Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Thibodaux man already in jail for multiple counts of identity theft and his girlfriend have been charged with 43 counts of identity theft. Brent Poiencot (age 41) and Chelsea Guidry (age 26), both of Thibodaux, have each been charged in an ongoing investigation.
The investigation into Poiencot began in October 2016 as detectives were investigating multiple cases of identity theft wherein someone attempted to open credit card accounts using other people’s personal information. Detectives discovered evidence of identity theft at Poiencot’s residence and obtained a warrant for his arrest. In February 2017, Poiencot was arrested in Morgan City and later booked in Lafourche Parish on four counts of identity theft. Meanwhile, detectives had begun investigating additional identity theft cases wherein Poiencot allegedly opened a bank account in someone else’s name and deposited checks which he had stolen and altered. In June 2017, he was charged with five additional counts of identity theft.
As the investigation continued, detectives uncovered 43 additional instances of identity theft in similar circumstances wherein checks were stolen, altered, and deposited into accounts that were traced back to Poiencot and Guidry. Investigators obtained warrants for 43 counts of Identity Theft on both. Poiencot was still in jail from his previous arrests, and he was booked with the additional charges. In all, Poiencot is now charged with 56 counts of Identity Theft, four counts of Forgery and Violation of Parole. He continues to be held without bond.
On August 17, detectives made contact with Guidry, and she was taken into custody. Guidry was booked on the 43 counts of Identity Theft, and her bond is set at $215,000.
Sheriff Webre wishes to remind residents once again to review your credit history often to watch for any unusual or unauthorized activity. Citizens can go to www.AnnualCreditReport.com to obtain one free credit report online each year. If any unusual or unauthorized activity is discovered, contact the creditor to investigate the nature of the activity, and write down any and all relevant information. When possible, freeze or close the accounts, and then contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to report the fraudulent activity. You should also contact the three major credit reporting agencies (TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian) and request a “flag” on your account. This will trigger the agencies to notify you if anyone attempts to open a line of credit in your name.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Kendriontae Johnson (age 18) of Thibodaux for first degree rape of a child under the age of 13. On August 16, juvenile detectives opened an investigation after learning of a rape involving a child under the age of 13. Through investigation, detectives learned Johnson allegedly forced the child to have sexual intercourse. On August 17, detectives made contact with Johnson and questioned him about the incident. During questioning, Johnson admitted to having sexual intercourse with the child. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with First Degree Rape. His bond is set at $100,000. Due to the nature of the crime, no further details will be released.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Jayquan Bibs (age 22) of Larose on Wednesday, August 16. Just before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies of the Problem-Oriented Policing Squad conducted a traffic stop on East 23rd Street in Larose due to passengers not wearing seat belts. There were several individuals inside the vehicle, one of whom deputies identified as Jayquan Bibs despite Bibs giving a false name. Deputies took Bibs into custody due to outstanding warrants for two counts of Simple Burglary of a Motor Vehicle and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He was found to have suspected crack cocaine and marijuana in his possession. Bibs was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on the aforementioned warrants, as well as Resisting an Officer and Possession of Crack Cocaine and Marijuana. His bond is set at $25,250. Bibs and two other passengers were issued warnings for seat belt violations.
Bibs warrants stem incidents in 2016. In July, it was discovered he had been in possession of property stolen during a convenience store burglary. Then in December, warrants was obtained after he was developed as a suspect in vehicle burglaries which had occurred on East 25th Street in Larose.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are attempting to identify a suspect in a burglary investigation. A camp located in the 7000 block of LA Highway 307 in Kraemer was burglarized on Saturday, August 5. A photo of the suspect was captured at around 2:30 p.m., and a white truck was later seen at 2:45 p.m.
Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to solve this case. Anyone who can identify the suspect or who may have information on this crime is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has announced a Concealed Handgun Training Course will be held on Saturday, September 16 at the LPSO Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. The class will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until approximately 5:00 p.m. with a break for lunch. The actual ending time will vary due to class size.
