Red River Parish Sheriff's Office

  • Agency: Red River Parish Sheriff's Office
  • Address: 615 E Carrol St, Coushatta, 71019 LA
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Phone: 318-932-4221
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Red River Parish Sheriff's Office is located at 615 E Carrol St, Coushatta, 71019 LA. The Red River Parish Sheriff's Office phone number is 318-932-4221.

Red River Parish Sheriff's Office News

Happy Veterans Day from Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office! Thank you to all our veterans for your service and sacrifice!

Press Release October 23, 2018 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office On October 16, 2018 at 12:00 p.m., Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications received a complaint of an attempted break-in at a residence located on U.S. Hwy 71 north of Crossroads. The resident advised that shortly before noon, an unfamiliar subject pulled his vehicle into her driveway and approached her residence. After ignoring his knocks at the door in hopes he would leave, the man proceeded to move around the residence and repeatedly knocked on the exterior of her mobile home. The homeowner then heard what sounded like a window shatter in her living room, and as she entered the room, she observed a man extending his arm inside the house. She reported that she yelled at the man as she made eye contact with him and he fled the scene in a dark colored SUV traveling south on U.S. Hwy 71 toward Coushatta. Red River Sheriff’s Office Communications dispatched units to the location and notified all personnel of the suspect/vehicle descriptions. A short time later a Red River Parish Sheriff’s patrol deputy initiated a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy 371 near the intersection of LA Hwy 786. The deputy notified responding units that the vehicle he was stopping matched the reported suspect and suspect vehicle. Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators confirmed that the detained subject was the man in question. At 1:14 p.m. he was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Red River Parish Jail for booking. Michael D. Harris, B/M, age 53 of the 1800 block of Desoto St., Shreveport, LA was charged with one count each of the following: Criminal Trespass, Simple Criminal Damage to Property Less than $500 (MISD) and Attempted Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. Total bond was set at $60,000 and he remains incarcerated in the Red River Parish Jail. A hold has also been placed on his release by Probation and Parole (Shreveport District).

Press Release October 23, 2018 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on October 15, 2018, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Communications received multiple calls for service involving weapons and shots fired. Multiple Coushatta Police Department and Red River Parish Sheriff’s units were dispatched to three different locations within the city limits of Coushatta. At 8:08 p.m. Red River Parish Sheriff’s Communications received a call regarding an altercation at the Natchitoches Meat Pie facility located in the Industrial Park in Coushatta. At 8:11 p.m., the second call was received which reported a gunshot victim at a residence on Jones Street in Coushatta. The third call came in at 8:21 p.m. from a residence on Brittain Street, which is in the same residential neighborhood as Jones Street. This call reported a residential break-in with shots fired. Responding officers/deputies located a victim at the Jones Street location who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the face. Red River EMS subsequently transported this individual to University Health in Shreveport for treatment of what was classified as non-life-threatening injuries. While investigating at the Brittain Street location, officers/deputies learned of a second gunshot victim that was transported from that residence by private vehicle to Christus Coushatta Emergency Room. This victim was suffering from two gunshot wounds, also classified as non-life threatening, and was later transferred to University Health in Shreveport for treatment. Multiple Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to the various scenes/locations to assist the Coushatta Police Department officers with crime scene processing, interviews, etc. During the course of the investigation it was confirmed that both shootings and the incident at the local business were related. The suspected shooter, later identified as Marcus Davis, reportedly held a worker at gunpoint at the Natchitoches Meat Pie facility in what appears to be an armed robbery. After taking money from the victim, Davis then forced the worker to produce his keys and drive them to the worker’s residence located on Brittain Street. Once at the residence, the victim tried to flee into the residence which resulted in the assailant firing multiple rounds, striking the victim twice. It appears that Davis then fled the scene where he encountered the second (unrelated) victim at a nearby residence. The second victim was unaware of what had just taken place and confronted the suspect as he passed on his property. He was subsequently shot in the face. The victim sought help at the home on Jones Street where he was located by responding officers/deputies. On October 16, 2018, the Coushatta Police Department secured two warrants for the arrest on the suspect. Davis also had an outstanding arrest warrant through the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office for three weapons related charges stemming from an incident occurring on July 28, 2018 at the Silver Dollar Liquor Store south of Coushatta. It was also learned that the suspect had outstanding warrants from the Winfield Police Department also stemming from gun violence. Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives assisting in the investigation, developed leads as to the location of the suspect. On October 17, 2018, deputies and detectives responded to a residential location on LA 480 (Red Oak Road) near the Springville community to execute the arrest warrants. Davis was taken into custody following a brief standoff without incident. Marcus D. Davis, B/M, age 28, of the 100 block of East Riddle St., Coushatta, LA was transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) and booked on the following charges: Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities (3 counts) , Illegal Carrying of Weapons (3 counts), Possession of a Firearm or Carrying Concealed Weapon by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies (3 counts), Attempted First Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Kidnapping, Carjacking, Home Invasion, Attempted Second Degree Murder, and 4 Out of Parish Fugitive Warrants. Three of the fugitive warrants were from Winnfield Police Department and included charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities, and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Certain Felonies. The fourth fugitive warrant originated from Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Appear. Total bond for Davis was set at $1,000,000 and he remains incarcerated in the RRPJ. A hold has been placed on his release by the Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office and Winnfield Police Department. Coordination between the Coushatta Police Department and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office resulted in the speedy apprehension of this extremely dangerous individual.

