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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 LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on February 11 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. 

Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and two women leaving the store with approximately $1,000 worth of stolen items.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim who stated when he went out to his truck, which was in the parking lot, he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.  The suspects are described as African American, one with dread locks and the other with short hair.  During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the casino and witnessed the two men exit a black SUV prior to the robbery.  During the investigation it was also learned the suspects’ vehicle returned to the casino the following day.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone knows anything about this robbery or can identify the SUV in the photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an unresponsive man in the home. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the victim, Didier Dario-Cabieles, 30, Lake Charles, unresponsive inside the home.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel.  During further investigation detectives learned the previous night Didier was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance at the home.  They were advised a family member, Erixon Aguilar-Cabieles, 25, 6675 Highway 90 East, Lot 47, Lake Charles, had bound Didier’s wrists and ankles with a cable wire and left him face down in the bed; immobilized and unable to care for himself.  Didier was found several hours later unresponsive by family members, at which time they called 911.     

           

Erixon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  His bond is still pending.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Allen J. Stevens, Sr., 55, Lake Charles, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old female family member several days prior.  The victim advised detectives the sexual abuse started when she was approximately 9 years old. 

           

The following day, after further investigation, Stevens was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

On February 26 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on 3rd Street in Lake Charles in reference to a drive by shooting. 

        

During the investigation detectives located numerous rounds of various calibers that had been shot into the residence while it was occupied, nearly hitting a 13 year old child.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance near where the shooting occurred, which shows a light colored car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis, that is believed to be involved in the shooting. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

No one was injured during the shooting. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Pine Ridge RV Resort located on Farm Road in Iowa in reference to a theft.

           

Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated someone had stolen a spool of wire, worth approximately $5,000.  When deputies reviewed the surveillance they observed the suspect enter the property from the east around 3:00 that same morning and unplug the power to the portable building, causing the surveillance cameras to lose power.  Deputies were also advised a bulldozer that was on the property had been moved; leading deputies to believe the suspect used the bulldozer to haul the spool to the front of the property.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 13 at approximately 10 p.m. at College Oaks Elementary on Ernest Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect broke into the school and stole over $8,000 worth of IPads and laptops.  He was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene on a bicycle.  Detectives also learned the suspect was at a local restaurant on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles at approximately 2 a.m. the next morning attempting to sell the stolen items. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992.  If there is no answer, 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 6 at a local store on Highway 90 in Iowa.   

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance from the business which showed two men inside the store concealing an impact drill and several saw blades.  Detectives observed the men leaving in a silver Chevrolet SUV with a handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $600.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or SUV seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Cody G. Soileau at 494-4541.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 123

On September 10, around midnight, the man seen in these photographs gained access into a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the man stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools and loaded them into the car seen in this photograph.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 124

On January 2, the man seen in this photograph gained entry to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur by cutting the fence.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift belonging to the business to load a generator and two arc welders into the truck seen in this photograph. The total value of the stolen items is over $5,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

 

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a man being shot at while leaving his residence. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated he and his girlfriend, Jamie A. Briggs, 41, Iowa, were at their residence arguing.  During the argument the victim stated he attempted to hide a handgun from Briggs, which led to a physical altercation between the two.  The victim advised detectives he threw the handgun and fled the residence.  The victim then stated as he was leaving the residence in his truck, Briggs shot at him with the handgun, striking the driver’s side door and the driver’s side window, as well as, the windshield.     

           

When detectives spoke with Briggs she confirmed she and the victim had been in a physical altercation.  She also advised detectives that she fired the gun at the victim.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal discharge of a firearm during a violent crime; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Clayton Davis set her bond at $260,000. 

               

The victim suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation and debris from the broken window in the truck. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Joseph H. Constance, 24, 790 Birdnest Road, Moss Bluff, raping a 13 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on December 9, Constance raped her while she was staying at his home.  During the investigation into the rape, an 11 year old girl, who was also a family acquaintance, advised detectives Constance walked in on her while she was changing clothes and left the room, only to open the door again and ask if she needed help.  The 11 year old girl also told detectives Constance told her not to tell anyone he walked in on her.   

 

On February 12, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Constance’s arrest with a bond of $600,000 signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  Detectives located Constance the following day at his home, and when speaking with him he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the 13 year old victim.  He also confirmed he walked in on the 11 year old while she was changing, but stated it was an accident.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at a residence in Westlake in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.

 

Once on scene, deputies spoke with the 12 year old victim who stated her mother’s boyfriend, Taylor C. Ashworth, 23, Westlake, whipped her with a belt numerous times that morning.  They observed the girl to have numerous red marks on her arms and legs.  When interviewed by detectives, Ashworth confirmed he whipped the girl with a belt due to her not wanting to go to school.

 

Ashworth was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  He was released the next day on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from several individuals in reference to an obscenity involving a man near a local elementary school in Sulphur. 

               

When deputies arrived they located a man, identified as Russell J. Guidry, Jr., 37, 584 Jay Circle, Sulphur, in front of the school, on the ground with his pants down around his ankles.  Upon making contact with Guidry deputies learned he was in possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Guidry was transported to a local hospital and pending his release he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and possession of CDS II.  His bond has not yet been set.

