galloway, 31, Livingston, Texas, was responsible for the property damage and theft and on July 8 detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.  He was located on July 18 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal property damage $1,000 to $50,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $32,000.

           

When detectives spoke with Galloway he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Galloway also provided detectives with information that led to the recovery of some of the stolen items.   

           

Also assisting CPSO detectives with the recovery of the stolen items was the Texas City Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND KIDNAPPING SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

 

 When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and Kaleb T. Charlton, 18, both of Westlake were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

 

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

 

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


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CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of approximately 390 Narcan overdose treatment kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $31,735. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 19, 2020 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Professional Standards, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection of W. Houston River Road and Jeffrey Lane in Sulphur in reference to a hit and run.  When deputies arrived they learned a hay bale had fallen off a trailer, striking a pedestrian and causing serious injuries.

 

The victim, Ernest Domingue, 74, Sulphur, was transported to a local hospital and on June 7 she died from the injuries she sustained in the accident.    

           

The investigation revealed a truck pulling a trailer loaded with two round bales of hay, was traveling westbound on W. Houston River Road.  When the truck neared the intersection at Jeffrey Lane the load shifted and the hay bales, which were not properly secured, fell off the trailer.        

           

The truck is described as a black Dodge, four door, 3500 dually pickup truck pulling a tandem axle, 18 to 20 foot trailer.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 7600 block of Elliott Road in Lake Charles. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a tan or gold colored Chevrolet Silverado.  Detectives have reason to believe there was another suspect waiting in the Silverado at the time the robbery occurred. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or truck seen in the photographs, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Gibbons is the lead investigator.


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender Todd J. Lavergne, Sr., 50, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the 15 year old victim she advised Lavergne had been raping her for approximately two years.  She stated the last incident occurred approximately a week ago. 

 

On July 9 after further investigation, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for Lavergne in the amount of $2.5 million.  Lavergne, who was currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on narcotics charges, was additionally charged with 3rd degree rape; and 2 counts of oral sexual battery.     

           

Lavergne was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 1 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Iowa in reference to an attempted robbery.

           

When detectives arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated while he was staying at another residence, Tyrone D. Bartie, 46, 132 Reid Street, Lake Charles, knocked on the door and demanded money from him.  The victim advised detectives Bartie led him to believe he was armed and threatened his life, forcing him to get in Bartie’s car.  The victim then stated they drove to another location at which time Bartie picked up an unknown man.  Bartie then drove the victim to his residence and threatened to kill him if he did not get the money.  The victim stated he was able to go inside his home at which time another resident inside the home called law enforcement, and the suspects fled the scene.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Ron Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $120,000 for Bartie’s arrest.  On July 6 he was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted 1st degree robbery. 

 

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

CCC INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Braylan M. Daigle, 21, Lake Charles, was found hanging in his single-man cell.  Deputies immediately cut him down and attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

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

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

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

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

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO Administration

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

 

CPSO ID Records

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

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

  

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

               

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


 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CPSO ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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


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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT &

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

               

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


CPSO Event Cancellations

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Thursday, September 17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a home improvement store on E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigation, detectives learned a truck hauling a trailer was pulling into a parking spot and as the driver pulled forward the trailer hit the side of the victim’s truck, causing damage. The truck is described as a 1999-2002 Chevrolet extended cab truck, dark green or gray in color, with double step running boards. The truck also has aftermarket rims along with a black toolbox in the bed. The truck was pulling a single axle utility trailer with a folding tailgate. The passenger side tail lights on the trailer will be busted.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigators, Lt. Bryan Guth or Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 20-137490.


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Loftin Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

During the preliminary investigation detectives were advised by the victim that she observed an unknown man near her generator and when she opened the door to confront the suspect he ran towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to shut the door but the suspect was able to force his way inside.  Once inside the residence the suspect used a cable to choke the victim, stole her purse then fled the scene on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ tall, with a slim build and “scruffy” face.  He was last seen headed north towards River Road wearing leather work gloves, a gray shirt and khaki shorts.   

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday evening around 5:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Erble Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim, Andrew Lafleur, III, 39, Moss Bluff, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned an 11 year old family member was responsible for the shooting.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 2nd degree murder.      

 

The investigation is continuing and there is no further information available at this time.  CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF ISSUES STATEMENT

Lake Charles –

 

 ”Unfortunately earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  ”Although I tested positive I want the citizens of Calcasieu Parish to know I am dedicated to the recovery of our community. I will be continually working and quarantining in my office, away from everyone. Although I will not be able to attend any face to face meetings my Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory will be representing CPSO in my absence, and I will still be available for interviews and meetings through video or phone conferencing.” Sheriff Mancuso continued, ”I also want to take this time to remind our community that this virus is still affecting people and we need to continue to take precautions to prevent COVID-19.”  

CPSO CHARGES DOUBLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81 deceased inside their home. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Scot M. Kidd, 36, Kinder, a longtime acquaintance of the victims, was possibly responsible for the murders.  He was arrested the following day, August 30, on unrelated charges in Eunice and was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center, where he is still being held. 

           

Earlier today, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Kidd to be held with no bond for 2 counts of 1st degree murder. 

 

Other assisting agencies were the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF ROOFING SCAM IN AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of a roofing scam that has been reported in our area.  We have received a few complaints in reference to a roofing contractor contacting citizens and advising them to make an initial payment over the phone.  This is a scam!

 

“Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Laura we will likely see an influx of clean up and repair scams reported in our area.  This is a trying time for our community, and unfortunately during times of disaster and need there are individuals that will prey on the vulnerable,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Here are some tips to help you possibly avoid being scammed:

·         Do your research.  Ask for identification along with proof of insurance, along with several references.  Ask people you trust for recommendations on companies they have used in the past. 

·         Get more than one estimate.  Get the estimates in writing and make sure they are detailed about exactly what work will be included.

·          NEVER pay in full or make a final payment prior to work being completed. 

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN IOWA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to two deceased people inside the home.   

 

After further investigation detectives spoke with the complainant who stated they found their family members, Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81, deceased inside their home. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time, but this case appears to be a double homicide. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

If anyone has any information related to this incident they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.    

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HURRICANE LAURA UPDATE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office began evacuating all prisoners, over 900, due to the threat of Hurricane Laura. The prisoners will be housed in various facilities throughout the state and will be brought back as soon as conditions are safe.

 

Also, effective immediately the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed. However, all emergency divisions including patrol, will continue to be operational. The CPSO high water and rescue teams 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.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “Looting and destruction of property during this disaster will not be tolerated. The jail will remain operational for anyone who commits a major crime, as well as, anyone destroying property or looting in Calcasieu Parish.” He continued, “We will also activate a dusk to dawn curfew starting tomorrow evening. The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing manpower on patrol and will do everything we can to keep you and your property safe, but at some point it will be too hazardous for deputies to respond and for that time frame you need to ensure your own personal safety if you choose to stay.”