Press Release October 8, 2018 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office In January of this year, William Boswell (owner/operator of Roadway Construction “Tar & Chip”) of Texarkana, Arkansas stopped at local citizen’s home in order to solicit business. Boswell had his work crew and equipment staged in the area. The sales pitch usually associated with this type of solicitation involves an explanation that they had just completed a big job and had material left over. According to the homeowner, Boswell offered to chip seal his driveway for an agreed upon price. After his offer was accepted, Boswell completed the job and submitted an invoice for payment which was more than six times the agreed upon price. The elderly victim paid the invoice by check and it was subsequently cashed at a local bank. A family member became aware of the incident and contacted Boswell in an attempt to recover a portion of the money, while also filing a report with the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO). Boswell did return a portion of the funds to the victim. Following an investigation by RRPSO detectives, a warrant for Boswell’s arrest was secured in February of 2018. On October 3, 2018 William Boswell, W/M, age 39 of the 3500 block of Hastings Rd., Texarkana, AR turned himself in to authorities at the RRPSO. He was booked into the Red River Parish Jail without incident and charged with one count of Theft of Assets of an Aged or Disabled Person. Boswell obtained legal counsel and was released on the same date on his own recognizance pending a trial date. Sheriff Edwards wants to remind residents to be cautious when dealing with “traveling contractors” that approach unannounced and/or with unsolicited calls. Persons contacting residents in this manner are hoping that the potential customer will make an impulse decision which opens the door for abuse. Before contracting for any service and/or product, consumers should always do diligent research about the specific vendor, as well as, comparison shopping. Preforming these functions will ensure that the person providing the product or service is reputable and ensure that you are receiving the product or service at a reasonable price.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office is collecting items for safe shelters in our region that house abused women and children. Items include toiletries, clothing, shoes, canned and dry goods and school supplies. The box is located near the entryway to the sheriff’s office inside the Red River Parish Courthouse. Donations will be collected throughout the month of October and would be greatly appreciated!

