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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is located at 5400 E. Broad St., Lake Charles, 70615 LA. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office phone number is (337) 491-3600.
Pick up a copy of the November issue of Thrive magazine to read their "First Person" feature with Sheriff Tony Mancuso. It's also available online through the link below.
CPSO ARRESTS STUDENT FOR GUN IN BACKPACK AT SCHOOL Lake Charles – Around 1:00 p.m. today the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Iowa High School in regard to a student possibly bringing a gun to school in his backpack. The student’s backpack was searched by deputies and a loaded gun was found inside. The investigation revealed at no time did the student remove the gun from the backpack while at school. The student was booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in a firearm free zone. CPSO Detective Seth Abshire is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO ARREST AMITE WOMEN FOR CHILD DESERTION Lake Charles, LA – On November 1 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a local motel located on Highway 90 in Lake Charles in reference to a baby being left on a second floor balcony alone. When deputies arrived on scene, they learned the child’s mother, Shaila A. Walker, 18, Amite, LA, was supposed to be taking care of the 8 month old baby girl. The baby’s father stated he left the motel and was walking to a nearby store when he observed Walker leaving the motel and yelling at him to go get his child. A short time later deputies made contact with Walker when she arrived back at the motel and she was transported to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. When detectives spoke with Walker she stated she left the child unattended on the balcony to go to McDonalds, and returned approximately 10 minutes later. She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and is charged with child desertion. Her bond is still pending. CPSO Deputy Sr. Cpl. Joshua Francis is the arresting deputy on this case. CPSO Detectives Ben Hare and Shelley Trahan are the lead investigators on this case.
UPDATE: After further investigation, on October 26, Parker was additionally charged with 2 counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles; commission of other felony. Judge Guy Bradberry set her total bond (for all charges including obstruction of justice and failure to report a homicide) at $160,000.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso wants you to "Know Before You Go" this Halloween.
SHERIFF MANCUSO URGES PARENTS, “CHECK SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY BEFORE HALLOWEEN” Lake Charles – Did you know according to statistics from the Department of Justice and Watch Systems LLC, an estimated 80% of all addresses have at least one sex offender within one mile? Forty-five percent of sexual assault victims are under twelve, and 75% of victims know their attacker. Over half of all sexual assaults occur within one mile of the victim’s home. Sex offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in both the richest and poorest of neighborhoods. So before your children Trick-or-Treat this Halloween, Sheriff Mancuso wants parents to have real-time access to sex offenders in your area. “We do our best to ensure sex offenders live where they tell us, but it is up to our citizens to utilize these online tools to see who the registered sex offenders are and where they are living,” says Sheriff Mancuso. It is critical that you “Know Before You Go” this Halloween.” Sheriff Mancuso advises parents to go to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office website at www.cpso.com and click on the Sex Offender Watch tab. Parents can quickly search for offenders in their area using this database. Simply enter your home address to view a printable map of your neighborhood and any offenders in the surrounding area. “If you aren’t planning on Trick-or-Treating in your own neighborhood, but will be in a different neighborhood, register that address beforehand so you know which houses to avoid,” says Sheriff Mancuso. While you are on the website, Sheriff Mancuso encourages you to take one extra step and register for the site’s free e-mail alerts. “You can enter your home, school, or grandparents’ addresses to receive real-time e-mail notifications any time an offender moves within one mile of any address you register. There is no cost for this service to the public, and no limit to the number of addresses you can register. Your email address and physical addresses are all confidential. With these resources available parents can feel confident that they are armed with the necessary tools to keep their children safe this Halloween,” says Sheriff Mancuso. During actual trick-or-treating hours on Halloween Day, CPSO Sex Offender Unit and Warrants Division will be monitoring offenders, assuring they are adhering to the restrictions and requirements.
Sr. Cpl. Chris Duhon and his K-9 King, were awarded the Patrol Case of the 2nd Quarter of 2018 from the National Police Canine Association. Sr. Cpl. Duhon and King were recognized for their apprehension of a suspect who had fled on foot after attempting to run over a Lake Charles Police Department Officer during a vehicle pursuit. He is pictured here with Sheriff Tony Mancuso after being congratulated on his achievement.