 

The school was immediately put on lock down for a short period of time, until deputies deemed the area safe.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austin Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MOTHER OF NEWBORN FOUND ABANDONED IN HOSPITAL PARKING LOT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a newborn being found outside at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Gauthier Campus on W. Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived they learned a woman was getting in her car to leave the hospital when she heard crying and saw a newborn baby lying naked in the grassy area near the parking lot, approximately 50 yards from the front door of the hospital.  Deputies determined the newborn had been in the grass for approximately 15 minutes, and when discovered, was immediately taken into the hospital.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby is an African-American female, and is a full-term newborn.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in locating the infant’s mother.  “Someone knows a women that was pregnant yesterday and is no longer pregnant today and does not have a baby,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Once this women is found she will be arrested and charged with child abandonment; but had she utilized the Louisiana Safe Haven Law, no charges would be filed against her.”

           

The Louisiana Safe Haven Law states mothers can go to the nearest Safe Haven facility and give the baby, up to 60 days old, to an employee at that facility with no questions asked.  Some designated facilities in Louisiana include any hospital; fire station; or law enforcement agency.  The infant must be left with an employee; if there is no employee present at the site the parent can contact 911.  If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, they can call 911, and a law enforcement officer, fire fighter and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven relinquishment and transport the newborn to a hospital.  As long as the parent leaves their baby with an employee and the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect the parent will be protected by the Safe Haven Law and will not be arrested or charged.

           

The newborn is still in the hospital for a health assessment but is doing well.  Once the baby leaves the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services who will find a family to care for the baby.

           

If you have any information on this incident or know who this newborn’s mother may be, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 10 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident that occurred in a parking lot on Houston River Road in Westlake. 

 

 When deputies arrived on scene they located the driver, Alyssa A. Chapman, 29, 3206 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, standing outside her SUV.  The deputy observed the SUV to have backed over a guard rail, causing the rear tires to come off the ground.  When deputies spoke with Chapman they observed her to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Chapman as to whether she had been drinking or had taken narcotics, she advised them on the previous day she had taken two medications that were prescribed to her.  Deputies also learned she was driving under suspension for prior DWI offenses.   

 

After Chapman performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test.  After providing a proper breath sample, Chapman agreed to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Chapman, who has 2 prior DWIs in the past 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving under suspension.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $12,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS GEORGIA MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted in reference to a missing 16 year old girl from Dallas, Texas possibly being in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Upon further investigation the girl was located at a local hotel on Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  After the girl was taken into custody, detectives made contact with Kelby T. Royster, 25, Atlanta, GA, who was also at the hotel with the girl.  After questioning Royster, he advised deputies he had sexual intercourse with the girl. 

 

Royster was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

         

The girl was released to Texas Child Protective Services.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case, with assistance from CPSO VICE & Sex Crimes detectives, along with the CPSO ACT-Team.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On February 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Timmy P. Adams, Jr., 38, 3531 Murrell Drive, Sulphur, exposing himself in front of two juvenile family members. 

 

The parents of the victims’ showed detectives text messages between the two children which showed them talking to each other about the incidents.  During the investigation detectives learned Adams exposed himself on several occasions between November 2018 and February 2019 while he was visiting at the victims’ home. 

 

Later the same day Adams was located at his residence and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Deputy Bryan Stewart is the arresting deputy on the case.  CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 3 at approximately 5:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a night club located on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies learned there were two men that had been arguing in the parking lot and began shooting at each other. 

 

Once on scene, deputies located one of the men, identified as Kato J. Harrison, 29, 1219 N. Simmons Street, Lake Charles, near the area of the shooting with a gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  While still on scene and being treated by emergency medical personnel, a small bottle with what is believed to be PCP, was located on Harrison’s person.

 

A short time later deputies learned the other man involved, identified as Thomas M. Chargois, 29, 2400 Fruge Street #604, Lake Charles, had been dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.  After a search of Chargois’ truck, which was still at the scene of the shooting, detectives located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana, a small plastic bag of suspected oxycodone, 2 small bags of suspected crack cocaine, 1 small bag and 1 large bag of suspected powder cocaine.  Detectives also located a car at the scene of the shooting that had been shot twice.               

Harrison was transferred to a hospital out of town, pending his release he will be arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of CDS I.  Chargois was arrested on February 7, after his release from the hospital, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence; possession of 400 grams or more of cocaine; 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS I, and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Harrison’s bond at $122,000 and Chargois’ bond at $172,500.    

 

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


CPSO NOW ACCEPTS TRAFFIC CITATION FEES AT SULPHUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

 

Lake Charles –

               

In an attempt to better serve the public the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center is now equipped to accept payments for traffic citations.  “I felt like we needed to add an option for the public to be able to pay their traffic fees on the west side of the river instead of having to drive to Lake Charles.  With all the traffic congestion problems we are currently having in the parish, I wanted to make it more convenient for the community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We will still continue to collect citation fees at the CPSO Tax Office in Lake Charles; the Sulphur office will be another alternative for people.”  