 

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 a.m. CPSO will have a call center that will be manned 24/7 for non-emergency concerns or issues. The numbers to call are (337) 491-8068 and (337) 491-3685. Please only call these phone lines if you need hurricane-related information. If you have an emergency or need assistance, please call 911.

 

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

CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in reference to a deceased inmate, Santana N. Lebine, 34, Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation it was learned at approximately 7:30 p.m. other inmates sharing a cell with Lebine found her unresponsive, at which time they notified correctional deputies.  Deputies attempted to revive Lebine, but she was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the citizens that a hurricane threat is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana.   While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Wednesday evening with possible rainfall totals anywhere from 5-15” which would result in significant flooding.

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

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

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

            Here are some tips to be prepared:

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

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

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

·         Unplug appliances and turn off the main water valve.

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to two suspects attempting to gain access into the coin machines earlier that morning.

 

During the initial investigation detectives observed the two suspects on surveillance video at approximately 1:00 a.m. using a hammer and bat to open the coin machines.  Detectives also learned the suspects left the business and traveled to a nearby convenience store, where they were also seen on surveillance footage. 

 

Later the same day detectives received information that the suspects, later identified as Johnathan L Willis, 26, 612 W. Brimstone #3, Sulphur, and Jacob B. Lafleur, 18, 784 Long Drive, Lake Charles, returned to the convenience store, wearing the same clothes they were observed in during the burglary.  Detectives arrived at the store at which time Willis and Lafleur were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with simple burglary; and criminal damage to coin operated machines.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE & ISSUES WARRANT FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10, and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigations, detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

After further investigation and releasing photographs to the public detectives were able to identify the suspects as a 17 year old male and Justin L. Malbrough, 18, 2041 11th Street, Lake Charles.  On August 17 detectives located the juvenile at his residence where he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives also attempted to locate Malbrough but were unsuccessful.  Later the same day detective issued warrants for his arrest in the amount of $296,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

They are both charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm; 4 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Malbrough; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR MAN FOR RAPE & LATER LOCATE IN TEXAS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Patrick R. Sanner, 52, Sulphur, raping a juvenile under the age of 13. 

           

Later the same day after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Sanner’s arrest in the amount of $2 million signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  After detectives learned Sanner threatened to evade arrest by traveling to Mexico detectives requested assistance from federal agencies, and he was located the following day in Texas near the Mexican border. 

           

Sanner was arrested and booked into the Cameron County Jail in Brownsville, where he is awaiting an extradition hearing.  He is charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.     

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit issued a warrant signed by Michael Canaday for the arrest of convicted sex offender Ralph L. Francis, 39, 3606 W. Roosevelt Street, Lake Charles, after detectives learned he was in violation of his sex offender requirements on two separate occasions.  The initial investigation revealed Francis failed to report to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for his mandatory quarterly registration in June.  During further investigation detectives also verified Francis had been driving a small SUV and had not registered the vehicle with law enforcement.   

 

Later the same day Francis was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $50,000.    

 

Francis was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2000 along with sexual battery in 2003; both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Sgt. Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

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CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Dynell A. Dise, 26, Westlake, was found unresponsive in his single-man cell during a head count.  Deputies immediately attempted to revive Dise, but he was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. 

         

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Herbert J. Gauthier, 62, 5528 Collins Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with two boys, ages 17 and 15. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with Gauthier who confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000.

 

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

CPSO MAKES ARREST FOR UNDERAGE DWI & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Route 66 in DeQuincy.  The initial investigation revealed the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, striking several trees.  Two juvenile passengers in the truck were injured; one who suffered non-life threatening injuries was transported to a local hospital, and the other who suffered serious bodily injury was airlifted to a hospital out of town.  

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Dylan M. LeJeune, 18, 1090 Highway 27, DeQuincy, he advised deputies he consumed multiple alcoholic beverages and took prescription medication that was not prescribed to him prior to driving the truck.  After LeJeune performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he submitted to a blood draw for a toxicology report.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with underage DWI 1st; carless operation; 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring; and vehicular negligent injuring.  He was released today on a $5,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The crash is still under investigation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

 On May 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised his credit card, which had recently gone missing, had been used. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used at several businesses in Lake Charles on May 26.  Detectives obtained surveillance photos from one of the stores showing an unknown man using the card.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspect but were unsuccessful.   

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph or recognize the car that was driven by the suspect please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is currently working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigations detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department. Both stolen vehicles were later recovered. During further investigation detectives learned a total of 5 firearms were stolen during the burglaries.

 

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

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around 10:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on East Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible homicide.  When deputies arrived they located Marc A. Frazier, 37, Lake Charles, deceased inside his residence.  During the initial investigation it was learned there was another man inside the residence when Frazier was killed but he was able to escape the gunfire and went to a nearby residence to call for help. 

 

Detectives later learned Britney E. Pousson, 30, 2187 E. Gauthier Road lot# 574, Lake Charles, was responsible for the death of Frazier.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.     

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 29, 2020 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Tori Lynette Broussard for First Degree Murder (2 counts) related to the homicides of Kyla Hidalgo and Kaleb Charlton.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released once available.

 

Below you will find the details of the initial Press Release related to the July 15, 2020 homicides:

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and an unknown male were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

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

 

Press Release Update from July 27, 2020:

                                  Deputies along with officers from assisting agencies secured a perimeter in the Ragley area and                                      continued to search for Broussard all throughout the day yesterday.  They continued to search throughout the                            night and  in to today.

Detectives received a call at approximately 8:45 this morning after Broussard entered the Dollar General on Highway 171 to turn himself in.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately arrived at the store within seconds and he was taken into custody without incident.

 

He is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder; attempted 1st degree murder; and 2nd degree kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $4 million. (These charges have been upgraded from what his charges were as of sending out the press release yesterday)

TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR HOMICIDE

 

 

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On Friday, July 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested two juveniles for the Second Degree Murder of Anthony Bennett.  Bennett was located in the middle of the roadway with gunshot wounds on July 23 at approximately 11 p.m.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The 16 year old was found in possession of a firearm that was reported stolen from a vehicle less than a mile from the crime scene one day prior to the homicide.
               The juveniles were initially located on Opelousas Street, near Calcasieu Avenue; however, they ran from deputies.  A short time later, deputies located both of them on I-10 westbound, near the Opelousas Street on-ramp.