CPSO ARRESTS 4 FOR HOME INVASION & ARMED ROBBERY Lake Charles – On October 23 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in LeBleu Settlement regarding a home invasion. When deputies arrived they spoke with the homeowner who was home alone. She said two men, one wearing a red devil mask and the other wearing a teddy bear mask, and a woman with a scarf wrapped around her face, broke into her residence. One of the men armed was armed with a gun. She told deputies she attempted to fight back but the suspects threatened to shoot her. She stated while inside her home they stole several items, including a safe. The homeowner and a neighbor were able to give a description of the suspects, as well the suspects’ vehicle, which they fled in. Within an hour deputies were able to locate the vehicle that was described by the victim at a residence in Lake Charles. When deputies approached the home they located four people, later identified as Kaleigh A. Shelden, 19, 4401 Gladys St.; Areona A. Ardoin, 18, 627 Fall Street; Fabian A. Green, 19, 4834 Opelousas Street, all of Lake Charles, and Michael D. Miller, 21, 3658 Outback Lane, Iowa, standing outside of the residence. One of the women located at the residence did not enter the victim’s house but was the getaway driver. All of the items that had been stolen from the home were recovered. After detectives spoke with the four suspects they were all arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; armed robbery; armed robbery with the use of a firearm; and theft of a firearm. Green was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Their bonds are still pending. CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT Lake Charles – On October 17 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the AT&T store on Derek Drive in Lake Charles in reference to a theft that occurred the previous day. During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on Tuesday, October 16 at approximately 7:30 p.m. an unknown man entered the store and took an I-Phone XS Max, valued at $1,099. The suspect put the phone in his pocket and then exited the store. If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Chad Collins at 494-4539.
CPSO ARRESTS MAN FOR ATTEMPTED 2ND DEGREE MURDER Lake Charles – On October 20 at approximately 10:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home in Moss Bluff in reference to a disturbance involving a gun. While enroute deputies were informed by CPSO dispatchers that the complainant stated the suspect had a semi-automatic rifle and was also wearing a ballistic vest. The complainant also stated they observed the suspect walking around the outside of the home firing rounds. As deputies arrived at the home they witnessed the suspect, later identified as Robert L. Moreau, 36, Moss Bluff, leaving the scene in his truck. Deputies attempted to conduct a stop on the truck, but Moreau refused to stop and lead deputies on a pursuit for approximately 4 miles. After Moreau exited the truck deputies were forced to deploy their tasers and safely take him into custody. After further investigation CPSO detectives spoke with the victim who stated her and her husband, Moreau, were driving home earlier that evening when he threatened to shoot her with a pistol that was sitting in his lap. She then advised detectives a short time after they arrived home she went outside and Moreau followed her with the pistol behind his back and then fired a shot at her and they began wrestling. Detectives were told the couple’s three boys, ages 14, 12, and 10, exited the home in an attempt to get Moreau off the victim. The victim then stated during the struggle the gun fell to the ground and one of the boys was able to unload the gun and get it away from Moreau. At the same time another boy ran in the house and retrieved another gun and ordered Moreau to get off the victim. Moreau ran back into the home at which time the victim and the three boys ran across the street to a neighbor’s home, where they stayed until deputies arrived. The victim also stated to deputies there is approximately 30 guns inside the residence along with thousands of rounds of ammo and additional ballistic vests. Moreau was arrested and booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with attempted second degree murder; domestic abuse child endangerment; aggravated assault with a firearm; illegal discharge of a weapon; illegal discharge of a weapon during a crime of violence; illegal use of body armor during a crime of violence; and flight from an officer. Judge Ron Ware set his bond at $247,000. CPSO Detective Travis Lavergne is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO INVESTIGATING DECEASED BODY FOUND IN TRUNK OF CAR Lake Charles – Last night at approximately 9:30 p.m. the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call stating that a woman was driving around with a dead body in her trunk. A short time later deputies located the car traveling on North Franklin Street in Lake Charles and conducted a stop. While searching the car deputies located a deceased woman in the trunk of the car. Deputies made contact with the driver, Sarah M. Parker, 24, 2553 Brackenrige Road, Moss Bluff, and the passenger, Logan T. Kyle, 22, Fort Polk, LA, an active duty solider who was the husband of the deceased woman found in the trunk. Further investigation by CPSO detectives revealed the woman had been killed by Kyle at Fort Polk. Detectives also learned Parker was aware Kyle killed the woman and attempted to aid him with the disposal and concealment of her body. Parker was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with obstruction of justice; and failure to report a homicide. Her bond is still pending. Parker’s two children, ages 1 and 2, who were also in the car, were taken into state custody by the Department of Children & Family Services. CPSO detectives contacted the U.S. Army CID in reference to the homicide happening in Fort Polk. They picked up Kyle, who was detained at CPSO and will be investigating the homicide. CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.