 

The Sulphur Law Enforcement Center is located at 1017 Beglis Parkway, and will accept payments Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Citizens will need to bring their citation along with a photo ID.   Payments can be made using cashier's check, money order, or credit card.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a trespassing complaint. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a man had been at the store for a long time and they were concerned.  Deputies made contact with the man, identified as David M. Leger, 33, 2710 Rushmore Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender.  While speaking with Leger deputies learned he had been living in Calcasieu Parish for approximately one month and had not registered his address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Leger 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 $5,000.  

               

Leger was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Acadia Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jordan Sexton was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred sometime between January 18 - 20 at a business on Highway 12 W. in Starks.   

           

During the investigation detectives received surveillance photographs from the business which showed a small dark colored 4 door car on the property.  The surveillance also shows two men trespassing on the property.  The initial investigation revealed a battery from a generator, totaling approximately $200, had been stolen.  It is believed the suspects attempted to steal several other batteries from construction equipment, but were unsuccessful.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or car seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Joshua Couch at 602-6816.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT AND 1 COUNT OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles –

 

On December 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from a local bank in reference to a report of bank fraud.  When detectives spoke with bank personnel they were advised that auditors working for the bank discovered an employee, Julie B. Cormier, 56, 2023 Reed Cemetery Road, Vinton, had stolen approximately $47,500.

 

The investigation revealed that from approximately May 2013 until June 2018 Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name, without their consent or knowledge, and received the money.  It was also learned she fraudulently used funds from other customers’ accounts to pay the loan notes.  When detectives spoke with Cormier she stated she was responsible for obtaining the loan, as well as, drafting the other accounts to make the loan payments. 

 

On February 1, after further investigation Cormier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with bank fraud and 6 counts of identity theft.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator in this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on January 28 at Dillard’s in the mall located in Lake Charles.   

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man placing a large amount of name brand clothing in a white bag and leave the store.  The man fled east across the mall parking lot.  Store associates estimate the man took somewhere between 30 to 50 pieces of clothing from the big and tall section, totaling approximately $5,000.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES & WOMAN FOR ACCESORY

Lake Charles -

           

On January 28 at approximately 12:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store in an unknown direction.

         

After further investigation and receiving tips from the public, detectives learned the identity of the man responsible for the armed robbery was Ryan K. Rashall, 33, 487 Telephone Road, 3B, Lake Charles.  It was also learned a woman, identified as Crystal M. Foreman, 38, homeless, drove Rashall to and from the convenience store during the robbery. 

           

Rashall and Foreman were both arrested later the same day as the robbery and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Rashall is charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Foreman is charged with armed robbery accessory after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Rashall’s bond at $250,000 and Foreman’s bond at $75,000. 

           

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


Crime Stoppers CPSO 122

At the end of October 2018, several air machines at gas stations located in Lake Charles, Westlake, and Moss Bluff were broken into. In most of the cases the suspect used a torch to remove the locks.

 

It is believed a total of over $10,000 has been stolen from the machines.

 

If anyone has any information or recognizes the suspect or car seen in this video call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles this morning around 12:40.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

    

The suspect is described as a man wearing what appeared to be a white bathrobe, blue shirt, gray sweatpants, and gloves.  He also covered his head with what appeared to be a blue towel. 

    

Detectives would also like to speak with the person driving the blue Nissan Versa seen in the attached photograph.  It is possible they may have seen the suspect. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to an armed robbery that occurred a few days earlier.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the resident who stated he was asleep in his home when an acquaintance, identified as Hannah C. Guillory, 17, 270 Bruce Circle, Lake Charles, he had invited to his home allowed 3 men into the residence.  The victim then stated he was held at gunpoint while the four suspects stole numerous items, including several firearms, a safe, and cash. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the identity of the three men as Jeremy C. Pate, 19, 366 Cobb Road, Lake Charles, Brennon K. Lejeune, 19, 408 Vine Street, Westlake, and Justin J. Guilbeaux, 19, 1326 Meadow Street, Sulphur. 

 

Between January 16 and the 19 detectives located all four suspects.  After speaking with them they advised they took part in the armed robbery.  They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  All four suspects are charged with armed robbery.  Pate has an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Guilbeaux has an additional charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set Guillory’s bond at $225,000, Pate’s bond at $475,000, Lejeune’s bond at $325,000, and Guilbeaux’s bond at $425,000.

 

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


CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE OF 8 MONTH OLD BABY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Eunice Street in Sulphur in reference to an 8 month old baby boy that was not breathing.  Deputies arrived on scene and the baby was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  During a subsequent search of the home, detectives located marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

           

When detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Lacey A. Blount, 26, 1506 Eunice Street, Sulphur, she admitted to using the methamphetamine and marijuana while she was caring for the baby.  She also told detectives while deputies were distracted attempting to perform life saving measures on the baby, she attempted to hide the narcotics in the home. 

           

Blount was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; possession of CDS I, possession of CDS II, obstruction of justice, and 4 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Her bond has been set at $12,000 by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a department store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man, driving a black Chevrolet truck with a bed cover, steal a license plate off another vehicle in the parking lot.  The suspect’s truck has a yellow sticker on the tailgate and two white stickers on the bed cover.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs, please contact the CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin 491-3751.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANT FOR ANOTHER FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local nursing home in reference to theft from numerous residents’ accounts.

