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CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

             

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

  

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION & DRUG CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RE-ARREST MAN FOR 14 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles -

 

On April 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  On April 12, when questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

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

   

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

CPSO DEPUTIES WELCOME BACK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ADMIN OFFICES TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY @ NOON

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

Emergency operations will not be affected in any way.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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

CPSO & WLPD SEARCHING FOR THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

               

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

           

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



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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles–

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR IOWA MAN IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD & OTHER CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $11,750.00

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR WEATHER THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

Here are some tips to be prepared:

 

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

·         Check into flood insurance.

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

 

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

 

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

 

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

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

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

After detectives located one of the juveniles and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse.  On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located on April 2 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

When deputies spoke with Fontenot they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Fontenot to have unsteady balance; almost falling over several times.  When speaking with Fontenot he stated he drank 3 beers the previous night.  Fontenot also stated to deputies he was traveling from Welsh to Vinton and believed he was traveling on Old Spanish Trail.  Fontenot  refused to submit to standard field sobriety testing.  He was then arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; vehicular negligent injury; carless operation; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $60,000 with a special condition being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 4 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & 1 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE RAPE, 40 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR & 2 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After an anonymous call to the Dept. of Child & Family Services’ tip line, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of John Michael Ward, 45, Westlake on June 17.   Ward confirmed to detectives he has been molesting an 11 year old girl since 2017 when she was 9 years old.  Ward also advised detectives he videoed the girl while she was nude on two separate occasions.   

 

He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of 1st degree rape; 40 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 2 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $640,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY AT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 30 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to J.I. Watson Elementary school in Iowa in reference to a burglary.  When the deputy arrived he observed there to be damage inside the school to a door and a coke machine.  The deputy also learned that there were iPads and computers missing from some of the classrooms.  Upon further investigation the deputy located the iPads and computers, along with some of the cokes from the damaged machine, on the 2nd floor of the school.    

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance which showed three men in the school going from class to class the previous evening at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Detectives learned the men were able to enter the school by prying open a window.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the 3 men as Hunter R. Miller, 18, 7993 Old Hecker Road, Draven A. Reuter, 19, 111 East 2nd Street, both of Iowa, and Ethan T. Hext, 19, 2412 Roxanne Street, Sulphur.

           

Between May 30 and June 4 all three suspects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property over $1,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Miller was released on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Reuter is still in custody on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Hext was released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.      

           

CPSO Detective Roy Pesson is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 17 ADDITIONAL COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES WITH 10 YEAR OLD STUDENT

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim.  Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

Today, after further investigation, Smith was re-arrested for numerous incidents that occurred in 2019 with the same 10 year old boy.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of 1st degree rape; 5 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; 2 counts of sexual battery; and 1 count oral sexual battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $1.3 million.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jeffrey J. Bimle, Jr., 36 Sulphur, inappropriately touching a girl approximately two years ago, when the victim was 13 years old.  On June 10, when detectives spoke with Bimle he confirmed the allegations.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

He was released later the same day on a $100,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

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

TEENAGER BRINGS GUN TO SUMMER SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Around 1:00 p.m. today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to LaGrange High School in Lake Charles in reference to a teen with a gun in his backpack.  Once they arrived, the School Resource Officer told deputies a loaded handgun was located in a 15 year old’s backpack.  The investigation revealed the 15 year old brought the gun to school, and took the gun out of his backpack in the presence of a student in the classroom then returned it to his backpack.  One of the students in the classroom reported the incident to the School Resource Officer.

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon; illegal carrying of a firearm in a gun-free zone; and aggravated assault.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

               

CPSO Sgts. Mike Miller and Seth Abshire are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 6 & LOOKING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday afternoon (6/10/19) Keyshawn Bias turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants deputies and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $250,000.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 20 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Morning Glory Lane in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived and spoke with the residents, Keyshawn J. Bias, 22, and Chelci R. Richard, 22, both of 414 Morning Glory Lane, Westlake, they stated they were inside their home when they heard shots coming from outside.  Detectives arrived at the scene and observed damage to a Chevy Malibu and the home, both of which had been shot numerous times.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the Malibu at the home was possibly connected to two other drive by shootings that had occurred the previous night. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for the drive by shooting on Morning Glory Lane as Wilson D. Leblanc, Jr., 20, 128 Calcasieu Street; Kadi E. Spikes, 17, 4016 Harvard Street; Diomond D. Duncan, 20, 418 N. Booker Street; Torrianna J. Bolster, 18, 401 S. Cherry Street; and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Lake Charles. 

           

During further investigation it was learned Bias and Richard were in the Chevy Malibu and were responsible for shooting at a Nissan Sentra occupied by Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile the previous night at Huber Park in Lake Charles.  A short time later, after the shooting at Huber Park, the two cars were then shooting at each other at Brentwood Park in Lake Charles; which ultimately led to the occupants in the Sentra shooting at the home on Morning Glory Lane.

           

Between May 21 and 31 everyone involved in the drive by shootings, except Bias, was arrested.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and all others were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Richard is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Her bond is set at $250,000.  Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile are all charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; aggravated criminal property damage; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Leblanc’s bond is set at $500,000; Spikes’ bond is set at $250,000; Duncan’s and Bolster’s bonds are set at $450,000; and the juvenile has no bond set at this time. 

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Bias, who has an active warrant in the amount of $250,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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


June 3, 2019 Public Meeting Notes

CPSO TO HOST CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CHECK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a child passenger safety check on Saturday, June 8 from at the Moss Bluff Ward 1 Fire Department located at 1240 Joe Miller Road in Moss Bluff. 

           

CPSO deputies who have been certified as “Child Passenger Safety Technicians” will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for anyone who has questions in reference to child restraint laws or wants to learn how to properly install a child's car seat.  “Studies show when child restraints are installed and used correctly it decreases the risk of fatal injury by 71%  among infants, 54% among toddlers and 45% among children ages 4 – 8,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  We want to make sure the community has the resources available to ensure they are properly transporting their children in the vehicles.    

           

This event is free to the public

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Thompson Road and Vassar Lane in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck driven by Donald L. Young, 75, Sulphur, was traveling north on Thompson Road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the truck rolled several times.  Young, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ralph L. Cox, Jr., 54, 2711 Shadowood Drive, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed sexually battered a family member when she was 23 years old.

           

During the investigation the victim stated to detectives in June 2018 she was visiting Cox along with other family members at his camp on Edwards Road in Sulphur.  She stated she went to sleep and was then awoken to Cox inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is lead investigator in the case.

Notice of Public Meeting

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

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detective was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Harold K. Ramuar, 55, Lake Charles.  During the check detectives were unable to locate Ramuar at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation they learned Ramuar had been evicted from the residence for approximately two weeks and did not contact law enforcement or register a new address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Ramuar but were unsuccessful so on May 2nd detectives issued a warrant for his arrest.

 

On May 23 Ramuar was pulled over by a CPSO deputy for a traffic violation; at which time it was learned he was driving a truck that had not been registered with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.     

            

Ramuar was 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 $110,000.

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Mark LeBleu Rd. near Pujol Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a car driven by Jerimy W. Williams, 40, Lake Charles, was traveling west on Mark LeBleu Rd., when for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck a pick-up truck that was traveling east on Mark LeBleu Rd.

           

Williams was transported to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver of the pick-up truck was also transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS FOUR FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to pornography involving a juvenile.  During their investigation they learned a 16 year old boy had sent a sexual explicit video of a 15 year old girl, who was his ex-girlfriend, to several people.  Detectives also learned one of the people the boy sent the video to, Lashonda N. Richard, 39, 1202 Virginia Street, Lake Charles, then forwarded the video out to several more people.  Sometime between April 26 and 27 detectives learned two of the people who had received the video, Alexis L. Richard, 19, 1758 St. John Street, Lake Charles, and a 16 year old girl, had posted the video on social media.

           

Detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Lashonda, Alexis, and both 16 year old juveniles.  Between May 1 and 21, all 4 suspects were arrested.  Lashonda and Alexis were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lashonda is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles; she was released on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.  Alexis is charged with pornography involving juveniles; and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles; she was released on an $11,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Both juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The boy is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles and the girl is charged 1 count of pornography involving juveniles. 

         

The two Richard women are not related.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with witnesses in the area that stated they observed Tracy H. Chesson, 49, Lake Charles, pull her 10 year old son by the back of his neck and drag him across the yard.  When detectives spoke with Chesson she was intoxicated and uncooperative.  Detectives also observed red marks on the back of the victim’s neck.

           

Chesson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $5,000.  Chesson also had two active warrants with an additional bond of $11,500.   

           

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign that starts today, May 20, and ends June 2, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 25.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  Research shows in 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AFTER STRING OF CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contact by CPSO patrol deputies in reference to a suspicious van that had been in the area of Ham Reid Road, where numerous residential construction sites had been burglarized.

 

Detectives arrived at the residence on Aberdeen Drive, where the van was parked, and made contact with the homeowner, who allowed detectives to search the home. Once inside detectives located numerous power tools along with a Whirlpool stove, all of which had been reported stolen from residential construction sites in the same area.

After further investigation it was learned Azucena Madrigal, 62, 1628 8th Street, Lake Charles, owned several homes in Lake Charles that were currently being remodeled; possibly with stolen items. Detectives arrived at Madrigal’s home and attempted to make contact with her but were unsuccessful. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home at which time they located Madrigal along with Joe Rojo, 30, Pasadena, Texas, inside the home. After speaking with Madrigal she allowed detectives to search 2 of her homes, located on 4th Street and 6th Street in Lake Charles. Upon searching the home on 6th Street detectives located numerous new windows and doors, valued at over $10,000, being stored inside. When asked about the windows and doors Madrigal advised detectives they had been purchased to remodel her homes. During further investigation detectives contacted the construction companies where the doors and windows were from and learned they had all been stolen from several different residential construction sites in Lake Charles. After the search of the home on 6th Street Madrigal became uncooperative and detectives obtained search warrants for two additional homes owned by her, located on Rose Street and Pryce Street in Lake Charles. After a search of both residences detectives located numerous building materials and power tools that had been stolen from various residential construction sites in the south Lake Charles area. Detectives also located a commercial grade zero turn lawnmower that had been reported stolen out of Texas.

 

Madrigal and Rojo were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Madrigal is charged with possession of stolen thing in excess of $25,000 and Rojo is charged with possession of stolen things $5,000 but less than $25,000. Judge Guy Bradberry set both their bonds $25,000.

 

The recovered property that was found is currently being returned back to the contractors.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges may follow.

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this investigation assisted by CPSO Detective Mike Conner.


Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 16.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2018 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Joshua Donovan – Support Services Division

Sgt. Kara Adams – Investigations Division

Cpl. Bradley Lamar – Enforcement Division

Hollie Howard - Correctional Division           

Sgt. Stuart Henderson – Special Services Division           

Kim Shelton – Financial Division

Sgt. John Dugas –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Joshua Donovan was also chosen as “2018 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Lori Fitkin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.” 

 

The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Randy Schlesinger. 

 

Lt. Carter Sittig, Lt. Amy Hebert, Lt. Sandra LaCaze, and Sgt. Kim Sittig were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On May 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes off East Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to someone trespassing.   

