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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Brahim B. El Hannaoui, 33, Panama City, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised deputies he hired Hannaoui, of Good Vibes Construction LLC, in December 2020.  The victim paid Hannaoui over $7,000 to begin repairs on damages at his home caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  He also paid Hannaoui another $9,000 to begin an addition at the home.  It was learned three days after repairs had begun the workers quit, stating they were not getting paid by Hannaoui.  The victim advised no materials had been purchased for the addition and they had not started construction on it, so he requested his money back due to the work not being able to be completed in the agreed time frame.  Hannaoui did not refund the victim the $9,000 for the addition nor did he complete the repairs at the victim’s home.  Further investigation also revealed Hannaoui was not licensed in the state of Louisiana. 

           

On April 6 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Hannaoui’s arrest.  On June 25 he was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Louisiana on July 20.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $17,500 bond.             

 

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO ARRESTS 7 SUSPECTS RELATED TO UTILITY WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

From December 2020 until recently Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have been conducting investigations in reference to thefts of utility wires in the Vinton, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. 

           

During the investigations it was discovered the suspects were cutting live wires from active utility poles, causing the loss of services for residents in the area where the thefts occurred.  The wires were then stripped of the plastic casing and the metal inside was sold as scrap.  The investigation also revealed the suspects were removing rolls of wiring from locations where utility companies were working on repairs to damaged wires.

           

The eight month investigation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects.  The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between May and July:

 

· Thomas R. Manuel, 38, Orange, TX

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000. 

$70,000 bond

 

· Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Vinton

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; possession of CDS IV; possession of marijuana; possession of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia

$20,500 bond

 

· Spencer D. Conner, Sr., 48, 3211 Warren Street, Lake Charles

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000-$50,000

$11,000 bond

 

· Daniel L. Johns, 19, 847 Ravia Road, Sulphur

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· John D. Mitchener, 48, 1764 Mitchell Road, Vinton

Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Mark A. Guillory, 56, Orange, TX

  Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Samantha L. Miller, 30, Ragley, LA

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.  CPSO is asking anyone with information related to these thefts to contact CPSO lead detectives Lukas Josker at 491-3762 or Jill Feverjean at 602-6811.


SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CREATED AGED PHOTO OF JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of Joe Constance, who is responsible for the 2011 murder of his estranged wife, Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, was sent to a company that has the ability to create an aged picture from the suspect’s DNA.

 

“The company, Parabon NanoLabs, uses DNA phenotyping to predict the physical appearance of an individual.  They have the ability to produce a photograph of how the suspect would likely look today.  They also have the ability to alter the photograph by changing the age and weight, along with other characteristics,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “CPSO was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use this same company in 2015 to create a picture and profile of the unknown suspect in the Bouzigard homicide case; which ultimately led to solving the case.”

 

In the coming months CPSO will release further photographs of Constance with differing characteristics.   

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work.  Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid.  McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job.  Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license. 

           

After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest.  McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 33 COUNTS OF FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local bank in Sulphur in reference to an employee, Barbara A. Chaisson, 55, 320 Cypress Street in Sulphur, committing fraud.

           

During the investigation detectives we advised by bank personnel that Chaisson had been transferring money from numerous accounts and making withdrawals, without authorization.  It was discovered Chaisson made over 30 unauthorized transactions from January 2019 to June 2021, totaling over $120,000. 

           

After further investigation, on July 27 detectives issued a warrant for Chaisson’s arrest.  She was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 33 counts of computer fraud; 33 counts of bank fraud; and theft over $25,000.  She was released the following day on a $96,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives in August 2020, she hired William D. Deremer III, 39, Pearland, TX, with Southern Outfitters, to complete tree removal along with other home repairs at her residence; initially paying him $28,000.  The victim stated she learned Deremer falsified documents and sent them to her insurance company, which included billing for equipment that was never onsite.  The victim further stated she received a bill from Deremer, for approximately $80,000 worth of work that was not completed at the residence.  Detectives learned the initial check of $28,000 was cashed by Deremer’s girlfriend, Jennifer L. Guerra, 36, Pearland, TX, who also worked at Southern Outfitters.  It was also discovered neither Deremer nor Guerra possessed a contractor’s license in Louisiana at the time the victim entered into an agreement for repairs and made the initial payment. 

           

After further investigation, on May 15 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Deremer and Guerra’s arrests.  On July 12 they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $25,000 or more; and residential contractor fraud no license.  They were both released the following day on $40,000 bonds.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR COPPER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 26 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at a local hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to several suspects removing copper wire and piping from the building. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned three individuals, Kelly R. Esthay, 51, 2339 Dolphin Drive, Lake Charles, Luke E. Fabry, 29, Round Up, MT, and Seth M. Cart, 23, 219 N. 3rd Street, Lake Charles, had been staying in one of the buildings on the property, without the owner’s permission.  Detectives also discovered while the three men were staying at the hotel, which was damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, they were cutting pieces of copper wire and piping from the hotel building and dismantling air conditioners in order to remove the copper from inside. 

           

Further investigation led detectives to the home of Anthony T. Douvio, 51, 2318 N. Flounder Drive, Lake Charles.  After the execution of a search warrant at the home detectives located a large amount of copper wire, pipes, and air conditioner coils, which had been stolen from the hotel.  Detectives also located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a gun inside the residence.  It was later discovered Douvio scrapped nearly 17,000 pounds of copper within the last 7 months. 

           

Later the same day all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Esthay, Fabry, and Cart were charged with simple burglary; theft from $25,000 or more; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $25,000.  Douvio was charged with illegal possession of stolen things $5,000 to $25,000; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $79,000.

           

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


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

 The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on August 7 at S. P. Arnett Middle School, located at 400 Sulphur Avenue in Westlake.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746. 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE  

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, August 4 that will continue on Thursday, August 5. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Carlyss Park Building, 6043 Carlyss Drive in Sulphur

Thursday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. located at the SPAR Carlyss Building

Thursday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. located at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

           Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course and must be picked up at 11 a.m. on Thursday and have their own transportation to class at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by Sheriff Mancuso on Wednesday.  

            This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/174238CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - CPSO Arrests Man For Burglary

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Leslie J. Chapman, 40, 4379 Hecker Road, Iowa, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for several burglaries.

           

During the initial investigation detectives observed video footage at a local hotel on Highway 27 in Sulphur showing Chapman entering the laundry facility during the early morning hours on July 4.  Detectives then observed him attempt to break into the change machine.  Chapman failed to gain entry into the machine, but caused extensive damages.  Detectives learned he left the laundry facility and entered another laundry facility, located at the same hotel, and attempted to gain access into the change machine, again causing extensive damage to the machine.  Leslie was observed leaving the hotel but returning several hours later, once again trying to gain entry into a change machine. 

           

On July 22 detectives located Chapman and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he was responsible for the burglaries at the hotel. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.

 

CPSO detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 1 AND SEARCHING FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 20 Calcasieu Parish Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives received a report in reference to a theft at a local business.  The victim advised detectives 15 to 20 catalytic converters, worth approximately $8,000, were stolen from his business on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles during the early morning hours on June 20. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a truck dropping off an unknown man, who entered the property and began moving the security cameras out of view of where the theft occurred.  After following up on numerous tips and viewing surveillance footage at a local scrap yard, detectives learned three men, Rusty A. Conner, 38, 1915 Alvin Acres Drive, Lake Charles, Brent A. Touchet, 43, 3149 Davis Road, Westlake, and Robert R. Kilgore II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, Lake Charles, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters in the immediate days following the burglary.  Detectives also learned the catalytic converters that were scrapped by Conner, Touchet, and Kilgore matched the part numbers of the ones that were stolen from the business.  Further investigation revealed Conner and Touchet were responsible for the burglary and theft of the catalytic converters.    

           

On July 22, detectives located Conner at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Conner confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and thefts of the catalytic converters.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Touchet and Kilgore’s arrest.  Touchet is charged with simple burglary; and theft.  His bond is set at $45,000.  Kilgore is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is set at $25,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Touchet and Kilgore and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

           

Note: Conner is still in the process of being booked-in, and no current mugshot is available at this time.  The attached mugshot is from a previous arrest in 2017. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested John K. Green, 53, Orange, TX, and Jose E. Reyes-Rivera, 45, 24095 Brashear Street, Iowa, after a three week investigation revealed they were responsible for several burglary and thefts at local businesses. 

 

During the investigations it was discovered Green and Reyes-Rivera were responsible for breaking into three different businesses, burglarizing one of the businesses on two separate occasions, in the Sulphur and Lake Charles areas between June 18 and July 2.  After entering the businesses Green and Reyes-Rivera stole over $9,000 of copper wire, numerous welding leads, and expensive metals such as Monel and Inconel. 

 

They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge David Ritchie set Green’s bond at $255,000 and Reyes-Rivera’s bond at $260,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Michael Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.    


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES ARREST FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 8, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed search warrants at 716 Macy Street, 719 Macy Street, and 2044 2nd Street, all in Lake Charles, in reference to a narcotics investigation involving Marquis Morris, 34, 2044 2nd Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the search of the residences detectives located approximately 73.18 grams of cocaine, 381.41 grams of synthetic marijuana, 1,168.37 grams of marijuana, 21.74 grams of heroin, 16.43 grams of methamphetamine, 6.94 grams of Xanax, 5.85 grams of crack cocaine, 4 firearms, and items of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized over $46,000 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $10,000. 

           

During the execution of the search warrants Daniel J. Wilford, 33, Lake Charles, arrived on scene attempting to cause a disturbance with detectives. 

           

Wilford was arrested and issued a signed misdemeanor summons and released on scene for resisting an officer; and interfering with a police investigation.  Morris, who was located at his residence during the execution of the search warrants, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 4 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $246,500.  It was also discovered Morris, who is currently on probation, had an out of state detainer from a previous narcotics arrest in Texas. 

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish.

             


CPSO SEARCHING FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies her work car, which was parked at her employment off Highway 171 in Moss Bluff had the catalytic converter cut from underneath it sometime between June 11 and June 15.

           

During the initial investigation deputies located blood on the driver’s side door at which time deputies with the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit processed the car for DNA.  The sample was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing. 

On July 14 detectives received another report in reference to someone stealing a catalytic converter from a car that was parked at a business on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  Detectives learned the theft actually occurred on June 30.  During further investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a silver Ford Escape. 

 

The investigations on both cases continued and detectives later received notification that the DNA found on the victim’s car in Moss Bluff was a match for Russell C. Perkins, 32, 1385 Rosie Hollie Road, DeQuincy.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives also learned Perkins drive’s a silver Ford Escape.  Detectives were also able to determine Perkins’ SUV was in the area during the time the catalytic converter was taken from the car in Sulphur.  It was also discovered Perkins had recently scraped numerous catalytic converters, while driving the silver Ford. 

           

After further investigation detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie and Tony Fazzio for Perkins’ arrest, charging him with 2 counts of simple criminal property damage; theft less than $1,000; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  His total bond is set at $60,000. 

           

Detectives are currently searching for Perkins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are likely. 

           

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives Kyle Miers and Diquan Bennett are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

           

During the initial investigation deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck.  After executing a search warrant on the phone detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur. 

           

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Detention Center. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of Moss Bluff and Sulphur that occurred during the night on July 1.  

During the initial investigation detectives learned a debit card, which had been reported stolen during the burglaries, was used at a convenience store in Westlake.   Detectives were able to view surveillance video at the store and observed four males arrive at the store.  Detectives then observed one of the males using the stolen debit card for three separate transactions. 

            After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect using the stolen card as James K. Miller, 20, 1205 N. Perkins Ferry Road # 11, Lake Charles.  

On July 15, detectives located Miller, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Miller stated they attempted to burglarize at least 30 vehicles in the Moss Bluff and Sulphur areas.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of identity theft; and theft.  His bond is still pending.  

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives have reason to believe the other three suspects are possibly juveniles. 

CPSO VCIU Detective Diquan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 135

On July 2 the three suspects seen in these photographs entered the Bath & Body Words on Derek Drive in Lake Charles at two separate times during the day.

 

The suspects stole numerous items, valuing about $3,000, and fled in a black Ford Expedition with Texas plates.

 

If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 439-22223. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 134

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MISAPPLICTION OF PAYMENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lorraine R. Hyde, 63, Mandeville, LA, after an investigation revealed she failed to pay contractors she hired to complete a job. 

               

On November 13, 2019, CPSO detectives received a complaint from a local company in reference to misapplication of contractor payments.  The complainant advised detectives they entered into a barge transportation agreement with Hyde, the CEO of Genesis Venture Logistics (GVL), for her company to provide services and logistics to transport sand to a construction project, by barge from Westlake to Cameron Parish.  The complainant then advised detectives in August 2019, they were contacted by several companies that were contracted out by GVL to help complete the project, stating they were not paid for the services they provided while transporting the sand.

               

During the investigation it was learned Hyde had used an accounts receivable financing company to initially fund the job and received over $2 million dollars from the company.  The agreement was for the complainant’s company to pay the GVL invoices through the receivable financing company, to cover the upfront financing Hyde was given.  It was discovered that the complainant’s company was making payments, but Hyde had failed to pay the companies she contracted out to complete the job. 

               

After a lengthy investigation the report was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and charges were later accepted and a warrant was issued for Hyde’s arrest.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractor misapplication of payments.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, July 15, 2021

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

 Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held June 3, 2021

           

No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

          1. Adopt the Millage Rates for 2021

           

Adjournment

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Under the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of two color copiers, one cargo trailer, one golf cart, one round conference table, and six automated external defibrillators (AED’s).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $39,258. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 9, 2021 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 6 convicted sex offender Clifford C. Abshire, 40, Westlake, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 26 and 28 Abshire contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was no longer living at his registered address and advised he would be meeting with detectives on June 29 to update his registered address.  Abshire failed to meet with detectives to register a new address, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements, and on July 1 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $20,000 for his arrest.      

 

He was located at his place of employment and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure of offender to notify of registration information.

            

Abshire was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2012 in Caddo Parish. 

           

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, July 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Four hundred sixty two (462) vehicles were checked; five (5) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; one (1) citation was issued for no child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; eight (8) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for open container.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Brandon A. Duplantis, 42, Bourg, LA, arrested for DWI, possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Elexis N. Brown, 26, Abbeville, LA, arrested for possession of CDS I, and possession of CDS II

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Cullen B. Harrell, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Ashley N. Francis, 25, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

Rosalind M. Taylor, 44, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO LOOKING FOR NEW INFORMATION PERTAINING TO WANTED FUGITIVE JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

Over 10 years ago, on June 5, 2011, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Rustic View Drive in Lake Charles in reference to the murder of Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, the estranged wife of Joe M. Constance, now 54 years of age.

 

During the investigation it was learned Constance forcefully entered Duhon’s residence, confronted other occupants of the residence, while demanding to know the location of Duhon. When Constance located her in another area of the residence, he shot and killed her, and fled the area. Deputies located Constance’s abandoned truck on Fred Vail Road approximately 30 minutes after the shooting.

 

CPSO deputies along with numerous local and state agencies continued extensive searches for Constance several days after the shooting, but were unable to locate him.

 

Constance is charged with first degree murder, 2 counts aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in 2014, after Constance was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

 

In a press briefing held today Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “CPSO along with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and the FBI have continued to look for Constance, following up on numerous leads and tips received. We want the victim’s family to know we have not given up, nor will we ever give up. We continue to work very hard and I have one person dedicated solely to finding Constance.” District Attorney Stephen Dwight followed by saying, “We want to bring justice to the family of this victim and we are willing to offer immunity to someone who may have assisted Constance if they come forward now and help us locate this fugitive.”

 

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

 

Constance is 6’2, white male with brown/gray hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm, along with numerous tattoos on his back, he also has a mole on his neck. He has been known to use the following names: Joe Constance, Joe M. Constance, Joe Matthew Constance, and Joseph Constance, along with the following dates of birth: February 27, 1967 and July 27, 1967.

 

Note: Attached is the initial FBI wanted poster from 2015 along with two photographs from the LSU Faces Lab showing what Constance possibly looks like today.


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 2nd 

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

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

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN/VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles –

 

            On June 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Gum Island Road in Carlyss in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident.     

The initial investigation revealed an unknown vehicle traveling westbound struck a pedestrian from behind sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m.; causing serious injuries to the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle then fled the scene of the accident.  

            The vehicle is believed to have suffered minor to moderate damages to the front bumper.             

It is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel. 

            Deputies attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information in reference to Garrett M. Faulk, 23, 2573 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, possibly being in possession of child pornography. 

 

During the initial investigation Faulk was found to be in possession of 1 image containing child pornography.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINARS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host several women’s self-defense seminars in different locations around the parish on July 10 and 17.  These seminars are free and offered to those who are 16 years of age and older.   

           

The self-defense seminar will include lectures and hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques.  Women will learn defenses against sudden violent attacks, situational awareness, fear management, and basic defenses against common grabs and strikes.  This half-day seminar will be taught by CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend by calling the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3850.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 39, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on two separate occasions.

           

In April, Thibodeaux failed to pay his sex offender registration community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation it was also learned Thibodeaux had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement within three days, making him once again in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit attempted to locate Thibodeaux but were unsuccessful and on June 7 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for his arrest. 

           

On June 14 Thibodeaux was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; and failure to register as a sex offender. 

           

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2012.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018.

 

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit detectives received information in reference to convicted sex offender, Pete Valencia, Jr., 54, 3703 Common Street #3, Lake Charles, being in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation detectives learned on three separate occasions Valencia had driven a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 14 Valencia, who was convicted of forcible rape in 1993 in Desoto Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000 and he also has a detainer that was issued by Louisiana State Probation and Parole.   