 

During the investigation detectives learned a worker at the nursing home, Andrea V. Johnson, 38, 1741 N. Tallow Wood Drive, Lake Charles, was purchasing unauthorized items, such as TVs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards, using the residents’ money from their accounts.  Johnson would later return the items to the store and receive cash back.  The investigation revealed Johnson stole approximately $13,000 from November 2017 until December 2018 from 21 residents. 

 

During the investigation into Johnson’s theft, an audit was completed at the nursing home and it was then learned the office manager, Katherine M. Coyle, 42, 5714 Fir Street, Lake Charles, was also stealing from the residents’ accounts.  When detectives questioned Coyle she admitted to filling out fraudulent requests for cash from residents’ accounts without their knowledge.  She stated she would then cash the checks and keep the cash.  The investigation revealed Coyle stole approximately $44,000 from March 2017 until December 2017 from 30 residents.

     

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for both Johnson and Coyle.  Coyle turned herself into detectives on January 14 and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000; and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released later the same day on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Johnson has an active warrant in the amount of $130,000 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for the charges of theft from $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. 

               

The nursing home has fully reimbursed all residents’ accounts.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.   

           

During further investigation detectives learned the identity of the suspect that entered the store brandishing a shotgun was Wyatt J. Guillory, 18, 7414 Jarib Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned there was another man, identified as Zachary C. Hebert, 17, 5343 Lane Road, Iowa, who assisted in the planning of the robbery.  The investigation revealed Hebert drove Guillory to the store and also provided Guillory with the shotgun.  It was learned Guillory and Hebert divided the stolen money after the robbery. 

 

Both Guillory and Hebert were arrested at their residences and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set both their bonds at $425,000. 

           

Detectives have recovered a portion of the stolen money along with the firearm believed to be used during the robbery.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  He fled the store in an unknown direction.

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the man in the video/pictures, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 2 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a theft. 

       

 During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business which showed a man cut through a chain link fence at the business on December 19 at approximately 11:15 p.m.  The surveillance then showed the suspect drive a white two door truck through the gate and use the business’s forklift to load a diesel generator and two arc welders into the back of the truck and drive off.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs contact the CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a home on Manchester Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the home showing an unknown man entering the homeowner’s barn on December 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Once inside the barn, the suspect stole several tools.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO CRD Deputy Matthew Bean 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 LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR SHOPLIFTING

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a shoplifting that occurred on February 11 at a local grocery store located on Ryan Street in Lake Charles. 

Upon further investigation detectives obtained surveillance footage of a man and two women leaving the store with approximately $1,000 worth of stolen items.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects seen in the photograph.  Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects is asked to call CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On February 25 at approximately 1:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local casino in Lake Charles in reference to an armed robbery.

 

Upon arrival deputies spoke with the victim who stated when he went out to his truck, which was in the parking lot, he was robbed at gunpoint by two men.  The suspects are described as African American, one with dread locks and the other with short hair.  During further investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage from the casino and witnessed the two men exit a black SUV prior to the robbery.  During the investigation it was also learned the suspects’ vehicle returned to the casino the following day.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone knows anything about this robbery or can identify the SUV in the photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE

Lake Charles –

 

Earlier this morning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence Highway 90 East in Lake Charles in reference to an unresponsive man in the home. 

           

When deputies arrived they observed the victim, Didier Dario-Cabieles, 30, Lake Charles, unresponsive inside the home.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency medical personnel.  During further investigation detectives learned the previous night Didier was intoxicated and was causing a disturbance at the home.  They were advised a family member, Erixon Aguilar-Cabieles, 25, 6675 Highway 90 East, Lot 47, Lake Charles, had bound Didier’s wrists and ankles with a cable wire and left him face down in the bed; immobilized and unable to care for himself.  Didier was found several hours later unresponsive by family members, at which time they called 911.     

           

Erixon was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide.  His bond is still pending.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR AGGRAVATED CRIME AGAINST NATURE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 26 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Allen J. Stevens, Sr., 55, Lake Charles, having sexual intercourse with a 16 year old female family member several days prior.  The victim advised detectives the sexual abuse started when she was approximately 9 years old. 

           

The following day, after further investigation, Stevens was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature.  Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $400,000.

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF INDIVIDUALS RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Lake Charles –

 

On February 26 at approximately 10:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residence on 3rd Street in Lake Charles in reference to a drive by shooting. 

        

During the investigation detectives located numerous rounds of various calibers that had been shot into the residence while it was occupied, nearly hitting a 13 year old child.  Detectives were able to obtain video surveillance near where the shooting occurred, which shows a light colored car, possibly a Ford Crown Victoria or Mercury Grand Marquis, that is believed to be involved in the shooting. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding the shooting contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

           

No one was injured during the shooting. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to Pine Ridge RV Resort located on Farm Road in Iowa in reference to a theft.

           

Once on scene deputies spoke with the complainant who stated someone had stolen a spool of wire, worth approximately $5,000.  When deputies reviewed the surveillance they observed the suspect enter the property from the east around 3:00 that same morning and unplug the power to the portable building, causing the surveillance cameras to lose power.  Deputies were also advised a bulldozer that was on the property had been moved; leading deputies to believe the suspect used the bulldozer to haul the spool to the front of the property.   

