Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Golden Meadow sex offender for his role in an armed robbery. Phillip Jelks Jr. (31, W/M) of Golden Meadow is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated burglary stemming from the incident, and he has also been charged with illegally using social media in a separate incident.
Last week, detectives began investigating an armed robbery which had reportedly occurred on East 72nd Street in Cut Off during the early morning hours of Monday, July 27. Through investigation, detectives learned three male suspects robbed two men outside a residence, and then forced the victims inside the residence where the suspects began searching for valuables. The suspects then fled the scene with clothing, a cell phone, a wallet and a set of keys. Through the course of the investigation, detectives were able to develop Phillip Jelks Jr. as one of the suspects in the crime and obtained warrants for his arrest for two counts of Armed Robbery and one count of Aggravated Burglary.
Jelks already had outstanding warrants for unlawfully using social media as a sex offender. He was arrested for Aggravated Rape in 2005, and eventually pled guilty to an amended charge of Sexual Battery. Upon his release in June 2015, he registered as a Sex Offender with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Thanks to anonymous tips in late July, deputies discovered Jelks to be using a Facebook account. Because Jelks is prohibited from using social media, and because he lied to investigators about his social media use, warrants were issued on charges of Unlawful Use or Access of Social Media and Failure to Register and Notify as a Sex Offender.
Jelks was arrested on Friday, July 31, when a Golden Meadow Police officer spotted Jelks walking along a road in Golden Meadow. He was arrested, transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux, and booked on the aforementioned warrants. He is being held in lieu of $175,000 bond as set by Judge John E. LeBlanc and Judge Steven M. Miller via the warrants.
Meanwhile, no further details are available on the robbery incident of July 27 as detectives are continuing their investigation. Anyone with any knowledge of this crime is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting “GIVEATIP” plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.