Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help to identify a woman caught making unauthorized purchases on a stolen credit card earlier this month.
On Friday, January 3, detectives began an investigation into unauthorized purchases on a credit card stolen from a Thibodaux man. Through investigation, detectives learned over $4,500 was charged to the victim’s card without his authorization. Detectives were able to obtain surveillance video during transactions wherein the card was used at a Thibodaux business, and they are now trying to identify the black female subject from that video.
Anyone who can identify the woman in the video is asked to contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest. Tips can be submitted through any one of these methods:
Shortly after noon on Thursday, January 30, deputies responded to a domestic dispute at 338 Robyn Street in Bayou Blue wherein Joshua Cantrelle (W/M, D.O.B. 12/21/80) had reportedly strangled his wife. Upon arrival to the residence, deputies immediately made contact with Cantrelle who appeared to be very agitated, and he refused to comply with the deputies’ commands. He resisted deputies as they attempted to detain him. Additional deputies arrived on scene to assist and were able to take Cantrelle into custody, but he attempted to kick one of the deputies during the process. Deputies made contact with the victim and observed her to have visible marks on her neck. Cantrelle was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Upon arrival to the jail, Cantrelle continued to resist deputies’ commands with force, and at one point, a deputy removed his Taser from its holster in case he would need to utilize it on Cantrelle. He continued to struggle with deputies, and began trying to grab the Taser, partially removing the Taser’s cartridge in the process. Another deputy nearby utilized his Taser on Cantrelle, and he was subdued into compliance. After being cleared by jail medical staff, Cantrelle was booked on charges of Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation, two counts of Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, and Disarming of a Peace Officer. He remains at the Detention Center in lieu of $60,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I Lanier III, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Just after 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, deputies responded to a two-vehicle crash on Laurel Valley Road in Thibodaux. Through investigation of the crash, deputies determined one of the drivers, Christian Knight (W/M, D.O.B. 11/17/90) of 2511 Karen Street in Thibodaux, had crossed the center line and had struck the other vehicle as he passed alongside. Deputies also noted Knight was showing signs of possible intoxication and conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Test on which Knight poorly performed. He later submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him to have a blood alcohol content of .000g%. Knight additionally consented to a blood test and urinalysis, and the results are pending at the State Police Crime Lab. Two other female subjects were also traveling with Knight, and deputies discovered open containers of alcoholic beverages under each of their seats. Megan Landry (W/F, D.O.B. 12/03/91) and Brandy Landry (W/F, D.O.B. 11/22/86), both of 109 Louis Land in Thibodaux, were each issued a citation for Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in a Motor Vehicle. Knight, meanwhile, was transported to the Detention Center and charged with DWI (3rd Offense) and improper lane usage. He is currently being held in lieu of $50,100 bond as set by Judge Lanier. His criminal history revealed prior DWI arrests on June 22, 2012, and September 21, 2013.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced one suspect is in custody and detectives are looking for two others in an armed robbery which occurred during the early morning hours of Tuesday, January 28. Joey Copous (W/M, D.O.B. 02/25/86) of Harvey was arrested about three hours after the incident when Gretna Police located him inside the victim’s stolen truck.
At around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, deputies and detectives responded to a residence in the 100 block of East 127th Street in Galliano after receiving a call from the victim of an alleged armed robbery. Through investigation, detectives learned a Galliano man was asleep at his residence when he awoke to the sound of glass breaking, and he was confronted by three men armed with firearms and wearing masks. The men allegedly demanded money, and the victim surrendered a few dollars he had on his person. The three masked men then allegedly tied up the victim and began searching the home, confiscating several items of value before fleeing the residence in the victim’s pickup truck. The victim was able to free himself and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives sent an alert to surrounding agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen pickup truck. Then at around 5:30 A.M., Gretna Police notified detectives that they had located the vehicle and one person was inside the vehicle who was taken into custody without incident. The subject, later identified as Joey Copous, refused to cooperate with detectives. Gretna police located some of the items stolen from the victim’s home inside the truck and charged Copous with two counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He is currently being held at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in lieu of $25,000 for those charges, and he is also being held due to the pending charges in Lafourche Parish related to the incident, including Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm in an Armed Robbery, False Imprisonment, and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. The bond for these charges in Lafourche Parish will be set at $1.15 million.
Detectives are currently seeking the two other suspects in this case. They believe one is a white male subject while the other is a black male subject. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Bayou Region Crime Stoppers. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest. Tips can be submitted through any one of these methods:
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Galliano man who allegedly raped a woman after holding her captive inside a home over the weekend. Lee Hartman (W/M,D.O.B. 02/04/86) of 156 Jerica Street faces charges of rape, battery and false imprisonment in the incident.