 

The 16 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm; the 13 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN SULPHUR AND SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Sulphur, LA –

On July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 4600 block of Hwy 27 S in Sulphur in reference to numerous vehicle burglaries. 

                When detectives arrived, they learned that approximately 9 vehicles had been burglarized.  During the initial investigation, it was also learned that a firearm was stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                While detectives were conducting the investigation in Sulphur, CPSO Patrol Deputies responded to an apartment complex in South Lake Charles.  Deputies spoke with several victims who had their vehicles burglarized.  When detectives arrived to the apartment complex, they learned an additional 2 firearms had been stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                Detectives reviewed the surveillance footage from both locations and learned that the same subject committed the burglaries in Sulphur and South Lake Charles.  The subject is possibly driving a silver 2005-2009 BMW X3 with black rims.  The subject was observed to be a black male dressed in all black and wearing a red and yellow scorpion beanie.

                Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Lake Charles on July 24 during the early morning hours.   

During the initial investigation, detectives learned that an unknown suspect stole catalytic converters off of several vehicles that were parked at 5005 Cobra Rd. in Lake Charles.  The suspect was seen leaving the scene in a small SUV.

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV or the subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to contact Detective John Coffman at 337-425-3333 or 337-491-7992. 

 


CPSO WORKING A HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a man in the roadway near the intersection of Opelousas Street and Ange Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived they located, Anthony J. Bennett, 53, Lake Charles, lying in the middle of the roadway.  Deputies immediately rendered aid and Bennett was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

           

The death is being investigated as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have information on this case to please call CPSO at 491-3605.             

           

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF K9 KING’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service in honor of CPSO K9 King.  It will began at approximately 7:50 a.m. with a procession leaving from Johnson Funeral Home, located at 4321 Lake Street in Lake Charles.  The procession will travel north down Lake Street to I-210 eastbound and exit onto Broad Street; it will then proceed east on Broad Street until it reaches the CPSO K9 Facility, located at 5400 E. Broad Street behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Following the procession will be a memorial service beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. for King with full honors, including 21-gun salute and TAPS. 

 

K9 King died in the line of duty Sunday, July 12.  The previous day King had completed a short track searching for a domestic violence suspect that fled the scene of a crime, when he suffered from complications due to heat exhaustion.   He was a 7 year old Belgian Malinois who worked for CPSO the last 4 years.  K9 King was cremated and his ashes will be kept by his handler, Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon and his family.         

           

“Our K9s are like members of our family,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King.  When a member of our family dies, we all hurt.  I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time.”

 

Any outside law enforcement agency K9 that is interested in participating or attending the memorial service is asked to contact Sgt. Nathan McKee at nmckee@cpso.com. 

 

Due to maintaining social distancing guidelines and limited space at the K9 Facility, the public is asked to find a location along the route to stand if they wish to pay their respects to K9 King.  

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 3 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5100 block of Maplewood Drive in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  During the initial investigation detectives observed video surveillance from the business and learned earlier that morning an unknown man had stolen a company truck and trailer containing two zero turn lawn mowers and a welding machine, along with numerous other lawn equipment tools, all totaling over $50,000.  Detectives were also advised by the complainant the suspect damaged the gate outside the business.   

           

After further investigation detectives, with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, learned Brock D. Galloway, 31, Livingston, Texas, was responsible for the property damage and theft and on July 8 detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.  He was located on July 18 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal property damage $1,000 to $50,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $32,000.

           

When detectives spoke with Galloway he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Galloway also provided detectives with information that led to the recovery of some of the stolen items.   

           

Also assisting CPSO detectives with the recovery of the stolen items was the Texas City Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND KIDNAPPING SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

 

 When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and Kaleb T. Charlton, 18, both of Westlake were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

 

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

 

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


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CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of approximately 390 Narcan overdose treatment kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $31,735. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 19, 2020 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Professional Standards, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection of W. Houston River Road and Jeffrey Lane in Sulphur in reference to a hit and run.  When deputies arrived they learned a hay bale had fallen off a trailer, striking a pedestrian and causing serious injuries.

 

The victim, Ernest Domingue, 74, Sulphur, was transported to a local hospital and on June 7 she died from the injuries she sustained in the accident.    

           

The investigation revealed a truck pulling a trailer loaded with two round bales of hay, was traveling westbound on W. Houston River Road.  When the truck neared the intersection at Jeffrey Lane the load shifted and the hay bales, which were not properly secured, fell off the trailer.        

           

The truck is described as a black Dodge, four door, 3500 dually pickup truck pulling a tandem axle, 18 to 20 foot trailer.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 7600 block of Elliott Road in Lake Charles. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a tan or gold colored Chevrolet Silverado.  Detectives have reason to believe there was another suspect waiting in the Silverado at the time the robbery occurred. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or truck seen in the photographs, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Gibbons is the lead investigator.


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender Todd J. Lavergne, Sr., 50, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the 15 year old victim she advised Lavergne had been raping her for approximately two years.  She stated the last incident occurred approximately a week ago. 

 

On July 9 after further investigation, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for Lavergne in the amount of $2.5 million.  Lavergne, who was currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on narcotics charges, was additionally charged with 3rd degree rape; and 2 counts of oral sexual battery.     

           

Lavergne was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 1 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Iowa in reference to an attempted robbery.

           

When detectives arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated while he was staying at another residence, Tyrone D. Bartie, 46, 132 Reid Street, Lake Charles, knocked on the door and demanded money from him.  The victim advised detectives Bartie led him to believe he was armed and threatened his life, forcing him to get in Bartie’s car.  The victim then stated they drove to another location at which time Bartie picked up an unknown man.  Bartie then drove the victim to his residence and threatened to kill him if he did not get the money.  The victim stated he was able to go inside his home at which time another resident inside the home called law enforcement, and the suspects fled the scene.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Ron Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $120,000 for Bartie’s arrest.  On July 6 he was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted 1st degree robbery. 

 

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

CCC INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Braylan M. Daigle, 21, Lake Charles, was found hanging in his single-man cell.  Deputies immediately cut him down and attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

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

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

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

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

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO Administration

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

 

CPSO ID Records

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

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

  

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

               

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


 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO RELEASES IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

CPSO ATTEMPTING TO IDENTIFY BODY FOUND IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN & WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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


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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT &

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

               

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


CPSO Event Cancellations

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE FATALITY IN WESTLAKE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR THEFT FROM EMPLOYER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR SIMPLE ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Thursday, September 17 at approximately 2:30 p.m. at a home improvement store on E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigation, detectives learned a truck hauling a trailer was pulling into a parking spot and as the driver pulled forward the trailer hit the side of the victim’s truck, causing damage. The truck is described as a 1999-2002 Chevrolet extended cab truck, dark green or gray in color, with double step running boards. The truck also has aftermarket rims along with a black toolbox in the bed. The truck was pulling a single axle utility trailer with a folding tailgate. The passenger side tail lights on the trailer will be busted.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the truck seen in these photographs, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigators, Lt. Bryan Guth or Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 20-137490.


