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CPSO roundup: burglary, DWI, pursuit, identity theft, battery

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Sulphur man arrested for burglary at Sulphur church

At 7:00 a.m., on June 26, 2014, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched in reference to a burglary alarm that had been triggered at a church on Prater Road in Sulphur.

Upon arrival, deputies were advised a man, later identified as Reginald J. Poullard, 36, 4014 Reeves Avenue, Sulphur, shattered a window on the back door and entered the church. Poullard rummaged through the church and the church office, but when confronted by a church employee, he fled on foot.

While reviewing surveillance video from a nearby business, deputies recognized Poullard, who was seen on the video walking toward the church prior to the burglary, and running from the church following the burglary. A few hours later, deputies located Poullard hiding in the attic of his home. When questioned by deputies, Poullard confirmed the allegations.

He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with burglary of a religious building; theft under $500; and criminal damage to property.

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $70,000.

CPSO Detective Glenn Lowery is the lead investigator on this case.

Two arrested for burglary in progress

On June 23, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at a home on Edson Street in Sulphur. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a witness observed Marty D. Ashworth, 21, 2111 Trailer Street, Sulphur, and a 15 year old juvenile, burglarize the home and flee on foot. Moments later, deputies located Ashworth and the juvenile close to the burglarized home.

When questioned by deputies, Ashworth and the juvenile confirmed they burglarized the home and stole an undisclosed amount of cash.

Ashworth and the 15 year old juvenile were both arrested. Ashworth was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and the 15 year old juvenile was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center, and both are charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling; and theft under $500. Ashworth is also charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $37,500.

The stolen cash was recovered by deputies and returned to the victim.

CPSO Cpl. Jeremiah Landry and Deputy Aaron Cole were the arresting deputies and Detective Ross Vartuli is the lead investigator on this case.

Moss Bluff woman arrested for third DWI

On June 24, at approximately 7:30 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop on a car near the intersection of Highway 171 North and Topsy Road in Moss Bluff for a traffic violation.

When the deputy approached the car and spoke with the driver, Kayla M. Fisher, 24, 805 Topsy Road, Moss Bluff, he detected her speech to be extremely slurred. The deputy also discovered Fisher was driving while under suspension for a prior DWI conviction.

After performing poorly on a standard field sobriety test, Fisher was arrested. During the investigation, deputies also discovered several prescription pills identified as Alprazolam (anti-anxiety) and Carisoprodol (muscle relaxant) inside Fisher’s wallet.

When questioned by deputies, Fisher advised she consumed numerous prescription pills prior to driving.

Fisher, who has two prior DWI convictions in the last 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; possession of CDS IV; and suspended driver’s license.

Judge Michael Canaday set her bond at $56,500.

CPSO Cpl. Larry Cormier was the arresting deputy on this case.

Four arrested following pursuit

On June 23, 2014, at approximately 8:50 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies attempted to conduct a stop on a truck near the intersection of E. College Street and Texas Street in Lake Charles for a traffic violation.

When the deputy activated his car’s lights and sirens signaling for the driver of the truck to stop, the driver, later identified as Rodney G. Geyen, Jr., 48, 1531 6th Avenue, Lake Charles, did not comply and continued to flee.

Moments later, the truck momentarily came to a stop in a median on 5th Avenue, and a passenger, later identified as Amber L. Joseph, 22, 3619 Texas Street, Lake Charles, jumped out of the truck and was apprehended by deputies.

After proceeding across the median and coming to a stop behind a business, Geyen jumped out the truck and fled on foot. Following a brief foot pursuit, deputies located Geyen and arrested him without further incident. Deputies also arrested passengers Roy A. Harris, 52, 2824 General Mitchell Drive, and Edward J. Washington, Jr., 45, 2935 Mitchell Street, both of Lake Charles.