 

 When deputies arrive they located the suspect, identified as Christopher C. Ocasio, 29, Edinburg, Texas.  When deputies spoke with Ocasio they detective a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  They also observed Ocasio to have slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.  After further investigation into the trespassing incidents detectives located a Camaro, submerged in a ditch near the homes where Ocasio was located.  Ocasio stated to deputies that the Camaro belonged to him, and during a search of his person the keys to the Camaro were located in his pocket.  When questioned by deputies Ocasio stated he had been drinking at a bar and when he left he allowed someone else drive his car, at which time that person wrecked it.  Deputies were unable to locate anyone else in the area and Ocasio was unable to provide a name of the person he let drive his car.        

 

Ocasio, who has 3 prior DWI arrests in the last 10 years, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Ocasio also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; 2 counts of criminal trespassing; and carless operation.  He was released on May 12 on a $51,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Logan Leger was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 90 west in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated two ARLO security cameras had been stolen from outside his business.  Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the business and observed a light colored Dodge, occupied by two white men, pull up to the business and steal the cameras at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning.  The truck is described as a Dodge Dually 3500 that has aftermarket rims and running boards.        

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photograph, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

On May 6 convicted sex offender Keith W. Robertson, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

In January 2019 Robertson contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was looking for a new address to move to in Lake Charles.  Robertson was scheduled for numerous appointments in the months of January thru April, but did not show up and register his new address.  Robertson also failed to completed his annual registration in March 2019; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

            

Robertson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS AFTER BOMB SCARE ON BUS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to I-10 eastbound near mile marker 26 in reference to a bomb scare on a Megabus. When deputies arrived they learned from the bus driver that a man on the bus reported to him he was having chest pains and needed to get off the bus. The bus driver pulled over on the side of the interstate and called 911 for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, the man exited the bus and got into the ambulance. At that point, another passenger in the bus told the driver that the passenger in the ambulance made comments to him before exiting the bus that lead him to believe there was a bomb on the bus. The bus driver again called 911 to report a possible bomb scare.

 

When deputies arrived, and the passengers were evacuating the bus, one of the passengers, later identified as Albert Williams, 29, New Orleans, fled on foot from the bus with a bag and sweat pants. While deputies were attempting to apprehend Williams, they observed him drop the items he was carrying near a drainage ditch and continue running. After he was apprehended deputies located the bag and sweat pants near the drainage ditch and found a large ziplock bag inside containing approximately 907 grams of powder cocaine, approximate street value of $80,000-$100,000.

 

Also while evacuating the bus, deputies located another passenger, later identified as George, A. Pottinger, 32, Georgia, with multiple back packs containing 60 pints of promethazine, approximate street value of $15,000-$20,000 . During a search of his person deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During a body scan while being booked in Pottinger pulled marijuana from inside his pants, placed it in his mouth and ingested it.

 

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; obstruction of justice; and resisting an officer. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $57,500. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V with intent to distribute; contraband in a penal institution; and obstruction of justice. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,500.

 

The Louisiana State Police and Westlake Fire Department were contacted for assistance and no bomb was found.


CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim. 

 

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. 

  

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Hollow Cove Ln. in Moss Bluff in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect truck has been identified as a newer model gray Toyota Tacoma with a long wheel base and extended cab.

           

The suspect struck a large brick mailbox with the front right bumper area of the truck and fled the scene.  The truck should have sustained obvious damage, including a broken headlight.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-048568 if leaving a message.


TEENAGER DROWNS IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Around 3:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was dispatched to Dunn Ferry Rd. at the West Fork bridge in Moss Bluff in reference to a possible drowning.   Once they arrived, they were able to recover Wardell Baptiste, 16, New Orleans, from the water and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.   He was visiting family members in this area during spring break.

 

The investigation revealed a group of teens were jumping off the bridge but when Baptiste jumped off, he surfaced but went under the water again and did not resurface.

               

The medical personnel at the hospital pronounced Baptiste deceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

               

CPSO Deputy Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator.

               

CPSO Sr. Sgt. Ryan Mareno, along with the CPSO Dive Team, recovered Baptiste from the water.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 121st BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 121st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 55 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 55 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 121st Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Michael Courville, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Recia Lopez, second; DeRidder Police Department

Tanner Atwell, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Eric Gruspier, Lake Charles City Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Thomas Beaver, Quincy Buckley, Valerie Franks, Dustin Haller, Camille Rodriguez – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Eric Adams, Tanner Atwell, Daulton Boston, Kent Castille, Clint Cormier, Matthew Cormier, Jacob Guidry, Katilynn Kirkwood, Gregory Marshall, Matthew Nunez, Tommy Paul, Derek Racca, David Ritchie, Randy Schlesinger, Wendel Spillars, Brent Tradewell, Jake Verrette, David Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tylyn Landry, Hunter Manuel, Kara Wigley– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Gatlin – DeQuincy Police Department

Recia Lopez – DeRidder Police Department

Keelan Poullard – Iowa Police Department

Lakyn Taber, Juan Yanez – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Cary, Erika Stevens, Cameron Williams – Jennings Police Department

Joseph Marcantel – Lake Arthur Police Department

                        Keithen Breaux, Kena Clymer, Michael Courville, Wyatt Davis, Russell Dennis, Jaylen Goodly, Eric Gruspier, Mildred Joseph, Kelvin Kirkwood, Steven McDaniel, Osvaldo Santiago, Peavey Santiago, Thadius Schecher – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Jaclyn Lobbs – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Stephanie Bryant – McNeese Police Department

Mariano Arvelo – Merryville Police Department

Teia Hampton – Oakdale Police Department

Ronnie Guillory – Sulphur Police Department

Nikkie Henry – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

William Ryder – Westlake Police Department

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 20 at approximately 6:40 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call near Woodell Lane and Myrtle Springs Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle crash.  When the deputy arrived he observed a white car that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Shawn R. Powell, 38, Merryville, LA; he observed him to have an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Powell he fell asleep multiple times. 

 

 Due to Powell’s impairment and risk of falling, the deputy did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Powell, who has 2 previous DWIs, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.   He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $36,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Kilieyn Wing is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On April 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a gas station in Vinton in reference to someone striking a barrier in an SUV and attempting to drive off.   When the deputy was in route he observed the suspect’s SUV heading northbound on Toomey Road.  The deputy observed the suspect to be driving erratically through traffic.  After initiating a traffic stop the deputy spoke with the driver, Theodore T. Wells, Jr., 33, Breaux Bridge, LA; who he observed to have slurred speech.  The deputy also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.

 

After Wells, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in 2016, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and hit & run.  Judge Ron Ware set Well’s bond at $16,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES 2ND SUSPECT IN VINTON BINGO HALL BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks.  When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney.  The following day White was transported to Rayne Police Department and booked into the Acadia jail where he was charged with 2 vehicle burglaries. 

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has placed a detainer on White for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

           

After further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify another suspect, Bryan A. Serrano, 20, Houston, TX; who was also responsible for the burglary and thefts.  After further investigation on April 16 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $725,000 for Serrano’s arrest.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.    Serrano was arrested by Houston Police Department yesterday.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will place a detainer on him for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

                

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

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on March 8 at approximately 11 p.m. at a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects broke into the store by throwing  a large rock through the front door, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  One suspect entered the store while another stood outside.  Once inside the store one of the suspects filled up two containers with numerous cartons of cigarettes worth approximately $4,000.  The suspects are believed to have fled on foot south towards a wooded area.  Detectives also believe there may be a third suspect involved.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Chad R. Leblanc, 23, 3347 Red Maple Lane, Sulphur, exchanging inappropriate messages with a 12 year old girl on Snap Chat.  Detectives learned he had met the girl through Snap Chat.  After further investigation Leblanc was arrested on April 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $300,000.    

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

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary on East Gabriel Square in Moss Bluff that occurred sometime during the previous night.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole cash along with a phone charger from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 12 convicted sex offender Craig A. Neil, 55, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the month of March CPSO Sex Offender detectives, along with Probation and Parole, attempted to conduct home visits at the address listed on Neil’s sex offender registration, but could not make contact with him.  It was discovered when Neil was released from incarceration at the beginning of March on an unrelated charge, he had registered an address with law enforcement where he was not actually living; making him in violation of his sex offender requirements. 

 

After further investigation detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Neil, who was had been incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a parole detainer on April 10, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

Neil was convicted of second degree sexual assault in Wisconsin in 1996. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  When questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

On April 12 Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Darryl L. Zeno, 56, 931 Alice Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl on three separate occasions in January.  Detectives also learned Zeno provided narcotics to the girl. 

 

On April 12 Zeno, who was already in custody at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Zeno’s bond at $450,000.

 

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 121st BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 121st Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Fifty-four (54) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Arthur Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO 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 will start April 21 and end April 28 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 27.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

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 MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Timothy Ancelet, 57, 120 Lock Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl, who he met on social media.  When questioned by detectives Ancelet confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He also advised he shared nude photographs with her and had several sexual conversations with her.  Later the same day Ancelet was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

After further investigation it was learned Ancelet was in possession of child pornography.  He was arrested again on April 12 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  He was released the next day on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Kenneth M. Duplechin, 55, 1811 Fox Run Drive, Lake Charles, picked up a 14 year old girl he just met and brought her to his home where she performed oral sex on him twice.  The victim also advised detectives Duplechin called his friend, Darren S. Gaspard, 54, 4 Par Drive, Lake Charles, to come to his home where he also had sexual intercourse with the 14 year old girl. 

 

After further investigation on April 11 Duplechin and Gaspard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Duplechin is charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and Gaspard is charged with 1 count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Duplechin’s bond at $350,000 and Gaspard’s bond at $250,000.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE, FALSE IMPRISONMENT & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Logan L. Manuel, 22, 5859 Tom Hebert Road,  Lake Charles, in reference to an incident that happened earlier that day.

 

During the initial investigation the victim, who is Manuel’s ex-girlfriend, advised detectives she was at his home on the morning of April 6, at which time Manuel became upset about a prior incident in their relationship and a verbal argument ensued.  The victim stated she attempted to leave but Manuel grabbed her by the hair, pulling her down, and took her phone and keys from her.  She then advised detectives Manuel grabbed her by the neck and choked her while making homicidal statements towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to leave again at which time Manuel grabbed her by the vagina and pulled her back towards him.  She also stated that some point while she was at the home Manuel inappropriately touched her.  The victim told detectives along with the homicidal comments he also made suicidal comments during the incident; and their 1 year old son was also present when the incident took place.

   

Later the same day detectives obtained a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Manuel’s arrest signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He was located a short time later and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with domestic abuse battery child endangerment; domestic abuse battery strangulation; false imprisonment; and sexual battery.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN & DRUGS IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to LaGrange High School in regard to a student bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned at approximately 12:30 p.m. CPSO safe school officers observed a disturbance during lunch period between a group of students.  When the deputies approached the students they began to disperse at which time one of the students, a 17 year old male, walked by a deputy and he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the student.  When the deputy detained the 17 year old he attempted to hand off a backpack to another student, at which time the deputy observed a handgun in an open section of the backpack.

           

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun along with marijuana was found inside.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a firearm on school campus; possession of marijuana; possession of CDS in drug free zone; illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile; and possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics.

           

CPSO Deputy Dewayne Simmons was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittany Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, Eric D. Malbrough, 44, 718 Tallow Road, #25, Lake Charles, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was presented with Malbrough’s Louisiana sex offender ID Card.  When the deputy asked Malbrough if he had a driver’s license Malbrough advised it was suspended for child support, but the deputy later learned his driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI 2nd offense.  Upon exiting the car the deputy observed an open bottle of alcoholic beverage in Malbrough’s back pocket. 