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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Loftin Road in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

During the preliminary investigation detectives were advised by the victim that she observed an unknown man near her generator and when she opened the door to confront the suspect he ran towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to shut the door but the suspect was able to force his way inside.  Once inside the residence the suspect used a cable to choke the victim, stole her purse then fled the scene on foot.

 

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’ tall, with a slim build and “scruffy” face.  He was last seen headed north towards River Road wearing leather work gloves, a gray shirt and khaki shorts.   

 

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

 

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

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CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Yesterday evening around 5:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Erble Lane in Moss Bluff in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived they located the victim, Andrew Lafleur, III, 39, Moss Bluff, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. 

 

During further investigation, it was learned an 11 year old family member was responsible for the shooting.  He was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 2nd degree murder.      

 

The investigation is continuing and there is no further information available at this time.  CPSO Detective Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case.  

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF ISSUES STATEMENT

Lake Charles –

 

 ”Unfortunately earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  ”Although I tested positive I want the citizens of Calcasieu Parish to know I am dedicated to the recovery of our community. I will be continually working and quarantining in my office, away from everyone. Although I will not be able to attend any face to face meetings my Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory will be representing CPSO in my absence, and I will still be available for interviews and meetings through video or phone conferencing.” Sheriff Mancuso continued, ”I also want to take this time to remind our community that this virus is still affecting people and we need to continue to take precautions to prevent COVID-19.”  

CPSO CHARGES DOUBLE HOMICIDE SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 29 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81 deceased inside their home. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned Scot M. Kidd, 36, Kinder, a longtime acquaintance of the victims, was possibly responsible for the murders.  He was arrested the following day, August 30, on unrelated charges in Eunice and was transported to the Calcasieu Correctional Center, where he is still being held. 

           

Earlier today, after further investigation detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie for Kidd to be held with no bond for 2 counts of 1st degree murder. 

 

Other assisting agencies were the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office, Iowa Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective Travis Mier is the lead investigator on this case. 

SHERIFF MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF ROOFING SCAM IN AREA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of a roofing scam that has been reported in our area.  We have received a few complaints in reference to a roofing contractor contacting citizens and advising them to make an initial payment over the phone.  This is a scam!

 

“Due to the damages caused by Hurricane Laura we will likely see an influx of clean up and repair scams reported in our area.  This is a trying time for our community, and unfortunately during times of disaster and need there are individuals that will prey on the vulnerable,” stated Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

Here are some tips to help you possibly avoid being scammed:

·         Do your research.  Ask for identification along with proof of insurance, along with several references.  Ask people you trust for recommendations on companies they have used in the past. 

·         Get more than one estimate.  Get the estimates in writing and make sure they are detailed about exactly what work will be included.

·          NEVER pay in full or make a final payment prior to work being completed. 

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATING DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN IOWA

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to a home on Thompson Avenue in Iowa in reference to two deceased people inside the home.   

 

After further investigation detectives spoke with the complainant who stated they found their family members, Joan O’Brien, 73, and Zoren O’Brien, 81, deceased inside their home. 

 

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time, but this case appears to be a double homicide. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

If anyone has any information related to this incident they are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.    

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE HURRICANE LAURA UPDATE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office began evacuating all prisoners, over 900, due to the threat of Hurricane Laura. The prisoners will be housed in various facilities throughout the state and will be brought back as soon as conditions are safe.

 

Also, effective immediately the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s administrative office, tax office, and departments with non-essential personnel will be closed. However, all emergency divisions including patrol, will continue to be operational. The CPSO high water and rescue teams 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.

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “Looting and destruction of property during this disaster will not be tolerated. The jail will remain operational for anyone who commits a major crime, as well as, anyone destroying property or looting in Calcasieu Parish.” He continued, “We will also activate a dusk to dawn curfew starting tomorrow evening. The Sheriff’s Office will be increasing manpower on patrol and will do everything we can to keep you and your property safe, but at some point it will be too hazardous for deputies to respond and for that time frame you need to ensure your own personal safety if you choose to stay.”

 

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 a.m. CPSO will have a call center that will be manned 24/7 for non-emergency concerns or issues. The numbers to call are (337) 491-8068 and (337) 491-3685. Please only call these phone lines if you need hurricane-related information. If you have an emergency or need assistance, please call 911.

 

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

CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to the Calcasieu Correctional Center in reference to a deceased inmate, Santana N. Lebine, 34, Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation it was learned at approximately 7:30 p.m. other inmates sharing a cell with Lebine found her unresponsive, at which time they notified correctional deputies.  Deputies attempted to revive Lebine, but she was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

 

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

            Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants to warn the citizens that a hurricane threat is increasing for the southwest region of Louisiana.   While all of the details about this threat are evolving, he urges everyone to be prepared for hurricane-force winds by Wednesday evening with possible rainfall totals anywhere from 5-15” which would result in significant flooding.

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

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

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

            Here are some tips to be prepared:

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

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

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

·         Unplug appliances and turn off the main water valve.

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR SIMPLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On August 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local business on Highway 1256 in Sulphur in reference to two suspects attempting to gain access into the coin machines earlier that morning.

 

During the initial investigation detectives observed the two suspects on surveillance video at approximately 1:00 a.m. using a hammer and bat to open the coin machines.  Detectives also learned the suspects left the business and traveled to a nearby convenience store, where they were also seen on surveillance footage. 

 

Later the same day detectives received information that the suspects, later identified as Johnathan L Willis, 26, 612 W. Brimstone #3, Sulphur, and Jacob B. Lafleur, 18, 784 Long Drive, Lake Charles, returned to the convenience store, wearing the same clothes they were observed in during the burglary.  Detectives arrived at the store at which time Willis and Lafleur were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They are charged with simple burglary; and criminal damage to coin operated machines.  Their bonds are still pending. 

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS JUVENILE & ISSUES WARRANT FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10, and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigations, detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department.

 

After further investigation and releasing photographs to the public detectives were able to identify the suspects as a 17 year old male and Justin L. Malbrough, 18, 2041 11th Street, Lake Charles.  On August 17 detectives located the juvenile at his residence where he was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Detectives also attempted to locate Malbrough but were unsuccessful.  Later the same day detective issued warrants for his arrest in the amount of $296,000 signed by Judge Michael Canaday. 