Fair Safety Tips Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office With the Red River Parish Fair beginning on October 2nd, Sheriff Edwards would like to share the following tips to help keep your family safe while enjoying the festivities: •Keep your children in sight and teach them to stay close to you, especially in large crowds. •Talk to your children about what being lost means and what to do if they become lost. •Should your child get lost, don’t look for them alone. Immediately notify law enforcement by contacting an officer or deputy at the fairgrounds or by calling the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) at 932-4221. •Have your children carry or wear emergency information that tells how to reach you. Include phone numbers, emergency contacts, important medical information, and anything else you think is important. •Dress kids in bright colors to make them easier to spot. •Use your phone to take a photo of each child before leaving home. This will ensure that you have a current photo and will provide a record of exactly what they are wearing. •Teach your child that it is okay to say NO and GET AWAY from any person or situation making them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. •Pay attention to the weather forecast and prepare appropriately. •Know where the first aid area is located should you need to access it quickly. •When riding carnival rides, follow the safety rules and instructions of the carnival workers. •When attending the parade, keep children a safe distance from moving vehicles and floats. Allow your children to eat only factory-wrapped treats. Fair week is always an exciting time for the children and families of our community. Sheriff Edwards and RRPSO deputies look forward to seeing you all at the fairgrounds and will be present to help ensure that everyone has a safe and fun week!

Social Security Administration scams are nothing new and are not going away any time soon. In fact, recent activity has been reported in our parish. The following link from the Federal Trade Commission provides valuable information on how to avoid these types of scams. https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/01/scammers-impersonate-social-security-administration

Sheriff Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office would like to wish everyone a Happy & Safe Labor Day!

*HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE* For those interested in taking the Louisiana Hunter Education Course, the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office will be hosting the training on September 17-19, 2018. The course is required for anyone born on or after September 1, 1969 in order to hunt in the state of Louisiana (unless he/she is under the direct supervision of a qualified person as defined by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries). Cost: FREE Dates: September 17-19 (M-W) Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening Location: Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range 7605 Hwy 371 Coushatta, LA 71019 Who can attend: Anyone 10 years of age or older from any parish (limited to the first 50 people to register) How do I register: Pre-registration is required on the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries website (see link below) Instructors: Captain Tracy Scott, Lieutenant Roger Longino, Sergeant Johnny Tingle and OEP Director Shane Hubbard We look forward to seeing you there! http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/hunter-education

August 13, 2018 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office *SCAM ALERT * Recently the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) has been made aware of a new telephone scam occurring in our community. A person claiming to represent CLECO electric company is contacting business owners and residents via telephone. The caller advises that the electric power will be shut off if they do not pay a past due balance of $500. The incident reported to the sheriff’s office came from a toll-free number (1-888-530-7838), however, it could be displayed as any configuration of numbers. Typically, companies and service providers will not contact a customer by telephone in regards to a past due balance or disconnecting a service. Disconnect and past due notices are usually sent by U.S. mail. If you have a question concerning CLECO or any other service provider or business credit account, contact the organization directly at a legitimate telephone number known to the public. Do not contact the provider by using the number displayed on the caller I.D., or any other number provided during the original telephone contact. Never send the caller a payment, in any form, and do not provide your personal banking and/or credit card information prior to contacting the provider independently. In many instances, the scammers will request a specific form of payment such as a money order, cashier check or gift card. Any such request is not consistent with normal business practices and should be a “red flag” to consumers. In the event that you need to contact CLECO, the customer service number listed on their website is 1-800-622-6537. If you have been victimized by a scammer, you may contact the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office at (318) 932-4221 or your local law enforcement agency if you live outside our jurisdiction.

RRPSO August 6, 2018 Below are several photos from the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office recent College Campus Safety & Ladies Basic Self Defense class. A small but enthusiastic group of seven ladies learned a variety of personal safety tips as well as a handful of basic self defense techniques. The participants were challenged to use the information presented in class to develop a personal safety plan for college and home. While no one ever wants to be in a life threatening or dangerous situation, unexpected things happen. Preparation in advance of an incident is critical. If your local organization would like to schedule a Ladies Basic Safety and Self Defense class, please contact Sgt. Suzanne Gallier at 318-932-6701 and she will be glad to discuss it with you.

RRPSO 08-03-18 The dog pictured in the attached photo was found by a local resident near the Country Market convenience store just south of Coushatta on Hwy 71. Anyone with information concerning the owner of the dog is asked to contact the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-932-4221 so the dog can be safely reunited with its owner. Thank you.