 

After further investigation the deputy learned the address on Malbrough’s sex offender ID card did not match the address registered with law enforcement.  The deputy also learned the car Malbrough was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

  

Malbrough was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; additional lighting equipment; operating a vehicle under suspension for DWI; and open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $64,000.  

               

Malbrough was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car in the 1800 block of I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Hilmer R. Romero-Arias, 32, California, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias if he had anything to drink he advised the deputy he had just left a bar on Broad Street in Lake Charles where he had approximately 3 beers.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias for his driver’s license he stated it had been suspended for prior DWIs. 

 

After Romero-Arias performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested, at which time he became combative.  While deputies were attempting to place him in the back of the CPSO unit he attempted to pull away and kicked deputies several times.  After deputies restrained Romero-Arias he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; but became combative again at which time deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Romero-Arias was then transported to a local hospital.  While hospital personnel were attempting to collect the blood sample Romero-Arias slipped his handcuffs and once again became combative.  Deputies immediately regained control of him at which time he had to be strapped to a bed and covered with a spit mask so hospital personnel could obtain the blood sample. 

 

Romero-Arias, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; driver must be licensed; and 3 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $18,500.

             

Deputies also contacted U.S. Border Patrol due to Romero-Arias displaying a suspected fraudulent ID card during the traffic stop. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler McKnight was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING IN LAKE CHARLES

Calcasieu Parish –

           

With the flooding that occurred earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office handled numerous calls on flooded roadways.  CPSO deployed 3 high water vehicles and 5 CPSO Marine Division 4-wheel drive trucks, both with 2 man teams, and had approximately 8 patrol deputies answering only flood-related calls.  The Lake Charles area experienced heavy flooding in several areas which resulted in the Sheriff’s Office conducting 10 rescues of local residents from their homes in the south Lake Charles area.  CPSO deputies also rescued 32 people that were stranded in their vehicles on the flooded roadways. 

 

“Today is the first time we have had to deploy our high water vehicles that we procured in June 2018.  We are very fortunate to have them when we have flooding incidents like the one today,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These vehicles proved to be invaluable in rescuing people in their homes and cars.”

         

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and are positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR SUSPECTS IN SEPARATE VEHICLE BURGLARY INCIDENTS ALONG I-10 CORRIDOR IN CALCASIEU PARISH

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 at approximately 8:00 p.m. CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation (VCIU) detectives were dispatched to Planet Fitness on Ryan Street in Lake Charles in reference to 8 vehicles in the parking lot that had been burglarized.

           

Once on scene the detectives spoke with the victims and learned all the vehicles had been damaged by the suspects either busting the windows or damaging the door handles to gain access into the vehicles and stole numerous items including purses, wallets, laptops, and backpacks.  Detectives later learned one of the victim’s credit cards had been used at a store in Lake Charles to purchase a gift card.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance and identified one of the suspects as Anthony Carmichael, 21, Houston, Texas.  After further investigation detectives learned the gift card was used in the Houston area.  After traveling to Houston, with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department Westside Nightshift Crime Suppression Team, detectives were able to identify another suspect as Kevin B. Wallace, 21, Houston, Texas. 

           

On March 27 CPSO VCIU detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Carmichael and Wallace signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Carmichael is charged with 8 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; 8 count of theft; and unauthorized use of an access card.  His bond is set at $46,000.  Wallace is charged with 7 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and 4 counts of theft.  His bond is set at $53,000. 

           

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks. 

           

When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney. 

           

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.   

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.

           

On March 24 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to SPAR (Sulphur Parks & Recreation) on Parish Road in Sulphur in reference to two vehicles having their windows shattered and the victims’ belongings taken. 

           

During their investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage from the business which showed a white Tahoe pull into the parking lot next to the victims’ vehicles.  Detectives then observed a man exit the Tahoe and run up to the two vehicles in the parking lot that detectives later learned had been burglarized. 

           

On March 26 CPSO VCIU detectives received a call from League City Police Department stating their agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit with a white Tahoe.  They then advised detectives they arrested 3 men; identified as Marrice Ellis, 29, Travis Ward, 29, and Zachary Brooks, 21, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After a search of the SUV they found property that belonged to one of the victims from the vehicle burglary that occurred in Sulphur.  VCIU detectives were also advised by the League City PD that all three subjects were tied to the “Felony Lane Gang,” from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and are known to travel interstates targeting gyms, parks, recreational centers, and parking lots for vehicle burglaries. 

           

After further investigation on April 2 VCIU detectives issued warrants for Ellis, Ward, and Brooks’ arrests signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  They are all three charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000.  And 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Their bonds are all set at $21,000.

           

In the Lake Charles and Vinton vehicle burglaries, detectives believe there are more suspects.  The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely. 

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles, and I am glad that our community has been proactive in doing this," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "But it is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  In all of these cases the suspects can be seen peering into the vehicles to see if there are valuables inside before breaking the windows or doors.”               


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & 4 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 CPSO detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles.  During that investigation detectives discovered messages between one of the juveniles, who is 16 years old, and an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located the juvenile and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with Braxton and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse. 

           

On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located today and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

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

CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE: A LADIES FIR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

           

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

           

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOLLOWING PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Koonce Rd. and St. Luke Ln. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle accident involving a truck that had hit a utility pole and was stuck in the ditch. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to stop the truck, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the truck made several unsafe lane changes causing other vehicles to move off the roadway, ran a stop sign, and traveled at a high rate of speed.  The suspect eventually stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway in the 500 block of East Houston River Rd. and fled on foot into a wooded area.  A short time later deputies located the driver, Joseph C. Semien, 26, 3788 E. Burton St., Sulphur, exiting the woods.

 

After further investigation it was learned Semien, who has a suspended driver’s license, was driving a truck that was reported stolen from Arlington, Texas.  Deputies also discovered he had a 14 year old passenger in the truck, who was left at the scene of the crash and was picked up by a parent.  During a subsequent search of the truck deputies located a large amount of suspected marijuana.

 

Semien was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with hit and run; flight from an officer; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana 14 grams or more; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a person under 17; resisting an officer by flight; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.  Semien also had two active warrants for contempt of court for possession of CDS II; simple burglary; and theft between $750 and $5,000.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case and was assisted by CPSO Warrants Sgts. Dennis Hanisee and Chris Ryan.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 25 convicted sex offender Edward Aaron, Jr., 58, 1900 4th Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to complete his sex offender registration numerous times. 

 

During the investigation it was discovered Aaron, who is required to complete his sex offender registration with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit every 3 months, did not complete his registration for the months of June, September, and December in 2017 along with the months of March, June, September, and December in 2018.  Aaron was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $16,500. 

            

Aaron was convicted of simple rape in 1996 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday April 5 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

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

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

Lake Charles –

 

UPDATENEIL SWEAT HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND IN BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 50 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since yesterday evening from a local care facility where he left on foot.    Neil Sweat is described as a black male, 5’3”, 172 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, black beanie, blue shirt with a grey undershirt, khaki pants and black tennis shoes.  He was last seen in the Teal Street area of Lake Charles. 

 

Sweat is a diabetic and in need of his medication.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sweat.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or call 911.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 6 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call to a home on Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile that was located at the residence. 

 

When detectives arrived they learned the 15 year old girl, who had been reported missing during the early morning hours the same day, was at the home with Bobby J. LaFleur, Jr., 43, 211 N. Hodges Street, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned the girl had previously met LaFleur at his place of employment and they exchanged phone numbers.  Detectives were advised LaFleur picked the girl up from her home the night of March 5 and brought her to his residence, where they had sexual intercourse. 

 

When detectives questioned LaFleur, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Big Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies an unknown man knocked her down and forcefully took her behind a dumpster in the RV park and raped her.  The victim was able to describe the suspect along with the truck he drove and deputies were able to locate the man, identified as John F. Nichols, 30, 8626 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, at his residence in the same RV park where the rape occurred. 

 

On February 26, after further investigation, Nichols was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  He was released March 5 on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

             

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

  

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION & DRUG CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RE-ARREST MAN FOR 14 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles -

 

On April 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  On April 12, when questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

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

   

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

CPSO DEPUTIES WELCOME BACK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ADMIN OFFICES TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY @ NOON

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

Emergency operations will not be affected in any way.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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

CPSO & WLPD SEARCHING FOR THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

               

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

           

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



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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles–

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR IOWA MAN IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD & OTHER CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $11,750.00

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR WEATHER THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

Here are some tips to be prepared:

 

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

·         Check into flood insurance.

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

 

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

 

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

 

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

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

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

After detectives located one of the juveniles and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse.  On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located on April 2 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

When deputies spoke with Fontenot they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Fontenot to have unsteady balance; almost falling over several times.  When speaking with Fontenot he stated he drank 3 beers the previous night.  Fontenot also stated to deputies he was traveling from Welsh to Vinton and believed he was traveling on Old Spanish Trail.  Fontenot  refused to submit to standard field sobriety testing.  He was then arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; vehicular negligent injury; carless operation; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $60,000 with a special condition being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 4 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & 1 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE RAPE, 40 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR & 2 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After an anonymous call to the Dept. of Child & Family Services’ tip line, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of John Michael Ward, 45, Westlake on June 17.   Ward confirmed to detectives he has been molesting an 11 year old girl since 2017 when she was 9 years old.  Ward also advised detectives he videoed the girl while she was nude on two separate occasions.   

 

He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of 1st degree rape; 40 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 2 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $640,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY AT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 30 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to J.I. Watson Elementary school in Iowa in reference to a burglary.  When the deputy arrived he observed there to be damage inside the school to a door and a coke machine.  The deputy also learned that there were iPads and computers missing from some of the classrooms.  Upon further investigation the deputy located the iPads and computers, along with some of the cokes from the damaged machine, on the 2nd floor of the school.    

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance which showed three men in the school going from class to class the previous evening at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Detectives learned the men were able to enter the school by prying open a window.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the 3 men as Hunter R. Miller, 18, 7993 Old Hecker Road, Draven A. Reuter, 19, 111 East 2nd Street, both of Iowa, and Ethan T. Hext, 19, 2412 Roxanne Street, Sulphur.

           

Between May 30 and June 4 all three suspects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property over $1,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Miller was released on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Reuter is still in custody on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Hext was released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.      

           

CPSO Detective Roy Pesson is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 17 ADDITIONAL COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES WITH 10 YEAR OLD STUDENT

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim.  Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

Today, after further investigation, Smith was re-arrested for numerous incidents that occurred in 2019 with the same 10 year old boy.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of 1st degree rape; 5 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; 2 counts of sexual battery; and 1 count oral sexual battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $1.3 million.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jeffrey J. Bimle, Jr., 36 Sulphur, inappropriately touching a girl approximately two years ago, when the victim was 13 years old.  On June 10, when detectives spoke with Bimle he confirmed the allegations.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

He was released later the same day on a $100,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

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

TEENAGER BRINGS GUN TO SUMMER SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Around 1:00 p.m. today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to LaGrange High School in Lake Charles in reference to a teen with a gun in his backpack.  Once they arrived, the School Resource Officer told deputies a loaded handgun was located in a 15 year old’s backpack.  The investigation revealed the 15 year old brought the gun to school, and took the gun out of his backpack in the presence of a student in the classroom then returned it to his backpack.  One of the students in the classroom reported the incident to the School Resource Officer.