At around 12:15 p.m. on Monday, January 27, deputies and detectives responded to Hartman’s Jerica Street residence where Hartman had allegedly been holding a woman against her will since Friday, January 24. Through investigation, detectives learned Hartman and the woman were arguing on Friday night, and Hartman allegedly did not allow the woman to leave the residence, nor did he allow her to use a telephone, threatening her with several knives and other objects throughout the weekend. Hartman was reportedly acting very strangely during the time and appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. At one point, Hartman allegedly forced the woman to have sexual intercourse against her will, again threatening the woman with a knife. He had also allegedly poked her in the eye with an object and threatened to kill the woman if she called law enforcement.
At one point on the morning of Monday, January 27, another man arrived at the residence and began arguing with Hartman. During that time, the woman was able to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrived and were able to take Hartman into custody without incident. Detectives questioned Hartman about the incident, and Hartman admitted to several aspects of the incident, but he claimed he could not remember everything. He also admitted to smoking Methamphetamine on Friday night prior to the incident.
Following questioning, Hartman was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Aggravated Rape, Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, and False Imprisonment while Armed with a Dangerous Weapon. He was also found to have an existing warrant for Contempt of Court and was booked accordingly. Hartman is currently being held in lieu of $450,200 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course has been scheduled for February 18-20 at the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Training Academy, located at 1300 Lynn Street in Thibodaux. This self-defense course is designed exclusively for women and will take place over the course of the three evenings. The class will begin at 6 p.m. and end around 9:30 p.m. each night. Participants must attend all three nights. Course instruction will be provided by certified R.A.D. instructions from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
There is a $10 fee charged to cover the expense of the course materials. The registration deadline is 11 a.m. on Monday, February 10. To register, please send the $10 registration fee along with your name, address, and phone number to: Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Attn: DeAnn S. Barrios, P. O. Box 5608, Thibodaux, LA 70302. Please make checks payable to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.
For more information, please contact DeAnn at (985) 449-4436 or by email at email@example.com.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Thibodaux man has been arrested for attempted murder after shooting another man following an argument on Monday in the Marydale community. Nicholas Queen (B/M, D.O.B. 04/16/84) of 302 Carol Street, Apartment B, confessed to the shooting while being questioned by detectives.
At around 11 a.m. on Monday, January 20, deputies responded to the Marydale community in Thibodaux in reference to a shooting involving Nicholas Queen. Thibodaux Police Officers and Louisiana State Troopers from Troop C also arrived to assist at the location. Upon arrival, deputies immediately located the suspect and took him into custody. While detaining the suspect, the victim – a 25-year-old male – approached deputies as well. He had two lacerations to his upper thigh from the shooting, and he was transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center in Thibodaux for treatment.
Detectives arrived on scene, and through investigation, they learned Queen had a verbal altercation with the eventual victim while the two were at the victim’s residence on Hyland Drive. Allegedly, the two men were arguing over whose pit bull was “better.” At one point during the argument, Queen left the victim’s home and ran to his own residence on Carol Street. There, he retrieved a shotgun from the residence and began walking back toward the victim’s residence. As he was walking back, Queen spotted the man traveling toward him in a vehicle. As he approached, Queen fired one shot into the driver’s side door of the vehicle, striking the victim in the upper thigh. After being shot, the victim was unable to stop his vehicle, and crashed into a white pickup truck which had three occupants inside. The occupants of the truck suffered minor injuries in the crash. Detectives questioned Queen about the incident, and he admitted to his involvement in the incident, including shooting the victim. Detectives also recovered the shotgun believed to have been used in the shooting under Queen’s Carol Street residence.
Following questioning, Queen was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with Attempted Second Degree Murder. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond.
Detectives indicate the investigation into this incident is continuing.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office will conduct a Highway Safety Checkpoint in Lafourche Parish during the daylight hours of Wednesday, January 22. Deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, expired inspection tags, expired/suspended driver's licenses, and other violations.
This checkpoint is part of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office's year-long campaign designed to raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of Lafourche Parish safer for all motorists.
A total of 539 vehicles passed through the last Highway Safety Checkpoint which occurred on LA Highway 308 on Wednesday, January 15 just south of Lockport. During that checkpoint, deputies reported the following violations:
19 expired motor vehicle inspection stickers
2 seat belt violations
2 expired vehicle registrations
1 improper child restraint
1 no insurance