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office 8-1-18 Back to School Safety Tips As the beginning of the school year quickly approaches, Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards wants to remind parents and drivers of ways to help keep our children safe. Tips for Drivers •Watch for children loading and exiting school buses before and after school. •When meeting a school bus with its stop signs displayed, always stop even if the roadway is divided by a turn lane. •Never pass a school bus that is slowing or has stopped to unload children. •Reduce any distractions inside your car. Never text and drive! •While driving on school campuses, proceed slowly and always be on the lookout for children. •Obey the speed limit and discontinue the use of your cell phone while in an active school zone. Tips for Parents •If walking to school, make sure your child walks with a companion, follows a route you have planned, and doesn’t talk to or accept rides from strangers. •When preparing to get on the bus, instruct your child to stay out of the street, watch for vehicles, and only approach the bus after it has stopped. •While on the bus, remind your child to stay seated at all times, to keep his or her hands and head inside the bus, and to obey the instructions of the bus driver. •When exiting the bus, children should first make sure the bus comes to a complete stop, use the handrail to avoid falls, and cross the street at least 10 feet in front of the bus. •Instruct your child to never bend down in front of the bus for any reason such as to tie his or her shoestrings. •Verify that your child knows who to contact and how to contact them in the case of an emergency.

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office July 26, 2018 *Free College Campus Safety & Self Defense Class for Ladies* Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) is offering a free 5 hour College Campus Safety & Basic Self Defense class for female college students in our community. It will be held on Saturday, August 4th from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at our Detective’s Office which is located at 135 Lock & Dam Road off of Hwy 480. Leading the training will be RRPSO detective Sgt. Suzanne Gallier who has extensive law enforcement experience and is a Certified FBI POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Instructor. The class will cover safety tips involving various aspects of college/campus life as well as basic self-defense techniques. To participate, you must be a current or incoming female college student. Mothers are welcome and encouraged to attend the training with their daughters. Those interested in enrolling in the class should contact Rytrice Martin at 318-932-5753 Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On training day, participants should arrive between 8:30 and 9:00 to complete the registration process. Those under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present to sign a release form. Ladies are also encouraged to bring a lunch as there are no eating establishments nearby. Ladies participating in the class should dress comfortably and be prepared to have fun, meet new friends and learn how to better protect themselves. We look forward to seeing you there!

Deputy Lee Petersen & K-9 Aron along with Deputy Randy Thomas & K-9 Cephira were honored to participate in the Red River Parish Library’s Summer Reading Program earlier today. Hopefully everyone learned a lot and had a great time! Thanks to Children’s Librarian Kala Sims for the invitation to take part in the program.

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office The week of July 9, 2018 thirty-one Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies and one Coushatta police officer participated in Active Shooter Response training. Certified instructors with the Shreveport City Marshal’s Office conducted the training, with civilian volunteers assisting as perpetrators and victims. The activities took place on the Red River Senior/Junior High campus while school was not in session. The purpose of the exercise was to provide scenario-based training to our law enforcement officers in a simulated critical incident/active shooter environment. The hands-on training was intense and exposed officers to realistic scenarios while utilizing non-lethal training ammunition. The exercises were designed to instill, enhance and reinforce instinctive officer survival skills by implementing fast paced tactical techniques. The objective is to locate and eliminate threats as quickly as possible in order to protect potential victims, while reducing law enforcement injuries and/or deaths. In today’s world, preparation and training for these unthinkable events are critical. Sheriff Edwards would like to thank the Shreveport City Marshal’s Office for leading the training, the volunteers for their participation and Red River Parish School Superintendent Alison Hughes and staff for use of school facilities.