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon; illegal carrying of a firearm in a gun-free zone; and aggravated assault.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

               

CPSO Sgts. Mike Miller and Seth Abshire are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 6 & LOOKING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday afternoon (6/10/19) Keyshawn Bias turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants deputies and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $250,000.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 20 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Morning Glory Lane in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived and spoke with the residents, Keyshawn J. Bias, 22, and Chelci R. Richard, 22, both of 414 Morning Glory Lane, Westlake, they stated they were inside their home when they heard shots coming from outside.  Detectives arrived at the scene and observed damage to a Chevy Malibu and the home, both of which had been shot numerous times.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the Malibu at the home was possibly connected to two other drive by shootings that had occurred the previous night. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for the drive by shooting on Morning Glory Lane as Wilson D. Leblanc, Jr., 20, 128 Calcasieu Street; Kadi E. Spikes, 17, 4016 Harvard Street; Diomond D. Duncan, 20, 418 N. Booker Street; Torrianna J. Bolster, 18, 401 S. Cherry Street; and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Lake Charles. 

           

During further investigation it was learned Bias and Richard were in the Chevy Malibu and were responsible for shooting at a Nissan Sentra occupied by Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile the previous night at Huber Park in Lake Charles.  A short time later, after the shooting at Huber Park, the two cars were then shooting at each other at Brentwood Park in Lake Charles; which ultimately led to the occupants in the Sentra shooting at the home on Morning Glory Lane.

           

Between May 21 and 31 everyone involved in the drive by shootings, except Bias, was arrested.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and all others were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Richard is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Her bond is set at $250,000.  Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile are all charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; aggravated criminal property damage; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Leblanc’s bond is set at $500,000; Spikes’ bond is set at $250,000; Duncan’s and Bolster’s bonds are set at $450,000; and the juvenile has no bond set at this time. 

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Bias, who has an active warrant in the amount of $250,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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


June 3, 2019 Public Meeting Notes

CPSO TO HOST CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CHECK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a child passenger safety check on Saturday, June 8 from at the Moss Bluff Ward 1 Fire Department located at 1240 Joe Miller Road in Moss Bluff. 

           

CPSO deputies who have been certified as “Child Passenger Safety Technicians” will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for anyone who has questions in reference to child restraint laws or wants to learn how to properly install a child's car seat.  “Studies show when child restraints are installed and used correctly it decreases the risk of fatal injury by 71%  among infants, 54% among toddlers and 45% among children ages 4 – 8,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  We want to make sure the community has the resources available to ensure they are properly transporting their children in the vehicles.    

           

This event is free to the public

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Thompson Road and Vassar Lane in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck driven by Donald L. Young, 75, Sulphur, was traveling north on Thompson Road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the truck rolled several times.  Young, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ralph L. Cox, Jr., 54, 2711 Shadowood Drive, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed sexually battered a family member when she was 23 years old.

           

During the investigation the victim stated to detectives in June 2018 she was visiting Cox along with other family members at his camp on Edwards Road in Sulphur.  She stated she went to sleep and was then awoken to Cox inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is lead investigator in the case.

Notice of Public Meeting

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

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detective was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Harold K. Ramuar, 55, Lake Charles.  During the check detectives were unable to locate Ramuar at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation they learned Ramuar had been evicted from the residence for approximately two weeks and did not contact law enforcement or register a new address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Ramuar but were unsuccessful so on May 2nd detectives issued a warrant for his arrest.

 

On May 23 Ramuar was pulled over by a CPSO deputy for a traffic violation; at which time it was learned he was driving a truck that had not been registered with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.     

            

Ramuar was 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 $110,000.

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Mark LeBleu Rd. near Pujol Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a car driven by Jerimy W. Williams, 40, Lake Charles, was traveling west on Mark LeBleu Rd., when for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck a pick-up truck that was traveling east on Mark LeBleu Rd.

           

Williams was transported to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver of the pick-up truck was also transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS FOUR FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to pornography involving a juvenile.  During their investigation they learned a 16 year old boy had sent a sexual explicit video of a 15 year old girl, who was his ex-girlfriend, to several people.  Detectives also learned one of the people the boy sent the video to, Lashonda N. Richard, 39, 1202 Virginia Street, Lake Charles, then forwarded the video out to several more people.  Sometime between April 26 and 27 detectives learned two of the people who had received the video, Alexis L. Richard, 19, 1758 St. John Street, Lake Charles, and a 16 year old girl, had posted the video on social media.

           

Detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Lashonda, Alexis, and both 16 year old juveniles.  Between May 1 and 21, all 4 suspects were arrested.  Lashonda and Alexis were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lashonda is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles; she was released on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.  Alexis is charged with pornography involving juveniles; and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles; she was released on an $11,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Both juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The boy is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles and the girl is charged 1 count of pornography involving juveniles. 

         

The two Richard women are not related.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with witnesses in the area that stated they observed Tracy H. Chesson, 49, Lake Charles, pull her 10 year old son by the back of his neck and drag him across the yard.  When detectives spoke with Chesson she was intoxicated and uncooperative.  Detectives also observed red marks on the back of the victim’s neck.

           

Chesson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $5,000.  Chesson also had two active warrants with an additional bond of $11,500.   

           

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign that starts today, May 20, and ends June 2, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 25.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  Research shows in 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AFTER STRING OF CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contact by CPSO patrol deputies in reference to a suspicious van that had been in the area of Ham Reid Road, where numerous residential construction sites had been burglarized.

 

Detectives arrived at the residence on Aberdeen Drive, where the van was parked, and made contact with the homeowner, who allowed detectives to search the home. Once inside detectives located numerous power tools along with a Whirlpool stove, all of which had been reported stolen from residential construction sites in the same area.

After further investigation it was learned Azucena Madrigal, 62, 1628 8th Street, Lake Charles, owned several homes in Lake Charles that were currently being remodeled; possibly with stolen items. Detectives arrived at Madrigal’s home and attempted to make contact with her but were unsuccessful. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home at which time they located Madrigal along with Joe Rojo, 30, Pasadena, Texas, inside the home. After speaking with Madrigal she allowed detectives to search 2 of her homes, located on 4th Street and 6th Street in Lake Charles. Upon searching the home on 6th Street detectives located numerous new windows and doors, valued at over $10,000, being stored inside. When asked about the windows and doors Madrigal advised detectives they had been purchased to remodel her homes. During further investigation detectives contacted the construction companies where the doors and windows were from and learned they had all been stolen from several different residential construction sites in Lake Charles. After the search of the home on 6th Street Madrigal became uncooperative and detectives obtained search warrants for two additional homes owned by her, located on Rose Street and Pryce Street in Lake Charles. After a search of both residences detectives located numerous building materials and power tools that had been stolen from various residential construction sites in the south Lake Charles area. Detectives also located a commercial grade zero turn lawnmower that had been reported stolen out of Texas.

 

Madrigal and Rojo were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Madrigal is charged with possession of stolen thing in excess of $25,000 and Rojo is charged with possession of stolen things $5,000 but less than $25,000. Judge Guy Bradberry set both their bonds $25,000.

 

The recovered property that was found is currently being returned back to the contractors.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges may follow.

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this investigation assisted by CPSO Detective Mike Conner.


Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 16.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2018 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Joshua Donovan – Support Services Division

Sgt. Kara Adams – Investigations Division

Cpl. Bradley Lamar – Enforcement Division

Hollie Howard - Correctional Division           

Sgt. Stuart Henderson – Special Services Division           

Kim Shelton – Financial Division

Sgt. John Dugas –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Joshua Donovan was also chosen as “2018 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Lori Fitkin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.” 

 

The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Randy Schlesinger. 

 

Lt. Carter Sittig, Lt. Amy Hebert, Lt. Sandra LaCaze, and Sgt. Kim Sittig were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On May 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes off East Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to someone trespassing.   

 

 When deputies arrive they located the suspect, identified as Christopher C. Ocasio, 29, Edinburg, Texas.  When deputies spoke with Ocasio they detective a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  They also observed Ocasio to have slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.  After further investigation into the trespassing incidents detectives located a Camaro, submerged in a ditch near the homes where Ocasio was located.  Ocasio stated to deputies that the Camaro belonged to him, and during a search of his person the keys to the Camaro were located in his pocket.  When questioned by deputies Ocasio stated he had been drinking at a bar and when he left he allowed someone else drive his car, at which time that person wrecked it.  Deputies were unable to locate anyone else in the area and Ocasio was unable to provide a name of the person he let drive his car.        

 

Ocasio, who has 3 prior DWI arrests in the last 10 years, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Ocasio also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; 2 counts of criminal trespassing; and carless operation.  He was released on May 12 on a $51,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Logan Leger was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 90 west in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated two ARLO security cameras had been stolen from outside his business.  Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the business and observed a light colored Dodge, occupied by two white men, pull up to the business and steal the cameras at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning.  The truck is described as a Dodge Dually 3500 that has aftermarket rims and running boards.        

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photograph, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

On May 6 convicted sex offender Keith W. Robertson, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

In January 2019 Robertson contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was looking for a new address to move to in Lake Charles.  Robertson was scheduled for numerous appointments in the months of January thru April, but did not show up and register his new address.  Robertson also failed to completed his annual registration in March 2019; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

            

Robertson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS AFTER BOMB SCARE ON BUS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to I-10 eastbound near mile marker 26 in reference to a bomb scare on a Megabus. When deputies arrived they learned from the bus driver that a man on the bus reported to him he was having chest pains and needed to get off the bus. The bus driver pulled over on the side of the interstate and called 911 for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, the man exited the bus and got into the ambulance. At that point, another passenger in the bus told the driver that the passenger in the ambulance made comments to him before exiting the bus that lead him to believe there was a bomb on the bus. The bus driver again called 911 to report a possible bomb scare.

 

When deputies arrived, and the passengers were evacuating the bus, one of the passengers, later identified as Albert Williams, 29, New Orleans, fled on foot from the bus with a bag and sweat pants. While deputies were attempting to apprehend Williams, they observed him drop the items he was carrying near a drainage ditch and continue running. After he was apprehended deputies located the bag and sweat pants near the drainage ditch and found a large ziplock bag inside containing approximately 907 grams of powder cocaine, approximate street value of $80,000-$100,000.

 

Also while evacuating the bus, deputies located another passenger, later identified as George, A. Pottinger, 32, Georgia, with multiple back packs containing 60 pints of promethazine, approximate street value of $15,000-$20,000 . During a search of his person deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During a body scan while being booked in Pottinger pulled marijuana from inside his pants, placed it in his mouth and ingested it.

 

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; obstruction of justice; and resisting an officer. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $57,500. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V with intent to distribute; contraband in a penal institution; and obstruction of justice. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,500.

 

The Louisiana State Police and Westlake Fire Department were contacted for assistance and no bomb was found.


CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim. 

 

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. 

  

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Hollow Cove Ln. in Moss Bluff in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect truck has been identified as a newer model gray Toyota Tacoma with a long wheel base and extended cab.

           

The suspect struck a large brick mailbox with the front right bumper area of the truck and fled the scene.  The truck should have sustained obvious damage, including a broken headlight.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-048568 if leaving a message.


TEENAGER DROWNS IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Around 3:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was dispatched to Dunn Ferry Rd. at the West Fork bridge in Moss Bluff in reference to a possible drowning.   Once they arrived, they were able to recover Wardell Baptiste, 16, New Orleans, from the water and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.   He was visiting family members in this area during spring break.

 

The investigation revealed a group of teens were jumping off the bridge but when Baptiste jumped off, he surfaced but went under the water again and did not resurface.

               

The medical personnel at the hospital pronounced Baptiste deceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

               

CPSO Deputy Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator.