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases. 


CPSO LOCATE ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT & ARREST 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On June 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the areas of E. Gauthier Road and Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the area.  During the initial investigation deputies were given a description of the car possibly responsible for the burglaries.

           

A short time later deputies located a car matching the description in the area of Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, at which time they conducted a stop on the car.  Deputies made contact with the three occupants, James S. O’Neal III, 18, a 16 year old juvenile, and a 17 year old juvenile, all of Crowley.  During the investigation detectives learned the 17 year old had an active warrant through Crowley Police Department for attempted 1st degree murder.  During a subsequent search of the car deputies located a total of 4 firearms; one of which had been previously reported stolen through Jennings Police Department and another which had been stolen earlier that morning during the vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles.   

           

During further investigation it was discovered the suspects had traveled from Crowley to Lake Charles to commit the vehicle burglaries, and had been armed when they committed the crimes.    

 

All three suspects were arrested and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm; and theft of a firearm.  The juveniles were additionally charged with 2 counts of possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  O’Neal was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Bonds have not yet been set. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Warner Levy is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims in nearby parishes have reported receiving an email from what appears to be the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association (LSA) president, Sheriff Jason Ard.  The email asks the victims to participate in collecting gift cards to donate to veterans to help with the financial burdens of COVID.  The email then instructs the victim to reply to the email if they wish to participate.  DO NOT REPLY!  This is a scam, not a legitimate communications from the LSA. 

           

Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never wire money or give gift card information based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that doing so is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to theft of catalytic converts from a local business in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives the thefts had been occurring for approximately six months. 

           

During the investigation, detectives conducted surveillance at the business and on multiple occasions observed a van with several people inside on the property late at night.  On June 2 deputies located the van in the area of the victim’s business at which time they initiated a traffic stop. 

           

Deputies obtained consent to search the van at which time they located two battery operated reciprocating saws, numerous spare batteries, several new and used blades used for cutting metal, and a hi-lift jack.  During further investigation, it was learned the driver and one of the occupants, Infant Medina, 21, and Guillermo Andres-Urbina, 38, both of Houston, TX, were connected to numerous scrap metal tickets, totaling over $232,000 for catalytic converters that had been sold for scrap metal. 

           

Medina, Andres-Urbina, along with a 17 year old juvenile who was also in the van, were arrested.  Medina and Andres-Urbina were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with criminal trespassing; simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Medina and Andres-Urbina’s bonds at $100,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel and casino in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim stated he was in his hotel room with a woman he did not know, at which time she observed him to have a large amount of cash and jewelry.  The victim then stated shortly after the woman left a man knocked on his door; once he opened it the man forced his way into the room and stole the cash and jewelry. 

 

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage, which showed the woman and man leaving in a dark colored car.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspects but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the suspects or car seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.     


Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on June 12 at Moss Bluff Middle School located at 297 Park Road.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/about-1/security-enforcement/ to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur.          

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of an SUV lost control and went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  After leaving the roadway the SUV struck a utility pole and flipped multiple times.  The driver, Dylan J. Alford, 27, St. Francisville, LA, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  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, toxicology testing will be performed.  

             

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 25 COUNTS OF FORGERY & FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Austin Tyler Ramos

1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles

 

Charges:

14:72 Forgery (25 Counts)

14:73.5 Computer Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.11 Credit Card Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.B.2 Theft $5,000.00 - $25,000.00 (1 Count)

 

On August 10, 2020, Detectives received a report of theft in which a local non-profit organization found records showing Austin Tyler Ramos had stolen funds from the charity in a scheme relating to fraudulent house fires.

 

Records dating back to 2019 show that Ramos used his position/credentials and his work laptop to create fake fire reports utilizing false names and addresses, which then allowed the release of funds that were then loaded onto gift cards. Records further show Ramos then removed money from the gift cards at local ATMs. The total amount of theft is $16,075.50.

On May 24 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Detective Shelli Fontenot was the lead detective.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATT MURDER OF DEPUTY

CEDRIC ALLEN SENNETT

DOB: 10-14-1971

Homeless

 

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:30/27-- Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:95.1-- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.B.(1)(a)-- Resisting an Officer by Flight-- (Misdemeanor)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.2-- Resisting an Officer by Use of Force-- (Felony)

 

Total Bond $300,000

 

On May 24, 2021, at approximately 7:30AM, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies were dispatched to a gas station Highway 14 in reference to a male who previously used fake $20 bills.

Upon the deputy’s arrival they observed a male, later identified as Cedric Sennett, matching the description provided. As the deputy attempted to speak with Sennett he fled on his bicycle. The deputy gave chase on foot and as the deputy attempted to detain him, Sennett began to fight with the deputy and during the struggle he pulled a gun on the deputy. The deputy was able to disarm Sennett and gain control of the firearm. Sennett again ran from the deputy. The deputy gave chase and was ultimately able to arrest Sennett.

 

Cedric Sennett’s criminal history revealed he was released on Good Time Parole Supervision for Simple Burglary on July 27, 2020. Sennett was to remain on supervision until April 18, 2023. This conviction prohibits Sennett from possession of a firearm.

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, which starts today and ends June 6, 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 assist LSP in a seatbelt checkpoint.  CPSO will also have 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 Friday, May 28.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2019 were unrestrained.  Research shows by choosing to buckle up you reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 65%.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, May 4 at an RV park located on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of the van was entering the park, at which time he hit a divider located between the entrance and the exit, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  The suspect exited his vehicle and later left the scene.    

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the suspect or van seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 21-54642.

           

CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING RESCUES

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Last night at approximately 8:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with assistance from the National Guard, were dispatched to Steward Road in Vinton in reference to an individual who was stuck in chest-deep water inside his residence and needed to be rescued.

           

Once deputies arrived it was learned there were 5 other individuals, including a 5 year old, along the same road that also needed to be rescued.  Deputies and Guardsman deployed a high water vehicle along with a boat and were able to evacuate the residents safely. 

 

“The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to monitor the ongoing weather situation in our area,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Our department along with the assistance of the National Guard has high water vehicles and other high water rescue assets staged throughout the parish.  If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency.”

Public Notice Emergency

May 18, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(a) that Ongoing Flood/Severe Weather Threat poses an emergency threat forCalcasieu Parish. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases starting May 17, 2021 thru the duration of the emergency event under this ruling. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

CPSO RESPONDS TO AREA FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently handling numerous flood related calls due to the ongoing weather situation in our area.  It appears all areas of the parish are experiencing flooding on the roadways and conditions are deteriorating and changing quickly.  “CPSO has deployed high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish and are we prepared to handle any flood related call we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the evolving weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay put and DO NOT travel on the roadways; driving on the roadways at this time is putting yourself in danger, along with causing damage to other residents’ property from the rising water.”    

 

If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency. 

 

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Jarvis J. Reynaud, 33, 708 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, who began to act suspiciously.  Detectives deployed a trained and certified drug detection K-9 to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle at which time a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the car was indicated.  During a subsequent search of the car detectives located 2 bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets, a bag of alprazolam tablets, and a bag of marijuana.  Detectives also located a firearm, which had previously been reported stolen through CPSO. 

           

After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for Reynaud’s residence.  During execution of the warrant detectives located numerous gallon and sandwich sized zip lock bags of synthetic marijuana, a large bag of marijuana, and several bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets.  Detectives also located another stolen firearm, which had previously been reported through LCPD. 

 

During the course of the investigation detectives seized a total of approximately 21 grams of alprazolam, 7 pounds of ecstasy/MDMA, over 9 pounds of synthetic marijuana, and over 1 pound of marijuana; with a total estimated street value of $54,000.    

           

Reynaud, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with a traffic citation; 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Reynaud also has a Parole detainer.  His bond has not yet been set.  


CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick 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 McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

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

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, 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 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “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 TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a crash near the intersection of Sutherland Road and E. Levingwood Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a car was traveling westbound on E. Levingwood Road at which time it ran a stop sign, striking an SUV that was traveling northbound on Sutherland Road.  The SUV flipped several times, before landing in the ditch.  A 6 year old female, who was unrestrained inside the SUV, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.    

 

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

               

The drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and the additional two juvenile passengers in the SUV sustained no injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander and Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 19, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired Dugas to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in December 2020 she paid Dugas half the money up front to cover the materials and begin work.  Dugas cashed the check from the victim the same day he received it, but did not return to the home to start repairs for over two months after giving the victim multiple excuses as to way there was a delay in construction.  The victim advised detectives in February Dugas arrived at her home for only a few hours to work and she has not been able to contact him since that time.  

           

The same day detectives received the report they contacted Dugas at which time he stated he planned on returning to do the job the following day.  Several days later he returned to the residence and worked for approximately two hours and failed to return to complete any other work.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which she previously paid for.  

           

After further investigation, on March 30 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Derek Kee for Dugas’ arrest.  On April 6, Dugas was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud over $1,500; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released the following day on a $15,000 bond.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Richard L. Hollyfield, 51, Weslake, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

On January 28, deputies performed a sex offender residence check on Hollyfield at his registered address on Gulfway Blvd. in Westlake, at which time they were advised Hollyfield had not been at the residence in over a week.  On February 1, deputies attempted to make contact with Hollyfield at his reported residence once again and were advised by a family member that he had packed his belongings and left the home approximately 5 days prior.  Hollyfield failed to report a new address to law enforcement within three days of leaving his registered address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives attempted to locate Hollyfield but were unsuccessful.  On February 3, Judge Robert Wyatt issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $10,000.  On April 3 Hollyfield was located in the Sulphur area and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Hollyfield also had a warrant through Probation and Parole.

 

Hollyfield was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  April 8, 2021

TIME:     9:00AM

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

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

 

Roll Call

 

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on December 8, 2020

    

Old Business   

None

                                                                                

New Business:

 

1. A resolution by Tony Mancuso, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, ordering and calling for the renewal of and the continued levy and collection of an existing tax of one-quarter (1/4%) percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, the storage for use or consumption, and the lease or rental, of each item or article of tangible personal property and on all sales of services, as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about October 9, 2021, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.  The current one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax expires on September 30, 2023, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on October 1, 2023 and expire on September 30, 2033.

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

5400 East Broad Street

Lake Charles, LA  70615

(337) 491-3700

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier in March the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received a complaint in reference to a convicted sex offender, Ernest J. Cheatham, Jr., 60, Lake Charles, possibly not living at his registered address. 

           

During the investigation detectives attempted to complete a home compliance check on Cheatham, at which time they were advised by the homeowner Cheatham had not been living at the home since the end of January.  During further investigation it was learned Cheatham had made contact with the New Orleans Police Department advising them he was relocating to the New Orleans area, but failed to notify local law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also discovered Cheatham had made appointments with NOPD to register, but failed to appear for his appointments. 

           

On March 29, after further investigation CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Cheatham’s arrest in the amount of $3,000 for failure to register as a sex offender.  On March 31 he was located and arrested by NOPD and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. 

           

Cheatham was convicted of indecency with a child in Houston, TX, in 2001.

           

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to an RV park located in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned earlier that morning, between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. an unknown suspect entered the laundromat building and burglarized five commercial clothes dryers.  The suspect stole approximately $50 and approximately $800 worth of damage was caused to the machines.      

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie with a zipper front, dark colored ball cap, and tan colored shoes.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly 2019-2021 model, Chevrolet 1500, extended or quad cab pickup truck. 

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO HOST 2021 SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the 2021 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Thursday, May 13, beginning at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 8:00 a.m. and ending at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street, for a distance of approximately 3 miles.

           

The LETR for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.  The LETR is the largest year-round grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and all funds raised in the state go toward supporting Special Olympics Louisiana.  Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.    

               

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the hosting agency for the Southwest Region Torch Run, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. 

               

All law enforcement officers in the Southwest Region who are interested in participating in this year’s LETR, please contact Katelynn McKee at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 491-3791.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a possible contractor fraud case.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with David L. Babcock, 57, Bush, LA, to perform repairs to her residence for damages that were sustained during Hurricane Laura.  The victim stated she initially paid Babcock $30,000 for the work, which has not yet been completed.  The victim also stated Babcock had not performed any work since the end of January.  During further investigation detectives also learned Babcock had no contractor's license or business license under his name or business name.      

           

On March 25, when detectives spoke with Babcock he confirmed he had not performed any work on the residence in approximately 1 ½ to 2 months.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud.  He was released the following day on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 132

On March 9th at 12:30 a.m. the truck seen in this video dropped off two suspects at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. The suspects stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.

 

The suspects then drove the stolen truck through a fence at a business nearby and stole four welding machines. The stolen truck and one welding machine was later recovered in the Vinton area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin G. Joubert, 59, 6670 Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 10, earlier this year. 

 

On March 22 after further investigation, Joubert was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/151002.

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


Lake Charles –

 

On March 16, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a stop on a truck in the 2700 block of S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation. 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Draughn A. Koonce, 44, 432 W. Thomas Street, Sulphur, it was learned he was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  The deputy also discovered Koonce was in possession of marijuana. 

Koonce was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; possession of marijuana; along with a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $41,100 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

Koonce was convicted of simple rape in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

On March 20, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender, Jarred E. Chatman, 41, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was learned Chatman was no longer living at his last registered address and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement.  It was also learned Chatman had been working without notifying the proper authorities of his employment.  During the initial investigation Chatman fled on foot from deputies, before being apprehended and deputies later discovered Chatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

           

Chatman was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $55,500.

           

Chatman was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 and again in 2016, both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases.    


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as those who were not wearing their seatbelt.

 

One thousand four hundred twenty-one (1,421) vehicles were checked; thirteen (13) citations were issued for no seatbelt; three (3) citations were issued for improper or no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; two (2) citations were issued for expired tag; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for failure to register a motor vehicle; and one (1) citation was issued for illegal window tint.   

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Claiborne L. Bergeron, 60, Westlake, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamines); possession of CDS I (marijuana); and two traffic citations. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO ARREST HOUSTON WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Mallard Street in Sulphur in reference to two children who had been left unattended. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a one year old and a five month old had been left alone in a motel room for approximately five hours.  Motel staff discovered the children after the one year old was able to open the room door and was located in the hallway.   

 

Deputies made contact with the children’s’ mother, Shoneil J. Landry, 27, Houston, Texas, who initially tried to resist deputies during arrest by attempting to pull away from them.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $32,500.    

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening, at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a truck traveling on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur for crossing several lanes of traffic and almost causing an accident.

           

The suspect, later identified as Kristopher J. Lalonde, 47, Groves, TX, initially stopped in a nearby parking lot and exited his vehicle.  When the deputy approached Lalonde he returned to his truck and fled the scene, ultimately refusing to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit lasting approximately three blocks.  Lalonde ran a stop sign at the intersection of Attakapas Street and Quelqueshue Street in Sulphur, causing an accident which resulted with a fatality.

           

After the wreck, Lalonde was taken into custody by CPSO, where it was learned he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated flight from an officer; improper lane use; running a stop sign; turning movements required; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $41,300.  It was also learned Lalonde was wanted in Texas for a parole warrant.

           

Sulphur Police Department will be handling the wreck and any other charges associated with the fatality.  The reason SPD is required to handle the crash is because of RS32:398.  (Louisiana RS 32:398 states if an accident occurs within an incorporated city the local police department shall handle that wreck.)  

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, March 20.   

           

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

 

On March 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Mickey D. Williams, 42, 212 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, possibly having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the incidents took place while the victim was visiting Williams.  Detectives also learned he had taken inappropriate photographs of the victim.  When questioned by detectives, Williams confirmed the allegations.   

 

On March 16 Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13; indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 3 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.66 million.   

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.     

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle theft and theft of equipment that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 9 in Sulphur.

           

During the investigation, detectives learned at approximately 12:40 a.m. several unknown suspects arrived at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur and stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance at the hotel which showed a blue, four-door, Ford pickup truck pull into the parking lot.  Two suspects exited the truck, at which time they stole the GMC truck.   

           

During the investigation it was also learned the stolen GMC truck was used at approximately 12:45 a.m. that same morning during the commission of a theft.  The truck was used to drive through the fence of a business, also located on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  The suspects then stole four welding machines along with tools from the business.  The suspects returned at approximately 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal an excavator, but were unsuccessful. 

           

Later the same day deputies located the stolen truck, which had been abandoned, along with one of the welding machines in Vinton.  Another one of the stolen welding machines was located on the shoulder of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the thefts.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ truck please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on April 17 at the Iowa Middle School Gym located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312.

 

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and attendees will be required to wear a face mask.    

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO deputies Heather Armstrong and Thomas Clophus from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 19 law enforcement officers from across the region who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Louisville, Mississippi. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has nine deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.  Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries earlier today.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, 335 Dobbertine Road, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting.  Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2nd degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to an individual advising hospital personnel he wanted to turn himself in to law enforcement.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with Israel J. Lachica, 67, homeless.  It was discovered Lachica, who is a registered sex offender, had been living in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local law enforcement, 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 2nd offense.  His bond is still pending.

           

Lachica was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne Parish in 2003.  In 2007 and again in 2012 Lachica was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Bradley Lamar is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DAYCARE EMPLOYEE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a local daycare employee, Annette L. Scott, 48, 2119 Katy Street, Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised that when the mother picked up the 3 year old from daycare she had several scratches on her face.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised Scott had been terminated prior to the mother’s arrival at the daycare. 

 

After further investigation, on March 8 detectives questioned Scott about the scratches on the child, at which time she confirmed she scratched the child on the cheek.  She further advised detectives she was trying to make the child stay still for nap time.  She stated after realizing she left marks on the child she left the daycare.   

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the following day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  

 

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 

           

While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.