Red River Parish Sheriff Glen Edwards would like to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July and offer the following fireworks safety tips to help make it a safe one as well. FIREWORKS SAFETY TIPS: •A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities and never give fireworks to children. •Always wear eye protection and ignite fireworks on a paved surface whenever possible. •Light one firework at a time then quickly move away. •Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials. •Wet down ignition areas before lighting any fireworks and keep a ready source of water or a fire extinguisher nearby. •Never ignite or discharge fireworks into, under or from a vehicle. •Never attempt to relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak in a bucket of water. •Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY FROM THE RED RIVER PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE!

Happy Father’s Day from Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office!

Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to wish everyone and Safe & Happy Memorial Day!

Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Press Release May 17, 2018 The Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) and Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission are seeking the public’s help in locating the owner of a malnourished horse. On May 11, 2018 RRPSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on Bruce St. just south of Coushatta. The call was in reference to a stray horse that appeared to be in poor physical condition. After observing its condition, deputies contacted a local agent with the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission. The agent subsequently took possession of the animal and arranged for its transportation to the Red River Livestock barn in Armistead for temporary care and housing. The horse appears to be a 2 year old crossbred, bay colored stud with a white patch on its forehead (see photo). Anyone with information concerning the identity of the owner is asked to contact the RRPSO at 318-932-4221 or the Louisiana Livestock Brand Commission locally at 318-949-3225.

Happy Mother's Day from Sheriff Glen Edwards and the Red River Parish Sheriff's Office!

Press Release May 7, 2018 Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office At approximately 11:23 p.m. on May 4, 2018 Red River Communications was informed of a high speed pursuit in excess of 100 mph heading north on US Hwy 71 near the Natchitoches and Red River Parish line. A Louisiana State Trooper (Troop E) was in pursuit of a driver who fled an attempted traffic stop in the Fairview community. Multiple Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office (RRPSO) units were immediately dispatched to assist the trooper. While the first RRPSO deputy joined the pursuit near the intersection of US Hwy 71 and LA Hwy 784 south of Coushatta, a second deputy took position on US Hwy 71 near the Country Market convenience store. As the vehicle approached his position, the deputy successfully deployed his department issued tire deflation device making contact with the passenger side tires. The partially immobilized vehicle continued traveling north on US Hwy 71, turned onto Cutoff Road then struck a metal traffic pole as the driver attempted to turn left onto Ringgold Avenue near Burger King. The driver, later identified as Jermen Rosenthal, regained control of the vehicle and headed west on Ringgold Avenue at a high rate of speed. After failing to stop at the four-way intersection near the foot of the Red River Bridge, Rosenthal once again lost control of the truck, left the roadway and struck multiple display headstones on the property of Rocket Nettles funeral home. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot, prompting a search of the area by RRPSO deputies and Coushatta police officers. The RRPSO’s apprehension K-9, along with the department’s drone outfitted with infrared technology, were both utilized during the search. At approximately 2:00 a.m., the K-9 team located Rosenthal hiding in a wooded area along Ruby Street near the funeral home. When he failed to obey verbal commands and warnings from deputies, the K-9 was deployed and successfully apprehended the subject. Rosenthal was placed under arrest without further incident. It was determined that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Alexandria. Red River EMS responded to the scene and transported Rosenthal to Christus Coushatta hospital for treatment of injuries (dog bite) sustained during his apprehension. After receiving medical treatment, on May 5, 2018 Jermen J. Rosenthal, B/M, age 27 of the 700 block of Sycamore St., Pineville, LA was transported to the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) for booking. He was charged with one count each of the following: Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, Simple Criminal Damage to Property over $500 but less than $50,000, Resisting an Officer, Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things (stolen vehicle). Bond was set at $27,000 and he remains incarcerated in the RRPJ. On May 7, 2018, it was confirmed that questionable items (cigarettes, lighters, liquor, etc.) located inside the stolen vehicle were taken in a business burglary at a convenience store in Montgomery located in Grant Parish. An additional warrant will be obtained by Red River Parish detectives for an additional count of Illegal possession of stolen things (felony) related to the stolen merchandise. Additional charges are pending by the Louisiana State Police, Alexandria Police Department and the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office.