               

CPSO Sr. Sgt. Ryan Mareno, along with the CPSO Dive Team, recovered Baptiste from the water.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 121st BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 121st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 55 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 55 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 121st Basic Academy.

The Highest Scholastic Average honor was awarded to Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Firearms awards were presented to:

Michael Courville, first; Lake Charles City Police Department

Recia Lopez, second; DeRidder Police Department

Tanner Atwell, third; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Eric Gruspier, Lake Charles City Police Department

Officers graduating after completing 509 hours of instruction are as follows:

                        Thomas Beaver, Quincy Buckley, Valerie Franks, Dustin Haller, Camille Rodriguez – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Eric Adams, Tanner Atwell, Daulton Boston, Kent Castille, Clint Cormier, Matthew Cormier, Jacob Guidry, Katilynn Kirkwood, Gregory Marshall, Matthew Nunez, Tommy Paul, Derek Racca, David Ritchie, Randy Schlesinger, Wendel Spillars, Brent Tradewell, Jake Verrette, David Williams  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tylyn Landry, Hunter Manuel, Kara Wigley– Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Jeremy Gatlin – DeQuincy Police Department

Recia Lopez – DeRidder Police Department

Keelan Poullard – Iowa Police Department

Lakyn Taber, Juan Yanez – Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

Dakota Cary, Erika Stevens, Cameron Williams – Jennings Police Department

Joseph Marcantel – Lake Arthur Police Department

                        Keithen Breaux, Kena Clymer, Michael Courville, Wyatt Davis, Russell Dennis, Jaylen Goodly, Eric Gruspier, Mildred Joseph, Kelvin Kirkwood, Steven McDaniel, Osvaldo Santiago, Peavey Santiago, Thadius Schecher – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Jaclyn Lobbs – Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice

Stephanie Bryant – McNeese Police Department

Mariano Arvelo – Merryville Police Department

Teia Hampton – Oakdale Police Department

Ronnie Guillory – Sulphur Police Department

Nikkie Henry – Ward 3 Marshal’s Office

William Ryder – Westlake Police Department

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 20 at approximately 6:40 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call near Woodell Lane and Myrtle Springs Road in Westlake in reference to a single vehicle crash.  When the deputy arrived he observed a white car that had traveled off the roadway and struck a tree.  When the deputy spoke with the driver, Shawn R. Powell, 38, Merryville, LA; he observed him to have an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath along with unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Powell he fell asleep multiple times. 

 

 Due to Powell’s impairment and risk of falling, the deputy did not conduct a standard field sobriety test.  Powell, who has 2 previous DWIs, was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.   He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $36,000.

 

CPSO Deputy Kilieyn Wing is the arresting deputy on this case.

 

 

On April 22 at approximately 11:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a gas station in Vinton in reference to someone striking a barrier in an SUV and attempting to drive off.   When the deputy was in route he observed the suspect’s SUV heading northbound on Toomey Road.  The deputy observed the suspect to be driving erratically through traffic.  After initiating a traffic stop the deputy spoke with the driver, Theodore T. Wells, Jr., 33, Breaux Bridge, LA; who he observed to have slurred speech.  The deputy also detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.

 

After Wells, who has 2 prior DWI arrests in 2016, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and hit & run.  Judge Ron Ware set Well’s bond at $16,000. 

 

CPSO Deputy Cpl. Lukas Josker is the arresting deputy on this case.


CPSO IDENTIFIES 2ND SUSPECT IN VINTON BINGO HALL BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks.  When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney.  The following day White was transported to Rayne Police Department and booked into the Acadia jail where he was charged with 2 vehicle burglaries. 

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has placed a detainer on White for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

           

After further investigation VCIU detectives were able to identify another suspect, Bryan A. Serrano, 20, Houston, TX; who was also responsible for the burglary and thefts.  After further investigation on April 16 Judge Michael Canaday signed a warrant in the amount of $725,000 for Serrano’s arrest.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.    Serrano was arrested by Houston Police Department yesterday.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will place a detainer on him for the vehicle burglaries he committed in Vinton.

                

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

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on March 8 at approximately 11 p.m. at a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspects broke into the store by throwing  a large rock through the front door, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  One suspect entered the store while another stood outside.  Once inside the store one of the suspects filled up two containers with numerous cartons of cigarettes worth approximately $4,000.  The suspects are believed to have fled on foot south towards a wooded area.  Detectives also believe there may be a third suspect involved.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Chad R. Leblanc, 23, 3347 Red Maple Lane, Sulphur, exchanging inappropriate messages with a 12 year old girl on Snap Chat.  Detectives learned he had met the girl through Snap Chat.  After further investigation Leblanc was arrested on April 17 and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with felony indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $300,000.    

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

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CPSO LOOKING FOR MAN IN CONNECTION WITH VEHICLE BURGLARY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a complaint in reference to a vehicle burglary on East Gabriel Square in Moss Bluff that occurred sometime during the previous night.  CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives learned the suspect stole cash along with a phone charger from the unlocked vehicle.   

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On April 12 convicted sex offender Craig A. Neil, 55, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

During the month of March CPSO Sex Offender detectives, along with Probation and Parole, attempted to conduct home visits at the address listed on Neil’s sex offender registration, but could not make contact with him.  It was discovered when Neil was released from incarceration at the beginning of March on an unrelated charge, he had registered an address with law enforcement where he was not actually living; making him in violation of his sex offender requirements. 

 

After further investigation detectives issued a warrant in the amount of $50,000 signed by Judge David Ritchie.  Neil, who was had been incarcerated at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a parole detainer on April 10, was charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

Neil was convicted of second degree sexual assault in Wisconsin in 1996. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 5, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  When questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.    

 

On April 12 Casteel was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Darryl L. Zeno, 56, 931 Alice Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 14 year old girl on three separate occasions in January.  Detectives also learned Zeno provided narcotics to the girl. 

 

On April 12 Zeno, who was already in custody at the Calcasieu Correctional Center for unrelated charges, was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile; and 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Zeno’s bond at $450,000.

 

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

CPSO TRAINING ACADEMY TO HOLD 121st BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT GRADUATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy will hold its 121st Basic Law Enforcement Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Contraband Room on the 2nd floor at the Lake Charles Civic Center.   The public is invited to attend. 

 

Fifty-four (54) cadets representing Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeQuincy Police Department, DeRidder Police Department, Iowa Police Department, Jefferson Davis Sheriff’s Office, Jennings Police Department, Lake Arthur Police Department, Lake Charles Police Department, Lake Charles Office of Juvenile Justice, McNeese Police Department, Merryville Police Department, Oakdale Police Department, Sulphur Police Department, Ward 3 Marshal’s Office and Westlake Police Department are participating in this graduating class.

 

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

CPSO 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 will start April 21 and end April 28 is a partnership with the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission (LHSC).  This campaign is funded by grant money from the LHSC.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, April 27.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.

 

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 MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Upon arrival, deputies were advised that Timothy Ancelet, 57, 120 Lock Street, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse with a 15 year old girl, who he met on social media.  When questioned by detectives Ancelet confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the girl.  He also advised he shared nude photographs with her and had several sexual conversations with her.  Later the same day Ancelet was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

After further investigation it was learned Ancelet was in possession of child pornography.  He was arrested again on April 12 and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile; and pornography involving juveniles.  He was released the next day on a $150,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were advised of an incident in reference to carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Kenneth M. Duplechin, 55, 1811 Fox Run Drive, Lake Charles, picked up a 14 year old girl he just met and brought her to his home where she performed oral sex on him twice.  The victim also advised detectives Duplechin called his friend, Darren S. Gaspard, 54, 4 Par Drive, Lake Charles, to come to his home where he also had sexual intercourse with the 14 year old girl. 

 

After further investigation on April 11 Duplechin and Gaspard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Duplechin is charged with 2 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and Gaspard is charged with 1 count of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge David Ritchie set Duplechin’s bond at $350,000 and Gaspard’s bond at $250,000.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE, FALSE IMPRISONMENT & SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles –

 

On April 6 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Logan L. Manuel, 22, 5859 Tom Hebert Road,  Lake Charles, in reference to an incident that happened earlier that day.

 

During the initial investigation the victim, who is Manuel’s ex-girlfriend, advised detectives she was at his home on the morning of April 6, at which time Manuel became upset about a prior incident in their relationship and a verbal argument ensued.  The victim stated she attempted to leave but Manuel grabbed her by the hair, pulling her down, and took her phone and keys from her.  She then advised detectives Manuel grabbed her by the neck and choked her while making homicidal statements towards her.  The victim stated she attempted to leave again at which time Manuel grabbed her by the vagina and pulled her back towards him.  She also stated that some point while she was at the home Manuel inappropriately touched her.  The victim told detectives along with the homicidal comments he also made suicidal comments during the incident; and their 1 year old son was also present when the incident took place.

   

Later the same day detectives obtained a warrant in the amount of $250,000 for Manuel’s arrest signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  He was located a short time later and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with domestic abuse battery child endangerment; domestic abuse battery strangulation; false imprisonment; and sexual battery.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN & DRUGS IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to LaGrange High School in regard to a student bringing a gun to school in his backpack.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned at approximately 12:30 p.m. CPSO safe school officers observed a disturbance during lunch period between a group of students.  When the deputies approached the students they began to disperse at which time one of the students, a 17 year old male, walked by a deputy and he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the student.  When the deputy detained the 17 year old he attempted to hand off a backpack to another student, at which time the deputy observed a handgun in an open section of the backpack.

           

The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun along with marijuana was found inside.

           

The student was booked in the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with illegal possession of a firearm on school campus; possession of marijuana; possession of CDS in drug free zone; illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile; and possession of a firearm in presence of narcotics.

           

CPSO Deputy Dewayne Simmons was the arresting deputy and Detective Brittany Jones is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH SEX OFFENDER ID REQUIREMENTS & FAILURE TO REGISTER 2ND OFFENSE

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on a car for a traffic violation near the intersection of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road in Lake Charles.   

 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, Eric D. Malbrough, 44, 718 Tallow Road, #25, Lake Charles, and asked for his driver’s license, the deputy was presented with Malbrough’s Louisiana sex offender ID Card.  When the deputy asked Malbrough if he had a driver’s license Malbrough advised it was suspended for child support, but the deputy later learned his driver’s license was suspended due to a DWI 2nd offense.  Upon exiting the car the deputy observed an open bottle of alcoholic beverage in Malbrough’s back pocket. 

 

After further investigation the deputy learned the address on Malbrough’s sex offender ID card did not match the address registered with law enforcement.  The deputy also learned the car Malbrough was driving had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

  

Malbrough was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; failure to comply with sex offender identification requirements; additional lighting equipment; operating a vehicle under suspension for DWI; and open alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $64,000.  

               

Malbrough was convicted of sexual battery in 1994 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On April 7 at approximately 1:45 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car in the 1800 block of I-10 Service Road in Lake Charles. 

 

 When the deputy spoke with the driver, Hilmer R. Romero-Arias, 32, California, he could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his breath  The deputy also observed him to have bloodshot eyes and unsteady balance as well as slurred speech.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias if he had anything to drink he advised the deputy he had just left a bar on Broad Street in Lake Charles where he had approximately 3 beers.  When the deputy asked Romero-Arias for his driver’s license he stated it had been suspended for prior DWIs. 