 

They are both charged with 10 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft of a firearm; 4 counts of theft less than $1,000; 2 counts of theft from $1,000 to $5,000; and theft of a motor vehicle.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating Malbrough; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR MAN FOR RAPE & LATER LOCATE IN TEXAS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Patrick R. Sanner, 52, Sulphur, raping a juvenile under the age of 13. 

           

Later the same day after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Sanner’s arrest in the amount of $2 million signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  After detectives learned Sanner threatened to evade arrest by traveling to Mexico detectives requested assistance from federal agencies, and he was located the following day in Texas near the Mexican border. 

           

Sanner was arrested and booked into the Cameron County Jail in Brownsville, where he is awaiting an extradition hearing.  He is charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery.     

 

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

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

Lake Charles–

 

On August 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit issued a warrant signed by Michael Canaday for the arrest of convicted sex offender Ralph L. Francis, 39, 3606 W. Roosevelt Street, Lake Charles, after detectives learned he was in violation of his sex offender requirements on two separate occasions.  The initial investigation revealed Francis failed to report to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for his mandatory quarterly registration in June.  During further investigation detectives also verified Francis had been driving a small SUV and had not registered the vehicle with law enforcement.   

 

Later the same day Francis was located at his residence and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  His bond is set at $50,000.    

 

Francis was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 2000 along with sexual battery in 2003; both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

CPSO Sgt. Lisa Trahan is the lead investigator on this case.

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CCC INMATE DECEASED IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Dynell A. Dise, 26, Westlake, was found unresponsive in his single-man cell during a head count.  Deputies immediately attempted to revive Dise, but he was later pronounced dead by emergency medical personnel. 

         

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death, but foul play is not suspected.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Herbert J. Gauthier, 62, 5528 Collins Street, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual conduct with two boys, ages 17 and 15. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives spoke with Gauthier who confirmed the allegations against him.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery; and indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $500,000.

 

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

CPSO MAKES ARREST FOR UNDERAGE DWI & VEHICULAR NEGLIGENT INJURING AFTER CRASH

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call in reference to a single vehicle crash in the 800 block of Route 66 in DeQuincy.  The initial investigation revealed the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when it left the roadway, striking several trees.  Two juvenile passengers in the truck were injured; one who suffered non-life threatening injuries was transported to a local hospital, and the other who suffered serious bodily injury was airlifted to a hospital out of town.  

 

When deputies spoke with the driver, Dylan M. LeJeune, 18, 1090 Highway 27, DeQuincy, he advised deputies he consumed multiple alcoholic beverages and took prescription medication that was not prescribed to him prior to driving the truck.  After LeJeune performed poorly on standard field sobriety testing he submitted to a blood draw for a toxicology report.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with underage DWI 1st; carless operation; 1st degree vehicular negligent injuring; and vehicular negligent injuring.  He was released today on a $5,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.

               

The crash is still under investigation.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN WHO USED A STOLEN CREDIT CARD

Lake Charles –

 

 On May 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a theft.  When deputies spoke with the complainant they were advised his credit card, which had recently gone missing, had been used. 

 

During further investigation detectives learned the card was fraudulently used at several businesses in Lake Charles on May 26.  Detectives obtained surveillance photos from one of the stores showing an unknown man using the card.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspect but were unsuccessful.   

If anyone can identify the suspect seen in this photograph or recognize the car that was driven by the suspect please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) is currently working several cases of vehicle burglaries that occurred between Monday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 12 in the areas near Smith Road, Power Center Parkway, and River Road, all in Lake Charles.

 

During the initial investigations detectives obtained video surveillance from the areas where the burglaries occurred and observed two unknown suspects checking door handles and entering unlocked vehicles. Detectives also learned the suspects stole two vehicles, one of which is being investigated by the Lake Charles Police Department. Both stolen vehicles were later recovered. During further investigation detectives learned a total of 5 firearms were stolen during the burglaries.

 

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

 

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


CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night around 10:30 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on East Gauthier Road in Lake Charles in reference to a possible homicide.  When deputies arrived they located Marc A. Frazier, 37, Lake Charles, deceased inside his residence.  During the initial investigation it was learned there was another man inside the residence when Frazier was killed but he was able to escape the gunfire and went to a nearby residence to call for help. 

 

Detectives later learned Britney E. Pousson, 30, 2187 E. Gauthier Road lot# 574, Lake Charles, was responsible for the death of Frazier.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree murder; attempted 2nd degree murder; and home invasion.     

The investigation is in the preliminary stages and there is no further information available at this time.  The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS ADDITIONAL SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

On July 29, 2020 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Tori Lynette Broussard for First Degree Murder (2 counts) related to the homicides of Kyla Hidalgo and Kaleb Charlton.

The investigation is continuing and more information will be released once available.

 

Below you will find the details of the initial Press Release related to the July 15, 2020 homicides:

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and an unknown male were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

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

 

Press Release Update from July 27, 2020:

                                  Deputies along with officers from assisting agencies secured a perimeter in the Ragley area and                                      continued to search for Broussard all throughout the day yesterday.  They continued to search throughout the                            night and  in to today.

Detectives received a call at approximately 8:45 this morning after Broussard entered the Dollar General on Highway 171 to turn himself in.  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies along with Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately arrived at the store within seconds and he was taken into custody without incident.

 

He is currently being booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder; attempted 1st degree murder; and 2nd degree kidnapping.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $4 million. (These charges have been upgraded from what his charges were as of sending out the press release yesterday)

TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR HOMICIDE

 

 

Lake Charles, LA -

On Friday, July 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives arrested two juveniles for the Second Degree Murder of Anthony Bennett.  Bennett was located in the middle of the roadway with gunshot wounds on July 23 at approximately 11 p.m.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 

The 16 year old was found in possession of a firearm that was reported stolen from a vehicle less than a mile from the crime scene one day prior to the homicide.
               The juveniles were initially located on Opelousas Street, near Calcasieu Avenue; however, they ran from deputies.  A short time later, deputies located both of them on I-10 westbound, near the Opelousas Street on-ramp.

 

The 16 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm; the 13 year old was charged with Second Degree Murder.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN SULPHUR AND SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Sulphur, LA –

On July 21 at approximately 5:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to 4600 block of Hwy 27 S in Sulphur in reference to numerous vehicle burglaries. 

                When detectives arrived, they learned that approximately 9 vehicles had been burglarized.  During the initial investigation, it was also learned that a firearm was stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                While detectives were conducting the investigation in Sulphur, CPSO Patrol Deputies responded to an apartment complex in South Lake Charles.  Deputies spoke with several victims who had their vehicles burglarized.  When detectives arrived to the apartment complex, they learned an additional 2 firearms had been stolen along with electronic devices and personal items.