           

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

           

There will be an internal investigation into the incident.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Marlon R. Eaglin, 31, 2971 Highway 3059, Lot 46, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registrations requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned on February 19 Eaglin had been arrested by CPSO deputies for DWI.  During the DWI arrest Eaglin gave an address that did not match the address on his sex offender registration.  Detectives were also advised by deputies Eaglin was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement. 

 

On March 4 Eaglin reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit to complete his annual registration and confirmed to detectives he had not been living at the address listed on his registration.  He also confirmed he was driving a vehicle that was not listed on his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Eaglin was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010 in Lafayette Parish.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit charged convicted sex offender Earl J. Bellard, Jr., 48, Lake Charles, after it was revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on several occasions.

           

In September 2020, it was learned Bellard failed to pay his community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During the investigation, Bellard was due for a quarterly registration in November and failed to report, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned Bellard failed to pay his annual registration fees for 2020. 

 

On November 24 detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard at his registered address, but it appeared no one was living at the address listed on his sex offender registration.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard several more times and learned he had absconded from his registered address and failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again. 

           

After further investigation, on December 10, a warrant was issued for Bellard’s arrest.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Bellard, but were unsuccessful.  On February 28, LCPD made contact with Bellard at which time he was arrested on the warrant. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd and subsequent offenses; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to register and notify as a sex offender, paying fees.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $151,000 with no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole.

           

Bellard was convicted of simple rape in 1993 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school.  The student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Joe Mulligan and Sgt. Joe Tartaglia and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED & LATER ARRESTED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 26, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Deputy Amber Kelly, 31, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate, while on-duty.  After the initial complaint detectives interviewed Kelly and later the same day she was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso.

           

The investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; charges were accepted and on March 3, a warrant was issued for her arrest for malfeasance in office sexual conduct.  She was arrested the following day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $45,000.

           

Prior to being terminated Kelly worked as a correctional deputy at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for 5 years.

 

“I am very upset by this incident,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have an extensive hiring process to ensure we are hiring qualified and competent deputies, but unfortunately we occasionally have one that chooses to stray from the path of integrity.  These sort of actions will never be tolerated in our department and deputies will always be held accountable for their actions.”

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 62 COUNTS OF ID THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received several complaints from various financial institutions in reference to a possible bank fraud taking place in our area.

 

During the investigation it was learned two suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions at local convenience stores throughout the parish. 

 

Detectives also learned the suspects were purchasing gift cards with fraudulent debit cards at local grocery stores in the parish.  Detectives viewed numerous surveillance videos from the locations in which the transactions had taken place and observed the same two suspects responsible for making the fraudulent charges.  During further investigation detectives learned there was approximately 62 victims of identity theft and a total of approximately $23,000 had been stolen.  

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives learned one of the possible suspects was at a local business making ATM withdrawals and detectives were able to obtain a description of the suspect’s truck.  A short time later the truck was located at a different gas station nearby.  Detectives made contact with the suspect, Nasquier Perz-Cardona, 30, Houston, Texas, and observed him to be one of the men seen in the surveillance videos.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of bank fraud; and 62 counts of identity theft.  He was released the following day on a $46,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

Detectives believe the suspects possibly obtained the victims’ debit card numbers from a fuel pump skimming device.

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT & COMPUTER FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to Michael L. John, 31, Lake Charles, possibly using stolen credit card numbers to purchase a hotel room at a local hotel in Lake Charles. 

           

During the initial investigation it was confirmed John was using stolen credit card numbers and had fraudulently charged over $1,000 at the local hotel.  During further investigation detectives executed a search warrant on John’s room and located numerous credit cards along with a notebook containing instructions on how to obtain individuals’ credit card numbers.  Detectives also located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia inside the room.  Detectives later learned John was fraudulently modifying credit cards using an electronic tablet and then uploading them online and making transactions.

 

John was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000; computer fraud; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $18,500.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

 

CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot and Kent Castille are the lead investigators on this case.  

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  After further investigation it was also learned a woman, who had entered the store a short time earlier, is also involved in the robbery. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone has any information about this robbery or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Brahim B. El Hannaoui, 33, Panama City, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised deputies he hired Hannaoui, of Good Vibes Construction LLC, in December 2020.  The victim paid Hannaoui over $7,000 to begin repairs on damages at his home caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  He also paid Hannaoui another $9,000 to begin an addition at the home.  It was learned three days after repairs had begun the workers quit, stating they were not getting paid by Hannaoui.  The victim advised no materials had been purchased for the addition and they had not started construction on it, so he requested his money back due to the work not being able to be completed in the agreed time frame.  Hannaoui did not refund the victim the $9,000 for the addition nor did he complete the repairs at the victim’s home.  Further investigation also revealed Hannaoui was not licensed in the state of Louisiana. 

           

On April 6 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Hannaoui’s arrest.  On June 25 he was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Louisiana on July 20.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $17,500 bond.             

 

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO ARRESTS 7 SUSPECTS RELATED TO UTILITY WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

From December 2020 until recently Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have been conducting investigations in reference to thefts of utility wires in the Vinton, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. 

           

During the investigations it was discovered the suspects were cutting live wires from active utility poles, causing the loss of services for residents in the area where the thefts occurred.  The wires were then stripped of the plastic casing and the metal inside was sold as scrap.  The investigation also revealed the suspects were removing rolls of wiring from locations where utility companies were working on repairs to damaged wires.

           

The eight month investigation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects.  The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between May and July:

 

· Thomas R. Manuel, 38, Orange, TX

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000. 

$70,000 bond

 

· Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Vinton

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; possession of CDS IV; possession of marijuana; possession of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia

$20,500 bond

 

· Spencer D. Conner, Sr., 48, 3211 Warren Street, Lake Charles

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000-$50,000

$11,000 bond

 

· Daniel L. Johns, 19, 847 Ravia Road, Sulphur

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· John D. Mitchener, 48, 1764 Mitchell Road, Vinton

Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Mark A. Guillory, 56, Orange, TX

  Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Samantha L. Miller, 30, Ragley, LA

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.  CPSO is asking anyone with information related to these thefts to contact CPSO lead detectives Lukas Josker at 491-3762 or Jill Feverjean at 602-6811.


SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CREATED AGED PHOTO OF JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of Joe Constance, who is responsible for the 2011 murder of his estranged wife, Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, was sent to a company that has the ability to create an aged picture from the suspect’s DNA.

 

“The company, Parabon NanoLabs, uses DNA phenotyping to predict the physical appearance of an individual.  They have the ability to produce a photograph of how the suspect would likely look today.  They also have the ability to alter the photograph by changing the age and weight, along with other characteristics,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “CPSO was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use this same company in 2015 to create a picture and profile of the unknown suspect in the Bouzigard homicide case; which ultimately led to solving the case.”

 

In the coming months CPSO will release further photographs of Constance with differing characteristics.   

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work.  Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid.  McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job.  Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license. 

           

After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest.  McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 33 COUNTS OF FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local bank in Sulphur in reference to an employee, Barbara A. Chaisson, 55, 320 Cypress Street in Sulphur, committing fraud.

           

During the investigation detectives we advised by bank personnel that Chaisson had been transferring money from numerous accounts and making withdrawals, without authorization.  It was discovered Chaisson made over 30 unauthorized transactions from January 2019 to June 2021, totaling over $120,000. 

           

After further investigation, on July 27 detectives issued a warrant for Chaisson’s arrest.  She was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 33 counts of computer fraud; 33 counts of bank fraud; and theft over $25,000.  She was released the following day on a $96,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives in August 2020, she hired William D. Deremer III, 39, Pearland, TX, with Southern Outfitters, to complete tree removal along with other home repairs at her residence; initially paying him $28,000.  The victim stated she learned Deremer falsified documents and sent them to her insurance company, which included billing for equipment that was never onsite.  The victim further stated she received a bill from Deremer, for approximately $80,000 worth of work that was not completed at the residence.  Detectives learned the initial check of $28,000 was cashed by Deremer’s girlfriend, Jennifer L. Guerra, 36, Pearland, TX, who also worked at Southern Outfitters.  It was also discovered neither Deremer nor Guerra possessed a contractor’s license in Louisiana at the time the victim entered into an agreement for repairs and made the initial payment. 

           

After further investigation, on May 15 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Deremer and Guerra’s arrests.  On July 12 they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $25,000 or more; and residential contractor fraud no license.  They were both released the following day on $40,000 bonds.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR COPPER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 26 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at a local hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to several suspects removing copper wire and piping from the building. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned three individuals, Kelly R. Esthay, 51, 2339 Dolphin Drive, Lake Charles, Luke E. Fabry, 29, Round Up, MT, and Seth M. Cart, 23, 219 N. 3rd Street, Lake Charles, had been staying in one of the buildings on the property, without the owner’s permission.  Detectives also discovered while the three men were staying at the hotel, which was damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, they were cutting pieces of copper wire and piping from the hotel building and dismantling air conditioners in order to remove the copper from inside. 

           

Further investigation led detectives to the home of Anthony T. Douvio, 51, 2318 N. Flounder Drive, Lake Charles.  After the execution of a search warrant at the home detectives located a large amount of copper wire, pipes, and air conditioner coils, which had been stolen from the hotel.  Detectives also located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a gun inside the residence.  It was later discovered Douvio scrapped nearly 17,000 pounds of copper within the last 7 months. 

           

Later the same day all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Esthay, Fabry, and Cart were charged with simple burglary; theft from $25,000 or more; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $25,000.  Douvio was charged with illegal possession of stolen things $5,000 to $25,000; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $79,000.

           

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


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

 The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on August 7 at S. P. Arnett Middle School, located at 400 Sulphur Avenue in Westlake.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746. 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE  

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, August 4 that will continue on Thursday, August 5. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Carlyss Park Building, 6043 Carlyss Drive in Sulphur

Thursday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. located at the SPAR Carlyss Building

Thursday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. located at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

           Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course and must be picked up at 11 a.m. on Thursday and have their own transportation to class at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by Sheriff Mancuso on Wednesday.  

            This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/174238CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - CPSO Arrests Man For Burglary

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Leslie J. Chapman, 40, 4379 Hecker Road, Iowa, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for several burglaries.

           

During the initial investigation detectives observed video footage at a local hotel on Highway 27 in Sulphur showing Chapman entering the laundry facility during the early morning hours on July 4.  Detectives then observed him attempt to break into the change machine.  Chapman failed to gain entry into the machine, but caused extensive damages.  Detectives learned he left the laundry facility and entered another laundry facility, located at the same hotel, and attempted to gain access into the change machine, again causing extensive damage to the machine.  Leslie was observed leaving the hotel but returning several hours later, once again trying to gain entry into a change machine. 

           

On July 22 detectives located Chapman and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he was responsible for the burglaries at the hotel. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.

 

CPSO detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 1 AND SEARCHING FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 20 Calcasieu Parish Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives received a report in reference to a theft at a local business.  The victim advised detectives 15 to 20 catalytic converters, worth approximately $8,000, were stolen from his business on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles during the early morning hours on June 20. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a truck dropping off an unknown man, who entered the property and began moving the security cameras out of view of where the theft occurred.  After following up on numerous tips and viewing surveillance footage at a local scrap yard, detectives learned three men, Rusty A. Conner, 38, 1915 Alvin Acres Drive, Lake Charles, Brent A. Touchet, 43, 3149 Davis Road, Westlake, and Robert R. Kilgore II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, Lake Charles, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters in the immediate days following the burglary.  Detectives also learned the catalytic converters that were scrapped by Conner, Touchet, and Kilgore matched the part numbers of the ones that were stolen from the business.  Further investigation revealed Conner and Touchet were responsible for the burglary and theft of the catalytic converters.    

           

On July 22, detectives located Conner at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Conner confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and thefts of the catalytic converters.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Touchet and Kilgore’s arrest.  Touchet is charged with simple burglary; and theft.  His bond is set at $45,000.  Kilgore is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is set at $25,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Touchet and Kilgore and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

           

Note: Conner is still in the process of being booked-in, and no current mugshot is available at this time.  The attached mugshot is from a previous arrest in 2017. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested John K. Green, 53, Orange, TX, and Jose E. Reyes-Rivera, 45, 24095 Brashear Street, Iowa, after a three week investigation revealed they were responsible for several burglary and thefts at local businesses. 

 

During the investigations it was discovered Green and Reyes-Rivera were responsible for breaking into three different businesses, burglarizing one of the businesses on two separate occasions, in the Sulphur and Lake Charles areas between June 18 and July 2.  After entering the businesses Green and Reyes-Rivera stole over $9,000 of copper wire, numerous welding leads, and expensive metals such as Monel and Inconel. 

 

They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge David Ritchie set Green’s bond at $255,000 and Reyes-Rivera’s bond at $260,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Michael Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.    


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES ARREST FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 8, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed search warrants at 716 Macy Street, 719 Macy Street, and 2044 2nd Street, all in Lake Charles, in reference to a narcotics investigation involving Marquis Morris, 34, 2044 2nd Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the search of the residences detectives located approximately 73.18 grams of cocaine, 381.41 grams of synthetic marijuana, 1,168.37 grams of marijuana, 21.74 grams of heroin, 16.43 grams of methamphetamine, 6.94 grams of Xanax, 5.85 grams of crack cocaine, 4 firearms, and items of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized over $46,000 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $10,000. 

           

During the execution of the search warrants Daniel J. Wilford, 33, Lake Charles, arrived on scene attempting to cause a disturbance with detectives. 

           

Wilford was arrested and issued a signed misdemeanor summons and released on scene for resisting an officer; and interfering with a police investigation.  Morris, who was located at his residence during the execution of the search warrants, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 4 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $246,500.  It was also discovered Morris, who is currently on probation, had an out of state detainer from a previous narcotics arrest in Texas. 

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish.

             


CPSO SEARCHING FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies her work car, which was parked at her employment off Highway 171 in Moss Bluff had the catalytic converter cut from underneath it sometime between June 11 and June 15.

           

During the initial investigation deputies located blood on the driver’s side door at which time deputies with the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit processed the car for DNA.  The sample was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing. 

On July 14 detectives received another report in reference to someone stealing a catalytic converter from a car that was parked at a business on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  Detectives learned the theft actually occurred on June 30.  During further investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a silver Ford Escape. 

 

The investigations on both cases continued and detectives later received notification that the DNA found on the victim’s car in Moss Bluff was a match for Russell C. Perkins, 32, 1385 Rosie Hollie Road, DeQuincy.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives also learned Perkins drive’s a silver Ford Escape.  Detectives were also able to determine Perkins’ SUV was in the area during the time the catalytic converter was taken from the car in Sulphur.  It was also discovered Perkins had recently scraped numerous catalytic converters, while driving the silver Ford. 

           

After further investigation detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie and Tony Fazzio for Perkins’ arrest, charging him with 2 counts of simple criminal property damage; theft less than $1,000; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  His total bond is set at $60,000. 

           

Detectives are currently searching for Perkins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are likely. 

           

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives Kyle Miers and Diquan Bennett are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

           

During the initial investigation deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck.  After executing a search warrant on the phone detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur. 

           

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Detention Center. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of Moss Bluff and Sulphur that occurred during the night on July 1.  

During the initial investigation detectives learned a debit card, which had been reported stolen during the burglaries, was used at a convenience store in Westlake.   Detectives were able to view surveillance video at the store and observed four males arrive at the store.  Detectives then observed one of the males using the stolen debit card for three separate transactions. 

            After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect using the stolen card as James K. Miller, 20, 1205 N. Perkins Ferry Road # 11, Lake Charles.  

On July 15, detectives located Miller, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Miller stated they attempted to burglarize at least 30 vehicles in the Moss Bluff and Sulphur areas.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of identity theft; and theft.  His bond is still pending.  

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives have reason to believe the other three suspects are possibly juveniles. 

CPSO VCIU Detective Diquan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 135

On July 2 the three suspects seen in these photographs entered the Bath & Body Words on Derek Drive in Lake Charles at two separate times during the day.

 

The suspects stole numerous items, valuing about $3,000, and fled in a black Ford Expedition with Texas plates.

 

If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 439-22223. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 134

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MISAPPLICTION OF PAYMENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lorraine R. Hyde, 63, Mandeville, LA, after an investigation revealed she failed to pay contractors she hired to complete a job. 

               

On November 13, 2019, CPSO detectives received a complaint from a local company in reference to misapplication of contractor payments.  The complainant advised detectives they entered into a barge transportation agreement with Hyde, the CEO of Genesis Venture Logistics (GVL), for her company to provide services and logistics to transport sand to a construction project, by barge from Westlake to Cameron Parish.  The complainant then advised detectives in August 2019, they were contacted by several companies that were contracted out by GVL to help complete the project, stating they were not paid for the services they provided while transporting the sand.

               

During the investigation it was learned Hyde had used an accounts receivable financing company to initially fund the job and received over $2 million dollars from the company.  The agreement was for the complainant’s company to pay the GVL invoices through the receivable financing company, to cover the upfront financing Hyde was given.  It was discovered that the complainant’s company was making payments, but Hyde had failed to pay the companies she contracted out to complete the job. 

               

After a lengthy investigation the report was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and charges were later accepted and a warrant was issued for Hyde’s arrest.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractor misapplication of payments.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, July 15, 2021

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

 Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held June 3, 2021

           

No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

          1. Adopt the Millage Rates for 2021

           

Adjournment

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Under the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of two color copiers, one cargo trailer, one golf cart, one round conference table, and six automated external defibrillators (AED’s).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $39,258. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 9, 2021 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 6 convicted sex offender Clifford C. Abshire, 40, Westlake, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 26 and 28 Abshire contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was no longer living at his registered address and advised he would be meeting with detectives on June 29 to update his registered address.  Abshire failed to meet with detectives to register a new address, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements, and on July 1 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $20,000 for his arrest.      

