Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Lockport Chief of Police Warren Vedros announced the arrest of Rodney Bonvillain Jr. (age 28) of Lockport on Thursday, January 28.
Agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force had received information on Bonvillain’s whereabouts and that he was in possession of a pill press machine (used to form and press pills), illegal narcotics and illegal firearms at his residence. At around 4 p.m. on Thursday, agents and officers with the Lockport Police Department responded to a location just off LA Highway 1 in Lockport and made contact with Bonvillain. He was immediately taken into custody due to three active warrants for Contempt of Court. Agents then proceeded to Bonvillain’s Leblanc Drive residence and executed a search warrant at the location. During the search, agents discovered a pill press, and various drug paraphernalia. Agents also discovered an assortment of pills and large quantities of a powder-like substance near the pill press. Agents were able to identify two types of pills as legend drugs, and the remaining pills and powder are being sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for testing and identification.
During the search, agents also located two firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number. Upon reviewing Bonvillain’s criminal history, agents discovered a domestic abuse battery conviction in 2013 prohibiting him from possessing firearms.
Bonvillain was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked with Possession Of A Firearm By A Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery, Possession of Firearms with Obliterated Numbers, two counts of Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and three counts of Contempt Of Court. Bond was set at $12,750, and he has been ordered to pay $931.50 in fines and costs in reference to one of the contempt warrants.
This investigation is ongoing. Pending the results of lab tests, additional charges could be forthcoming.
Rodney Bonvillain Jr
Sheriff Craig Webre announced Travis Ray (age 36) of Raceland has been arrested and charged after admitting to his involvement in two armed robberies which occurred January 22 and 29 in Lafourche Parish.
Shortly after 6:15 p.m. on Friday, January 22, deputies responded to a call of an armed robbery which had just occurred at the Stage department store located at 4560 Highway 1 in Raceland. Investigators learned an unidentified male subject entered the store, grabbed several shirts off store racks, then proceeded to the cashier where he produced a handgun and demanded all the money in the register. The suspect then fled the scene with the merchandise and cash. Through investigation, detectives learned the man fled the scene in a tan-colored sport-utility vehicle.
One week later, just after 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 29, deputies and detectives responded to an armed robbery at the Family Dollar store located at 4894 Highway 182 in Bayou Blue. Investigators learned a male subject entered the store, produced a handgun, and demanded money. Witnesses’ description of the suspect, and the vehicle in which he fled, shared similarities to the robbery which had occurred one week prior.
Investigators then alerted area law enforcement to be on the lookout for the tan-colored SUV. Within a matter of minutes, officers with the Houma Police Department apprehended the suspect who was then identified as Travis Ray of Raceland. They also found an airsoft pistol in his possession. After being turned over to detectives, during questioning, Ray confessed to his involvement in both robberies.
Ray was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with two counts of First Degree Robbery. His bond was set at $100,000.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies have responded to an armed robbery which occurred around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening at the Family Dollar store located at 4894 LA Highway 182 in Bayou Blue. Witnesses say an unknown black male subject wearing jeans and a black jacket with a hoodie entered the store and approached the cashier where he produced a handgun and demanded money. The suspect then fled the scene in a gold-colored sport-utility vehicle with an undetermined amount of cash. No further information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2255. Anyone wishing to submit information anonymously can 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.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced Inmate Jordan Williams (age 23) was charged after officers discovered him to have a self-made item which could be used as a weapon. While inspecting Williams’ cell at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26, correctional officers at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center discovered a rod-like piece of metal with a sharp end and a sock wrapped around it. Officers determined the metal item was taken from a portion of fencing on the grounds. Williams was charged with Taking Contraband to a Penal Institution, and his bond increased by $50,000. Williams was initially arrested on December 29 on charges of Attempted Second Degree Murder, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Obstruction of Justice, Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle and driving without a license. His new total bond is set at $455,100.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is offering two Concealed Handgun Training Courses at the LPSO Shooting Range Facility located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland. The classes are scheduled for Saturday, February 20, and Sunday, March 20. Each 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.
Each 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 a 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 either course, or for more information, please contact Lieutenant Lafate Day at (985) 803-1062 or (985) 532-4327 or by email at email@example.com.
Participants will need to bring 50 rounds of ammunition, eye protection (sunglasses or eyeglasses are sufficient), and ear protection (muffs or plugs).
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Daniel Barrios II (age 46) of Galliano on Saturday, January 23. At around 1:35 a.m., agents with the Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on LA Highway 308 in Larose just north of the T-Bois Lift Bridge. During the stop, agents identified the rear-seat passenger as Daniel Barrios II. Knowing Barrios to have multiple warrants for his arrest, agents immediately took Barrios into custody. In talking to Barrios, agents noticed Barrios was not speaking clearly, and they ordered him to open his mouth to check if he was attempting to conceal anything from them. Barrios initially attempted to swallow the bags, and agents noticed several small bags in his mouth. Agents ordered Barrios to empty his mouth, and he eventually complied, revealing four small bags, which included suspected methamphetamine and an unknown white substance. Agents also discovered several other bags near Barrios in the patrol car where he had been detained, as well as another bag inside the car in which he was traveling. In all, agents seized approximately 4.9 grams of suspected methamphetamine, as well as approximately one gram of the unknown substance. A field test yielded a positive result on the suspected methamphetamine. All substances are being sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for further testing. Barrios was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux on the aforementioned warrants for eight (8) counts of Contempt of Court. He was also booked on charges of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Obstruction Of Justice. His bond is set at $292,000.
Daniel Barrios II
Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies will conduct a seat belt checkpoint during the evening of Friday, January 29, and a DWI checkpoint will begin Friday night and continue into the early morning hours of Saturday, January 30. During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues. Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.