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 13 at approximately 10 p.m. at College Oaks Elementary on Ernest Street in Lake Charles.

           

During the investigation detectives learned the suspect broke into the school and stole over $8,000 worth of IPads and laptops.  He was seen on surveillance video leaving the scene on a bicycle.  Detectives also learned the suspect was at a local restaurant on West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles at approximately 2 a.m. the next morning attempting to sell the stolen items. 

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in the photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective John Coffman at 491-7992.  If there is no answer, 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF TWO MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on February 6 at a local store on Highway 90 in Iowa.   

           

During the investigation detectives reviewed surveillance from the business which showed two men inside the store concealing an impact drill and several saw blades.  Detectives observed the men leaving in a silver Chevrolet SUV with a handicap tag hanging from the rear view mirror.  The total value of the stolen items is approximately $600.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or SUV seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Cody G. Soileau at 494-4541.  If there is no answer, please leave a message and he will return the call as soon as possible.


Crime Stoppers CPSO 123

On September 10, around midnight, the man seen in these photographs gained access into a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake.

 

Once inside the man stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools and loaded them into the car seen in this photograph.

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 124

On January 2, the man seen in this photograph gained entry to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur by cutting the fence.

 

Once on the property the suspect used a forklift belonging to the business to load a generator and two arc welders into the truck seen in this photograph. The total value of the stolen items is over $5,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA WOMAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER

 

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 4:30 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a man being shot at while leaving his residence. 

 

When detectives spoke with the victim he stated he and his girlfriend, Jamie A. Briggs, 41, Iowa, were at their residence arguing.  During the argument the victim stated he attempted to hide a handgun from Briggs, which led to a physical altercation between the two.  The victim advised detectives he threw the handgun and fled the residence.  The victim then stated as he was leaving the residence in his truck, Briggs shot at him with the handgun, striking the driver’s side door and the driver’s side window, as well as, the windshield.     

           

When detectives spoke with Briggs she confirmed she and the victim had been in a physical altercation.  She also advised detectives that she fired the gun at the victim.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted 2nd degree murder; illegal discharge of a firearm during a violent crime; and aggravated criminal property damage.  Judge Clayton Davis set her bond at $260,000. 

               

The victim suffered minor injuries from the physical altercation and debris from the broken window in the truck. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE RAPE & INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 1 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Joseph H. Constance, 24, 790 Birdnest Road, Moss Bluff, raping a 13 year old girl, who was a family acquaintance. 

 

During the investigation the victim told detectives that on December 9, Constance raped her while she was staying at his home.  During the investigation into the rape, an 11 year old girl, who was also a family acquaintance, advised detectives Constance walked in on her while she was changing clothes and left the room, only to open the door again and ask if she needed help.  The 11 year old girl also told detectives Constance told her not to tell anyone he walked in on her.   

 

On February 12, after further investigation, detectives issued a warrant for Constance’s arrest with a bond of $600,000 signed by Judge Clayton Davis.  Detectives located Constance the following day at his home, and when speaking with him he confirmed he had sexual intercourse with the 13 year old victim.  He also confirmed he walked in on the 11 year old while she was changing, but stated it was an accident.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2nd degree rape; and indecent behavior with a juvenile. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WESTLAKE MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 12 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint at a residence in Westlake in reference to a possible cruelty to a juvenile.

 

Once on scene, deputies spoke with the 12 year old victim who stated her mother’s boyfriend, Taylor C. Ashworth, 23, Westlake, whipped her with a belt numerous times that morning.  They observed the girl to have numerous red marks on her arms and legs.  When interviewed by detectives, Ashworth confirmed he whipped the girl with a belt due to her not wanting to go to school.

 

Ashworth was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  He was released the next day on a $2,500 bond set by Judge Clayton Davis. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR OBSCENITY

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday at approximately 12:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call from several individuals in reference to an obscenity involving a man near a local elementary school in Sulphur. 

               

When deputies arrived they located a man, identified as Russell J. Guidry, Jr., 37, 584 Jay Circle, Sulphur, in front of the school, on the ground with his pants down around his ankles.  Upon making contact with Guidry deputies learned he was in possession of methamphetamine. 

 

Guidry was transported to a local hospital and pending his release he will be arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obscenity; and possession of CDS II.  His bond has not yet been set.

 

The school was immediately put on lock down for a short period of time, until deputies deemed the area safe.

           

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Austin Fusilier is the arresting deputy on this case. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR MOTHER OF NEWBORN FOUND ABANDONED IN HOSPITAL PARKING LOT

 

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 8 p.m. deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a newborn being found outside at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Gauthier Campus on W. Gauthier Rd. in Lake Charles.

 

When deputies arrived they learned a woman was getting in her car to leave the hospital when she heard crying and saw a newborn baby lying naked in the grassy area near the parking lot, approximately 50 yards from the front door of the hospital.  Deputies determined the newborn had been in the grass for approximately 15 minutes, and when discovered, was immediately taken into the hospital.  Hospital personnel advised detectives the baby is an African-American female, and is a full-term newborn.    

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in locating the infant’s mother.  “Someone knows a women that was pregnant yesterday and is no longer pregnant today and does not have a baby,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Once this women is found she will be arrested and charged with child abandonment; but had she utilized the Louisiana Safe Haven Law, no charges would be filed against her.”

