Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Robert Girvin (age 19) of Thibodaux on September 28, 2016. During the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 28, deputies responded to a complaint involving a missing juvenile in Thibodaux. While speaking with the complainant, deputies observed the juvenile exit a nearby residence. Through investigation, deputies learned the juvenile had been at the residence with Robert Girvin, and the two had engaged in sexual intercourse. Deputies made contact with Girvin, and during questioning, he admitted to having sex with the juvenile. Due to the age difference being greater than four years, Girvin was arrested for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked accordingly. He was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $2,500 bond.
With the “creepy clown” sightings now being reported in Louisiana, local law enforcement officials are reminding citizens of a state law prohibiting such activity. Per Louisiana R.S. 14:313, the wearing of a hood, mask, or facial disguise of any kind is prohibited in public places with obvious exceptions for certain holidays. While there have been no confirmed reports of “creepy clown” sightings in Lafourche Parish, Sheriff Craig Webre, Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue, Lockport Chief of Police Warren Vedros, and Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre are issuing a stern warning against such behavior.
“Dressing up as a creepy or evil-looking clown and lurking around residential neighborhoods for the purpose of terrorizing others is not a prank,” said Sheriff Webre. “It’s not funny, and in fact, it’s against the law. Anyone caught exhibiting such behavior will be criminally charged.”
The warning comes as creepy or evil-looking clowns have been spotted lurking in neighborhoods in some areas of the country. While many of the initial reports have been discredited, police believe people are copying the behavior from the initial viral news stories reporting such behavior. On Friday, a 20-year-old Kentucky man was arrested for stalking around a Kentucky town. Also, two schools in Alabama were put on lockdown last week after online threats involving clowns. Online rumors began circulating about a possible sighting in Lafourche Parish this week, but no sightings have been reported to law enforcement. Citizens are cautioned not to spread rumors on social media causing unnecessary fear for other residents.
“If you encounter one of these clowns, report it immediately to law enforcement, and do not take matters into your own hands,” said Sheriff Webre. “We have seen several people commenting on social media that they would use deadly force against these individuals if found on their property, but you cannot legally shoot someone merely for trespassing in your yard, whether they are in costume or not. Again, we ask that you contact law enforcement, and let us handle the situation.”
Golden Meadow Chief of Police Reggie Pitre said, “Spooking your friends is one thing, but terrorizing a community is an act that will not be tolerated. I would like to encourage everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween Season, but creeping around as an evil clown is not recommended unless you feel the need to be charged and/or arrested.”
Louisiana R.S. 14:313 does contain exceptions for the prohibition on masks and facial disguises, such as on Halloween. Even then, citizens should always report suspicious behavior to law enforcement. A conviction of this crime carries a sentence of no less than six months and up to three years in prison.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Clifton Remont Jr. (age 61) of Cut Off on Sunday, September 25. At around 11 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to Lady of the Sea General Hospital in Galliano in reference to a hit and run. A witness observed a male driver strike the bumper of another vehicle with his. The driver exited the vehicle to inspect the damage, but then he drove away from the scene of the crash. Through investigation, deputies learned the driver was back at the hospital. They located the driver, identified as Clifton Remont Jr., and he admitted to striking the vehicle and then leaving the scene. While speaking to Remont, deputies observed him to be exhibiting signs of possible impairment. Remont admitted to deputies that he had consumed illegal prescription medications. He then submitted to a field sobriety test on which he performed poorly. He also submitted to a breathalyzer test which showed him to have a blood alcohol level of .000g%, but due to his admission of consumption of narcotics, a blood sample was drawn and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab in Baton Rouge for testing. Deputies learned Remont’s license was currently suspended and that he had three prior DWI arrests. Remont was placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked with DWI (4th Offense), Hit and Run Driving, and driving under suspension. He was released on Monday morning after posting $50,500 bond.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives have identified Adam Tregre (age 33) of Chackbay as the suspect wanted in connection to an October 2015 bar burglary in Chackbay. He is currently incarcerated in St. James Parish.