 

He was located at his place of employment and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure of offender to notify of registration information.

            

Abshire was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2012 in Caddo Parish. 

           

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, July 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Four hundred sixty two (462) vehicles were checked; five (5) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; one (1) citation was issued for no child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; eight (8) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for open container.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Brandon A. Duplantis, 42, Bourg, LA, arrested for DWI, possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Elexis N. Brown, 26, Abbeville, LA, arrested for possession of CDS I, and possession of CDS II

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Cullen B. Harrell, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Ashley N. Francis, 25, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

Rosalind M. Taylor, 44, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO LOOKING FOR NEW INFORMATION PERTAINING TO WANTED FUGITIVE JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

Over 10 years ago, on June 5, 2011, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Rustic View Drive in Lake Charles in reference to the murder of Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, the estranged wife of Joe M. Constance, now 54 years of age.

 

During the investigation it was learned Constance forcefully entered Duhon’s residence, confronted other occupants of the residence, while demanding to know the location of Duhon. When Constance located her in another area of the residence, he shot and killed her, and fled the area. Deputies located Constance’s abandoned truck on Fred Vail Road approximately 30 minutes after the shooting.

 

CPSO deputies along with numerous local and state agencies continued extensive searches for Constance several days after the shooting, but were unable to locate him.

 

Constance is charged with first degree murder, 2 counts aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in 2014, after Constance was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

 

In a press briefing held today Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “CPSO along with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and the FBI have continued to look for Constance, following up on numerous leads and tips received. We want the victim’s family to know we have not given up, nor will we ever give up. We continue to work very hard and I have one person dedicated solely to finding Constance.” District Attorney Stephen Dwight followed by saying, “We want to bring justice to the family of this victim and we are willing to offer immunity to someone who may have assisted Constance if they come forward now and help us locate this fugitive.”

 

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

 

Constance is 6’2, white male with brown/gray hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm, along with numerous tattoos on his back, he also has a mole on his neck. He has been known to use the following names: Joe Constance, Joe M. Constance, Joe Matthew Constance, and Joseph Constance, along with the following dates of birth: February 27, 1967 and July 27, 1967.

 

Note: Attached is the initial FBI wanted poster from 2015 along with two photographs from the LSU Faces Lab showing what Constance possibly looks like today.


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 2nd 

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

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

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN/VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles –

 

            On June 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Gum Island Road in Carlyss in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident.     

The initial investigation revealed an unknown vehicle traveling westbound struck a pedestrian from behind sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m.; causing serious injuries to the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle then fled the scene of the accident.  

            The vehicle is believed to have suffered minor to moderate damages to the front bumper.             

It is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel. 

            Deputies attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information in reference to Garrett M. Faulk, 23, 2573 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, possibly being in possession of child pornography. 

 

During the initial investigation Faulk was found to be in possession of 1 image containing child pornography.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINARS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host several women’s self-defense seminars in different locations around the parish on July 10 and 17.  These seminars are free and offered to those who are 16 years of age and older.   

           

The self-defense seminar will include lectures and hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques.  Women will learn defenses against sudden violent attacks, situational awareness, fear management, and basic defenses against common grabs and strikes.  This half-day seminar will be taught by CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend by calling the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3850.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 39, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on two separate occasions.

           

In April, Thibodeaux failed to pay his sex offender registration community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation it was also learned Thibodeaux had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement within three days, making him once again in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit attempted to locate Thibodeaux but were unsuccessful and on June 7 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for his arrest. 

           

On June 14 Thibodeaux was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; and failure to register as a sex offender. 

           

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2012.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018.

 

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit detectives received information in reference to convicted sex offender, Pete Valencia, Jr., 54, 3703 Common Street #3, Lake Charles, being in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation detectives learned on three separate occasions Valencia had driven a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 14 Valencia, who was convicted of forcible rape in 1993 in Desoto Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000 and he also has a detainer that was issued by Louisiana State Probation and Parole.   

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases. 


CPSO LOCATE ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT & ARREST 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On June 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the areas of E. Gauthier Road and Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the area.  During the initial investigation deputies were given a description of the car possibly responsible for the burglaries.

           

A short time later deputies located a car matching the description in the area of Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, at which time they conducted a stop on the car.  Deputies made contact with the three occupants, James S. O’Neal III, 18, a 16 year old juvenile, and a 17 year old juvenile, all of Crowley.  During the investigation detectives learned the 17 year old had an active warrant through Crowley Police Department for attempted 1st degree murder.  During a subsequent search of the car deputies located a total of 4 firearms; one of which had been previously reported stolen through Jennings Police Department and another which had been stolen earlier that morning during the vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles.   

           

During further investigation it was discovered the suspects had traveled from Crowley to Lake Charles to commit the vehicle burglaries, and had been armed when they committed the crimes.    

 

All three suspects were arrested and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm; and theft of a firearm.  The juveniles were additionally charged with 2 counts of possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  O’Neal was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Bonds have not yet been set. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Warner Levy is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims in nearby parishes have reported receiving an email from what appears to be the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association (LSA) president, Sheriff Jason Ard.  The email asks the victims to participate in collecting gift cards to donate to veterans to help with the financial burdens of COVID.  The email then instructs the victim to reply to the email if they wish to participate.  DO NOT REPLY!  This is a scam, not a legitimate communications from the LSA. 

           

Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never wire money or give gift card information based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that doing so is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to theft of catalytic converts from a local business in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives the thefts had been occurring for approximately six months. 

           

During the investigation, detectives conducted surveillance at the business and on multiple occasions observed a van with several people inside on the property late at night.  On June 2 deputies located the van in the area of the victim’s business at which time they initiated a traffic stop. 

           

Deputies obtained consent to search the van at which time they located two battery operated reciprocating saws, numerous spare batteries, several new and used blades used for cutting metal, and a hi-lift jack.  During further investigation, it was learned the driver and one of the occupants, Infant Medina, 21, and Guillermo Andres-Urbina, 38, both of Houston, TX, were connected to numerous scrap metal tickets, totaling over $232,000 for catalytic converters that had been sold for scrap metal. 

           

Medina, Andres-Urbina, along with a 17 year old juvenile who was also in the van, were arrested.  Medina and Andres-Urbina were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with criminal trespassing; simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Medina and Andres-Urbina’s bonds at $100,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel and casino in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim stated he was in his hotel room with a woman he did not know, at which time she observed him to have a large amount of cash and jewelry.  The victim then stated shortly after the woman left a man knocked on his door; once he opened it the man forced his way into the room and stole the cash and jewelry. 

 

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage, which showed the woman and man leaving in a dark colored car.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspects but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the suspects or car seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.     


Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on June 12 at Moss Bluff Middle School located at 297 Park Road.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/about-1/security-enforcement/ to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur.          

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of an SUV lost control and went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  After leaving the roadway the SUV struck a utility pole and flipped multiple times.  The driver, Dylan J. Alford, 27, St. Francisville, LA, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  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, toxicology testing will be performed.  

             

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 25 COUNTS OF FORGERY & FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Austin Tyler Ramos

1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles

 

Charges:

14:72 Forgery (25 Counts)

14:73.5 Computer Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.11 Credit Card Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.B.2 Theft $5,000.00 - $25,000.00 (1 Count)

 

On August 10, 2020, Detectives received a report of theft in which a local non-profit organization found records showing Austin Tyler Ramos had stolen funds from the charity in a scheme relating to fraudulent house fires.

 

Records dating back to 2019 show that Ramos used his position/credentials and his work laptop to create fake fire reports utilizing false names and addresses, which then allowed the release of funds that were then loaded onto gift cards. Records further show Ramos then removed money from the gift cards at local ATMs. The total amount of theft is $16,075.50.

On May 24 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Detective Shelli Fontenot was the lead detective.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATT MURDER OF DEPUTY

CEDRIC ALLEN SENNETT

DOB: 10-14-1971

Homeless

 

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:30/27-- Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:95.1-- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.B.(1)(a)-- Resisting an Officer by Flight-- (Misdemeanor)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.2-- Resisting an Officer by Use of Force-- (Felony)

 

Total Bond $300,000

 

On May 24, 2021, at approximately 7:30AM, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies were dispatched to a gas station Highway 14 in reference to a male who previously used fake $20 bills.

Upon the deputy’s arrival they observed a male, later identified as Cedric Sennett, matching the description provided. As the deputy attempted to speak with Sennett he fled on his bicycle. The deputy gave chase on foot and as the deputy attempted to detain him, Sennett began to fight with the deputy and during the struggle he pulled a gun on the deputy. The deputy was able to disarm Sennett and gain control of the firearm. Sennett again ran from the deputy. The deputy gave chase and was ultimately able to arrest Sennett.

 

Cedric Sennett’s criminal history revealed he was released on Good Time Parole Supervision for Simple Burglary on July 27, 2020. Sennett was to remain on supervision until April 18, 2023. This conviction prohibits Sennett from possession of a firearm.

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, which starts today and ends June 6, 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 assist LSP in a seatbelt checkpoint.  CPSO will also have 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 Friday, May 28.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2019 were unrestrained.  Research shows by choosing to buckle up you reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 65%.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, May 4 at an RV park located on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of the van was entering the park, at which time he hit a divider located between the entrance and the exit, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  The suspect exited his vehicle and later left the scene.    

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the suspect or van seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 21-54642.

           

CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING RESCUES

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Last night at approximately 8:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with assistance from the National Guard, were dispatched to Steward Road in Vinton in reference to an individual who was stuck in chest-deep water inside his residence and needed to be rescued.

           

Once deputies arrived it was learned there were 5 other individuals, including a 5 year old, along the same road that also needed to be rescued.  Deputies and Guardsman deployed a high water vehicle along with a boat and were able to evacuate the residents safely. 

 

“The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to monitor the ongoing weather situation in our area,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Our department along with the assistance of the National Guard has high water vehicles and other high water rescue assets staged throughout the parish.  If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency.”

Public Notice Emergency

May 18, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(a) that Ongoing Flood/Severe Weather Threat poses an emergency threat forCalcasieu Parish. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases starting May 17, 2021 thru the duration of the emergency event under this ruling. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

CPSO RESPONDS TO AREA FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently handling numerous flood related calls due to the ongoing weather situation in our area.  It appears all areas of the parish are experiencing flooding on the roadways and conditions are deteriorating and changing quickly.  “CPSO has deployed high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish and are we prepared to handle any flood related call we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the evolving weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay put and DO NOT travel on the roadways; driving on the roadways at this time is putting yourself in danger, along with causing damage to other residents’ property from the rising water.”    

 

If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency. 

 

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Jarvis J. Reynaud, 33, 708 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, who began to act suspiciously.  Detectives deployed a trained and certified drug detection K-9 to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle at which time a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the car was indicated.  During a subsequent search of the car detectives located 2 bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets, a bag of alprazolam tablets, and a bag of marijuana.  Detectives also located a firearm, which had previously been reported stolen through CPSO. 

           

After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for Reynaud’s residence.  During execution of the warrant detectives located numerous gallon and sandwich sized zip lock bags of synthetic marijuana, a large bag of marijuana, and several bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets.  Detectives also located another stolen firearm, which had previously been reported through LCPD. 

 

During the course of the investigation detectives seized a total of approximately 21 grams of alprazolam, 7 pounds of ecstasy/MDMA, over 9 pounds of synthetic marijuana, and over 1 pound of marijuana; with a total estimated street value of $54,000.    

           

Reynaud, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with a traffic citation; 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Reynaud also has a Parole detainer.  His bond has not yet been set.  


CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick 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 McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

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

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, 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 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “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 TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon at approximately 2:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a crash near the intersection of Sutherland Road and E. Levingwood Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a car was traveling westbound on E. Levingwood Road at which time it ran a stop sign, striking an SUV that was traveling northbound on Sutherland Road.  The SUV flipped several times, before landing in the ditch.  A 6 year old female, who was unrestrained inside the SUV, was ejected from the vehicle.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.    

 

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

               

The drivers of both vehicles sustained minor injuries and the additional two juvenile passengers in the SUV sustained no injuries.

           

CPSO Sgt. Bryan Alexander and Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll are the lead investigators on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 19, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired Dugas to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in December 2020 she paid Dugas half the money up front to cover the materials and begin work.  Dugas cashed the check from the victim the same day he received it, but did not return to the home to start repairs for over two months after giving the victim multiple excuses as to way there was a delay in construction.  The victim advised detectives in February Dugas arrived at her home for only a few hours to work and she has not been able to contact him since that time.  

           

The same day detectives received the report they contacted Dugas at which time he stated he planned on returning to do the job the following day.  Several days later he returned to the residence and worked for approximately two hours and failed to return to complete any other work.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which she previously paid for.  

           

After further investigation, on March 30 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Derek Kee for Dugas’ arrest.  On April 6, Dugas was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud over $1,500; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released the following day on a $15,000 bond.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted sex offender Richard L. Hollyfield, 51, Weslake, after it was learned he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

On January 28, deputies performed a sex offender residence check on Hollyfield at his registered address on Gulfway Blvd. in Westlake, at which time they were advised Hollyfield had not been at the residence in over a week.  On February 1, deputies attempted to make contact with Hollyfield at his reported residence once again and were advised by a family member that he had packed his belongings and left the home approximately 5 days prior.  Hollyfield failed to report a new address to law enforcement within three days of leaving his registered address, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.   

 

CPSO Sex Offender Unit detectives attempted to locate Hollyfield but were unsuccessful.  On February 3, Judge Robert Wyatt issued a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $10,000.  On April 3 Hollyfield was located in the Sulphur area and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender.  Hollyfield also had a warrant through Probation and Parole.

 

Hollyfield was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2016 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

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

Notice of Public Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District  

 

                                                                                

A public hearing will be held as follows:

DATE:  April 8, 2021

TIME:     9:00AM

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

      5400 East Broad Street

      Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA:  

 

Call to order

 

Roll Call

 

Approval of Minutes from last meeting, held on December 8, 2020

    

Old Business   

None

                                                                                

New Business:

 

1. A resolution by Tony Mancuso, Sheriff and Ex-Officio Chief Executive Officer of the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District, ordering and calling for the renewal of and the continued levy and collection of an existing tax of one-quarter (1/4%) percent upon the sale at retail, the use, the consumption, the distribution, the storage for use or consumption, and the lease or rental, of each item or article of tangible personal property and on all sales of services, as defined by law, for a period of ten (10) years from the date of the first levy of the tax renewal as called for by the voters to be placed on the ballot in an election to be held in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, on or about October 9, 2021, in accordance with applicable state laws and regulations, and to make application to the Louisiana State Bond Commission, and providing for other matters in connection therewith.  The current one-quarter (1/4%) percent sales and use tax expires on September 30, 2023, and the renewal of same, if approved, will commence on October 1, 2023 and expire on September 30, 2033.

 

Adjournment

 

Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

5400 East Broad Street

Lake Charles, LA  70615

(337) 491-3700

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Earlier in March the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit received a complaint in reference to a convicted sex offender, Ernest J. Cheatham, Jr., 60, Lake Charles, possibly not living at his registered address. 

           

During the investigation detectives attempted to complete a home compliance check on Cheatham, at which time they were advised by the homeowner Cheatham had not been living at the home since the end of January.  During further investigation it was learned Cheatham had made contact with the New Orleans Police Department advising them he was relocating to the New Orleans area, but failed to notify local law enforcement in Calcasieu Parish, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also discovered Cheatham had made appointments with NOPD to register, but failed to appear for his appointments. 

           

On March 29, after further investigation CPSO detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Derrick Kee for Cheatham’s arrest in the amount of $3,000 for failure to register as a sex offender.  On March 31 he was located and arrested by NOPD and booked into the Orleans Justice Center. 

           

Cheatham was convicted of indecency with a child in Houston, TX, in 2001.

           

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

CPSO LOOKING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 24, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives were dispatched to an RV park located in Lake Charles in reference to a burglary and theft.

           

During the investigation detectives learned earlier that morning, between 2:20 and 2:40 a.m. an unknown suspect entered the laundromat building and burglarized five commercial clothes dryers.  The suspect stole approximately $50 and approximately $800 worth of damage was caused to the machines.      

The suspect was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark colored hoodie with a zipper front, dark colored ball cap, and tan colored shoes.  The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark colored, possibly 2019-2021 model, Chevrolet 1500, extended or quad cab pickup truck. 

 

If anyone can identify the suspect or vehicle seen in these photographs please contact CPSO at 491-3605.

 

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


CPSO HOST 2021 SPECIAL OLYMPICS LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host the 2021 Louisiana Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Thursday, May 13, beginning at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy at 8:00 a.m. and ending at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 5400 E. Broad Street, for a distance of approximately 3 miles.

           

The LETR for Special Olympics is an international series of torch relays, run by law enforcement officers leading up to each state or nation’s Special Olympic Summer Games.  The LETR is the largest year-round grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics and all funds raised in the state go toward supporting Special Olympics Louisiana.  Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.    

               

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is the hosting agency for the Southwest Region Torch Run, which is comprised of law enforcement officers from Calcasieu, Cameron, Beauregard and Jeff Davis Parishes. 

               

All law enforcement officers in the Southwest Region who are interested in participating in this year’s LETR, please contact Katelynn McKee at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (337) 491-3791.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a possible contractor fraud case.