Sheriff Tony Mancuso will be holding a press briefing THIS MORNING, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. that will be streaming live on our Facebook. Sheriff Mancuso will discuss events leading to the discovery of a body found in the trunk of a car last night.
Pictured below is Deputy Candace Mitchell, who works at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, and Deputy Jeremy Guillory, who works at the Calcasieu Sheriff's Prison. They are pictured with Sheriff Tony Mancuso being awarded the Corrections Deputy of the Quarter for October through December for their dedication and exemplary service.
CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN & SEARCHING FOR MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM Lake Charles – On October 4, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on 8th Street in Lake Charles in reference to an assault. During the initial investigation deputies spoke with the victim who advised she was outside when two individuals, later identified as Quentin S. Hollins “Q”, 20, 716 17th Street, Lake Charles, and Miranda I. Darby, 37, 2034 11th Street, Lake Charles, arrived at her home and placed a handgun to her head. She stated they threatened to kill everyone at the home. The victim then told deputies that Hollins told her one of her family members owed him money and he then stated if he did not get the money he was going to return to the residence and kill everyone. Later the same day detectives located Darby at her home and she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. Judge Sharon Wilson Set her bond at $5,000. The same day Judge David Ritchie signed a warrant for Hollins’ arrest in the amount of $1.5 million for aggravated assault with a firearm. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating him. If anyone knows Hollins’ whereabouts, or has any information in regards to the incident please call CPSO lead Detective Travis Mier at (337) 431-8034 or Crime Stoppers at (337) 439-2222.
Pictured below is Sheriff Tony Mancuso recognizing Lt. Jeremy Trahan for a job well done. Sheriff Mancuso received a letter of recognition thanking Lt. Trahan for the support and assistance he provided to the DeQuincy Police Department during their investigation on a major burglary case. The assistance Lt. Trahan provided contributed to DQPD solving their case and recovering items of stolen property. Congratulations, Jeremy.
Deputies with CPSO had a great time participating in the Cops N' Cribs Annual Stroll & Roll over the weekend.
CPSO ARRESTS WOMAN FOR PRINCIPAL TO 1ST DEGREE RAPE Lake Charles, LA – On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested registered sex offender, Jeremy K. Laird, 41, Lake Charles, who was convicted of carnal knowledge of juvenile in 1999, after an investigation revealed he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14 year old girl. During the investigation the victim advised detectives the incident happened on two separate occasions in 2017. He was arrested and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 1st degree rape; and sexual battery. Judge David Ritchie set his bond at $200,000. After further investigation detectives were advised by the victim that Sarah J. Laird, 35, Westlake, who was Jeremy’s girlfriend at the time of the incidents, was told about the inappropriate sexual contact. Detectives then learned Sarah did not report the incidents to law enforcement. An investigation was conducted by detectives and turned over to the District Attorney’s Office. On October 4 Jeremy and Sarah were indicted by a Calcasieu Parish Grand Jury. A warrant was issued for Sarah’s arrest and later the same day she was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with principal to 1st degree rape. Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $300,000. CPSO Detective Monte Gentry is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO LOOKING FOR WOMEN IN CONNECTION WITH THEFT Lake Charles, LA – On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives received a complaint in reference to several fraudulent charges with a victim’s lost debit card. When detectives spoke with the victim it was learned that around August 16 the victim lost his debit card. Detectives learned later the same evening the card was used several times to make fraudulent purchases at a grocery store on Highway 171 in Lake Charles. Upon further investigation detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of the suspects. The women were observed on surveillance video being dropped off at the store in a white F-150 but were later seen leaving in a small red SUV. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in identifying the women seen in the photographs. Anyone with information regarding the theft or the suspects are asked to call CPSO lead Detective Edward Curol at 491-3725.