           

The Louisiana Safe Haven Law states mothers can go to the nearest Safe Haven facility and give the baby, up to 60 days old, to an employee at that facility with no questions asked.  Some designated facilities in Louisiana include any hospital; fire station; or law enforcement agency.  The infant must be left with an employee; if there is no employee present at the site the parent can contact 911.  If a parent is unable to travel to a Safe Haven facility, they can call 911, and a law enforcement officer, fire fighter and/or EMS provider will be dispatched, confirm the Safe Haven relinquishment and transport the newborn to a hospital.  As long as the parent leaves their baby with an employee and the baby shows no signs of abuse or neglect the parent will be protected by the Safe Haven Law and will not be arrested or charged.

           

The newborn is still in the hospital for a health assessment but is doing well.  Once the baby leaves the hospital, she will be placed in the custody of the Dept. of Children and Family Services who will find a family to care for the baby.

           

If you have any information on this incident or know who this newborn’s mother may be, please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR DWI 3RD

Lake Charles –

 

On February 10 at approximately 6:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a single vehicle accident that occurred in a parking lot on Houston River Road in Westlake. 

 

 When deputies arrived on scene they located the driver, Alyssa A. Chapman, 29, 3206 N. Perkins Ferry Road, Moss Bluff, standing outside her SUV.  The deputy observed the SUV to have backed over a guard rail, causing the rear tires to come off the ground.  When deputies spoke with Chapman they observed her to have unsteady balance and slurred speech.  When deputies questioned Chapman as to whether she had been drinking or had taken narcotics, she advised them on the previous day she had taken two medications that were prescribed to her.  Deputies also learned she was driving under suspension for prior DWI offenses.   

 

After Chapman performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for breath intoxilyzer test.  After providing a proper breath sample, Chapman agreed to have her blood drawn for a toxicology report.  She was then transported to a local hospital.  After hospital personnel collected the blood sample she was transported back to CPSO. 

 

Chapman, who has 2 prior DWIs in the past 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving under suspension.  Judge Robert Wyatt set her bond at $12,500.

 

CPSO Cpl. Robert Waggoner was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS GEORGIA MAN FOR CARNAL KNOWLEDGE

Lake Charles –

 

On February 6, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were contacted in reference to a missing 16 year old girl from Dallas, Texas possibly being in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Upon further investigation the girl was located at a local hotel on Moeling Street in Lake Charles.  After the girl was taken into custody, detectives made contact with Kelby T. Royster, 25, Atlanta, GA, who was also at the hotel with the girl.  After questioning Royster, he advised deputies he had sexual intercourse with the girl. 

 

Royster was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile.  Judge Robert Wyatt set his bond at $25,000.

         

The girl was released to Texas Child Protective Services.

 

CPSO Detective Shelley Trahan is the lead investigator on this case, with assistance from CPSO VICE & Sex Crimes detectives, along with the CPSO ACT-Team.

CPSO ARRESTS SULPHUR MAN FOR 2 COUNTS OF INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On February 7 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Timmy P. Adams, Jr., 38, 3531 Murrell Drive, Sulphur, exposing himself in front of two juvenile family members. 

 

The parents of the victims’ showed detectives text messages between the two children which showed them talking to each other about the incidents.  During the investigation detectives learned Adams exposed himself on several occasions between November 2018 and February 2019 while he was visiting at the victims’ home. 

 

Later the same day Adams was located at his residence and after speaking with detectives he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile.  His bond is still pending.

 

CPSO Deputy Bryan Stewart is the arresting deputy on the case.  CPSO Detective Ben Hare is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO MEN FOR ATTEMPTED 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 3 at approximately 5:00 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a shooting at a night club located on Highway 90 East in Lake Charles.  Upon arrival deputies learned there were two men that had been arguing in the parking lot and began shooting at each other. 

 

Once on scene, deputies located one of the men, identified as Kato J. Harrison, 29, 1219 N. Simmons Street, Lake Charles, near the area of the shooting with a gunshot wound.  He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  While still on scene and being treated by emergency medical personnel, a small bottle with what is believed to be PCP, was located on Harrison’s person.

 

A short time later deputies learned the other man involved, identified as Thomas M. Chargois, 29, 2400 Fruge Street #604, Lake Charles, had been dropped off at a local hospital with a gunshot wound.  After a search of Chargois’ truck, which was still at the scene of the shooting, detectives located a small plastic bag of suspected marijuana, a small plastic bag of suspected oxycodone, 2 small bags of suspected crack cocaine, 1 small bag and 1 large bag of suspected powder cocaine.  Detectives also located a car at the scene of the shooting that had been shot twice.               

Harrison was transferred to a hospital out of town, pending his release he will be arrested and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of CDS I.  Chargois was arrested on February 7, after his release from the hospital, and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence; possession of 400 grams or more of cocaine; 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS II; possession of CDS I, and aggravated criminal damage to property.  Judge Robert Wyatt set Harrison’s bond at $122,000 and Chargois’ bond at $172,500.    