          

During the investigation, the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with David L. Babcock, 57, Bush, LA, to perform repairs to her residence for damages that were sustained during Hurricane Laura.  The victim stated she initially paid Babcock $30,000 for the work, which has not yet been completed.  The victim also stated Babcock had not performed any work since the end of January.  During further investigation detectives also learned Babcock had no contractor's license or business license under his name or business name.      

           

On March 25, when detectives spoke with Babcock he confirmed he had not performed any work on the residence in approximately 1 ½ to 2 months.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud.  He was released the following day on a $4,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

 

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

Crime Stoppers CPSO 132

On March 9th at 12:30 a.m. the truck seen in this video dropped off two suspects at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur. The suspects stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.

 

The suspects then drove the stolen truck through a fence at a business nearby and stole four welding machines. The stolen truck and one welding machine was later recovered in the Vinton area.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE

Lake Charles–

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint regarding Kevin G. Joubert, 59, 6670 Lebleu Road, Lake Charles, having inappropriate sexual contact with a girl under the age of 10, earlier this year. 

 

On March 22 after further investigation, Joubert was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $200,000.

 

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

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Friday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the class will continue on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The course will be held at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy located at 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles.  Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course.

           

This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/151002.

           

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and you will be required to wear a face mask.  For more information please call (337) 491-3784.   

 

Refreshments will be provided on both days and lunch will be provided on Saturday.  

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER


Lake Charles –

 

On March 16, a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy initiated a stop on a truck in the 2700 block of S. Beglis Parkway in Sulphur for a traffic violation. 

When the deputy made contact with the driver, registered sex offender Draughn A. Koonce, 44, 432 W. Thomas Street, Sulphur, it was learned he was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  The deputy also discovered Koonce was in possession of marijuana. 

Koonce was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender; possession of marijuana; along with a traffic citation.  He was released later the same day on a $41,100 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

Koonce was convicted of simple rape in 2005 in Calcasieu Parish.

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Cody Fontenot was the arresting deputy on this case. 

 

On March 20, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender, Jarred E. Chatman, 41, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

During the investigation it was learned Chatman was no longer living at his last registered address and had failed to register a new address with law enforcement.  It was also learned Chatman had been working without notifying the proper authorities of his employment.  During the initial investigation Chatman fled on foot from deputies, before being apprehended and deputies later discovered Chatman was in possession of drug paraphernalia.

           

Chatman was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; possession of drug paraphernalia; and resisting an officer by flight.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $55,500.

           

Chatman was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2007 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2010 and again in 2016, both in Calcasieu Parish.

           

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

           

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases.    


CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

 Lake Charles –

 

On Saturday, March 20 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a combination DWI and seatbelt checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, as well as those who were not wearing their seatbelt.

 

One thousand four hundred twenty-one (1,421) vehicles were checked; thirteen (13) citations were issued for no seatbelt; three (3) citations were issued for improper or no child restraint; two (2) citations were issued for no insurance; two (2) citations were issued for driving without a license; two (2) citations were issued for expired tag; two (2) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for failure to register a motor vehicle; and one (1) citation was issued for illegal window tint.   

               

The following individual was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Claiborne L. Bergeron, 60, Westlake, was arrested for possession of CDS II (methamphetamines); possession of CDS I (marijuana); and two traffic citations. 

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO ARREST HOUSTON WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 18 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Mallard Street in Sulphur in reference to two children who had been left unattended. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned a one year old and a five month old had been left alone in a motel room for approximately five hours.  Motel staff discovered the children after the one year old was able to open the room door and was located in the hallway.   

 

Deputies made contact with the children’s’ mother, Shoneil J. Landry, 27, Houston, Texas, who initially tried to resist deputies during arrest by attempting to pull away from them.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of child desertion; and resisting an officer.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $32,500.    

               

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN AFTER PURSUIT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Yesterday evening, at approximately 6:00 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a truck traveling on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur for crossing several lanes of traffic and almost causing an accident.

           

The suspect, later identified as Kristopher J. Lalonde, 47, Groves, TX, initially stopped in a nearby parking lot and exited his vehicle.  When the deputy approached Lalonde he returned to his truck and fled the scene, ultimately refusing to stop leading deputies on a short pursuit lasting approximately three blocks.  Lalonde ran a stop sign at the intersection of Attakapas Street and Quelqueshue Street in Sulphur, causing an accident which resulted with a fatality.

           

After the wreck, Lalonde was taken into custody by CPSO, where it was learned he was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated flight from an officer; improper lane use; running a stop sign; turning movements required; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $41,300.  It was also learned Lalonde was wanted in Texas for a parole warrant.

           

Sulphur Police Department will be handling the wreck and any other charges associated with the fatality.  The reason SPD is required to handle the crash is because of RS32:398.  (Louisiana RS 32:398 states if an accident occurs within an incorporated city the local police department shall handle that wreck.)  

CPSO TO CONDUCT COMBINATION DWI & SEATBELT CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a combination DWI checkpoint and a seatbelt checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish on Saturday, March 20.   

           

This checkpoint will target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics, which has been proven to be very effective in discouraging citizens from driving while impaired and people are more likely to designate a driver when they know sobriety checkpoints are being conducted. The checkpoint will also target people who are not wearing their seatbelt.

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR NUMEROUS COUNTS OF SEXUAL OFFENSES AGAINST A CHILD

 

On March 12 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Mickey D. Williams, 42, 212 Bunker Road, Lake Charles, possibly having inappropriate sexual contact with a child under the age of 12. 

 

During the investigation detectives learned the incidents took place while the victim was visiting Williams.  Detectives also learned he had taken inappropriate photographs of the victim.  When questioned by detectives, Williams confirmed the allegations.   

 

On March 16 Williams was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 5 counts of 1st degree rape; 2 counts of sexual battery on a victim under the age of 13; indecent behavior with a juvenile; and 3 counts of pornography involving a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $1.66 million.   

           

CPSO Detectives Jacob Dore is the lead investigator on this case, with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are likely.     

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ID OF THEFT SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a motor vehicle theft and theft of equipment that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, March 9 in Sulphur.

           

During the investigation, detectives learned at approximately 12:40 a.m. several unknown suspects arrived at a local hotel on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur and stole a white GMC utility flatbed truck from the parking lot.  Detectives reviewed video surveillance at the hotel which showed a blue, four-door, Ford pickup truck pull into the parking lot.  Two suspects exited the truck, at which time they stole the GMC truck.   

           

During the investigation it was also learned the stolen GMC truck was used at approximately 12:45 a.m. that same morning during the commission of a theft.  The truck was used to drive through the fence of a business, also located on S. Cities Service Highway in Sulphur.  The suspects then stole four welding machines along with tools from the business.  The suspects returned at approximately 3:00 a.m. and attempted to steal an excavator, but were unsuccessful. 

           

Later the same day deputies located the stolen truck, which had been abandoned, along with one of the welding machines in Vinton.  Another one of the stolen welding machines was located on the shoulder of Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.   

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance in identifying the suspects responsible for the thefts.  If you have any information or can identify the suspects’ truck please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222. 

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork. 

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on April 17 at the Iowa Middle School Gym located at 401 W. Miller Avenue in Iowa.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312.

 

Deputies will be following social distancing guidelines and attendees will be required to wear a face mask.    

SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES GRADUATION OF CPSO D.A.R.E. INSTRUCTORS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso is pleased to announce the recent graduation of CPSO deputies Heather Armstrong and Thomas Clophus from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor certification course.  They were two of 19 law enforcement officers from across the region who completed the two-week, 80-hour certification in Louisville, Mississippi. 

           

D.A.R.E. is a nationwide program, connecting law enforcement with schools and parents to form a partnership in order to educate children about the dangers of drugs.  The program also teaches lessons regarding bullying, prescription drug abuse, internet safety, and gangs. 

           

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office currently has nine deputies certified to teach the D.A.R.E. curriculum in elementary and middle schools throughout the parish.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 2nd DEGREE MURDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 10:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dobbertine Road in Lake Charles in reference to a shooting.

           

When deputies arrived they located the victim, Derek J. Ogea, 40, Lake Charles, with an apparent gunshot wound to his arm and chest.  Ogea was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries earlier today.

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned an acquaintance of the victim, Jeremy E. Mulkey, 29, 335 Dobbertine Road, Lake Charles, was possibly responsible for the shooting.  Detectives located Mulkey, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  During questioning he confirmed to detectives he shot Ogea after having a dispute with him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is being charged with 2nd degree murder; obstruction of justice; and illegal use of a dangerous weapon  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $875,000.

 

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

 

CPSO ARRESTS CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 9 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in reference to an individual advising hospital personnel he wanted to turn himself in to law enforcement.

           

When deputies arrived they spoke with Israel J. Lachica, 67, homeless.  It was discovered Lachica, who is a registered sex offender, had been living in Calcasieu Parish and failed to notify local law enforcement, 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 2nd offense.  His bond is still pending.

           

Lachica was convicted of molestation of a juvenile in Terrebonne Parish in 2003.  In 2007 and again in 2012 Lachica was convicted of failure to register as a sex offender. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Bradley Lamar is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.    

CPSO ARRESTS FORMER DAYCARE EMPLOYEE FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 3 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a local daycare employee, Annette L. Scott, 48, 2119 Katy Street, Sulphur. 

 

During the investigation detectives were advised that when the mother picked up the 3 year old from daycare she had several scratches on her face.  During the initial investigation detectives were advised Scott had been terminated prior to the mother’s arrival at the daycare. 

 

After further investigation, on March 8 detectives questioned Scott about the scratches on the child, at which time she confirmed she scratched the child on the cheek.  She further advised detectives she was trying to make the child stay still for nap time.  She stated after realizing she left marks on the child she left the daycare.   

 

She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with cruelty to a juvenile.  She was released the following day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge David Ritchie.  

 

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

CPSO RELEASES DETAILS OF ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Last night at approximately 6:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the area of I-210 in Sulphur in reference to a mental health call. 

           

While trying to locate the subject a deputy observed his truck at a local business on South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur.  After the deputy made contact with the man he became irate.  The deputy attempted to detain him for safety reasons, at which time he began to physically resist and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle to detain the man, the deputy’s duty weapon was accidentally discharged; no one was hit.  Shortly after the deputy was able to deploy a Taser, at which time the man began to comply, and was taken into custody.

           

Emergency medical personnel arrived on scene and cleared the man.  The man was issued a misdemeanor summons for battery of a police officer.  He was later transported to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. 

           

There will be an internal investigation into the incident.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit arrested convicted registered sex offender Marlon R. Eaglin, 31, 2971 Highway 3059, Lot 46, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registrations requirements.

           

During the investigation detectives learned on February 19 Eaglin had been arrested by CPSO deputies for DWI.  During the DWI arrest Eaglin gave an address that did not match the address on his sex offender registration.  Detectives were also advised by deputies Eaglin was driving a vehicle that had not been registered with law enforcement. 

 

On March 4 Eaglin reported to the CPSO Sex Offender Unit to complete his annual registration and confirmed to detectives he had not been living at the address listed on his registration.  He also confirmed he was driving a vehicle that was not listed on his sex offender registration.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  He was released later the same day on $80,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

Eaglin was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2010 in Lafayette Parish.  

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER & NOTIFY AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Sex Offender Unit charged convicted sex offender Earl J. Bellard, Jr., 48, Lake Charles, after it was revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on several occasions.

           

In September 2020, it was learned Bellard failed to pay his community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During the investigation, Bellard was due for a quarterly registration in November and failed to report, again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  It was also learned Bellard failed to pay his annual registration fees for 2020. 

 

On November 24 detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard at his registered address, but it appeared no one was living at the address listed on his sex offender registration.  Detectives attempted to make contact with Bellard several more times and learned he had absconded from his registered address and failed to register a new address with law enforcement, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements once again. 

           

After further investigation, on December 10, a warrant was issued for Bellard’s arrest.  Detectives continued attempts to locate Bellard, but were unsuccessful.  On February 28, LCPD made contact with Bellard at which time he was arrested on the warrant. 

 

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of failure to register and notify as a sex offender 2nd and subsequent offenses; failure to register and notify as a sex offender; and failure to register and notify as a sex offender, paying fees.  Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $151,000 with no release unless cleared by Probation & Parole.

           

Bellard was convicted of simple rape in 1993 in Calcasieu Parish.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in Calcasieu Parish in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

 

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

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

Lake Charles –

 

Yesterday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers were notified in reference to a possible threat from a student that attends Sulphur High School.

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned the 17 year old boy threatened to shoot up the school.  The student was arrested and booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with terrorizing.

 

CPSO Safe School Officers Joe Mulligan and Sgt. Joe Tartaglia and CPSO Detective Greg Jordan are the lead investigators on the case.

CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED & LATER ARRESTED

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On August 26, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Deputy Amber Kelly, 31, having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an inmate, while on-duty.  After the initial complaint detectives interviewed Kelly and later the same day she was terminated by Sheriff Mancuso.

           

The investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office; charges were accepted and on March 3, a warrant was issued for her arrest for malfeasance in office sexual conduct.  She was arrested the following day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $45,000.

           

Prior to being terminated Kelly worked as a correctional deputy at the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Prison and had been with the department for 5 years.

 

“I am very upset by this incident,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We have an extensive hiring process to ensure we are hiring qualified and competent deputies, but unfortunately we occasionally have one that chooses to stray from the path of integrity.  These sort of actions will never be tolerated in our department and deputies will always be held accountable for their actions.”

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 62 COUNTS OF ID THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received several complaints from various financial institutions in reference to a possible bank fraud taking place in our area.

 

During the investigation it was learned two suspects were making fraudulent ATM transactions at local convenience stores throughout the parish. 

 

Detectives also learned the suspects were purchasing gift cards with fraudulent debit cards at local grocery stores in the parish.  Detectives viewed numerous surveillance videos from the locations in which the transactions had taken place and observed the same two suspects responsible for making the fraudulent charges.  During further investigation detectives learned there was approximately 62 victims of identity theft and a total of approximately $23,000 had been stolen.  

 

On March 1 CPSO detectives learned one of the possible suspects was at a local business making ATM withdrawals and detectives were able to obtain a description of the suspect’s truck.  A short time later the truck was located at a different gas station nearby.  Detectives made contact with the suspect, Nasquier Perz-Cardona, 30, Houston, Texas, and observed him to be one of the men seen in the surveillance videos.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of bank fraud; and 62 counts of identity theft.  He was released the following day on a $46,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

Detectives believe the suspects possibly obtained the victims’ debit card numbers from a fuel pump skimming device.

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT & COMPUTER FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to Michael L. John, 31, Lake Charles, possibly using stolen credit card numbers to purchase a hotel room at a local hotel in Lake Charles. 

           

During the initial investigation it was confirmed John was using stolen credit card numbers and had fraudulently charged over $1,000 at the local hotel.  During further investigation detectives executed a search warrant on John’s room and located numerous credit cards along with a notebook containing instructions on how to obtain individuals’ credit card numbers.  Detectives also located marijuana, methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia inside the room.  Detectives later learned John was fraudulently modifying credit cards using an electronic tablet and then uploading them online and making transactions.

 

John was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with identity theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000; computer fraud; possession of CDS II; possession of marijuana; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $18,500.

 

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible. 

 

CPSO Detectives Shelli Fontenot and Kent Castille are the lead investigators on this case.  

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CPSO SEARCHING FOR ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles –

 

On February 21 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a convenience store in Vinton in reference to an armed robbery. 

 

The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.  After further investigation it was also learned a woman, who had entered the store a short time earlier, is also involved in the robbery. 

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.  If anyone has any information about this robbery or can identify the suspects seen in these photographs, please call CPSO at 491-3605 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

           

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


CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 30 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Brahim B. El Hannaoui, 33, Panama City, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised deputies he hired Hannaoui, of Good Vibes Construction LLC, in December 2020.  The victim paid Hannaoui over $7,000 to begin repairs on damages at his home caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  He also paid Hannaoui another $9,000 to begin an addition at the home.  It was learned three days after repairs had begun the workers quit, stating they were not getting paid by Hannaoui.  The victim advised no materials had been purchased for the addition and they had not started construction on it, so he requested his money back due to the work not being able to be completed in the agreed time frame.  Hannaoui did not refund the victim the $9,000 for the addition nor did he complete the repairs at the victim’s home.  Further investigation also revealed Hannaoui was not licensed in the state of Louisiana. 

           

On April 6 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Hannaoui’s arrest.  On June 25 he was arrested in Georgia and extradited back to Louisiana on July 20.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud; and failure to possess a residential contractor’s license.  He was released later the same day on a $17,500 bond.             

 

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO ARRESTS 7 SUSPECTS RELATED TO UTILITY WIRE THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

From December 2020 until recently Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Property Crimes detectives have been conducting investigations in reference to thefts of utility wires in the Vinton, Sulphur, and Moss Bluff areas. 

           

During the investigations it was discovered the suspects were cutting live wires from active utility poles, causing the loss of services for residents in the area where the thefts occurred.  The wires were then stripped of the plastic casing and the metal inside was sold as scrap.  The investigation also revealed the suspects were removing rolls of wiring from locations where utility companies were working on repairs to damaged wires.

           

The eight month investigation resulted in the arrest of seven suspects.  The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center between May and July:

 

· Thomas R. Manuel, 38, Orange, TX

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000. 

$70,000 bond

 

· Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Vinton

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; possession of CDS IV; possession of marijuana; possession of a legend drug; possession of drug paraphernalia

$20,500 bond

 

· Spencer D. Conner, Sr., 48, 3211 Warren Street, Lake Charles

Theft less than $1,000; criminal damage to property $1,000-$50,000

$11,000 bond

 

· Daniel L. Johns, 19, 847 Ravia Road, Sulphur

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· John D. Mitchener, 48, 1764 Mitchell Road, Vinton

Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Mark A. Guillory, 56, Orange, TX

  Theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

· Samantha L. Miller, 30, Ragley, LA

Attempted theft $1,000 - $5,000; criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000

$25,000 bond

 

The investigations are continuing and more arrests are expected.  CPSO is asking anyone with information related to these thefts to contact CPSO lead detectives Lukas Josker at 491-3762 or Jill Feverjean at 602-6811.