CPSO SEARCHING FOR IDENTITY OF MAN RESPONSIBLE FOR BURGLARY AND THEFT Lake Charles – On September 11 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a business on Ideal Cement Road in Westlake in reference to a burglary and theft. During the investigation detectives reviewed video surveillance from the business and learned on September 10 at approximately midnight an unknown man gained access into the business and stole approximately $1,500 worth of tools. The surveillance video also showed the man inside the business for approximately 2 hours before loading up the tools in a car and leaving the scene. If anyone has any information regarding this theft or can identify the suspect seen in the photographs contact CPSO lead detective Ross Vartuli at 491-7981 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.
CPSO DIVE TEAM RECOVERS BODY OF WOMAN WHO JUMPED OFF OF THE I-210 BRIDGE Lake Charles, LA – Lake Charles, LA – The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division Dive Team located the body of missing woman, Debra Kay Hughes. Her body was recovered on the south side of the I-210 bridge today around 3:00 p.m. On Tuesday, September 25 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan belonging to Hughes stopped on top of the bridge. CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO ARRESTS LAKE CHARLES MAN FOR CHILD PORN Lake Charles, LA – On September 27 Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, while conducting an investigation, obtained a search warrant to seize the cell phone belonging to Matthew D. Hamilton, 24, 608 Alamo St., Lake Charles. A forensic examination of the cell phone revealed numerous pornographic images involving children. Hamilton was found to be in possession of at least 44 digital images on his cell phone. Hamilton was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 44 counts of pornography involving juveniles. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $10,000. CPSO Detective Michelle Robinson is the lead investigator on this case.
CPSO ARRESTS TEXAS MAN FOR CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE Lake Charles – On August 13 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a juvenile with multiple bruises and lacerations on her face. The girl told detectives the injuries were inflicted on her by her father, John Edward Thibodeaux, 39, 6195 N Hwy. 105, Vidor, Tx., by striking her in the face multiple times. When interviewed by detectives, Thibodeaux confirmed he struck the girl in the face on multiple occasions as a form of discipline and said he used this type of discipline on previous occasions. Detectives were able to determine that at least one of these incidents occurred in Calcasieu Parish. On September 27 Thibodeaux was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and charged with 1 count of cruelty to juveniles. His bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Clayton Davis. Detective Sergeant Ben Hare is the lead investigator.
CPSO SEEKING INFORMATION REGARDING MISSING WOMAN Lake Charles, LA – Lake Charles, LA – On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at approximately 10:00 p.m. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the I-210 bridge in reference to an unoccupied Volkswagen Tiguan (SUV) stopped on top of the bridge. After further investigation it was learned the owner of the vehicle is Debra Kay Hughes 58, Monroe. She is described as being 5’, weighing 100 pounds, with brown hair. Family members advised they last spoke with her during the evening of September 25 prior to deputies finding her car on top of the bridge. Due to the possibility Hughes may have jumped off of the bridge, the CPSO Marine Division has been diving and patrolling the area since Tuesday night. The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is requesting if anyone has any information related to the possible whereabouts of Hughes, please contact the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office at 337-491-3605. CPSO Detective Keeba Barber is the lead investigator on this case.