During further investigation, deputies discovered the truck involved in the pursuit was recently reported stolen in Calcasieu Parish. Deputies also discovered moments prior to their arrests, Geyen, Joseph, Harris, and Washington burglarized a home on Texas Street in Lake Charles where they stole numerous items including two televisions and a shotgun.

Deputies located the stolen items in the bed of the truck. They were recovered by deputies and returned to the victims.

All were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple burglary; theft over $1,500; and criminal damage to property, in connection with the home burglary. Geyen is also charged with possession of stolen things over $1,500; driving under suspension; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Joseph is also charged with resisting an officer by refusal to ID; and resisting an officer with force or violence.

Judge Michael Canaday set Geyen’s bond at $116,250, Joseph’s bond at $35,000, Harris’ bond at $22,500, and Washington’s at $16,000.

CPSO Deputy Payton Fawcett, Sr. Cpl. Joshua Bazinet and Deputy James Jones were the arresting deputies on this case.

Texas man arrested for third DWI

On June 20, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of E. Prien Lake Road and Ryan Street in Lake Charles after observing a car swerve into the opposite lane of travel several times.

After the car came to a stop in a parking lot, the deputy approached the car and discovered the driver, Jose Hernandez-Padilla, 43, Houston, Texas, was sitting in the driver’s seat with his head slumped over and his foot on the brake with his car running.

When speaking with Hernandez-Padilla, the deputy detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath, his speech to be slurred and he appeared very unsteady on his feet. Hernandez-Padilla advised the deputy that he had been drinking and also consumed numerous prescription pills. The deputy also recovered an alcoholic beverage from inside the car.

After performing poorly on a standard field sobriety test, Hernandez-Padilla was arrested and transferred to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, where a breath intoxilyzer test revealed he was over the legal limit.

Padilla, who has two prior DWI convictions in the last 10 years, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with DWI 3rd; and open container of alcohol inside a vehicle.

Judge Kent Savoie set his bond at $7,600.

CPSO Deputy Freddy Galicia was the arresting deputy on this case.

Sulphur woman arrested for identity theft, exploitation of the infirmed

On April 2, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched regarding a report of identity theft. Upon arrival, deputies discovered Wendolyn F. Berry, 55, 7106 Sam Vincent Road, Sulphur, fraudulently utilized the identity of two ex-acquaintances, including an elderly woman, to obtain numerous credit accounts. Berry then used the credit accounts to make over $7,400 worth of purchases at several local and on-line stores.

After further investigation, on June 16 an arrest warrant was issued for Berry. She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on June 18 and charged with 5 counts of identity theft; and 3 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. She has been released on a $32,000 bond set by Judge Kent Savoie.

CPSO Detective Darrell Fontenot is the lead investigator on this case.

Lake Charles man arrested for battery of the infirmed

On June 23, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Lake Charles home in reference to a battery.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered Chad L. Parker, 23, Lake Charles, struck a mentally disabled elderly family member numerous times in the face, head and neck, causing apparent swelling.

After further investigation, deputies arrested Parker during which he became irate, spitting at and verbally threatening deputies. Parker also kicked the back window of the deputy’s patrol car, breaking a camera valued at over $500.

Parker was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with simple battery of the infirmed; threatening a public official; resisting an officer (simple assault); and simple criminal damage to property over $500.

Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $170,000.

CPSO Chris A. Miller was the arresting deputy on this case.

DeQuincy man arrested for aggravated rape

On June 15, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office received a complaint regarding Brandon W. Baker, 37, DeQuincy, sexually assaulting an eight year old girl on numerous occasions beginning in July 2013.

After further investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Baker for 3 counts of aggravated rape; and 3 counts of crimes against nature, with a bond of $2,850,000 set by Judge Michael Canaday.

On June 24, with the assistance of Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Baker was located and arrested at the home of a family member in Bossier Parish. Baker was booked into the Bossier Parish Maximum Security Facility where he will remain until being transported to the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center.

CPSO Detective Cory Myers is the lead investigator on this case.

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