SHERIFF MANCUSO ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF CREATED AGED PHOTO OF JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso announced today the DNA of Joe Constance, who is responsible for the 2011 murder of his estranged wife, Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, was sent to a company that has the ability to create an aged picture from the suspect’s DNA.

 

“The company, Parabon NanoLabs, uses DNA phenotyping to predict the physical appearance of an individual.  They have the ability to produce a photograph of how the suspect would likely look today.  They also have the ability to alter the photograph by changing the age and weight, along with other characteristics,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “CPSO was the first law enforcement agency in the state to use this same company in 2015 to create a picture and profile of the unknown suspect in the Bouzigard homicide case; which ultimately led to solving the case.”

 

In the coming months CPSO will release further photographs of Constance with differing characteristics.   

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 16, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Jeffery S. McDowell, Jr., 27, 2309 St. Anthony Lane, Sulphur, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she hired McDowell with Absolute Roofing & Remodeling to perform construction work at her residence.  The victim stated in February she paid McDowell half the money up front to begin work.  Prior to completing the job McDowell contacted the victim and requested the remaining balance be paid.  McDowell cashed the check for the remaining balance from the victim, but did not return to complete the job.  Further investigation revealed McDowell did not have a valid contractor’s license. 

           

After further investigation, on June 10 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for McDowell’s arrest.  McDowell was located in Texas and on July 21 he was extradited and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; failure to possess the required license for home improvements and residential construction; and exploitation of the infirmed (due to the victim’s age).  He was released later the same day on a $55,000 bond.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud. If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

CPSO Detective Allen Cormier, Jr., is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS WOMEN FOR 33 COUNTS OF FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint from a local bank in Sulphur in reference to an employee, Barbara A. Chaisson, 55, 320 Cypress Street in Sulphur, committing fraud.

           

During the investigation detectives we advised by bank personnel that Chaisson had been transferring money from numerous accounts and making withdrawals, without authorization.  It was discovered Chaisson made over 30 unauthorized transactions from January 2019 to June 2021, totaling over $120,000. 

           

After further investigation, on July 27 detectives issued a warrant for Chaisson’s arrest.  She was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correction Center and charged with 33 counts of computer fraud; 33 counts of bank fraud; and theft over $25,000.  She was released the following day on a $96,000 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio. 

           

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM ARRESTS TWO FOR CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On October 19, 2020, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to possible contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives in August 2020, she hired William D. Deremer III, 39, Pearland, TX, with Southern Outfitters, to complete tree removal along with other home repairs at her residence; initially paying him $28,000.  The victim stated she learned Deremer falsified documents and sent them to her insurance company, which included billing for equipment that was never onsite.  The victim further stated she received a bill from Deremer, for approximately $80,000 worth of work that was not completed at the residence.  Detectives learned the initial check of $28,000 was cashed by Deremer’s girlfriend, Jennifer L. Guerra, 36, Pearland, TX, who also worked at Southern Outfitters.  It was also discovered neither Deremer nor Guerra possessed a contractor’s license in Louisiana at the time the victim entered into an agreement for repairs and made the initial payment. 

           

After further investigation, on May 15 detectives issued warrants signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Deremer and Guerra’s arrests.  On July 12 they were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $25,000 or more; and residential contractor fraud no license.  They were both released the following day on $40,000 bonds.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office are working together to fight contractor fraud.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

 

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


CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR COPPER THEFTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 26 around noon Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at a local hotel on W. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles in reference to several suspects removing copper wire and piping from the building. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives learned three individuals, Kelly R. Esthay, 51, 2339 Dolphin Drive, Lake Charles, Luke E. Fabry, 29, Round Up, MT, and Seth M. Cart, 23, 219 N. 3rd Street, Lake Charles, had been staying in one of the buildings on the property, without the owner’s permission.  Detectives also discovered while the three men were staying at the hotel, which was damaged from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, they were cutting pieces of copper wire and piping from the hotel building and dismantling air conditioners in order to remove the copper from inside. 

           

Further investigation led detectives to the home of Anthony T. Douvio, 51, 2318 N. Flounder Drive, Lake Charles.  After the execution of a search warrant at the home detectives located a large amount of copper wire, pipes, and air conditioner coils, which had been stolen from the hotel.  Detectives also located methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and a gun inside the residence.  It was later discovered Douvio scrapped nearly 17,000 pounds of copper within the last 7 months. 

           

Later the same day all four men were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  Esthay, Fabry, and Cart were charged with simple burglary; theft from $25,000 or more; and simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set their bonds at $25,000.  Douvio was charged with illegal possession of stolen things $5,000 to $25,000; possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS; possession of CDS II; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $79,000.

           

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


CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

 The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on August 7 at S. P. Arnett Middle School, located at 400 Sulphur Avenue in Westlake.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website here to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating, pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 936-1746. 

CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE  

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

            The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting a hunter’s education course on Wednesday, August 4 that will continue on Thursday, August 5. The course schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, August 4 - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at the Sulphur Parks & Recreation (SPAR) Carlyss Park Building, 6043 Carlyss Drive in Sulphur

Thursday, August 5 – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. located at the SPAR Carlyss Building

Thursday, August 5 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. located at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy, 3958 Mallard Cove in Lake Charles

           Participants must attend both days in order to receive credit for the course and must be picked up at 11 a.m. on Thursday and have their own transportation to class at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided by Sheriff Mancuso on Wednesday.  

            This course is offered free of charge to anyone 10 years of age or older.  You must pre-register for the class by visiting https://la-web.s3licensing.com/Event/Details/174238CPSO TO HOST HUNTER’S EDUCATION COURSE

 

 

PRESS RELEASE - CPSO Arrests Man For Burglary

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 22 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Leslie J. Chapman, 40, 4379 Hecker Road, Iowa, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for several burglaries.

           

During the initial investigation detectives observed video footage at a local hotel on Highway 27 in Sulphur showing Chapman entering the laundry facility during the early morning hours on July 4.  Detectives then observed him attempt to break into the change machine.  Chapman failed to gain entry into the machine, but caused extensive damages.  Detectives learned he left the laundry facility and entered another laundry facility, located at the same hotel, and attempted to gain access into the change machine, again causing extensive damage to the machine.  Leslie was observed leaving the hotel but returning several hours later, once again trying to gain entry into a change machine. 

           

On July 22 detectives located Chapman and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he was responsible for the burglaries at the hotel. 

           

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of simple burglary; and 3 counts of simple criminal damage to property.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $16,000.

 

CPSO detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case. 

CPSO ARRESTS 1 AND SEARCHING FOR 2 SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 20 Calcasieu Parish Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives received a report in reference to a theft at a local business.  The victim advised detectives 15 to 20 catalytic converters, worth approximately $8,000, were stolen from his business on Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles during the early morning hours on June 20. 

           

During the initial investigation detectives viewed surveillance footage and observed a truck dropping off an unknown man, who entered the property and began moving the security cameras out of view of where the theft occurred.  After following up on numerous tips and viewing surveillance footage at a local scrap yard, detectives learned three men, Rusty A. Conner, 38, 1915 Alvin Acres Drive, Lake Charles, Brent A. Touchet, 43, 3149 Davis Road, Westlake, and Robert R. Kilgore II, 39, 2307 Salmon Street, Lake Charles, had recently scrapped several catalytic converters in the immediate days following the burglary.  Detectives also learned the catalytic converters that were scrapped by Conner, Touchet, and Kilgore matched the part numbers of the ones that were stolen from the business.  Further investigation revealed Conner and Touchet were responsible for the burglary and theft of the catalytic converters.    

           

On July 22, detectives located Conner at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Conner confirmed he was responsible for the burglary and thefts of the catalytic converters.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; and theft.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.

           

Detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Touchet and Kilgore’s arrest.  Touchet is charged with simple burglary; and theft.  His bond is set at $45,000.  Kilgore is charged with illegal possession of stolen things.  His bond is set at $25,000.  Detectives are currently searching for Touchet and Kilgore and ask if anyone has any information regarding their whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Matthew Bean is the lead investigator on this case. 

           

           

Note: Conner is still in the process of being booked-in, and no current mugshot is available at this time.  The attached mugshot is from a previous arrest in 2017. 


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CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR BURGLARY & THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 16 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested John K. Green, 53, Orange, TX, and Jose E. Reyes-Rivera, 45, 24095 Brashear Street, Iowa, after a three week investigation revealed they were responsible for several burglary and thefts at local businesses. 

 

During the investigations it was discovered Green and Reyes-Rivera were responsible for breaking into three different businesses, burglarizing one of the businesses on two separate occasions, in the Sulphur and Lake Charles areas between June 18 and July 2.  After entering the businesses Green and Reyes-Rivera stole over $9,000 of copper wire, numerous welding leads, and expensive metals such as Monel and Inconel. 

 

They were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of simple burglary; 4 counts of theft; and 4 counts of criminal damage to property.  Judge David Ritchie set Green’s bond at $255,000 and Reyes-Rivera’s bond at $260,000. 

 

CPSO Detectives John Coffman and Michael Trosclair are the lead investigators on these cases.    


C.A.T. TEAM MAKES ARREST FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 8, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed search warrants at 716 Macy Street, 719 Macy Street, and 2044 2nd Street, all in Lake Charles, in reference to a narcotics investigation involving Marquis Morris, 34, 2044 2nd Street, Lake Charles.

           

During the search of the residences detectives located approximately 73.18 grams of cocaine, 381.41 grams of synthetic marijuana, 1,168.37 grams of marijuana, 21.74 grams of heroin, 16.43 grams of methamphetamine, 6.94 grams of Xanax, 5.85 grams of crack cocaine, 4 firearms, and items of drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized over $46,000 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized is approximately $10,000. 

           

During the execution of the search warrants Daniel J. Wilford, 33, Lake Charles, arrived on scene attempting to cause a disturbance with detectives. 

           

Wilford was arrested and issued a signed misdemeanor summons and released on scene for resisting an officer; and interfering with a police investigation.  Morris, who was located at his residence during the execution of the search warrants, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 4 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 4 counts of possession of CDS II with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting an officer; and money laundering.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $246,500.  It was also discovered Morris, who is currently on probation, had an out of state detainer from a previous narcotics arrest in Texas. 

           

The Combined Anti-Drug Task Force is a collaborative effort, comprised of law enforcement officials from local, state and federal agencies, aimed at ceasing the trafficking of illegal substances in Calcasieu Parish.

             


CPSO SEARCHING FOR CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT SUSPECT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 15 at approximately 10:30 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a report in reference to a theft.  The victim advised deputies her work car, which was parked at her employment off Highway 171 in Moss Bluff had the catalytic converter cut from underneath it sometime between June 11 and June 15.

           

During the initial investigation deputies located blood on the driver’s side door at which time deputies with the CPSO Forensic Investigation Unit processed the car for DNA.  The sample was sent to the SWLA Crime Lab for processing. 

On July 14 detectives received another report in reference to someone stealing a catalytic converter from a car that was parked at a business on Swisco Road in Sulphur.  Detectives learned the theft actually occurred on June 30.  During further investigation detectives reviewed surveillance footage and observed the suspect’s vehicle to be a silver Ford Escape. 

 

The investigations on both cases continued and detectives later received notification that the DNA found on the victim’s car in Moss Bluff was a match for Russell C. Perkins, 32, 1385 Rosie Hollie Road, DeQuincy.  After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives also learned Perkins drive’s a silver Ford Escape.  Detectives were also able to determine Perkins’ SUV was in the area during the time the catalytic converter was taken from the car in Sulphur.  It was also discovered Perkins had recently scraped numerous catalytic converters, while driving the silver Ford. 

           

After further investigation detectives issued two warrants signed by Judge David Ritchie and Tony Fazzio for Perkins’ arrest, charging him with 2 counts of simple criminal property damage; theft less than $1,000; and theft $1,000 to $5,000.  His total bond is set at $60,000. 

           

Detectives are currently searching for Perkins and ask if anyone has any information regarding his whereabouts, please call CPSO at 491-3605. 

           

The investigations are ongoing and more charges are likely. 

           

CPSO Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit detectives Kyle Miers and Diquan Bennett are the lead investigators on these cases.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR THEFT OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a boat launch located on Nelson Road in Lake Charles in reference to the theft of a catalytic converter that was stolen from a Chevrolet pickup truck.

           

During the initial investigation deputies found a cell phone that had been left at the scene, under the victim’s truck.  After executing a search warrant on the phone detectives learned the phone belonged to Robert J. Northrop, 38, 7950 Clearview Drive, Lake Charles.  Detectives continued their investigation and learned Northrop had recently sold a Chevrolet catalytic converter to a local business in Sulphur. 

           

After further investigation, on July 15, detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge David Ritchie in the amount of $40,000 for Northrop’s arrest, charging him with theft $1,000 to $5,000; and simple criminal damage to property.  On July 16 he was arrested by the Jennings Police Department and booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Detention Center. 

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

 

 

Lake Charles –

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office Vehicle Crimes Investigation Unit (VCIU) detectives responded to several complaints of vehicle burglaries in the areas of Moss Bluff and Sulphur that occurred during the night on July 1.  

During the initial investigation detectives learned a debit card, which had been reported stolen during the burglaries, was used at a convenience store in Westlake.   Detectives were able to view surveillance video at the store and observed four males arrive at the store.  Detectives then observed one of the males using the stolen debit card for three separate transactions. 

            After further investigation, with the assistance of the CPSO Real Time Crime Center, detectives were able to identify the suspect using the stolen card as James K. Miller, 20, 1205 N. Perkins Ferry Road # 11, Lake Charles.  

On July 15, detectives located Miller, at which time he was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning.  While speaking with detectives Miller stated they attempted to burglarize at least 30 vehicles in the Moss Bluff and Sulphur areas.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 3 counts of identity theft; and theft.  His bond is still pending.  

The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.  Detectives have reason to believe the other three suspects are possibly juveniles. 

CPSO VCIU Detective Diquan Bennett is the lead investigator on these cases.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 135

On July 2 the three suspects seen in these photographs entered the Bath & Body Words on Derek Drive in Lake Charles at two separate times during the day.

 

The suspects stole numerous items, valuing about $3,000, and fled in a black Ford Expedition with Texas plates.

 

If anyone has any information, call Crime Stoppers at 439-22223. For Crime Stoppers I am Chief Deputy Stitch Guillory.

CPSO Crime Stoppers 134

CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR MISAPPLICTION OF PAYMENTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On July 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Lorraine R. Hyde, 63, Mandeville, LA, after an investigation revealed she failed to pay contractors she hired to complete a job. 

               

On November 13, 2019, CPSO detectives received a complaint from a local company in reference to misapplication of contractor payments.  The complainant advised detectives they entered into a barge transportation agreement with Hyde, the CEO of Genesis Venture Logistics (GVL), for her company to provide services and logistics to transport sand to a construction project, by barge from Westlake to Cameron Parish.  The complainant then advised detectives in August 2019, they were contacted by several companies that were contracted out by GVL to help complete the project, stating they were not paid for the services they provided while transporting the sand.

               

During the investigation it was learned Hyde had used an accounts receivable financing company to initially fund the job and received over $2 million dollars from the company.  The agreement was for the complainant’s company to pay the GVL invoices through the receivable financing company, to cover the upfront financing Hyde was given.  It was discovered that the complainant’s company was making payments, but Hyde had failed to pay the companies she contracted out to complete the job. 

               

After a lengthy investigation the report was turned over to the District Attorney’s Office and charges were later accepted and a warrant was issued for Hyde’s arrest.  She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with contractor misapplication of payments.  She was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Kendrick Guidry.   

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

A public meeting will be held as follows:

 

DATE: Thursday, July 15, 2021

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE OF MEETING:  Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                                          5400 East Broad Street

                                          Lake Charles, LA  70615

AGENDA: 

Call to Order

 

Roll Call

 

 Approval of the Minutes from last meeting held June 3, 2021

           

No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

          1. Adopt the Millage Rates for 2021

           

Adjournment

                                                            Tony Mancuso, Sheriff

                                                            Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District

                                                            5400 East Broad Street

                                                            Lake Charles, LA  70615

                                                            (337) 491-3700

 

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

 

CPSO INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT ON EQUIPMENT FUNDED THROUGH FEDERAL GRANT

 

Under the 2021 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Local Formula Solicitation, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is proposing the procurement of two color copiers, one cargo trailer, one golf cart, one round conference table, and six automated external defibrillators (AED’s).  This grant has an allocation of funding by the Bureau of Justice totaling $39,258. 

 

The application for federal assistance under this grant is due by August 9, 2021 and comments from the public regarding this grant proposal are encouraged.  All comments are to be directed to the attention of Lt. Jennifer Creel, Director of Planning & Research, at (337) 431-8076 within 10 days of this posting.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

Lake Charles –

 

On July 6 convicted sex offender Clifford C. Abshire, 40, Westlake, was arrested after an investigation revealed he failed to comply with his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 26 and 28 Abshire contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit advising he was no longer living at his registered address and advised he would be meeting with detectives on June 29 to update his registered address.  Abshire failed to meet with detectives to register a new address, making him in violations of his sex offender registration requirements, and on July 1 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $20,000 for his arrest.      

 

He was located at his place of employment and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure of offender to notify of registration information.