 

After Romero-Arias performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test he was arrested, at which time he became combative.  While deputies were attempting to place him in the back of the CPSO unit he attempted to pull away and kicked deputies several times.  After deputies restrained Romero-Arias he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; but became combative again at which time deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report.  Romero-Arias was then transported to a local hospital.  While hospital personnel were attempting to collect the blood sample Romero-Arias slipped his handcuffs and once again became combative.  Deputies immediately regained control of him at which time he had to be strapped to a bed and covered with a spit mask so hospital personnel could obtain the blood sample. 

 

Romero-Arias, who has 2 prior DWIs, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; driving on a roadway laned for traffic; driver must be licensed; and 3 counts of battery on a police officer.  Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $18,500.

             

Deputies also contacted U.S. Border Patrol due to Romero-Arias displaying a suspected fraudulent ID card during the traffic stop. 

 

CPSO Cpl. Tyler McKnight was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING IN LAKE CHARLES

Calcasieu Parish –

           

With the flooding that occurred earlier today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Office handled numerous calls on flooded roadways.  CPSO deployed 3 high water vehicles and 5 CPSO Marine Division 4-wheel drive trucks, both with 2 man teams, and had approximately 8 patrol deputies answering only flood-related calls.  The Lake Charles area experienced heavy flooding in several areas which resulted in the Sheriff’s Office conducting 10 rescues of local residents from their homes in the south Lake Charles area.  CPSO deputies also rescued 32 people that were stranded in their vehicles on the flooded roadways. 

 

“Today is the first time we have had to deploy our high water vehicles that we procured in June 2018.  We are very fortunate to have them when we have flooding incidents like the one today,” says Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “These vehicles proved to be invaluable in rescuing people in their homes and cars.”

         

These vehicles are able to drive through three feet of water and are positioned throughout the parish.  

CPSO ISSUES WARRANTS FOR SUSPECTS IN SEPARATE VEHICLE BURGLARY INCIDENTS ALONG I-10 CORRIDOR IN CALCASIEU PARISH

 

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 8 at approximately 8:00 p.m. CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation (VCIU) detectives were dispatched to Planet Fitness on Ryan Street in Lake Charles in reference to 8 vehicles in the parking lot that had been burglarized.

           

Once on scene the detectives spoke with the victims and learned all the vehicles had been damaged by the suspects either busting the windows or damaging the door handles to gain access into the vehicles and stole numerous items including purses, wallets, laptops, and backpacks.  Detectives later learned one of the victim’s credit cards had been used at a store in Lake Charles to purchase a gift card.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance and identified one of the suspects as Anthony Carmichael, 21, Houston, Texas.  After further investigation detectives learned the gift card was used in the Houston area.  After traveling to Houston, with the assistance of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and the Houston Police Department Westside Nightshift Crime Suppression Team, detectives were able to identify another suspect as Kevin B. Wallace, 21, Houston, Texas. 

           

On March 27 CPSO VCIU detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Carmichael and Wallace signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Carmichael is charged with 8 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; 8 count of theft; and unauthorized use of an access card.  His bond is set at $46,000.  Wallace is charged with 7 counts of simple burglary of a vehicle; 7 counts of simple criminal property damage; and 4 counts of theft.  His bond is set at $53,000. 

           

On March 23 at approximately 9:30 p.m. CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to a bingo hall on Highway 109 in Vinton in reference to 36 vehicle burglaries where the suspects broke the windows to gain access into the vehicles; stealing items such as guns, wallets, purses, jewelry, and backpacks. 

           

When detectives arrived they reviewed security camera footage from the business, as well as, businesses located nearby and observed a white Nissan Rogue enter the parking lot where the burglaries occurred.  Detectives then observed a man exit the vehicle and use a tool to break the windows of the vehicles.  Detectives were able to obtain a license plate number on the car and learned it headed into Texas a short time after the vehicle burglaries occurred. 

           

Several days later CPSO VCIU detectives were contacted by Rayne Police Department advising they were working two vehicle burglary cases involving the same Nissan Rogue.  On March 27 VCIU detectives received a call from Crowley Police Department, who are also working possible related vehicle burglaries, advising detectives they had been in contact with Houston Police Department and the Nissan was involved in a traffic stop.  Authorities in Houston identified the driver as Daniel White, 22, Houston, Texas; who they arrested for unrelated charges.  CPSO VCIU detectives traveled to Houston and spoke with White, who stated he was in Louisiana in the Nissan Rouge on the day of the burglaries, but did not want to answer any other questions without consulting an attorney. 

           

After further investigation on March 29 VCIU detectives issued a warrant for White’s arrest signed by Judge Sharon Wilson.  He is charged with 36 counts of simple burglary; 36 counts of simple criminal damage to property; 13 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of theft of a firearm; and theft from $1,000 to $5,000.  His bond is set at $430,500.   

           

Along with Rayne and Crowley Police Departments, the Louisiana State Police, Houston Police Department Nightshift Crime Suppressant Team, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted CPSO detectives on these cases.

           

On March 24 CPSO VCIU detectives were dispatched to SPAR (Sulphur Parks & Recreation) on Parish Road in Sulphur in reference to two vehicles having their windows shattered and the victims’ belongings taken. 

           

During their investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage from the business which showed a white Tahoe pull into the parking lot next to the victims’ vehicles.  Detectives then observed a man exit the Tahoe and run up to the two vehicles in the parking lot that detectives later learned had been burglarized. 

           

On March 26 CPSO VCIU detectives received a call from League City Police Department stating their agency was involved in a vehicle pursuit with a white Tahoe.  They then advised detectives they arrested 3 men; identified as Marrice Ellis, 29, Travis Ward, 29, and Zachary Brooks, 21, all of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  After a search of the SUV they found property that belonged to one of the victims from the vehicle burglary that occurred in Sulphur.  VCIU detectives were also advised by the League City PD that all three subjects were tied to the “Felony Lane Gang,” from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and are known to travel interstates targeting gyms, parks, recreational centers, and parking lots for vehicle burglaries. 

           

After further investigation on April 2 VCIU detectives issued warrants for Ellis, Ward, and Brooks’ arrests signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  They are all three charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft less than $1,000.  And 2 counts of simple criminal damage to property less than $1,000.  Their bonds are all set at $21,000.

           

In the Lake Charles and Vinton vehicle burglaries, detectives believe there are more suspects.  The investigations are continuing and more arrests are likely. 

 

"It is important to remember to lock our vehicles, and I am glad that our community has been proactive in doing this," stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  "But it is also just as important to make sure we don't leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle.  In all of these cases the suspects can be seen peering into the vehicles to see if there are valuables inside before breaking the windows or doors.”               


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE & 4 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On March 22 CPSO detectives were investigating the escape of two juvenile boys from Boys Village located in Lake Charles.  During that investigation detectives discovered messages between one of the juveniles, who is 16 years old, and an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles. 

           

After detectives located the juvenile and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with Braxton and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse. 

           

On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located today and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office; sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

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

CPSO TO HOST “SAFE & SECURE: A LADIES FIR

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host, “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop,” on Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the CPSO Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove Dr. in Lake Charles.  This free event is open to women from Calcasieu Parish who are 18 years of age and older.  Lunch will be provided. 

           

The firearms safety class will consist of classroom safety training which will include learning the legal issues in regard to carrying and using a gun for protection.  Also, ladies will learn about different types of handguns, safety issues with having a gun in the home or car, and how to safely handle a gun, as well as weapons defense.   After classroom discussions each lady will get a chance to fire their weapons on the shooting range.  Ladies are asked to bring their own handgun inside a carrying case or holster along with 10-12 bullets.  If they do not have a handgun, the Sheriff’s Office will have some revolvers that can be used.  Ladies are also asked to bring ear and eye protection to wear while on the shooting range. 

           

The self-defense workshop will include hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques, along with information on prevention of sexual assault, home safety and personal safety.  This workshop will be taught by the CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend “SAFE & SECURE: A Ladies Firearm Safety and Self-Defense Workshop” by calling the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3715.  Ladies can attend one class or both.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOLLOWING PURSUIT

Lake Charles –

 

On March 27 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area near Koonce Rd. and St. Luke Ln. in Sulphur in reference to a one vehicle accident involving a truck that had hit a utility pole and was stuck in the ditch. 

 

When deputies arrived they observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to stop the truck, at which time the suspect fled and a pursuit ensued.  During the pursuit the truck made several unsafe lane changes causing other vehicles to move off the roadway, ran a stop sign, and traveled at a high rate of speed.  The suspect eventually stopped the vehicle in the middle of the roadway in the 500 block of East Houston River Rd. and fled on foot into a wooded area.  A short time later deputies located the driver, Joseph C. Semien, 26, 3788 E. Burton St., Sulphur, exiting the woods.

 

After further investigation it was learned Semien, who has a suspended driver’s license, was driving a truck that was reported stolen from Arlington, Texas.  Deputies also discovered he had a 14 year old passenger in the truck, who was left at the scene of the crash and was picked up by a parent.  During a subsequent search of the truck deputies located a large amount of suspected marijuana.

 

Semien was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with hit and run; flight from an officer; illegal possession of stolen things; possession of marijuana 14 grams or more; illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a person under 17; resisting an officer by flight; and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.  Semien also had two active warrants for contempt of court for possession of CDS II; simple burglary; and theft between $750 and $5,000.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Cpl. Kevin P. Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case and was assisted by CPSO Warrants Sgts. Dennis Hanisee and Chris Ryan.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 7 COUNTS OF FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On March 25 convicted sex offender Edward Aaron, Jr., 58, 1900 4th Street, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to complete his sex offender registration numerous times. 

 

During the investigation it was discovered Aaron, who is required to complete his sex offender registration with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit every 3 months, did not complete his registration for the months of June, September, and December in 2017 along with the months of March, June, September, and December in 2018.  Aaron was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $16,500. 

            

Aaron was convicted of simple rape in 1996 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

CPSO TO HOST SENIOR CITIZEN’S FISHING RODEO

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the Annual Senior Citizen’s Fishing Rodeo on Friday April 5 from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the CPSO Farm Pond behind the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 5400 E. Broad Street in Lake Charles.

           

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

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MISSING LAKE CHARLES MAN

Lake Charles –

 

UPDATENEIL SWEAT HAS BEEN LOCATED SAFE AND SOUND IN BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for a 50 year old Lake Charles man that has been reported missing since yesterday evening from a local care facility where he left on foot.    Neil Sweat is described as a black male, 5’3”, 172 pounds, wearing a black hooded jacket, black beanie, blue shirt with a grey undershirt, khaki pants and black tennis shoes.  He was last seen in the Teal Street area of Lake Charles. 

 

Sweat is a diabetic and in need of his medication.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Sweat.  If anyone sees him or knows of his whereabouts, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or call 911.  


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On March 6 at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call to a home on Hodges Street in Lake Charles in reference to a runaway juvenile that was located at the residence. 

 

When detectives arrived they learned the 15 year old girl, who had been reported missing during the early morning hours the same day, was at the home with Bobby J. LaFleur, Jr., 43, 211 N. Hodges Street, Lake Charles.  During further investigation it was learned the girl had previously met LaFleur at his place of employment and they exchanged phone numbers.  Detectives were advised LaFleur picked the girl up from her home the night of March 5 and brought her to his residence, where they had sexual intercourse. 

 

When detectives questioned LaFleur, he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 23 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on Big Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to a rape. 

 

Upon arrival the victim told deputies an unknown man knocked her down and forcefully took her behind a dumpster in the RV park and raped her.  The victim was able to describe the suspect along with the truck he drove and deputies were able to locate the man, identified as John F. Nichols, 30, 8626 Big Lake Road, Lake Charles, at his residence in the same RV park where the rape occurred. 