During the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 21, a bar located along LA Highway 20 in Chackbay was burglarized. Several machines, including poker machines, an ATM, a juke box and others, had been burglarized. Investigators learned a male subject gained entry through an adjacent office and then proceeded into the bar through an air intake vent. The subject disabled several security cameras, but detectives were able to obtain some video footage of the suspect which was previously released to the public. Several thousand dollars were stolen during the burglary.
Through investigation, detectives developed Adam Tregre as a suspect. He already had an outstanding warrant for burglary in St. James Parish. Then on Monday, September 19, Tregre was located and arrested by the Thibodaux Police Department and turned over to authorities in St. James Parish. Detectives questioned Tregre about the Chackbay burglary, and following questioning, they obtained a warrant for his arrest.
Tregre remains incarcerated at the St. James Parish jail where he was booked as a fugitive of Lafourche Parish. Upon his release, he will be transferred to Lafourche Parish and booked with one count of Simple Burglary. His bond will be set at $10,000 per the warrant.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced the death of a Choctaw man following a fire which he set himself at his residence. Investigators with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal have learned 58-year-old Samuel Farace Jr. died in the fire he set at his home after shooting his dog on Thursday, September 22.
At around 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, deputies and firefighters from several Lafourche Parish fire departments responded to the report of a fire at 237 Choctaw School Road in Choctaw. Upon extinguishing the blaze, firefighters discovered the body of a man, later identified as Farace, just inside the front door of the residence.
Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived on scene and conducted a joint investigation with Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives. Investigators determined Farace had set the home ablaze and used a rifle to shoot his dog, which was also found deceased inside the residence. An autopsy conducted late Friday afternoon determined Farace died in the fire he had set at the residence.
Firefighters from the Choctaw Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene along with the Chackbay Volunteer Fire Department, Bayou Boeuf Volunteer Fire Department, St. John Volunteer Fire Department, and the Lafourche Crossing 308 Fire Department.
Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Rashad Hester (age 26) of Raceland. Hester is wanted in connection to two armed robberies which occurred in August and September.
During the late night hours of Sunday, August 14, a man and a woman stopped at a residence on Brocato Lane in Raceland, and they were approached by two unknown male subjects. One of the men was armed with a handgun, and they stole the woman’s purse which contained several items of value. The suspects fled the scene as the victims escaped in their vehicle. Through investigation, detectives identified Rashad Hester as one of the suspects, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Detectives also charged a juvenile with Armed Robbery in the incident.
Then, on the afternoon of Friday, September 16, Hester and another man were involved in a verbal altercation outside a residence on Brocato Lane when Hester pulled out a handgun, pointed it at the other man, and demanded money. The victim handed Hester cash from his pocket and fled the scene a short time later. Then on Saturday, September 17, deputies received information that Hester was seen on Williams Street in Raceland. Deputies responded and located Hester who immediately began to flee on foot in an effort to evade arrest. Deputies pursued but eventually lost sight of Hester. A search was conducted of the area, but deputies were unable to locate Hester and obtained warrants for Armed Robbery and Resisting An Officer.
Rashad Hester, also known as “Roach,” is a black male, 6’3” tall, and weighs approximately 200 pounds. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts 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.
Sheriff Craig Webre reported 32-year-old Amanda Galliano of Cut Off died as a result of a single-vehicle crash on East 47th Street after she was pinned between a pickup truck and a tree near her residence. The crash occurred just before 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 19.
Through investigation, deputies learned Galliano was assisting a male relative in parking a boat and trailer. The relative, who was driving a pickup truck, began backing the boat and trailer underneath a carport. At one point, the relative exited the truck to check the placement of the boat and trailer, then re-entered the truck and began driving forward with the truck door ajar. At one point, he fell out of the truck which continued moving forward. Galliano ran toward the driver’s side of the truck in an attempt to gain control of the vehicle, but the truck continued forward and struck a tree, pinning her between the tree and the truck near the driver’s side door. The relative attempted to free Galliano, but he was unable to do so and called 911. LPSO deputies and Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop C responded to the scene, along with EMTs and members of Lafourche Parish Fire District #3, and they found the victim unresponsive. Firefighters were able to cut the tree in order to free Galliano, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alcohol and drug impairment are not suspected to be a factor, and no charges are expected in this incident.