The course will include the following:
- One hour of instruction on handgun nomenclature and safe handling procedures of a revolver and semi-automatic pistol.
- One hour of instruction on ammunition knowledge and fundamentals of pistol shooting.
- Three hours of instruction on the use of deadly force and conflict resolution. (Includes a review of R.S. 14:18 through 14:22 and which may include a review of any other laws relating to the use of deadly force)
- One hour of instruction on handgun shooting positions.
- One hour of instruction on child access prevention.
- Two hours of actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures. Live range fire shall include 12 rounds each at 5 feet, 10 feet, and 15 feet for a total of 36 rounds.
- Must perform at least one safe reload of the handgun at each distance.
- Must score 100% hits within the silhouette portion of an NRA B-27 type silhouette target with 36 rounds.
The cost for the course is $110, and advance registration is suggested due to limited class size. This course is a pre-requisite for those applying for a Concealed Handgun Permit from the State of Louisiana. CLICK HERE to register online for the course, or for more information, please contact Captain Lafate Day at (985) 449-4485 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants will need to bring 50 rounds of ammunition, eye protection (sunglasses or eyeglasses are sufficient), and ear protection (muffs or plugs).
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced Matthew Mayberry (age 24) of Galliano and Bradley Billiot (age 27) of Golden Meadow were arrested on Saturday night on a myriad of drug charges.
At around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, deputies conducting an undercover operation in the South Lafourche area observed what appeared to be a drug transaction in the parking lot of a convenience store in Cut Off as one subject deposited a bag inside the rear seat of another vehicle. The suspects departed the store in separate vehicles traveling south on LA Highway 1, and deputies followed. Deputies then observed traffic violations for both vehicles and initiated traffic stops.
Deputies approached one of the vehicles and identified the driver as Bradley Billiot. They detected the odor of marijuana inside in the vehicle, and Billiot admitted to having marijuana and a smoking pipe inside the vehicle. Deputies also noticed the bag in the back seat which had been dropped by the other suspect at the store. Inside the bag, deputies found suspected marijuana, methamphetamine, and several pills later identified as Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Adderall, as well as drug paraphernalia. The driver of the other vehicle, identified as Matthew Mayberry, had deposited the bag of drugs inside Billiot’s car in the store parking lot.
Mayberry and Billiot were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where each was booked with Possession of Diazepam, Alprazolam, Adderall, and Drug Paraphernalia. Mayberry was additionally booked with Distribution of Marijuana and Methamphetamine, as well as improper vehicle lighting, and he was released after posting $42,850 bond. Billiot was additionally charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Marijuana, as well as improper lane usage, and his bond is set at $13,000.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Jermie Charles (age 28) of Galliano for a aggravated assault, property damage, and other charges following a shooting incident which occurred Thursday night.
At around 11:40 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, deputies responded to a call of a possible shooting in the area of Jermie Charles’ residence on West Main Street in Galliano. Upon arrival, deputies were unable to find any parties willing to cooperate with the investigation. The following morning, the victim, who is related to Charles, called and agreed to cooperate in the investigation, and detectives responded to the scene. Detectives learned the victim had arrived at Charles’ residence to speak to him, and when he arrived, Charles allegedly aimed a gun at the victim’s head. The victim pushed the barrel of the firearm away, and Charles reportedly fired several rounds into the rear cab of the victim’s pickup truck. Detectives observed two .22 caliber shell casings inside the vehicle and other evidence of rounds being fired into the vehicle.
Detectives made contact with Charles on Friday afternoon, detectives made contact with Charles at his residence. He was found to have two loaded magazines in his possession with the same caliber rounds found to have been used in the incident. Detectives found Charles, who is a convicted felon, also had a protective order prohibiting him from possessing a firearm.
Charles was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm, Aggravated Criminal Damage to Property, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Violation of a Protective Order. His bond is set at $130,000.