 

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


CPSO NOW ACCEPTS TRAFFIC CITATION FEES AT SULPHUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

 

Lake Charles –

               

In an attempt to better serve the public the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sulphur (West Cal) Law Enforcement Center is now equipped to accept payments for traffic citations.  “I felt like we needed to add an option for the public to be able to pay their traffic fees on the west side of the river instead of having to drive to Lake Charles.  With all the traffic congestion problems we are currently having in the parish, I wanted to make it more convenient for the community,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We will still continue to collect citation fees at the CPSO Tax Office in Lake Charles; the Sulphur office will be another alternative for people.”  

 

The Sulphur Law Enforcement Center is located at 1017 Beglis Parkway, and will accept payments Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Citizens will need to bring their citation along with a photo ID.   Payments can be made using cashier's check, money order, or credit card.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On February 5 at approximately 7:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a store on Highway 171 in Moss Bluff in reference to a trespassing complaint. 

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the complainant who stated a man had been at the store for a long time and they were concerned.  Deputies made contact with the man, identified as David M. Leger, 33, 2710 Rushmore Drive, Lake Charles, a registered sex offender.  While speaking with Leger deputies learned he had been living in Calcasieu Parish for approximately one month and had not registered his address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

Leger 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 $5,000.  

               

Leger was convicted of sexual battery in 2013 in Acadia Parish. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Jordan Sexton was the arresting deputy on this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MEN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred sometime between January 18 - 20 at a business on Highway 12 W. in Starks.   

           

During the investigation detectives received surveillance photographs from the business which showed a small dark colored 4 door car on the property.  The surveillance also shows two men trespassing on the property.  The initial investigation revealed a battery from a generator, totaling approximately $200, had been stolen.  It is believed the suspects attempted to steal several other batteries from construction equipment, but were unsuccessful.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the men or car seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Joshua Couch at 602-6816.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR 6 COUNTS OF IDENTITY THEFT AND 1 COUNT OF BANK FRAUD

Lake Charles –

 

On December 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a call from a local bank in reference to a report of bank fraud.  When detectives spoke with bank personnel they were advised that auditors working for the bank discovered an employee, Julie B. Cormier, 56, 2023 Reed Cemetery Road, Vinton, had stolen approximately $47,500.

 

The investigation revealed that from approximately May 2013 until June 2018 Cormier obtained loans in a customer’s name, without their consent or knowledge, and received the money.  It was also learned she fraudulently used funds from other customers’ accounts to pay the loan notes.  When detectives spoke with Cormier she stated she was responsible for obtaining the loan, as well as, drafting the other accounts to make the loan payments. 

 

On February 1, after further investigation Cormier was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with bank fraud and 6 counts of identity theft.  She was released later the same day on a $25,000 bond set by Judge Sharon Wilson.

 

CPSO Detective Edward Curol is the lead investigator in this case.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating a theft that occurred on January 28 at Dillard’s in the mall located in Lake Charles.   

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man placing a large amount of name brand clothing in a white bag and leave the store.  The man fled east across the mall parking lot.  Store associates estimate the man took somewhere between 30 to 50 pieces of clothing from the big and tall section, totaling approximately $5,000.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the man seen in these photographs, please contact CPSO lead Detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.


CPSO ARREST MAN FOR ARMED ROBBERY OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES & WOMAN FOR ACCESORY

Lake Charles -

           

On January 28 at approximately 12:40 a.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store in an unknown direction.

         

After further investigation and receiving tips from the public, detectives learned the identity of the man responsible for the armed robbery was Ryan K. Rashall, 33, 487 Telephone Road, 3B, Lake Charles.  It was also learned a woman, identified as Crystal M. Foreman, 38, homeless, drove Rashall to and from the convenience store during the robbery. 

           

Rashall and Foreman were both arrested later the same day as the robbery and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Rashall is charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with the use of a firearm.  Foreman is charged with armed robbery accessory after the fact.  Judge Sharon Wilson set Rashall’s bond at $250,000 and Foreman’s bond at $75,000. 

           

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


Crime Stoppers CPSO 122

At the end of October 2018, several air machines at gas stations located in Lake Charles, Westlake, and Moss Bluff were broken into. In most of the cases the suspect used a torch to remove the locks.

 

It is believed a total of over $10,000 has been stolen from the machines.

 

If anyone has any information or recognizes the suspect or car seen in this video call Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory. 

CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles -

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1900 block of Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Lake Charles this morning around 12:40.  The investigation revealed a man went into the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.   After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash he fled the store on foot in an unknown direction.

    

The suspect is described as a man wearing what appeared to be a white bathrobe, blue shirt, gray sweatpants, and gloves.  He also covered his head with what appeared to be a blue towel. 

    

Detectives would also like to speak with the person driving the blue Nissan Versa seen in the attached photograph.  It is possible they may have seen the suspect. 

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Casey Lafargue is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR ARMED ROBBERY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 15 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Westlake in reference to an armed robbery that occurred a few days earlier.

 

When deputies arrived they spoke with the resident who stated he was asleep in his home when an acquaintance, identified as Hannah C. Guillory, 17, 270 Bruce Circle, Lake Charles, he had invited to his home allowed 3 men into the residence.  The victim then stated he was held at gunpoint while the four suspects stole numerous items, including several firearms, a safe, and cash. 

