Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Anthony Chouest (age 53) of Galliano on Thursday, May 26. Through investigation, juvenile detectives learned Chouest had sexual contact with a female child on multiple occasions while the child was under the age of 13. Following an investigation, detectives obtained a warrant for Chouest’s arrest and made contact with him on Thursday, May 26. During questioning, Chouest admitted to his involvement. He was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. His bond is set at $250,000.
Due to the nature of the allegations, and the age of the victim at the time of the alleged incident, no further details will be made available at this time.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted for stealing a trash receptacle valued at several hundred dollars from a Raceland truck stop. Through investigation, detectives learned the theft occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10. At that time an unidentified male subject wearing blue jeans, white shoes and a black t-shirt arrived to the truck stop in a blue Dodge pickup truck. At one point, the man grabbed a high-priced trash receptacle standing near the building, loaded it into the bed of the truck, and left the premises. Anyone who can identify the suspect, or anyone with any other information on 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.
Trash Receptacle Theft Suspect
Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of man wanted for stealing high-priced countertop kitchen appliances from a Raceland department store. Investigators learned that just before 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, an unknown male subject entered the department store and obtained two stand mixers valued at several hundred dollars combined. The man then exited the store approximately ten minutes later without paying for the items. He placed the mixers in a light-colored sedan and left the scene. Surveillance cameras captured video of the suspect who was wearing a long-sleeve white shirt, blue jeans, red and white shoes, and a cap. Anyone who can identify the suspect, or anyone with any other information on 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.
Kitchen Appliances Theft Suspect
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Drake Credeur (age 20) of Thibodaux for robbing a manager of the trailer park in which he lives. Just after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 16, deputies responded to a Thibodaux trailer park and learned Credeur had stolen a wallet. Deputies learned a manager of the trailer park was traveling in his vehicle when Credeur flagged him down, advising of a water leak at a nearby trailer. They proceeded to the trailer, and the manager was sitting inside his vehicle as his employees checked on the leak. At one point, Credeur entered the passenger side of the manager’s vehicle and began having a conversation with the manager. During the conversation, Credeur quickly reached into the man’s front pocket, removed the man’s wallet, and fled the scene on foot. The wallet contained several items including cash and a credit card. Deputies attempted to locate Credeur but were unable to locate him at that time. A warrant was then issued for his arrest. Three days later, additional warrants were issued for Contempt of Court in reference to traffic violations. Credeur was taken into custody in Plaquemines Parish and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Monday, May 23. He was booked on outstanding warrants for Simple Robbery and two counts of Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $52,000.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will join other local law enforcement agencies in participating in the Click-It or Ticket campaign which runs from May 23 through June 5. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.
Additional deputies will be assigned to saturated patrol efforts, and there will be multiple checkpoints held in conjunction with the campaign. Seat belt checkpoints will be conducted on Thursday, May 26, Sunday, May 29, and Thursday, June 2. In addition, a DWI checkpoint will also be conducted on Sunday, May 29.
During the seat belt checkpoints, 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, including but not limited to seat belt usage. Remember that Lafourche Parish is 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.
“Click It or Ticket” is a seat belt enforcement campaign aimed at increasing the national seat belt usage rate. Every year during the annual Memorial Day Weekend holiday period, law enforcement agencies join forces day and night, from coast-to-coast, for an enforcement blitz that delivers a simple message: “click it or ticket.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 9,385 vehicle occupants killed in 2014 were not wearing a seat belt, but the administration also estimates that 12,802 lives were saved due to seat belt usage.
Sheriff Craig Webre thanks citizens in advance for their patience and cooperation when passing through these checkpoints and for recognizing the importance of raising awareness for safety issues.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Tracy Eschette (age 36) of Lockport on Monday, May 16. At around 12:40 a.m. on Monday, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of LA Highway 1 in Raceland in reference to an aggravated assault. While responding to the residence, deputies observed the suspect’s pickup truck traveling southbound on LA 1 and initiated a traffic stop. As deputies made contact with the driver, identified as Tracy Eschette, a pipe commonly used for smoking crack cocaine fell out of the vehicle. Eschette immediately crushed the pipe by stepping on it, and she was detained. Deputies conducted an investigation of the assault and learned Eschette was providing transportation to an ex-boyfriend when she passed up his residence and ordered him out of the vehicle. Eschette began to pull away, but as the man walked toward his residence, Eschette returned and allegedly began driving directly toward the man. He jumped over a ditch in an attempt to escape, and Eschette drove through the ditch, back onto the highway, and fled the scene. Eschette was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and charged with Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Obstruction Of Justice. Bond was set at $11,000, but she is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole due to a probation violation.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people have been charged after a woman attempted to deliver drugs to an inmate while he was in court. On Thursday, May 12, Jenna Landry (age 22) of Schriever was caught on surveillance video attempting to deliver drugs to Inmate Jared Benoit (age 25) of Thibodaux who was arrested the day prior.
Just after 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, deputies assigned to court security observed a woman, later identified as Jenna Landry, place an unknown item on an inmate transport van and then walk away. Deputies investigated this suspicious behavior and located suspected Klonopin pills and Suboxone strips wrapped in plastic. Deputies located Landry who was still nearby and questioned her about the drugs. Through investigation, deputies learned Landry placed the drugs on the van to allow an inmate, Jared Benoit, to retrieve them and bring them into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Deputies also discovered evidence that Landry and Benoit had planned the drop off in great detail.
Landry was arrested and charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Possession of Suboxone and Klonopin, Attempted Distribution of Suboxone and Klonopin, and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. Her bond is set at $13,000.
Jared Benoit was arrested the previous day, May 11, due to contempt of court charges for child support and failure to appear on traffic violations. He was additionally charged Criminal Conspiracy, Attempted Possession of Suboxone and Klonopin, and Attempted Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Institution. His total bond is now set at $21,600.
Sheriff Webre wishes to remind citizens that the courthouse and the area surrounding the courthouse in Downtown Thibodaux are under constant surveillance. “Any attempt to make contact with an inmate or deliver something to an inmate will easily be spotted by deputies, and necessary actions will be taken,” said Sheriff Webre.