            

Abshire was convicted of indecent behavior with juveniles in 2012 in Caddo Parish. 

           

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

CPSO RELEASES RESULTS OF DWI CHECKPOINT

 

 Lake Charles –

 

On Friday, July 2 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a DWI checkpoint in the 600 block of N. Perkins Ferry Road in Moss Bluff to target individuals driving under the influence of alcohol and/or narcotics.

 

Four hundred sixty two (462) vehicles were checked; five (5) field sobriety tests were administered; four (4) citations were issued for no seatbelt; one (1) citation was issued for no child restraint; one (1) citation was issued for driving under suspension; one (1) citation was issued for no driver’s license; eight (8) citations were issued for expired motor vehicle inspection sticker; and one (1) citation was issued for open container.

               

The following individuals were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center:

Brandon A. Duplantis, 42, Bourg, LA, arrested for DWI, possession of CDS II, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Elexis N. Brown, 26, Abbeville, LA, arrested for possession of CDS I, and possession of CDS II

 

The following individuals were issued a signed summons and released:

Cullen B. Harrell, 39, Lake Charles, arrested for DWI, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia

Ashley N. Francis, 25, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

Rosalind M. Taylor, 44, Lake Charles, arrested for possession of marijuana

 

Participating in the checkpoint was the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Troop D.  

CPSO LOOKING FOR NEW INFORMATION PERTAINING TO WANTED FUGITIVE JOE CONSTANCE

Lake Charles, LA –

Over 10 years ago, on June 5, 2011, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Rustic View Drive in Lake Charles in reference to the murder of Mary “Jeannette” Duhon, the estranged wife of Joe M. Constance, now 54 years of age.

 

During the investigation it was learned Constance forcefully entered Duhon’s residence, confronted other occupants of the residence, while demanding to know the location of Duhon. When Constance located her in another area of the residence, he shot and killed her, and fled the area. Deputies located Constance’s abandoned truck on Fred Vail Road approximately 30 minutes after the shooting.

 

CPSO deputies along with numerous local and state agencies continued extensive searches for Constance several days after the shooting, but were unable to locate him.

 

Constance is charged with first degree murder, 2 counts aggravated assault and aggravated burglary. A federal arrest warrant was issued by the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in 2014, after Constance was charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

 

In a press briefing held today Sheriff Tony Mancuso stated, “CPSO along with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and the FBI have continued to look for Constance, following up on numerous leads and tips received. We want the victim’s family to know we have not given up, nor will we ever give up. We continue to work very hard and I have one person dedicated solely to finding Constance.” District Attorney Stephen Dwight followed by saying, “We want to bring justice to the family of this victim and we are willing to offer immunity to someone who may have assisted Constance if they come forward now and help us locate this fugitive.”

 

CPSO is asking anyone with information on Constance to come forward by calling the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or calling directly to the CPSO Detective at (337) 707-TIPS (8477).

 

Constance is 6’2, white male with brown/gray hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo on his left arm, along with numerous tattoos on his back, he also has a mole on his neck. He has been known to use the following names: Joe Constance, Joe M. Constance, Joe Matthew Constance, and Joseph Constance, along with the following dates of birth: February 27, 1967 and July 27, 1967.

 

Note: Attached is the initial FBI wanted poster from 2015 along with two photographs from the LSU Faces Lab showing what Constance possibly looks like today.


CPSO TO CONDUCT DWI CHECKPOINT

Lake Charles –

 

In a continuing effort to keep the citizens of Calcasieu Parish safe, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the parish this Friday, July 2nd 

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

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

 

CPSO INVESTIGATES HIT & RUN PEDESTRIAN/VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CARLYSS

Lake Charles –

 

            On June 19 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Gum Island Road in Carlyss in reference to a pedestrian/vehicle accident.     

The initial investigation revealed an unknown vehicle traveling westbound struck a pedestrian from behind sometime between 3:30 and 4:00 a.m.; causing serious injuries to the pedestrian.  The suspect vehicle then fled the scene of the accident.  

            The vehicle is believed to have suffered minor to moderate damages to the front bumper.             

It is unknown at this time if the pedestrian was walking in the lane of travel. 

            Deputies attempted to identify the suspect vehicle, but have been unsuccessful and are asking anyone with information to call CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech at 491-3846.

CPSO ARRESTS IOWA MAN FOR CHILD PORN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received information in reference to Garrett M. Faulk, 23, 2573 Beauvoir Drive, Iowa, possibly being in possession of child pornography. 

 

During the initial investigation Faulk was found to be in possession of 1 image containing child pornography.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with pornography involving juveniles.   Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $100,000.

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

 

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Lauren Cowick is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO TO HOST WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINARS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will host several women’s self-defense seminars in different locations around the parish on July 10 and 17.  These seminars are free and offered to those who are 16 years of age and older.   

           

The self-defense seminar will include lectures and hands-on instruction in women’s self-defense techniques.  Women will learn defenses against sudden violent attacks, situational awareness, fear management, and basic defenses against common grabs and strikes.  This half-day seminar will be taught by CPSO deputies who are certified self-defense instructors.

           

Ladies must pre-register to attend by calling the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3850.  Class size is limited.

CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER AS SEX OFFENDERS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On June 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Joshua S. Thibodeaux, 39, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on two separate occasions.

           

In April, Thibodeaux failed to pay his sex offender registration community notification fees, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation it was also learned Thibodeaux had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement within three days, making him once again in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives with the CPSO Sex Offender Unit attempted to locate Thibodeaux but were unsuccessful and on June 7 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $50,000 for his arrest. 

           

On June 14 Thibodeaux was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with failure to register as a sex offender 2nd offense; and failure to register as a sex offender. 

           

Thibodeaux was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in Calcasieu Parish in 2012.  He was also convicted of failure to register as a sex offender in 2018.

 

 

Earlier this month Calcasieu Parish Sex Offender Unit detectives received information in reference to convicted sex offender, Pete Valencia, Jr., 54, 3703 Common Street #3, Lake Charles, being in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.

 

During the investigation detectives learned on three separate occasions Valencia had driven a vehicle that was not registered with law enforcement; making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

 

On June 14 Valencia, who was convicted of forcible rape in 1993 in Desoto Parish, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000 and he also has a detainer that was issued by Louisiana State Probation and Parole.   

 

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on both cases. 


CPSO LOCATE ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT & ARREST 3 FOR VEHICLE BURGLARIES

Lake Charles, LA –

 

 On June 10 at approximately 4:00 a.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the areas of E. Gauthier Road and Tom Hebert Road in Lake Charles in reference to several vehicle burglaries occurring in the area.  During the initial investigation deputies were given a description of the car possibly responsible for the burglaries.

           

A short time later deputies located a car matching the description in the area of Gulf Highway in Lake Charles, at which time they conducted a stop on the car.  Deputies made contact with the three occupants, James S. O’Neal III, 18, a 16 year old juvenile, and a 17 year old juvenile, all of Crowley.  During the investigation detectives learned the 17 year old had an active warrant through Crowley Police Department for attempted 1st degree murder.  During a subsequent search of the car deputies located a total of 4 firearms; one of which had been previously reported stolen through Jennings Police Department and another which had been stolen earlier that morning during the vehicle burglaries in south Lake Charles.   

           

During further investigation it was discovered the suspects had traveled from Crowley to Lake Charles to commit the vehicle burglaries, and had been armed when they committed the crimes.    

 

All three suspects were arrested and charged with 2 counts of simple burglary; 2 counts of theft under $1,000; 2 counts of possession of a stolen firearm; and theft of a firearm.  The juveniles were additionally charged with 2 counts of possession of a handgun by a juvenile.  O’Neal was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  Bonds have not yet been set. 

           

The investigation is continuing and more charges are possible.

           

CPSO Detective Warner Levy is the lead investigator on this case.  

SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO WARNS CITIZENS OF SCAM

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso is warning area residents of a scam that may possibly surface in our area. 

Victims in nearby parishes have reported receiving an email from what appears to be the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association (LSA) president, Sheriff Jason Ard.  The email asks the victims to participate in collecting gift cards to donate to veterans to help with the financial burdens of COVID.  The email then instructs the victim to reply to the email if they wish to participate.  DO NOT REPLY!  This is a scam, not a legitimate communications from the LSA. 

           

Sheriff Mancuso wants to remind residents of a few tips to use to avoid becoming a victim of a scam:

·                     Resist the pressure to make an immediate decision.  Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly

·                     Verify the information before sending any money

·                     Never wire money or give gift card information based on a request made over the phone or in an e-mail.  Keep in mind that doing so is like giving cash—once you send it, you cannot get it back.

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS THREE FOR THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 14 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a report in reference to theft of catalytic converts from a local business in Lake Charles.  The victim advised detectives the thefts had been occurring for approximately six months. 

           

During the investigation, detectives conducted surveillance at the business and on multiple occasions observed a van with several people inside on the property late at night.  On June 2 deputies located the van in the area of the victim’s business at which time they initiated a traffic stop. 

           

Deputies obtained consent to search the van at which time they located two battery operated reciprocating saws, numerous spare batteries, several new and used blades used for cutting metal, and a hi-lift jack.  During further investigation, it was learned the driver and one of the occupants, Infant Medina, 21, and Guillermo Andres-Urbina, 38, both of Houston, TX, were connected to numerous scrap metal tickets, totaling over $232,000 for catalytic converters that had been sold for scrap metal. 

           

Medina, Andres-Urbina, along with a 17 year old juvenile who was also in the van, were arrested.  Medina and Andres-Urbina were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center.  They are all charged with criminal trespassing; simple criminal damage to property; and theft from $1,000 but less than $5,000.  Judge Tony Fazzio set Medina and Andres-Urbina’s bonds at $100,000. 

           

The investigation is continuing. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a local hotel and casino in Lake Charles in reference to a robbery. 

 

During the initial investigation, the victim stated he was in his hotel room with a woman he did not know, at which time she observed him to have a large amount of cash and jewelry.  The victim then stated shortly after the woman left a man knocked on his door; once he opened it the man forced his way into the room and stole the cash and jewelry. 

 

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance footage, which showed the woman and man leaving in a dark colored car.  Detectives attempted to identify the suspects but were unsuccessful.  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who can identify the suspects or car seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3605.

 

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.     


Notice of Public Meeting

CPSO HOSTING JR. DEPUTY ACADEMY

Lake Charles, LA –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is hosting its annual Jr. Deputy Academy for children ages 11 to 14.  The program teaches children the importance of their roles as citizens in our community by teaching leadership skills and the value of teamwork.  Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the various roles our CPSO deputies play in our community.  The program encourages good moral character, integrity, and strong leadership.   

 

The first of six consecutive Saturday classes will begin on June 12 at Moss Bluff Middle School located at 297 Park Road.  Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will include a parent meet and greet, which a parent or guardian must attend.  After registration, the program will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. 

 

Please visit our website at https://www.cpso.com/about-1/security-enforcement/ to print out the application and have it with you on the day of registration.  Due to limited seating pre-registration is required.  For more information or to pre-register please call (337) 990-1312. 

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN SULPHUR

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1600 block of Swisco Road in Sulphur.          

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of an SUV lost control and went off the roadway for unknown reasons.  After leaving the roadway the SUV struck a utility pole and flipped multiple times.  The driver, Dylan J. Alford, 27, St. Francisville, LA, who was not properly restrained at the time of the crash, was ejected from the SUV.  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, toxicology testing will be performed.  

             

CPSO Sr. Cpl. Travis Carroll is the lead investigator on this case.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 25 COUNTS OF FORGERY & FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

Austin Tyler Ramos

1531 Country Club Road, Lake Charles

 

Charges:

14:72 Forgery (25 Counts)

14:73.5 Computer Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.11 Credit Card Fraud (25 Counts)

14:67.B.2 Theft $5,000.00 - $25,000.00 (1 Count)

 

On August 10, 2020, Detectives received a report of theft in which a local non-profit organization found records showing Austin Tyler Ramos had stolen funds from the charity in a scheme relating to fraudulent house fires.

 

Records dating back to 2019 show that Ramos used his position/credentials and his work laptop to create fake fire reports utilizing false names and addresses, which then allowed the release of funds that were then loaded onto gift cards. Records further show Ramos then removed money from the gift cards at local ATMs. The total amount of theft is $16,075.50.

On May 24 he was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

Detective Shelli Fontenot was the lead detective.

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATT MURDER OF DEPUTY

CEDRIC ALLEN SENNETT

DOB: 10-14-1971

Homeless

 

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:30/27-- Attempted 1st Degree Murder of a Police Officer-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA R.S. 14:95.1-- Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon-- (Felony)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.B.(1)(a)-- Resisting an Officer by Flight-- (Misdemeanor)

1 Count(s) of LA. R.S. 14:108.2-- Resisting an Officer by Use of Force-- (Felony)

 

Total Bond $300,000

 

On May 24, 2021, at approximately 7:30AM, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol deputies were dispatched to a gas station Highway 14 in reference to a male who previously used fake $20 bills.

Upon the deputy’s arrival they observed a male, later identified as Cedric Sennett, matching the description provided. As the deputy attempted to speak with Sennett he fled on his bicycle. The deputy gave chase on foot and as the deputy attempted to detain him, Sennett began to fight with the deputy and during the struggle he pulled a gun on the deputy. The deputy was able to disarm Sennett and gain control of the firearm. Sennett again ran from the deputy. The deputy gave chase and was ultimately able to arrest Sennett.

 

Cedric Sennett’s criminal history revealed he was released on Good Time Parole Supervision for Simple Burglary on July 27, 2020. Sennett was to remain on supervision until April 18, 2023. This conviction prohibits Sennett from possession of a firearm.

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, which starts today and ends June 6, 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 assist LSP in a seatbelt checkpoint.  CPSO will also have 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 Friday, May 28.

 

“According to research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly half (47%) of the passengers killed in crashes in 2019 were unrestrained.  Research shows by choosing to buckle up you reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60% and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 65%.  Those facts highlight the need for increased enforcement and awareness of seat belt use.” said Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso

CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF VAN INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Tuesday, May 4 at an RV park located on Luke Powers Road in Lake Charles.

 

The initial investigation revealed the driver of the van was entering the park, at which time he hit a divider located between the entrance and the exit, causing over $1,000 worth of damage.  The suspect exited his vehicle and later left the scene.    

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the suspect or van seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 491-3846 and reference complaint number 21-54642.

           

CPSO Sgt. Casey Steech is the lead investigator on this case. 


CPSO RESPONDS TO FLOODING RESCUES

Calcasieu Parish –

 

Last night at approximately 8:40 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, along with assistance from the National Guard, were dispatched to Steward Road in Vinton in reference to an individual who was stuck in chest-deep water inside his residence and needed to be rescued.

           

Once deputies arrived it was learned there were 5 other individuals, including a 5 year old, along the same road that also needed to be rescued.  Deputies and Guardsman deployed a high water vehicle along with a boat and were able to evacuate the residents safely. 

 

“The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is continuing to monitor the ongoing weather situation in our area,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Our department along with the assistance of the National Guard has high water vehicles and other high water rescue assets staged throughout the parish.  If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency.”

Public Notice Emergency

May 18, 2021

 

This is to inform the public that the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has declared under R.S. 38:2211 (A)(5)(a) that Ongoing Flood/Severe Weather Threat poses an emergency threat forCalcasieu Parish. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be making purchases starting May 17, 2021 thru the duration of the emergency event under this ruling. This is published in the official journal in accordance with R.S. 38:2212 (P).

 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

CPSO RESPONDS TO AREA FLOODING

Calcasieu Parish –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently handling numerous flood related calls due to the ongoing weather situation in our area.  It appears all areas of the parish are experiencing flooding on the roadways and conditions are deteriorating and changing quickly.  “CPSO has deployed high water vehicles and boats on both sides of the parish and are we prepared to handle any flood related call we receive,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are urging all residents to be vigilant and keep an eye on the evolving weather situation.  We are also urging residents to stay put and DO NOT travel on the roadways; driving on the roadways at this time is putting yourself in danger, along with causing damage to other residents’ property from the rising water.”    

 

If anyone is trapped in their home or needs help evacuating or has any other flood related issues please call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 491-3685 or 911 if it is an emergency. 

 

C.A.T. TEAM MAKES NARCOTICS BUST FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 10 at approximately 3:30 p.m., detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted a stop on a car traveling westbound on I-10 near mile marker 36 in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

 

Detectives spoke with the driver Jarvis J. Reynaud, 33, 708 N. Prater Street, Lake Charles, who began to act suspiciously.  Detectives deployed a trained and certified drug detection K-9 to conduct a free air sniff around the vehicle at which time a positive response to the odor of a controlled substance coming from inside the car was indicated.  During a subsequent search of the car detectives located 2 bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets, a bag of alprazolam tablets, and a bag of marijuana.  Detectives also located a firearm, which had previously been reported stolen through CPSO. 

           

After further investigation detectives obtained a search warrant for Reynaud’s residence.  During execution of the warrant detectives located numerous gallon and sandwich sized zip lock bags of synthetic marijuana, a large bag of marijuana, and several bags of ecstasy/MDMA tablets.  Detectives also located another stolen firearm, which had previously been reported through LCPD. 

 

During the course of the investigation detectives seized a total of approximately 21 grams of alprazolam, 7 pounds of ecstasy/MDMA, over 9 pounds of synthetic marijuana, and over 1 pound of marijuana; with a total estimated street value of $54,000.    

           

Reynaud, who is a convicted felon, was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with a traffic citation; 2 counts of possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; possession of CDS IV with intent to distribute; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a CDS; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Reynaud also has a Parole detainer.  His bond has not yet been set.  