 

On February 26, after further investigation, Nichols was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  He was released March 5 on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Michael Canaday.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FELONY SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THREATS & STALKING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

             

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR STOLEN GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO IDENTIFIES HOMICIDE VICTIM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

  

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

           

The Calcasieu Coroner will determine cause of death.

CPSO ARRESTS STARKS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CHILD DESERTION & DRUG CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO RE-ARREST MAN FOR 14 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles -

 

On April 5 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call in reference to a carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  During the investigation a 15 year old girl advised detectives she and Raymond P. Casteel, 30, Sulphur, had sexual intercourse on three separate occasions in January.  The girl told detectives she had previously met Casteel once in person and had been communicating with him on social media prior to them having sexual intercourse.  On April 12, when questioned by detectives Casteel confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the victim on one occasion.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  He was released the following day on a $75,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.

           

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

   

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

CPSO DEPUTIES WELCOME BACK ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

CPSO ADMIN OFFICES TO CLOSE WEDNESDAY @ NOON

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

Emergency operations will not be affected in any way.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF SUSPECT RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES PEDESTRIAN FATALITY IN IOWA

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS 2 & ISSUE WARRANT FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


2019 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program

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

CPSO & WLPD SEARCHING FOR THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FOR 10 COUNTS OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

               

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

           

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



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CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF VEHICLE BURGLARY SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

           

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

 

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

 

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


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

Lake Charles–

 

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

           

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

 

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

           

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

CPSO ARREST MAN FOR 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ISSUE WARRANT FOR IOWA MAN IN HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

 

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

           

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


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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR TERRORIZING

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD & OTHER CHARGES

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

Judge Ron Ware set her bond at $11,750.00

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

           

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

SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR WEATHER THREAT

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

Here are some tips to be prepared:

 

BEFORE A HURRICANE

·         Plan an evacuation route. 

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

·         Make arrangements for pets.

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

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

·         Protect windows.

·         Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

·         Check into flood insurance.

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

 

DURING A HURRICANE WARNING

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

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

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

·         Avoid elevators.

 

IF AT HOME:

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

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

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

 

IF YOU MUST EVACUATE:

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

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

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

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

·         Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

·         Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

·         Lock up home and leave.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

               

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

 

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

           

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

           

After detectives located one of the juveniles and interviewed him he stated he was in a relationship with an employee at Boys Village, Ivella M. Braxton, 31, 8559 Gulf Highway, Lake Charles, and had been since June 2018.  The boy advised detectives he had sexual intercourse with her 4 times since their relationship started.  The boy also told detectives after he escaped from Boys’ Village, Braxton had picked him up twice and they engaged in sexual intercourse.  On April 1 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $105,000 for her arrest.  She was located on April 2 and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  She is charged with 4 counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile; malfeasance in office sexual conduct prohibited with a prisoner; and accessory after the fact. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

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

 

When deputies spoke with Fontenot they detected an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.  Deputies also observed Fontenot to have unsteady balance; almost falling over several times.  When speaking with Fontenot he stated he drank 3 beers the previous night.  Fontenot also stated to deputies he was traveling from Welsh to Vinton and believed he was traveling on Old Spanish Trail.  Fontenot  refused to submit to standard field sobriety testing.  He was then arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test; which he also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; vehicular negligent injury; carless operation; and driving under suspension for prior DWI.  Judge Guy Bradberry set his bond at $60,000 with a special condition being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device.

           

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO SEARCHING FOR HIT & RUN SUSPECT WHO KILLED 2 DOGS

Lake Charles –

 

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

           

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

           

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

CPSO RESPONDS TO DROWNING OF 4 YEAR OLD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

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

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING & 1 FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 2 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

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

           

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

           

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

           

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

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 10 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE RAPE, 40 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR & 2 COUNTS OF PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

After an anonymous call to the Dept. of Child & Family Services’ tip line, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation which led to the arrest of John Michael Ward, 45, Westlake on June 17.   Ward confirmed to detectives he has been molesting an 11 year old girl since 2017 when she was 9 years old.  Ward also advised detectives he videoed the girl while she was nude on two separate occasions.   

 

He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 10 counts of 1st degree rape; 40 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 2 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Sharon Wilson set his bond at $640,000.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS 3 FOR BURGLARY AT LOCAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 30 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to J.I. Watson Elementary school in Iowa in reference to a burglary.  When the deputy arrived he observed there to be damage inside the school to a door and a coke machine.  The deputy also learned that there were iPads and computers missing from some of the classrooms.  Upon further investigation the deputy located the iPads and computers, along with some of the cokes from the damaged machine, on the 2nd floor of the school.    

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance which showed three men in the school going from class to class the previous evening at approximately 5:30 p.m.  Detectives learned the men were able to enter the school by prying open a window.  After further investigation detectives were able to identify the 3 men as Hunter R. Miller, 18, 7993 Old Hecker Road, Draven A. Reuter, 19, 111 East 2nd Street, both of Iowa, and Ethan T. Hext, 19, 2412 Roxanne Street, Sulphur.

           

Between May 30 and June 4 all three suspects were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; simple criminal damage to property over $1,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Miller was released on a $3,000 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Reuter is still in custody on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis.  Hext was released on a $5,000 bond set by Judge Ronald Ware.      

           

CPSO Detective Roy Pesson is the lead investigator on this case.  


CPSO RE-ARRESTS FORMER LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 17 ADDITIONAL COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES WITH 10 YEAR OLD STUDENT

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim.  Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

Today, after further investigation, Smith was re-arrested for numerous incidents that occurred in 2019 with the same 10 year old boy.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 9 counts of 1st degree rape; 5 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile; 2 counts of sexual battery; and 1 count oral sexual battery.  Judge Guy Bradberry set her bond at $1.3 million.    

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On June 5 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Jeffrey J. Bimle, Jr., 36 Sulphur, inappropriately touching a girl approximately two years ago, when the victim was 13 years old.  On June 10, when detectives spoke with Bimle he confirmed the allegations.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

He was released later the same day on a $100,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

 

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

TEENAGER BRINGS GUN TO SUMMER SCHOOL

Lake Charles –

               

Around 1:00 p.m. today Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to LaGrange High School in Lake Charles in reference to a teen with a gun in his backpack.  Once they arrived, the School Resource Officer told deputies a loaded handgun was located in a 15 year old’s backpack.  The investigation revealed the 15 year old brought the gun to school, and took the gun out of his backpack in the presence of a student in the classroom then returned it to his backpack.  One of the students in the classroom reported the incident to the School Resource Officer.

               

The teen was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon; illegal carrying of a firearm in a gun-free zone; and aggravated assault.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

               

CPSO Sgts. Mike Miller and Seth Abshire are the lead investigators on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS 6 & LOOKING FOR 1 IN CONNECTION WITH DRIVE BY SHOOTINGS

UPDATE:

 

Yesterday afternoon (6/10/19) Keyshawn Bias turned himself in to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Warrants deputies and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  He is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $250,000.

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 20 at approximately 3:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Morning Glory Lane in Westlake in reference to a shooting.  When deputies arrived and spoke with the residents, Keyshawn J. Bias, 22, and Chelci R. Richard, 22, both of 414 Morning Glory Lane, Westlake, they stated they were inside their home when they heard shots coming from outside.  Detectives arrived at the scene and observed damage to a Chevy Malibu and the home, both of which had been shot numerous times.  During the initial investigation detectives learned the Malibu at the home was possibly connected to two other drive by shootings that had occurred the previous night. 

           

Detectives were able to identify the suspects responsible for the drive by shooting on Morning Glory Lane as Wilson D. Leblanc, Jr., 20, 128 Calcasieu Street; Kadi E. Spikes, 17, 4016 Harvard Street; Diomond D. Duncan, 20, 418 N. Booker Street; Torrianna J. Bolster, 18, 401 S. Cherry Street; and a 16 year old juvenile, all of Lake Charles. 

           

During further investigation it was learned Bias and Richard were in the Chevy Malibu and were responsible for shooting at a Nissan Sentra occupied by Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile the previous night at Huber Park in Lake Charles.  A short time later, after the shooting at Huber Park, the two cars were then shooting at each other at Brentwood Park in Lake Charles; which ultimately led to the occupants in the Sentra shooting at the home on Morning Glory Lane.

           

Between May 21 and 31 everyone involved in the drive by shootings, except Bias, was arrested.  The juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and all others were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Richard is charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Her bond is set at $250,000.  Leblanc, Spikes, Duncan, Bolster, and the juvenile are all charged with aggravated assault by drive by shooting; aggravated criminal property damage; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  Leblanc’s bond is set at $500,000; Spikes’ bond is set at $250,000; Duncan’s and Bolster’s bonds are set at $450,000; and the juvenile has no bond set at this time. 

 

Detectives are attempting to locate Bias, who has an active warrant in the amount of $250,000 set by Judge David Ritchie for aggravated assault by drive by shooting; and illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him; if anyone knows his whereabouts, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

 

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


June 3, 2019 Public Meeting Notes

CPSO TO HOST CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY CHECK

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a child passenger safety check on Saturday, June 8 from at the Moss Bluff Ward 1 Fire Department located at 1240 Joe Miller Road in Moss Bluff. 

           

CPSO deputies who have been certified as “Child Passenger Safety Technicians” will be available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for anyone who has questions in reference to child restraint laws or wants to learn how to properly install a child's car seat.  “Studies show when child restraints are installed and used correctly it decreases the risk of fatal injury by 71%  among infants, 54% among toddlers and 45% among children ages 4 – 8,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  We want to make sure the community has the resources available to ensure they are properly transporting their children in the vehicles.    

           

This event is free to the public

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier today around noon the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle accident near the intersection of Thompson Road and Vassar Lane in Sulphur. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed a truck driven by Donald L. Young, 75, Sulphur, was traveling north on Thompson Road when it crossed the center line for an unknown reason and exited the roadway, at which time the truck rolled several times.  Young, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

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

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR SEXUAL BATTERY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 29 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Ralph L. Cox, Jr., 54, 2711 Shadowood Drive, Sulphur, after an investigation revealed sexually battered a family member when she was 23 years old.

           

During the investigation the victim stated to detectives in June 2018 she was visiting Cox along with other family members at his camp on Edwards Road in Sulphur.  She stated she went to sleep and was then awoken to Cox inappropriately touching her under her clothes. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony sexual battery.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $50,000.

 

CPSO Detective Kara Adams is lead investigator in the case.

Notice of Public Meeting

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

Lake Charles –

 

On April 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit detective was conducting a routine sex offender check on convicted sex offender, Harold K. Ramuar, 55, Lake Charles.  During the check detectives were unable to locate Ramuar at the residence listed on his sex offender registration.  During the investigation they learned Ramuar had been evicted from the residence for approximately two weeks and did not contact law enforcement or register a new address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Ramuar but were unsuccessful so on May 2nd detectives issued a warrant for his arrest.

 

On May 23 Ramuar was pulled over by a CPSO deputy for a traffic violation; at which time it was learned he was driving a truck that had not been registered with law enforcement, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.     

            

Ramuar was 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 $110,000.

Ramuar was convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile by performing sexually immoral acts in 2004 in Calcasieu Parish. 

           

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES FATALITY IN TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LAKE CHARLES

Yesterday at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Mark LeBleu Rd. near Pujol Rd. in Lake Charles in reference to a two-vehicle crash.  When deputies arrived they discovered a car driven by Jerimy W. Williams, 40, Lake Charles, was traveling west on Mark LeBleu Rd., when for an unknown reason, crossed the center line and struck a pick-up truck that was traveling east on Mark LeBleu Rd.

