Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two of the suspects involved in the attempted theft of vehicles from a Cut Off dealership earlier this month face additional charges stemming from that investigation. Jeffrey Desalvo (age 33) of New Orleans and Meaghan Eymard (age 27) of Marrero were arrested for possession of stolen property after a Crime Stoppers tip uncovered a stolen vehicle.
Desalvo and Eymard were previously charged in the attempted theft of vehicles at Golden Motors in Cut Off along with two others: Waldon Joseph Dufrene Jr. (age 34 of Westwego and Mark Cheramie (age 44) of Barataria. On July 7, 2017, Eymard created a distraction allowing Desalvo to take three vehicle keys from behind a desk. Before deputies arrived, Desalvo and Dufrene fled the scene, leaving behind Eymard and Cheramie. All four were eventually arrested and charged in the incident.
Then on Sunday, July 9, deputies discovered an abandoned Nissan Frontier just off LA Highway 3235 in Cut Off. The vehicle was found to have been stolen from a dealership in Harvey the week prior. Investigators learned it was also the truck Desalvo was driving during the attempted vehicle theft, and they obtained a warrant for possession of stolen property.
Days later, a tip was submitted through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region indicating a stolen Jeep Wrangler was being kept in a storage facility in Galliano. Detectives obtained a search warrant for the storage unit and discovered a 2015 Jeep Wrangler which had been reported stolen out of Plaquemines Parish. Detectives learned Eymard had rented the storage unit after Desalvo allegedly stole the vehicle.
Following an investigation, detectives obtained additional warrants for Desalvo and Eymard. Desalvo was still in jail from the previous arrest, and he was booked with two counts of Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. His bond increased to $58,100, but he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole. Eymard turned herself over to detectives on Wednesday, July 26, and she was charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. She was released Wednesday afternoon after posting $20,000 bond.
Waldon Dufrene Jr.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Transitional Work Program inmate who left his job site this week has been captured and faces escape charges. Inmate John Dufren (age 52) was taken back into custody on Thursday. .
At around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, a Golden Meadow Police officer observed a man, later identified as Dufren, walking along the shoulder of LA Highway 3235. The officer made contact with the man, and as he was attempting to verify his identity, Dufren fled on foot into a wooded area. The officer pursued but could not locate him at that time. Dufren had been assigned to a marine service company in Galliano with a dock in Golden Meadow, but he had been working offshore since June 14, 2017. Investigators learned that, after the vessel recently docked, Dufren left the vessel on three separate occasions.
On Thursday, July 27, investigators made contact with Dufren, and he agreed to surrender. He was taken into custody without further incident at a Cut Off residence. He was subsequently transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with three counts of Simple Escape, and he is being held without bond.
Dufren was serving time for a methamphetamine distribution conviction in 2015. He was scheduled to be released in December 2018.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Davontae Poindexter (age 27) of Bayou Blue following a pursuit in Raceland.
At around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, deputies observed a pickup truck traveling over the speed limit headed eastbound on LA Highway 182 in Raceland and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, later identified as Poindexter, stopped the vehicle for a moment, then continued eastbound traveling at speeds estimated to be over 100 miles per hour in an area with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Poindexter continued on LA 182, passing other vehicles in a no passing zone, before turning onto LA Highway 653. Poindexter then turned right onto Magnolia Street, eventually ending up on Azalea Street where his truck left the roadway and crashed into a small ditch before coming to a stop in a yard. When deputies approached the vehicle, they found it to be unoccupied, and began to search the area for the driver.
At around 12:45 a.m., deputies observed a subject walking through residential yards draped in a tarpaulin in order to conceal his identity. The subject was apprehended and identified as Poindexter, and he admitting to driving the vehicle which fled from the traffic stop.
Poindexter was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked per the two active warrants for Contempt of Court. He was additionally charged with Criminal Trespassing, Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Reckless Operation, Speeding, and improper lane usage. His bond is set at $55,550, and he has been ordered to pay $574.50 in fines and costs or serve 20 days in jail in reference to one of the contempt warrants.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of Robert “Bobby” Deleon (age 50) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi for four counts each of Aggravated Incest and Sexual Battery. Juvenile detectives opened an investigation recently when two victims came forward with allegations of incidents that occurred more than 20 years ago in Lafourche Parish. Investigators made contact with Deleon on Tuesday, July 25 in Mississippi and questioned him about the incidents. Following. questioning, detectives obtained a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and booked into the Hinds County jail in Mississippi. On Wednesday, July 26, he was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked per the warrant with four counts of Aggravated Incest and four counts of Sexual Battery. He was released early Thursday morning after posting $200,000 bond.
Robert “Bobby” Deleon
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Transitional Work Program inmate left his job site and is now missing. Deputies are searching for Inmate John Dufren (age 52) and asking the public to report any information on his whereabouts.