                Detectives reviewed the surveillance footage from both locations and learned that the same subject committed the burglaries in Sulphur and South Lake Charles.  The subject is possibly driving a silver 2005-2009 BMW X3 with black rims.  The subject was observed to be a black male dressed in all black and wearing a red and yellow scorpion beanie.

                Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES IN LAKE CHARLES

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating several vehicle burglaries that occurred in Lake Charles on July 24 during the early morning hours.   

During the initial investigation, detectives learned that an unknown suspect stole catalytic converters off of several vehicles that were parked at 5005 Cobra Rd. in Lake Charles.  The suspect was seen leaving the scene in a small SUV.

Detectives are asking anyone who can identify the SUV or the subject seen in the photographs, or anyone with information about these burglaries, to contact Detective John Coffman at 337-425-3333 or 337-491-7992. 

 


CPSO WORKING A HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 11:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a man in the roadway near the intersection of Opelousas Street and Ange Street in Lake Charles.

           

When deputies arrived they located, Anthony J. Bennett, 53, Lake Charles, lying in the middle of the roadway.  Deputies immediately rendered aid and Bennett was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. 

           

The death is being investigated as a homicide; however, it is in the very preliminary stages of the investigation.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who may have information on this case to please call CPSO at 491-3605.             

           

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF K9 KING’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On Tuesday, July 28 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will hold a memorial service in honor of CPSO K9 King.  It will began at approximately 7:50 a.m. with a procession leaving from Johnson Funeral Home, located at 4321 Lake Street in Lake Charles.  The procession will travel north down Lake Street to I-210 eastbound and exit onto Broad Street; it will then proceed east on Broad Street until it reaches the CPSO K9 Facility, located at 5400 E. Broad Street behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Following the procession will be a memorial service beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. for King with full honors, including 21-gun salute and TAPS. 

 

K9 King died in the line of duty Sunday, July 12.  The previous day King had completed a short track searching for a domestic violence suspect that fled the scene of a crime, when he suffered from complications due to heat exhaustion.   He was a 7 year old Belgian Malinois who worked for CPSO the last 4 years.  K9 King was cremated and his ashes will be kept by his handler, Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon and his family.         

           

“Our K9s are like members of our family,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso. “We are still heartbroken over the death of K9 King.  When a member of our family dies, we all hurt.  I ask that you keep our deputies in your prayers at this time.”

 

Any outside law enforcement agency K9 that is interested in participating or attending the memorial service is asked to contact Sgt. Nathan McKee at nmckee@cpso.com. 

 

Due to maintaining social distancing guidelines and limited space at the K9 Facility, the public is asked to find a location along the route to stand if they wish to pay their respects to K9 King.  

CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 3 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5100 block of Maplewood Drive in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  During the initial investigation detectives observed video surveillance from the business and learned earlier that morning an unknown man had stolen a company truck and trailer containing two zero turn lawn mowers and a welding machine, along with numerous other lawn equipment tools, all totaling over $50,000.  Detectives were also advised by the complainant the suspect damaged the gate outside the business.   

           

After further investigation detectives, with the assistance from the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, learned Brock D. Galloway, 31, Livingston, Texas, was responsible for the property damage and theft and on July 8 detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest.  He was located on July 18 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft of a motor vehicle $5,000 to $25,000; theft over $25,000; and simple criminal property damage $1,000 to $50,000.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $32,000.

           

When detectives spoke with Galloway he confirmed he was responsible for the theft.  Galloway also provided detectives with information that led to the recovery of some of the stolen items.   

           

Also assisting CPSO detectives with the recovery of the stolen items was the Texas City Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE AND KIDNAPPING SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home at 2429 Duraso Drive in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  While deputies were enroute the complainant advised dispatch the suspect, Neil P. Broussard, 51, 931 N. Lyons Street, Lake Charles, who was a family acquaintance, kidnapped her 14 year old daughter and stole her car. 

 

 When deputies arrived they found three victims inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.  Two of the victims, Kyla Hidalgo, 17, and Kaleb T. Charlton, 18, both of Westlake were pronounced dead at the scene.  The third victim, Catherine R. Hidalgo, 40, Westlake, who was also the complainant, was transported to a local hospital. 

 

Once detectives arrived on scene they immediately issued a BOLO (“be on the lookout”) for Broussard and were in the process of obtaining an Amber Alert for the young girl.  A short time later, at approximately 7:00 a.m. the girl and the stolen car were located in Beauregard Parish by authorities. 

 

Detectives are still currently attempting to locate Broussard and have a warrant for his arrest for aggravated kidnapping; aggravated battery; and 2 counts of 1st degree murder.  He is considered armed and dangerous so please do not approach him.  If anyone sees Broussard or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.   

 

Broussard is a registered sex offender convicted of molestation of a juvenile in 2005 and 2 counts of molestation of a juvenile in 2011.  He also has an active warrant in the amount of $2 million for his arrest for 1st degree rape and molestation of a juvenile.  

 

The deceased male’s name will be released once verification of identify has been completed and next of kin has been notified.   Catherine Hidalgo is listed in critical condition. 

 

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


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CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

Lake Charles –

 

Under the 2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of approximately 390 Narcan overdose treatment kits.  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice Assistance totaling $31,735. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 19, 2020 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Professional Standards, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection of W. Houston River Road and Jeffrey Lane in Sulphur in reference to a hit and run.  When deputies arrived they learned a hay bale had fallen off a trailer, striking a pedestrian and causing serious injuries.

 

The victim, Ernest Domingue, 74, Sulphur, was transported to a local hospital and on June 7 she died from the injuries she sustained in the accident.    

           

The investigation revealed a truck pulling a trailer loaded with two round bales of hay, was traveling westbound on W. Houston River Road.  When the truck neared the intersection at Jeffrey Lane the load shifted and the hay bales, which were not properly secured, fell off the trailer.        

           

The truck is described as a black Dodge, four door, 3500 dually pickup truck pulling a tandem axle, 18 to 20 foot trailer.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information relating to this hit & run to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 7600 block of Elliott Road in Lake Charles. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed the suspect entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a tan or gold colored Chevrolet Silverado.  Detectives have reason to believe there was another suspect waiting in the Silverado at the time the robbery occurred. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the suspect or truck seen in the photographs, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Gibbons is the lead investigator.


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to convicted sex offender Todd J. Lavergne, Sr., 50, Lake Charles.  When detectives spoke with the 15 year old victim she advised Lavergne had been raping her for approximately two years.  She stated the last incident occurred approximately a week ago. 

