Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a third suspect has been charged with attempted murder in connection with a shooting which took place in Larose on April 4. Leah Chiasson (age 34) of Larose was arrested Friday, April 21. Laquindin Randle (age 20) and Travonta Caine (age 21), both of Larose, were previously charged with attempted murder in the incident.
At around 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, April 4, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to a shooting in the Larose area wherein a bullet grazed a male subject in the head. The victim was airlifted to University Hospital in New Orleans where he was treated and released that same day. Detectives discovered the male victim was traveling as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a Leah Chiasson. As they rode down East 23rd Street in Larose, two male subjects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, approached the vehicle and ordered them to get out. Those subjects were later identified as Laquindin Randle and Travonta Caine. They forcefully removed Chiasson and the male victim from the vehicle, and Caine allegedly punched the male victim. Randle and Caine then fled on foot, but in doing so, Randle fired two rounds at the male victim, one of which grazed his head. Randle was arrested on April 8, and Caine turned himself over to detectives on April 10. They were both booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center with Attempted First Degree Murder, and the bond for each was set at $100,000.
Through further investigation into the incident, detectives discovered that Chiasson had been contacted by the other suspects earlier in the day and helped agreed to drive the male victim to the location knowing the suspects planned to attack him. During questioning, Chiasson admitted to her involvement. She was arrested Friday and booked with Attempted First Degree Murder. Her bond is set at $50,000.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of John Gisclair (age 17) of Bayou Blue on Thursday, April 20. On April 11, juvenile detectives opened an investigation after deputies responded to a complaint of indecent behavior with juveniles in Bayou Blue. Through investigation, juvenile detectives learned Gisclair had allegedly exposed himself to two minor children under the age of 15. Detectives made contact with Gisclair on Thursday, April 20, but he refused to cooperate with the investigation. He was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and booked with two counts of Indecent Behavior with Juveniles. His bond is set at $25,000.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced multiple seat belt checkpoints will be conducted throughout the Lafourche Parish area during the evening hours of Friday, April 21. These checkpoints are being conducted as part of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission’s “Buckle Up In Your Truck” campaign which begins Friday, April 21 and continues through Thursday, April 27.
During these checkpoints, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and insurance. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.
Deputies conducted a seat belt checkpoint on Thursday, April 20 along the northbound lane of LA Highway 1 in Mathews. A total of 830 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and deputies reported the following violations: five vehicle occupants with no seat belt and nine expired motor vehicle inspection stickers.
According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, pick-up trucks comprise 25 percent of the vehicle fleet in Louisiana. State observation surveys and fatality data show that pickup truck drivers and passengers fall well behind occupants of other kinds of passenger vehicles when it comes to wearing seat belts. Pick-up trucks are two times more likely to rollover than cars in fatal crashes. The “Buckle Up In Your Truck” campaign involves high-visibility enforcement and awareness to encourage seat belt usage and reduce unrestrained fatalities among our pick-up truck drivers and passengers. Taking the time to buckle up before every trip is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced that a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Larose is now in custody. Leonard Evans Jr. (age 24) of Larose was arrested Wednesday and also faces additional charges stemming from the arrest. Deputies had previously arrested Jasmaine Caine (age 27) of Larose in connection with the case.
On December 16, 2016, Caine and Evans forced their way into a residence on East 18th Street in Larose and demanded money from a woman inside. While armed with a handgun, Evans allegedly forced the victim into a bedroom where he fired a single round which struck a mattress. Caine then stole several hundred dollars in cash from the victim, and both fled the scene. Through investigation, detectives identified Caine and Evans as the suspects and obtained arrest warrants.
Caine was arrested on December 21, 2016, and deputies found her to have cocaine, crack cocaine and clonazepam in her possession. She was charged accordingly and remains at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.
On Wednesday, April 19, deputies had obtained information about Evans’ whereabouts. With assistance from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, deputies proceeded to a residence on East 23rd Street where Evans was located and taken into custody. He was found to be in possession of crack cocaine. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he was booked with Armed Robbery, Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and three counts of Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $257,100, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced two people have been arrested cfor stealing from a Thibodaux business. Tommy Richard Jr. (age 24) and Sonny Keplinger (age 24), both of Schriever, were arrested on Tuesday, April 18.
On Monday, April 17, deputies responded to a place of business on Burma Road in Thibodaux in reference to items being stolen. Upon reviewing video surveillance footage, deputies discovered that on Thursday, April 13, two subjects identified as Richard and Keplinger stole several items from the business which had a total value of nearly $3,000. Following the investigation, deputies obtained arrest warrants for both Richard and Keplinger for Unauthorized Entry of a Place of Business and Felony Theft of Goods.
Keplinger and Richard were both arrested Tuesday in Terrebonne Parish. Richard was transferred to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center later that day. He was booked on the aforementioned warrants, and he was also booked on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of court. His bond is set at $9,000. Keplinger also faced an additional Contempt of Court charge in Terrebonne Parish. She remained there until posting bond on charges for both parishes on Thursday, April 20.
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Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced three men were arrested in connection to a residential burglary. Jordon Molaison (age 22), Luis Pedraja (age 29), and Paul Wyman Jr. (age 19), all of Thibodaux, each faces charges stemming from the incident.
On April 5, deputies responded to a report of several hundred dollars of items stolen from a residence located in the 900 block of LA Highway 20 in Thibodaux. The items were valued at several hundred dollars and included audio equipment and a nail gun. Detectives began an investigation and initially developed Molaison as a suspect in the burglary. Through investigation, detectives learned Molaison had sold the stolen equipment to another man with Wyman’s assistance, they obtained arrest warrants for each. As detectives continued their investigation, they also learned Pedraja assisted Molaison with the burglary, and they obtained additional warrants for each.
Molaison was already in jail due to being arrested on April 7 for five contempt warrants. He was booked on the additional warrants for Simple Burglary and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, and his bond is currently set at $115,000.
Detectives made contact with Wyman on April 11, and he admitted to his involvement. He was arrested and charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. He booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center and released the same day after posting $1,000 bond.
Detectives made contact with Pedraja on Wednesday, April 19, and he was taken into custody. He was booked into the Detention Center with Simple Burglary, and his bond is set at $50,000.
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Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint during the daytime hours of Thursday, April 20 in Lafourche Parish. During the checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as for proper inspection tags and insurance. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.