At around 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, a Golden Meadow Police officer observed a man, later identified as Dufren, walking along the shoulder of LA Highway 3235. The officer made contact with the man, and as he was attempting to verify his identity, Dufren fled on foot into a wooded area. The officer pursued but could not locate him.
Dufren is a Transitional Work Program inmate in Lafourche Parish who had been serving time for a methamphetamine distribution conviction in 2015. He was scheduled to be released in December 2018. He was assigned to a marine service company based in Galliano with a dock in Golden Meadow, but he had been working offshore since June 14, 2017. Investigators have learned that Dufren left the vessel without permission after it docked.
Deputies are now searching for Dufren as the investigation continues. Investigators ask citizens to call 911 if Dufren is seen. Otherwise, anyone with information on his possible whereabouts is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies have arrested the fourth suspect sought in connection with the theft of an all-terrain vehicle and utility trailer in Leeville over the weekend. Billy Bellanger Sr. (age 61) of Raceland was arrested Tuesday, July 25. Jody Landry (age 41), David Leblanc (age 52), and Gordon Melancon (age 56), all of Raceland, were arrested Sunday.
As previously released, deputies responded to a reported theft of an ATV and trailer at a Leeville residence on the evening of Saturday, July 22. Through investigation, deputies learned the trailer was seen at a residence on New Haven Street in Raceland, and they proceeded to the area. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon who were standing around the stolen ATV. Deputies interviewed the suspects and heard conflicting and changing stories. Further investigation revealed Landry had told Leblanc and Melancon about the ATV and trailer and told them to pick it up. Leblanc and Melancon traveled to Leeville on Saturday with Bellanger and allegedly stole the trailer and ATV. Landry, Leblanc, and Melancon were arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where they were booked with one count each of Felony Theft and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Bond amounts for Leblanc and Melancon were set at $20,000 each. Landry was additionally booked with three counts of Contempt of Court, and his bond was set at $21,600. Landry is also being held as a fugitive of Terrebonne Parish.
Deputies located Bellanger at his residence Tuesday, and he was taken into custody without incident. He was booked into the Detention Center, and his bond is set at $20,000.
Billy Bellanger Sr.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre has announced the list of official “block party” locations in Lafourche Parish for the 34th Annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, August 1. Each party will begin at 6 p.m. and last until around 9 p.m., and each will feature food, fun, and games. The annual National Night Out Against Crime parade will take place in the Raceland area, beginning at the U.S. Highway 90 Fire Station and continuing throughout the streets of the Sugar Land Subdivision. Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies will be visiting each location to speak with area residents about neighborhood concerns.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will be providing food at each of the block party sites. Additionally, Explorers from POST 323 will be present at many of the block party locations offering free child fingerprinting and DNA swabbing to help enhance personal safety in Lafourche Parish. Each block party will be unique and offer various activities for children and adults.
Here is a list of block party locations around Lafourche Parish, as well as contact information for each party:
- Thibodaux Family Church(785 N. Canal Blvd., Thibodaux)
- Contact Pastor Duane Bland at (985) 859-9005
- 301 Hyland Drive, Thibodaux
- Contact Earl Woods Sr. (225) 205-8335
- 1024 Bayou Blue By-Pass Rd., St. Charles Community
- Contact Jennifer Richard at (985) 513-0446
- NAACP at Rev. Lloyd Wallace Community Center(3603 Hwy. 308, Raceland)
- Contact Burnell Tolbert at (985) 713-4250
- 329 Aspen Dr., Raceland (access via Elm Dr. off LA Hwy. 1)
- Contact Cory Detillier at (985) 537-5337
- 111 Maxine Blvd., Bayou Blue
- Contact James Wendell at (985) 860-1092
- Sugar Land Subdivision(144 Twin Oaks Dr., Raceland)
- For party, contact Rose Sampey at (985) 537-5667
- For parade, contact Danny Mayet at (985) 637-2166
- Vacherie-Gheens Community Center(1783 Hwy. 654, Gheens)
- Contact Adam Chauvin at (985) 226-9635
- Town of Lockport (Holy Savior Ball Park on Church Street)
- Contact Chief David Harrelson Jr. at (985) 532-3117
- Greater New Fountain Baptist Church (233 East 12th St., Lockport)
- Contact Brett Gabriel at (985) 217-2406
- 202 Chateau Dr., Lockport
- Contact Jerry Knight at (985) 856-8072
- 157 Gus Savoie Ave., Larose
- Contact David Carskadon at (985) 258-4129
- Golden Meadow Town Hall (107 Jervis Dr., Golden Meadow)
- Contact Jamie Liner at (985) 475-7942
Any citizen who has planned a block party in Lafourche Parish for Night Out Against Crime that is NOT on this list, please contact Lieutenant Valerie Martinez-Jordan at (985) 449-4479 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.