 

On July 9 after further investigation, Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for Lavergne in the amount of $2.5 million.  Lavergne, who was currently incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on narcotics charges, was additionally charged with 3rd degree rape; and 2 counts of oral sexual battery.     

           

Lavergne was convicted of indecent behavior with a juvenile in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING & ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 1 at approximately 1:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Iowa in reference to an attempted robbery.

           

When detectives arrived on scene they spoke with the victim who stated while he was staying at another residence, Tyrone D. Bartie, 46, 132 Reid Street, Lake Charles, knocked on the door and demanded money from him.  The victim advised detectives Bartie led him to believe he was armed and threatened his life, forcing him to get in Bartie’s car.  The victim then stated they drove to another location at which time Bartie picked up an unknown man.  Bartie then drove the victim to his residence and threatened to kill him if he did not get the money.  The victim stated he was able to go inside his home at which time another resident inside the home called law enforcement, and the suspects fled the scene.

           

Later the same day, after further investigation Judge Ron Ware signed a warrant in the amount of $120,000 for Bartie’s arrest.  On July 6 he was located, arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted 1st degree robbery. 

 

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

CCC INMATE FOUND HANGING IN JAIL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. an inmate at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, Braylan M. Daigle, 21, Lake Charles, was found hanging in his single-man cell.  Deputies immediately cut him down and attempted to perform lifesaving measures, but he was later pronounced dead by medical personnel. 

           

Cause of death is unknown at this time but foul play is not suspected.  The investigation is continuing.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL USE OF A WEAPON

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

               

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

 

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

Standing Together for Equality

Crime Stoppers CPSO 131

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS DUE TO RISE IN COVID-19

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles–

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the investigator on this case.

Crime Stoppers CPSO 130

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO DEPUTIES INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 129

CPSO Crime Stoppers 128

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT(S)

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR EARLY MORNING SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

The four victims all suffered non-life threatening injures. 

 

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

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO ACCIDENTAL DEATH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

CPSO MAKE ADDITIONAL ARREST IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

 

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

            Roll Call

 

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

           

No Old Business

 

            New Business:

 

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

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

           

Adjournment

                                                                        Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 4 COUNTS OF WORTHLESS CHECKS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO CHARGE 8 SUSPECTS WITH 63 COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible.

 

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


CPSO MAKE ARRESTS & SEARCHING FOR TWO OTHERS INVOLVED IN SHOOTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected. 

 

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


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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4th

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

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

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

Firearms awards were presented to:

Tyler LaCaze, first; Allen Parish Sheirff’s Office

Robert Montie, second; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Michael Hamorski, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

                        Tyler LaCaze – Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office

Cindy Brister  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

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

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

Billy Allen – DeQuincy Police Department

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

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

                        Brent Quebodeaux – Lake Charles Harbor Police

Russell Bailey– Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office

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

Harley Cahill – Westlake Police Department

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

 

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

CPSO OFFICES REOPEN TO PUBLIC

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO Administration

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

 

CPSO ID Records

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

 

CPSO Law Enforcement Centers. 

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

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

Carlyss LEC: (337) 491-3810

Central LEC: (337) 491-3626

DeQuincy LEC: (337) 494-4590

Iowa LEC: (337) 491-3629

Moss Bluff LEC: (337) 491-3627

South Lake Charles LEC: (337) 431-1331

Sulphur LEC: (337) 491-3625

Starks LEC: (337) 491-6659

Vinton LEC: (337) 494-4568

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT FROM THE DISABLED

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jairus A. Matt, 31, 6108 White Oak Drive, Lake Charles, he observed him to have slurred speech along with delayed reactions when deputies asked questions.  While speaking with Matt he advised the deputy he had taken prescription medication prior to driving.  After a search of the truck the deputy located a prescription bottle belonging to Matt, with pills not matching the prescription located on the bottle.  They deputy then located a pill matching the prescription on the bottle, on the floor of the truck.  The deputy also located a baggie of suspected methamphetamine inside the truck.   

 

After Matt, who has two prior DWI arrests, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety testing he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer testing, which revealed he was not under the influence of alcoholic beverages.  The deputy asked him to submit to a toxicology blood draw, which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample Matt was transported back to CPSO.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; running a stop sign; failure to maintain lane; possession CDS II; possession of CDS IV.  He was released the following day on a $51,500 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler Jones is the arresting deputy on this case. 


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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR KIDNAPPING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 28 at approximately 11:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a business on W. Dave Dugas Road in Sulphur in reference to a possible kidnapping.  When deputies arrived they learned an employee who had arrived to work around 3:30 a.m. attempted to open the business approximately an hour later and learned she had been locked inside. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives viewed video surveillance and observed a man, later identified as Matthew D. Allen, 29, 1205 W. Dave Dugas Road, Sulphur, was dropped off in the business parking lot earlier that morning.  They watched Allen remain on the property for several hours prior to the victim arriving at work.  They observed the victim arrive at work and enter the business; at which time they witnessed Allen attempt to cut the power off to the business at the breaker box, but was unsuccessful.  Detectives then observed Allen approach the front of the business and tamper with the surveillance camera.  It was later learned he smeared blood on the camera lens.  Detectives continued to watch the surveillance footage which showed Allen at the front of the business.  Allen was observed locking a padlock, which was left unlocked on the door, from the outside; while the employee was still inside. 

 

During further investigation detectives observed the metal siding on the business was damaged.  After detectives located blood on the steps and railing in the area of the damaged metal siding it was determined Allen attempted to gain entry to the business by prying the metal siding off, but was unsuccessful.

 

A short time later Allen was located at his residence in the same clothing he was observed to be wearing on the surveillance footage.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree kidnapping; and attempted simple burglary.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $70,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 2 AND ISSUE WARRANT FOR 1 RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 16 at approximately 9:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at a residence on Custer Drive in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation deputies learned Michael C. Red, 18, 1242 Kellogg Road, DeQuincy, and Shyheim Graham, 23, 1605 Goodwin Street, Vinton, entered the victim’s home armed with a firearm and robbed him.  It was also discovered a third suspect, Joshua L. Pratt, 17, 2264 Hillary Drive, Vinton, picked up the suspects after the robbery and fled the area. 

 

Later the same day, after further investigation, Judge Michael Canaday signed warrants for the arrests of Red, Graham and Pratt in the amount of $225,000 each, for armed robbery; armed robbery with a firearm; home invasion; and 2 counts of theft of a firearm.  Detectives located Pratt the same day, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  On April 22 Graham turned himself in to detectives at CPSO, at which time he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. 

  

Detectives are currently searching for Red and asks if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at (337) 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.

