Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported the arrest of a Thibodaux man caught burglarizing a home on the 500 block of Paula Drive. Raymonte D. Ballard (B/M, D.O.B. 01/29/90) of 426 Frederick Drive faces multiple charges stemming from the burglary which occurred early Wednesday morning, March 21.
At around 12:45 A.M., deputies responded to Paula Drive in Thibodaux after a homeowner, who was not home at the time, reported that a neighbor informed him of a possible break-in at his residence and that the subject may still be inside. Upon arrival, deputies noticed a broken window on the front of the home, and moments later, they observed a shadow of the subject inside the home. Additional units were called to the scene to assist while deputies on scene set up a perimeter around the residence. After deputies made several attempts to verbally order the subject out of the house, he finally complied just as a K-9 Officer arrived on scene. The subject, later identified as Raymonte Ballard, emerged through the front door, was arrested without incident, and placed in the rear seat of a patrol car.
While deputies were checking the house for any other subjects, another deputy was questioning Ballard when he noticed Ballard was attempting to swallow a plastic bag containing an unknown white substance. The deputy ordered Ballard to release the bag from his mouth, but he did not comply. He resisted as deputies attempted to remove the bag from his mouth and eventually swallowed the bag. Deputies immediately called for an ambulance at the scene due to Ballard swallowing an unknown substance. While deputies attempted to place him back into the patrol car, Ballard resisted by pushing himself backward and striking two deputies. Ballard continued to kick his feet as deputies escorted him to the ground, but after a few moments, he eventually stopped resisting. During a pat down for officer safety, deputies recovered a marijuana cigarette on Ballards person. While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, deputies questioned Ballard as to what he swallowed, and he stated he had swallowed six Xanax pills. Upon arrival of the ambulance, Ballard was transported to a local hospital as a precaution due to him swallowing the narcotics. Upon his release from the hospital, Ballard was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux and booked with charges of Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling, Possession of Marijuana, Resisting an Officer, and Obstruction of Justice. He is being held in lieu of $23,000 bond as set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson.
Sheriff Webre commended the deputies swift response as well as the neighbor for keeping watch in the neighborhood. This arrest is the direct result of a citizen helping his fellow neighbor, said Sheriff Webre. Anyone who witnesses a crime, or even suspicious activity, should report it immediately to the Sheriffs Office or Bayou Region Crime Stoppers. Tips can be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-743-7433 or by texting GIVEATIP plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersbr.org or by using the TipSubmit Mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.