 

After further investigation detectives learned the identity of the three men as Jeremy C. Pate, 19, 366 Cobb Road, Lake Charles, Brennon K. Lejeune, 19, 408 Vine Street, Westlake, and Justin J. Guilbeaux, 19, 1326 Meadow Street, Sulphur. 

 

Between January 16 and the 19 detectives located all four suspects.  After speaking with them they advised they took part in the armed robbery.  They were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  All four suspects are charged with armed robbery.  Pate has an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and Guilbeaux has an additional charge of illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set Guillory’s bond at $225,000, Pate’s bond at $475,000, Lejeune’s bond at $325,000, and Guilbeaux’s bond at $425,000.

 

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


CPSO ARREST WOMAN FOR NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE OF 8 MONTH OLD BABY

Lake Charles –

 

On January 23 at approximately 7:40 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home on Eunice Street in Sulphur in reference to an 8 month old baby boy that was not breathing.  Deputies arrived on scene and the baby was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  During a subsequent search of the home, detectives located marijuana, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

           

When detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Lacey A. Blount, 26, 1506 Eunice Street, Sulphur, she admitted to using the methamphetamine and marijuana while she was caring for the baby.  She also told detectives while deputies were distracted attempting to perform life saving measures on the baby, she attempted to hide the narcotics in the home. 

           

Blount was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with negligent homicide; possession of CDS I, possession of CDS II, obstruction of justice, and 4 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.  Her bond has been set at $12,000 by Judge Ron Ware.

           

The cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.

           

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

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 31 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a department store on Highway 14 in Lake Charles in reference to a theft. 

        

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the store which showed a man, driving a black Chevrolet truck with a bed cover, steal a license plate off another vehicle in the parking lot.  The suspect’s truck has a yellow sticker on the tailgate and two white stickers on the bed cover.  

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs, please contact the CPSO lead Detective Austin Peloquin 491-3751.


CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & ISSUES WARRANT FOR ANOTHER FOR THEFT AND EXPLOITATION OF THE

Lake Charles –

 

On December 14, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local nursing home in reference to theft from numerous residents’ accounts.

 

During the investigation detectives learned a worker at the nursing home, Andrea V. Johnson, 38, 1741 N. Tallow Wood Drive, Lake Charles, was purchasing unauthorized items, such as TVs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards, using the residents’ money from their accounts.  Johnson would later return the items to the store and receive cash back.  The investigation revealed Johnson stole approximately $13,000 from November 2017 until December 2018 from 21 residents. 

 

During the investigation into Johnson’s theft, an audit was completed at the nursing home and it was then learned the office manager, Katherine M. Coyle, 42, 5714 Fir Street, Lake Charles, was also stealing from the residents’ accounts.  When detectives questioned Coyle she admitted to filling out fraudulent requests for cash from residents’ accounts without their knowledge.  She stated she would then cash the checks and keep the cash.  The investigation revealed Coyle stole approximately $44,000 from March 2017 until December 2017 from 30 residents.

     

After further investigation, detectives issued warrants for both Johnson and Coyle.  Coyle turned herself into detectives on January 14 and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with theft over $25,000; and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.  She was released later the same day on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.  Johnson has an active warrant in the amount of $130,000 signed by Judge Guy Bradberry for the charges of theft from $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. 

               

The nursing home has fully reimbursed all residents’ accounts.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the store.   

           

During further investigation detectives learned the identity of the suspect that entered the store brandishing a shotgun was Wyatt J. Guillory, 18, 7414 Jarib Lane, Lake Charles.  Detectives also learned there was another man, identified as Zachary C. Hebert, 17, 5343 Lane Road, Iowa, who assisted in the planning of the robbery.  The investigation revealed Hebert drove Guillory to the store and also provided Guillory with the shotgun.  It was learned Guillory and Hebert divided the stolen money after the robbery. 

 

Both Guillory and Hebert were arrested at their residences and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm.  Judge Michael Canaday set both their bonds at $425,000. 

           

Detectives have recovered a portion of the stolen money along with the firearm believed to be used during the robbery.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBER OF CONVENIENCE STORE IN SOUTH LAKE CHARLES

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 6700 block of Nelson Rd. in Lake Charles this morning around 6:00.  The investigation revealed a man, went into the store with a weapon and demanded the clerk give him money from the cash register.  He fled the store in an unknown direction.

           

If anyone has any information regarding this robbery or can identify the man in the video/pictures, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3605.

           

CPSO Detective Randall Ravia is the lead investigator.

CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On January 2 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a business on South Cities Service Highway in Sulphur in reference to a theft. 

       

 During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business which showed a man cut through a chain link fence at the business on December 19 at approximately 11:15 p.m.  The surveillance then showed the suspect drive a white two door truck through the gate and use the business’s forklift to load a diesel generator and two arc welders into the back of the truck and drive off.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect or truck seen in these photographs contact the CPSO lead Detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981.


CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT

Lake Charles –

 

On December 26 a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputy responded to a home on Manchester Road in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

 

During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the home showing an unknown man entering the homeowner’s barn on December 24 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Once inside the barn, the suspect stole several tools.

 

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photograph contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO CRD Deputy Matthew Bean 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 Da