               

CPSO Detective Michael Miller is the lead investigator on this case.


 

UPDATE:  On Friday, April 24, at approximately 7:00 p.m. CPSO located Michael C. Red in Vinton.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on his warrant.  I have attached an updated mugshot.

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:00 p.m., the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle crash near the intersection of N. Claiborne Street and Sim Portie Road in Sulphur.         

 

The initial investigation revealed the car was traveling southbound on N. Claiborne Street when it went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  The car struck a road sign and culvert before coming to rest in the ditch.  The driver of the car, Lisa A. Shepard, 59, Sulphur, was trapped inside the car and had to be extricated.  She was taken to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.    

 

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation is still continuing.  As mandated by state law, toxicology testing will be performed. 

 

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander is the lead investigator of this accident.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF MOLESTATION OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 17 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Bennie F. Norris, 74, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with an 11 year old girl. 

 

The following day when detectives spoke with Norris he advised he had inappropriately touched the girl approximately six times since the beginning of April.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 6 counts of molestation a juvenile.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $450,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is the lead investigator on this case.

 CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign that started April 19 and ends April 26 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will have increased checkpoints and an increased number of deputies on the road, particularly aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, but also looking for anyone not wearing their seatbelt in any type of vehicle.

 

According to the LHSC, pick-up truck drivers and their passengers have the lowest seat belt usage rate in the state.  Pick-up trucks comprise 27% of the vehicles on the road in Louisiana and are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes.  The LHSC also states that only 82% of pickup truck drivers and 86% of their passengers are wearing seatbelts; compared to 89% of people who drive cars and 88% of their passengers.  “Unfortunately we sometimes see the deadly results that come from drivers and passengers refusing to wear their seatbelt.  Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important steps that could save your life in a crash.  Our job is to stop those who are not buckled up, and keep them from becoming a statistic,” said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES & ONE FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office VCIU detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in a neighborhood off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance video from the area showing three suspects, driving a black car, entering unlocked vehicles.

 

A short time later detectives, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center were able to obtain the registration for the car seen in the video surveillance.  Detectives made contact with the owner of the car, Janaysha R. Seymore, 21, 1900 Prejean Drive, Lake Charles, at her home.  When detectives arrived at the home they also made contact with two men, later identified as Kentrell J. Dunn, 19, and Coby J. Simon, 20, both of 4249 5th Avenue, Lake Charles.  After receiving consent to search the residence detectives located most of the stolen property that been taken from the vehicle burglaries off Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.   

           

After further investigation and questioning it was learned Dunn and Simon, along with a 16 year old juvenile were responsible for the vehicle burglaries.  Detectives also discovered they had brought the stolen property back to Seymore’s residence and she had knowledge that the property had been stolen. 

 

Later the same day Seymore, Dunn and Simon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Seymore is charged with possession of stolen things $1,000 - $5,000. Dunn is charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  Simon is charged with simple burglary; theft of a firearm; possession of marijuana; criminal damage to property; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  Judge Michael Canaday set Seymore’s bond at $5,000, Dunn’s bond at $187,500, and Simon’s bond at $63,500.  The juvenile was also arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; theft of a firearm; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000; theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property. 

           

Detectives also located 2 stolen guns at the residence. 

 

The investigations are still pending and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO VCIU Detective Greg Nall is the lead investigator on these cases. 


CPSO LOOKING FOR INMATE TRUSTEE WHO WALKED OFF JOB DETAIL AT CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 4:00 a.m. inmate trustee Shane W. Cormier, 50, last known address 3644 Anthony Ferry Road in Sulphur, walked off his trustee job at the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5410 East Broad Street in Lake Charles.  Cormier qualified to be a trustee due to his non-violent offender status.

           

Cormier has been incarcerated at the CCC since March and is serving time for charges of simple burglary, simple robbery, and theft.  He was last seen wearing navy blue scrubs.  

           

If anyone knows of Cormier’s whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or 911.

UPDATE:  Cormier was located by detectives at a home on North Hudson Street in Sulphur at approximately 2:30 this afternoon.  He will be charged with simple escape.  More arrests are possible pending further investigation.    

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF SUV INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred on Tuesday, April 14 at approximately 1:30 a.m. on East Savanna Lane in Lake Charles. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned the vehicle went off the roadway for unknown reasons and struck a palm tree along with a street sign.  The vehicle, described as a newer model Ford Flex, white in color, will have damage to area near the front bumper.

 

CPSO is asking anyone who can identify the SUV seen in this video, or anyone with information about this case, to contact the lead investigator, Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605 and reference complaint number 20-48456.

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 9 at approximately 6:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an 11 year old child being left alone at the store. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the child to have red marks and bruising on his face.  Deputies learned the mother, Heather M. Johnson, 39, Westlake, had struck the child several times, busting his nose, and left him at the store.

           

A short time later deputies made contact with Johnson at her home.  When detectives spoke with her she stated she became angry with the child.  She confirmed to deputies she struck him several times and left him at the store.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  During booking deputies located suspected methamphetamine concealed on her person.  Johnson is charged with cruelty to a juvenile; possession of CDS II; and introduction of contraband into a penal facility.  Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $34,000.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Thomas Poore is the arresting deputy and CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 4 MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR HOME INVASION & 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 4 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in South Lake Charles after receiving a call from an alarm company in reference to a panic alarm being activated at the residence. 

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim and learned while she was outside three men showed up at her home and forced her inside by gunpoint.  The victim stated once they were inside the home she was raped at gunpoint.  After further investigation and reviewing video surveillance in the area detectives learned the identities of the three men to be Jarence T. Lee, 29, Jaquaylon M. Guillory, 23, and Tyrell J. Jackson, 22, all of Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned a fourth man, identified as Jarvis J. Bias, 23, Lake Charles was also involved. 

 

Between April 4 and April 6 all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lee, Guillory and Jackson are charged with 1st degree rape; and home invasion.  Judge Sharon Wilson set all three bonds at $200,000.  Bias is charged with principle to 1st degree rape; and principle to home invasion.  Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $180,000. 

 

CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.  


SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF COVID-19 STIMULUS SCAMS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning the community of scams that are surfacing in the area in regards to COVID-19 stimulus checks.

 

Please be aware that the federal government will NOT ask you to confirm personal or banking information by email, phone or text.  They will also NOT demand a processing fee to expedite your stimulus payment.

 

These are scams, not legitimate communications from the U.S. Department of Treasury.  If you have received these messages, do not click on links in emails or text messages and do not provide your personal information.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 28 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding James L. Jordan, 68, Lake Charles.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 23 year old woman. 

           

After speaking with detectives Jordan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $50,000