CALCASIEU PARISH REGIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY COMPLETES 125th BASIC ACADEMY

Lake Charles –

 

According to Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso, the Calcasieu Parish Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy completed its 125th Basic Academy with 41 officers representing 11 agencies in the area.  These officers completed 509 hours of instruction in all phases of basic law enforcement.  All 41 law enforcement officers passed the Louisiana Peace Officer Standard Testing (POST) exam and are now certified as Basic Peace Officers.  Due to COVID-19 the graduating officers were unable to have a traditional graduation; but earlier today they had a small ceremony at the Calcasieu Parish Regional Training Academy.    

Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department, was selected class president of the 125th Basic Academy.

Scholastic awards were presented to:

Brendan McGroarty, first; McNeese State University Police Department

Jamie Williams, second; Probation & Parole

Madolyne Miller, third; Iowa Police Department

Firearms awards were presented to:

Hunter Gueringer, first; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

Jarad Doyle, second; Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Reginald Philson, third; Oakdale Police Department

Defensive Tactics Honor was presented to Brendan McGroarty, McNeese State University Police Department.

               Physical Training Honor was presented to Lauren Matte, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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

                        Jose Avila, Jarad Doyle, Wesley Travis  – Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Dalton Barron, Anthony Brown, Hunter Burns, Mackenzie Carrier, Lia Chavis, Conner Coleman, Dylan Davis, Emily Doucet, Henry Gatewood, Hunter Gueringer, Brennan Hoover, Scott LaCaze, Gregory LaCour, Andrew LaRocca, Lauren Matte, Alexis Nolen, Daltin Nugent, Justin Orlando, Dalten Stains, Chad Williams, William Young  - Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Tristan Guidry, Nicholas Victorian – Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Department

Madolyne Miller – Iowa Police Department

Kate Boudreaux, Chance Broussard, Tony Clement, Tylynn Parsons – Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office

                        Keeton Bills – Lake Charles City Police Department

                        Brendan McGroarty – McNeese State University Police Department

Kevin Johnson, Reginald Philson– Oakdale Police Department

Dalvin Dentley – Oberlin Police Department

Jo Ann Cross, Jamie Williams – Probation & Parole

Rachel Richard – Sulphur Police Department

              Brady LaPoint and Christian Livingston, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office, graduated after completing 140 hours of refresher courses.

 

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

C.A.T TEAM MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS FOR DRUGS FOLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANTS

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 27, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the CPSO Anti-Crime and Tactical Team (ACT-Team) executed a search warrant at the home of McQuinton D. Simon Sr., 37, and Jasmine Bordelon, 30, both of 2156 11th Street, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed possible incidents of drug activity at the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located Simon and Bordelon at the home along with a small child.   

           

During a search of the home detectives located approximately 231 ecstasy/MDMA tablets, 1 pound of synthetic marijuana, 4.55 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  Detectives also seized $1,896 believed to be illegal proceeds from drug transactions.  The total estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized from the home is $2,000.   

           

Simon and Bordelon were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (ecstasy); possession of CDS I with intent to distribute (synthetic marijuana); possession of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; money laundering transaction involving proceeds of criminal activity; and illegal use of a CDS in the presence of a juvenile.  Simon was additionally charged with obstruction of justice due to him destroying evidence while detectives executed the search warrant.

 

Judge Tony Fazzio set Simon’s bond at $103,000 and Bordelon’s bond at $31,000.  Bordelon was released on bond the following day.    

 

 

           

On May 3, detectives with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) conducted an investigation at 4101 5th Avenue apartment #6107 in Lake Charles in reference to citizen complaints of drug activity at the residence.  When deputies arrived at the apartment they made contact with the resident, Duane K. Huntsberry, 23, who is a convicted felon. 

           

While speaking with Huntsberry and conducting their initial investigation detectives obtained enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the home.  Upon execution of the warrant detectives located 745 milliliters of promethazine, 8 oxycodone pills, 2 hydrocodone pills, 7 alprazolam tablets, and 1.5 pounds of marijuana.  Detectives also seized a Troy AR .223 caliber pistol along with a loaded magazine containing 29 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition and an additional 171 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition.  The estimated street value of the illegal narcotics seized  from the home is $12,000.

 

Huntsberry was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with possession of CDS I with intent to distribute; 2 counts of possession of CDS II; possession of CDS IV; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and illegal possession of a firearm in the presence of a CDS.  Judge Mike Canaday set his bond at $167,500.    

 


CPSO ARRESTS TWO FOR THEFT & PROPERTY DAMAGE

 

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 2 at approximately 8:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies received a call in reference to someone attempting to steal wire off a utility pole in the area of Gray Road and West Street in Vinton. 

           

When deputies arrived they located a truck in the area with electrical wire attached to the bumper.  Deputies made contact with the driver and passenger of the truck, Spencer D. Conner, 48, 3211 Warren Ave., Lake Charles, and Gene A. Constance, 43, 4883 Highway 108, Sulphur.  During the initial investigation it was learned Conner and Constance had tied a loose wire hanging from the utility pole to the back of the truck in an attempt to steal it.  The suspects put the truck in drive and began pulling on the wire, causing the pole to fall over.  It was learned once the utility pole fell there was an electrical outage to several neighborhoods in the area.  During further investigation Constance was found to be in possession of marijuana, several pills, and drug paraphernalia.

           

Conner and Constance were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.  They were both charged with criminal damage to property $1,000 - $50,000; and theft less than $1,000.  Constance is additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia; 3 counts of possession of CDS IV, possession of a legend drug; and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Judge Michael Canaday set Conner’s bond at $11,000 and Constance’s bond at $20,500. 

           

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


CPSO DEPUTY TERMINATED AFTER ARREST

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On May 1 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives began an investigation on Deputy James C. Trahan, 42, Moss Bluff, after receiving a complaint in reference to indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On May 2 Trahan was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $450,000.

           

Prior to being terminated by Sheriff Tony Mancuso yesterday, Trahan worked as a correctional officer at the Calcasieu Correctional Center and had been with the department for approximately 15 years.

           

“I am very disturbed by this incident and sorry for the victim.  Our deputies take their oath seriously and the actions of Trahan are an embarrassment for our profession,” stated Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “Criminal activity will not be tolerated at our department.”   

 

Detective Lauren Cowick 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 McHenry Savoy, 37, Lake Charles, sexually abusing a girl under the age of 18, earlier this year.  After further investigation, on April 20, Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $200,000 for Savoy’s arrest.

           

On April 26 Savoy turned himself in and was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated crime against nature. 

 

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

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Lake Charles, LA –

           

On April 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a hotel in Sulphur in reference to a possible credit card fraud. 

           

During the investigation detectives learned someone had been using fraudulent credit cards and identities to book hotel rooms at six different hotels located in Sulphur and Lake Charles.  After speaking with hotel personnel and reviewing surveillance footage at the hotels detectives were able to identify one of the suspects as Martin F. Gilliard III, 46, 426 Armistead Lane, Lake Charles. 

           

On April 23 CPSO detectives were contacted by personnel at a hotel in Lake Charles in reference to a man who was possibly attempting to pay for a room with a fraudulent card.  Hotel personnel told detectives the man was ultimately unable to pay and was removed from the hotel.  When detectives arrive they located Gilliard, who attempted to give deputies a false name and presented them with a fraudulent driver’s license.  During further investigation Gilliard was found to be in possession of over 20 different credit cards that did not belong to him. 

 

He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 20 counts of identity theft; and resisting an officer by refusal to ID.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,000.  Gilliard was also found to have two outstanding warrants for contempt of court for charges of identity theft less than $300; 7 counts of identity theft over $1,000; theft over $25,000; and access device fraud over $1,500. 

           

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

           

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

CPSO ARRESTS SEX OFFENDER FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 24 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested convicted sex offender Eric A. Morales, 44, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was in violation of his sex offender registration requirements on three separate occasions. 

           

In November 2020, Morales, who was convicted of rape in 1996 in MA, failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration with CPSO Sex Offender detectives, making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  During further investigation, it was learned Morales, who had not paid his sex offender registration fees for the year 2020, had moved from his registered address and failed to report a new address with law enforcement, also making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements.  Morales also failed to report for his quarterly sex offender registration in February 2021, once again making him in violation of his sex offender registration requirements. 

           

Detectives attempted to locate Morales on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful and on March 29 Judge Derrick Kee signed a warrant in the amount of $9,500 for Morales’ arrest. 

           

On April 24 CPSO deputies were dispatched to a local casino in reference to a trespassing complaint.  During the investigation they made contact with the suspect, Morales.  He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 3 counts of failure to register as a sex offender; and failure to pay sex offender fees.  Morales was also issued a misdemeanor summons for trespassing. 

           

CPSO Cpl. Rodney Daigle, Jr., is the arresting deputy on this case.  CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO INVESTIGATES TRAFFIC FATALITY IN MOSS BLUFF

Lake Charles –

 

Last night at approximately 10:50 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a single vehicle crash in the 1300 block of Theriot Road in Moss Bluff.         

 

The initial investigation revealed a truck was traveling north on Theriot Road at a high rate of speed when the driver, Cody E. Carpenter, 32, Moss Bluff, lost control in a curve and struck a ditch.  The truck rolled multiple times, at which time Carpenter, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the truck.  He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  The passenger, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, sustained minor injuries. 

 

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

               

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

CPSO Crime Stoppers 133

Between April 4th and 15th, the suspects seen in this video committed multiple vehicle burglaries in the areas of Alexander Lane,  Perry Lane, and South Stephie Lane in south Lake Charles.

 

The suspects stole cash along with two firearms from the unlocked vehicles.

 

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

CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD INCIDENT

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 20 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles, after an investigation revealed he was responsible for residential contractor fraud.

           

During the investigation, it was learned the victim paid Dugas over $9,000 to complete a construction project at his residence.  Dugas had cashed the check given to him by the victim and delivered a small portion of the materials to the home.  After several months passed without any work being completed, Dugas arrived at the home and completed a few hours of work.  Dugas left and did not return to complete the job.  Dugas also failed to deliver all the materials, which were previously paid for.

           

Detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  Dugas, who is currently incarcerated on prior contractor fraud charges, was additionally charged with residential contractor fraud $5,000 - $25,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed.

           

Dugas was previously arrested for similar incidents on April 6 and April 9.

           

If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.

           

CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.      

CPSO PARTICIPATES IN “BUCKLE UP IN YOUR TRUCK” CAMPAIGN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is participating in the crackdown on unrestrained drivers.  The “Buckle Up In Your Truck,” campaign, which started on April 17 and ends April 24, 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 24.    This checkpoint will target people who are not wearing their seatbelt in pick-up trucks, as well as any other types of vehicles.  Also participating in the checkpoint will be the Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Lake Charles City Police. 

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2020 only 86% of pickup truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt; compared to 91% of people who drove cars and 92% of people who drove a van or SUV.  “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 TWO FOR MULTIPLE DWIS

Lake Charles –

 

On April 15 at approximately 1:30 a.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a truck near the intersection of Highway 90 and Prater Road in Sulphur.

           

When the deputy spoke with the driver, Jedediah E. Williams, 29, 6212 Highway 3059, Lake Charles, he could smell a faint odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from his person.  When the deputy asked Williams if he had been drinking he stated he had a few beers.

 

After Williams, who has three prior DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, he was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for a breath intoxilyzer test; which he refused.  Deputies obtained a warrant to have his blood drawn for a toxicology report at which time he was 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; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $45,100 with special conditions being he cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, he must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

On April 15 at approximately 5:30 p.m. a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the intersection of Mosswood Road and South Beglis Parkway in Sulphur in reference to a van in the ditch. 

           

When the deputy arrived he spoke with the driver, Rachel A. Worster, 47, Cochise, AZ, and observed her to have unsteady balance.  While the deputy was speaking with Worster she confirmed she drank two beers prior to driving. 

 

After Worster, who has two previous DWI convictions, performed poorly on a standard field sobriety test, she was arrested and transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed she was over the legal limit.  She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and driving on a roadway laned for traffic.  Judge Tony Fazzio set her bond at $35,100 with special conditions being she cannot operate a vehicle without an ignition interlock device, she must wear an alcohol detecting ankle bracelet, must not consume any alcoholic beverages, must be subject to random drug and alcohol screenings, cannot commit any other crimes, must obey set curfew; and no driving without a valid license.

 

CPSO Deputy Kerrick Gabriel, Jr., is the arresting deputy on both cases. 


CPSO SEARCHING FOR DRIVER OF TRUCK INVOLVED IN HIT & RUN

Lake Charles –

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a hit and run that occurred during the early morning hours on Sunday, March 14 at a restaurant located on Sam Houston Jones Parkway in Moss Bluff. 

 

During the initial investigation detectives learned a truck backing into a parked vehicle in the parking lot.  The truck is described as a white Nissan Frontier.   

 

 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking anyone who can identify the truck or the suspects seen in the photographs, or anyone with information related to the case to contact the lead investigator Sr. Cpl. Casey Steech at 491-3605.


CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR 3RD DEGREE RAPE

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On April 13 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to a rape of a girl under the age of 17. 

 

During the investigation the victim, who had previously been reported missing through LCPD, told detectives she had run away from home and was walking down the street when a man she did not know, later identified as Tony L. Mouton, 35, 2917 Cypress Street, Lake Charles, picked her up.  The victim advised detectives Mouton drove her to an abandoned trailer on Tousaint Road in Lake Charles, at which time they smoked marijuana and drank tequila.  The victim further stated during the night Mouton and her engaged in sexual intercourse and she left the trailer the next morning.  The victim was transported to a hospital where the examination revealed injuries consistent with her statement.  

 

On April 14, detectives made contact with Mouton and while speaking with him he confirmed to detectives he picked the girl up and drove her to the trailer.  He also confirmed he smoked marijuana and drank tequila with the victim, but denied having sexual intercourse with her.  He was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with third degree rape.  Judge Tony Fazzio set his bond at $650,000. 

 

CPSO Sr. Cpl Aaron Shelton and Deputy Dayton Laborde are the arresting deputies on this case.  CPSO Detective James Jones is the lead investigator on this case.  

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CONTRACTOR FRAUD RESPONSE TEAM REARRESTS MAN

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On February 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to Ronald J. Dugas, Jr., 44, 694 Jaywood Drive, Lake Charles in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim stated in January he hired Dugas to perform construction at his residence, at which time he paid him in full for materials and labor, over $4,000.  The victim further stated numerous weeks went by with no work being completed at the home.  After a month and a half, Dugas performed approximately five hours of work and failed to return to complete the job.  It was also learned Dugas did not deliver all the victim’s materials, which he previously paid for.  Further investigation revealed Dugas did not have a contractor’s license.

           

On April 9 Judge Tony Fazzio signed a warrant in the amount of $35,000 for Dugas’ arrest.  He was arrested later the same day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with residential contractor fraud $1,000 to $5,000; residential contractor fraud no license; and exploitation of the infirmed. 

           

Dugas was previously arrested for contractor fraud for a similar incident on April 6.

           

CPSO Detective Garrett Laborde is the lead investigator on this case.  

CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF STOLEN THINGS AND GOVERNMENT BENEFITS FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

In January the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Crimes Investigative Unit received a complaint in reference to an excavator that had been stolen off private property in the area of Louisiana Avenue in Lake Charles. 

           

During the investigation, VCIU detectives discovered Robert L. Montgomery, 50, 1563 Noelie Street, Lake Charles, was in possession of the excavator and had planned on selling it.  When detectives spoke with Montgomery he stated an individual who was staying next door to where the excavator was located told him the owner was getting rid of it and Montgomery could take it, at which time Montgomery paid to have the excavator moved to his property.  Montgomery was unable to provide detectives with further information on the individual who told him he could take the excavator. 

           

In March, while detectives were still investigating the excavator theft, CPSO detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit received a report in reference to identity theft.  During further investigation, it was learned Montgomery had used a victim’s, who was an acquaintance, personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment claim with the State of Louisiana.  It was discovered Montgomery had received over $8,000 in unemployment benefits since April 2020. 

           

On April 7, Montgomery was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen things from $25,000 or more; identity theft over $1,000; and government benefits fraud.  He was released later the same day on an $8,500 bond set by Judge Tony Fazzio.

           

CPSO VCIU Detective Tyler McKnight and Financial Crimes Detective Joshua Bruns are the lead investigators on these cases

CPSO ARRESTS FLORIDA MAN FOR RESIDENTIAL CONTRACTOR FRAUD

Lake Charles, LA –

 

On March 10, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint on Larry D. Fitzgerald, 59, Panama City Beach, FL, in reference to contractor fraud. 

           

During the investigation the victim advised detectives she signed a contract with Fitzgerald in September 2020, at which time she paid him over $60,000 in order for him to repair damages to her home sustained during Hurricanes Laura and Delta.  The victim stated Fitzgerald advised her she would be able to move back in her home in January, but the repairs have yet to be completed.  During the investigation detectives also learned Fitzgerald did not have a valid contractor’s license to work in Louisiana until October 2020, which was after he signed a contract with the victim. 

           

Detectives attempted to make contact with Fitzgerald on numerous occasions but were unsuccessful.  After further investigation, on March 31 detectives obtained a warrant signed by Judge Tony Fazzio for Fitzgerald’s arrest.  On April 7, Fitzgerald was located and arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of residential contractor fraud over $1,500.  He was released later the same day on a $50,000 bond.

           

“We are not going to allow these criminals to take advantage of the citizens in our community,” stated Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  “We are working together with DA Stephen Dwight and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office and have recently formed a Contractor Fraud Response Team.  If you believe you have been a victim of contractor fraud or are unsure whether an actual crime has been committed call the Contractor Fraud Response Team at 437-3405.”

 

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