           

Williams was transported to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained from the crash.  The driver of the pick-up truck was also transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

           

The investigation is continuing and in accordance with Louisiana state law, standard toxicology testing will be performed on both drivers.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS FOUR FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 22, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to pornography involving a juvenile.  During their investigation they learned a 16 year old boy had sent a sexual explicit video of a 15 year old girl, who was his ex-girlfriend, to several people.  Detectives also learned one of the people the boy sent the video to, Lashonda N. Richard, 39, 1202 Virginia Street, Lake Charles, then forwarded the video out to several more people.  Sometime between April 26 and 27 detectives learned two of the people who had received the video, Alexis L. Richard, 19, 1758 St. John Street, Lake Charles, and a 16 year old girl, had posted the video on social media.

           

Detectives issued warrants for the arrest of Lashonda, Alexis, and both 16 year old juveniles.  Between May 1 and 21, all 4 suspects were arrested.  Lashonda and Alexis were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Lashonda is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles; she was released on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.  Alexis is charged with pornography involving juveniles; and contributing to the delinquency of juveniles; she was released on an $11,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.  Both juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  The boy is charged with 3 counts of pornography involving juveniles and the girl is charged 1 count of pornography involving juveniles. 

         

The two Richard women are not related.

           

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


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR CRUELTY TO JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 21 at approximately 9:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a home in Lake Charles in reference to a disturbance.

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with witnesses in the area that stated they observed Tracy H. Chesson, 49, Lake Charles, pull her 10 year old son by the back of his neck and drag him across the yard.  When detectives spoke with Chesson she was intoxicated and uncooperative.  Detectives also observed red marks on the back of the victim’s neck.

           

Chesson was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to juveniles.  Judge David Ritchie set her bond at $5,000.  Chesson also had two active warrants with an additional bond of $11,500.   

           

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

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “CLICK IT OR TICKET” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign with grant funding from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.  The campaign that starts today, May 20, and ends June 2, was created in an effort to save lives through awareness of increased seat belt use.  This campaign includes the Memorial Day holiday, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.  During this campaign the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seatbelt checkpoint along with increased deputies on the road, aimed at targeting people not wearing their seatbelt.  The seatbelt checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, May 25.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2017 were unrestrained.  Research shows in 2017 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 14,955 lives and could have saved an additional 2,549 people if they had been wearing seat belts.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AFTER STRING OF CONSTRUCTION SITE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles –

 

On May 11 at approximately 8:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contact by CPSO patrol deputies in reference to a suspicious van that had been in the area of Ham Reid Road, where numerous residential construction sites had been burglarized.

 

Detectives arrived at the residence on Aberdeen Drive, where the van was parked, and made contact with the homeowner, who allowed detectives to search the home. Once inside detectives located numerous power tools along with a Whirlpool stove, all of which had been reported stolen from residential construction sites in the same area.

After further investigation it was learned Azucena Madrigal, 62, 1628 8th Street, Lake Charles, owned several homes in Lake Charles that were currently being remodeled; possibly with stolen items. Detectives arrived at Madrigal’s home and attempted to make contact with her but were unsuccessful. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home at which time they located Madrigal along with Joe Rojo, 30, Pasadena, Texas, inside the home. After speaking with Madrigal she allowed detectives to search 2 of her homes, located on 4th Street and 6th Street in Lake Charles. Upon searching the home on 6th Street detectives located numerous new windows and doors, valued at over $10,000, being stored inside. When asked about the windows and doors Madrigal advised detectives they had been purchased to remodel her homes. During further investigation detectives contacted the construction companies where the doors and windows were from and learned they had all been stolen from several different residential construction sites in Lake Charles. After the search of the home on 6th Street Madrigal became uncooperative and detectives obtained search warrants for two additional homes owned by her, located on Rose Street and Pryce Street in Lake Charles. After a search of both residences detectives located numerous building materials and power tools that had been stolen from various residential construction sites in the south Lake Charles area. Detectives also located a commercial grade zero turn lawnmower that had been reported stolen out of Texas.

 

Madrigal and Rojo were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Madrigal is charged with possession of stolen thing in excess of $25,000 and Rojo is charged with possession of stolen things $5,000 but less than $25,000. Judge Guy Bradberry set both their bonds $25,000.

 

The recovered property that was found is currently being returned back to the contractors.

 

The investigation is ongoing and more arrests and charges may follow.

CPSO Detective Lee Byrne is the lead investigator on this investigation assisted by CPSO Detective Mike Conner.


Sheriff Tony Mancuso's 2019 Law Enforcement Memorial Speech

CPSO DEPUTIES RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office held their Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony today, Thursday, May 16.  Awards were given to the following deputies for their outstanding accomplishments and service to the Sheriff’s Office in 2018 in their respective divisions:

 

Deputy of the Year:

Sgt. Joshua Donovan – Support Services Division

Sgt. Kara Adams – Investigations Division

Cpl. Bradley Lamar – Enforcement Division

Hollie Howard - Correctional Division           

Sgt. Stuart Henderson – Special Services Division           

Kim Shelton – Financial Division

Sgt. John Dugas –Security Enforcement Division

 

Sgt. Joshua Donovan was also chosen as “2018 Deputy of the Year” for the entire Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. 

 

Lori Fitkin was chosen as “Support Employee of the Year.” 

 

The “Eric Bellard Pride Award” was given to Randy Schlesinger. 

 

Lt. Carter Sittig, Lt. Amy Hebert, Lt. Sandra LaCaze, and Sgt. Kim Sittig were awarded the “Volunteer of The Year Award.”

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR DWI 4TH

Lake Charles –

 

On May 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to two homes off East Lincoln Road in Lake Charles in reference to someone trespassing.   

 

 When deputies arrive they located the suspect, identified as Christopher C. Ocasio, 29, Edinburg, Texas.  When deputies spoke with Ocasio they detective a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  They also observed Ocasio to have slurred speech and blood-shot eyes.  After further investigation into the trespassing incidents detectives located a Camaro, submerged in a ditch near the homes where Ocasio was located.  Ocasio stated to deputies that the Camaro belonged to him, and during a search of his person the keys to the Camaro were located in his pocket.  When questioned by deputies Ocasio stated he had been drinking at a bar and when he left he allowed someone else drive his car, at which time that person wrecked it.  Deputies were unable to locate anyone else in the area and Ocasio was unable to provide a name of the person he let drive his car.        

 

Ocasio, who has 3 prior DWI arrests in the last 10 years, was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs’ Office for a standard field sobriety test, which he refused.  Deputies then attempted to perform a breath intoxilyzer test; which Ocasio also refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report; he was then transported to a local hospital. 

 

After hospital personnel collected the blood sample he was transported back to CPSO and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 4th; 2 counts of criminal trespassing; and carless operation.  He was released on May 12 on a $51,250 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Deputy Logan Leger was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On April 25 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business on Highway 90 west in Sulphur in reference to a theft.  Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated two ARLO security cameras had been stolen from outside his business.  Deputies were able to view surveillance footage from the business and observed a light colored Dodge, occupied by two white men, pull up to the business and steal the cameras at approximately 5:00 a.m. that same morning.  The truck is described as a Dodge Dually 3500 that has aftermarket rims and running boards.        

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the truck seen in the photograph, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

CPSO Detective Jeremy Trahan is the lead detective on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

On May 6 convicted sex offender Keith W. Robertson, 38, Lake Charles, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

In January 2019 Robertson contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was looking for a new address to move to in Lake Charles.  Robertson was scheduled for numerous appointments in the months of January thru April, but did not show up and register his new address.  Robertson also failed to completed his annual registration in March 2019; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $10,000.

            

Robertson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR DRUGS AFTER BOMB SCARE ON BUS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 30 at approximately 5:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to I-10 eastbound near mile marker 26 in reference to a bomb scare on a Megabus. When deputies arrived they learned from the bus driver that a man on the bus reported to him he was having chest pains and needed to get off the bus. The bus driver pulled over on the side of the interstate and called 911 for an ambulance. When the paramedics arrived, the man exited the bus and got into the ambulance. At that point, another passenger in the bus told the driver that the passenger in the ambulance made comments to him before exiting the bus that lead him to believe there was a bomb on the bus. The bus driver again called 911 to report a possible bomb scare.

 

When deputies arrived, and the passengers were evacuating the bus, one of the passengers, later identified as Albert Williams, 29, New Orleans, fled on foot from the bus with a bag and sweat pants. While deputies were attempting to apprehend Williams, they observed him drop the items he was carrying near a drainage ditch and continue running. After he was apprehended deputies located the bag and sweat pants near the drainage ditch and found a large ziplock bag inside containing approximately 907 grams of powder cocaine, approximate street value of $80,000-$100,000.

 

Also while evacuating the bus, deputies located another passenger, later identified as George, A. Pottinger, 32, Georgia, with multiple back packs containing 60 pints of promethazine, approximate street value of $15,000-$20,000 . During a search of his person deputies also located marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

 

Both men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. During a body scan while being booked in Pottinger pulled marijuana from inside his pants, placed it in his mouth and ingested it.

 

Williams is charged with possession of cocaine over 400 grams; obstruction of justice; and resisting an officer. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $57,500. Pottinger is charged with possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of CDS V with intent to distribute; contraband in a penal institution; and obstruction of justice. Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $15,500.

 

The Louisiana State Police and Westlake Fire Department were contacted for assistance and no bomb was found.


CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES TEACHER FOR 1ST DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On April 30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from an administrator at Lake Charles Charter Academy regarding a teacher, Deidre R. Smith, 34, 5006 Maplewood Drive, Sulphur, possibly having an inappropriate relationship with one of her 10 year old students.  During the initial investigation detectives learned Smith was having inappropriate contact with the boy since the end of 2018.  It was also learned Smith had sexual intercourse with the victim. 

 

Smith was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Robert Wyatt.

 

The case is still under investigation and more charges are likely. 

  

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

On April 22 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Hollow Cove Ln. in Moss Bluff in reference to a hit and run.  The suspect truck has been identified as a newer model gray Toyota Tacoma with a long wheel base and extended cab.

           

The suspect struck a large brick mailbox with the front right bumper area of the truck and fled the scene.  The truck should have sustained obvious damage, including a broken headlight.

           

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Sgt. Bryan Guth at 491-3846.  Please reference case #19-048568 if leaving a message.


TEENAGER DROWNS IN WEST FORK RIVER

Lake Charles –

 

Around 3:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division was dispatched to Dunn Ferry Rd. at the West Fork bridge in Moss Bluff in reference to a possible drowning.   Once they arrived, they were able to recover Wardell Baptiste, 16, New Orleans, from the water and he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.   He was visiting family members in this area during spring break.

 

The investigation revealed a group of teens were jumping off the bridge but when Baptiste jumped off, he surfaced but went under the water again and did not resurface.

               

The medical personnel at the hospital pronounced Baptiste deceased at approximately 4:30 p.m. 

               

CPSO Deputy Kimberly Curran is the lead investigator.

               

CPSO Sr. Sgt. Ryan Mareno, along with the CPSO Dive Team, recovered Baptiste from the water.

CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY HOLDS GRADUATION FOR 121st BASIC ACADEMY

 

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 121st Basic Academy by conducting graduation ceremonies today for 55 officers representing 17 agencies in the five-parish area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 55 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.

Tanner Atwell, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, was selected class president of the 121st Basic Academy.