Man Arrested following a Pursuit from Raceland to Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Thibodaux man following a pursuit from Raceland to Thibodaux. Jared Zeringue, 34, faces multiple charges in the incident.

At around 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on LA 308 in Raceland due to a vehicle traveling with no headlights and a stolen license plate. The driver, later identified as Jared Zeringue, failed to stop and continued northbound on LA 308. Upon entering the city limits, Thibodaux Police officers used spike strips to try to stop the driver, but Zeringue avoided the strips and continued northbound. He continued through several traffic lights and crashed into a wooded area near Leighton Quarters Road. Zeringue exited the vehicle and began to flee. Deputies began giving loud verbal commands for him to surrender, but he refused. Zeringue’s actions caused deputies to draw their firearms, and one of the deputies fired a single round in Zeringue’s direction, but no one was struck. At that point, Zeringue began complying and surrendered to deputies.

Zeringue was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with Aggravated Flight from an Officer, Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Legend Drug without Prescription, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting an Officer, switched license plate, no driver’s license, and no headlights. His bond has not yet been set.

Jared Zeringue Jared Zeringue

Cut Off Man Found with Stolen Property at Motel

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Cut Off man found with stolen property.  Sidney Richard, 49, (a.k.a. “Sidney Ricard”) has been linked to two burglaries as part of the investigation.

During the early morning hours of Thursday, December 13, detectives responded to a Golden Meadow motel in reference to deputies locating a vehicle containing several stolen items from burglaries in the South Lafourche area. Detectives identified Richard as the suspect and obtained search warrants for the vehicle and his motel room. Detectives made contact with Richard inside the room, and he was taken into custody without incident. Detectives located several items identified as stolen property from burglaries and were able to link Richard to two of the burglaries.

Richard was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with two counts of Simple Burglary and Illegal Possession of Stolen Things. His bond is set at $25,000.

The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are possible.

Sidney Richard
Sidney Richard

Suspects Wanted for Fraudulent Withdrawals at Bank ATMs in South Lafourche

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of two persons wanted for thefts by fraud at local banks.

Last week, detectives began investigating a series of fraudulent withdrawals at South Lafourche area banks. Surveillance cameras showed that in November 2018, a man and woman conducted ATM transactions at several branches of a bank in the South Lafourche area. The man appeared to have several debit cards which he tried at the ATM machines. In all, several thousand dollars were fraudulently withdrawn. The suspects were traveling in a green Ford Escape with a temporary license plate.

Anyone who can identify the suspects, or anyone who may have any other information on this case, 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.

Both Suspects Sl Bank Fraud
Both Suspects Sl Bank Fraud
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Male Suspect Face Sl Bank Fraud
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Male Suspect Full Body Sl Bank Fraud

LPSO Receives Grant from Louisiana Highway Safety Commission

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has received funding to assist with awareness and enforcement of occupant protection and impaired driving. The funding is provided through a grant by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

“This is an annual source of funding that assists with our efforts in highway safety,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “This funding will enable us to conduct traffic strategic checkpoints and place additional deputies on the road to watch for dangers such as impaired drivers.”

The grant will provide funding for seat belt checkpoints and DWI checkpoints through September 2019. It will also provide funding for saturated patrol efforts wherein deputies will be patrolling the highways targeting impaired driving. While these efforts will continue throughout the year, there will be a special emphasis during national campaign periods such as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.

Golden Meadow Man Steals Ambulance from Hospital

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Golden Meadow man after he stole an ambulance from a local hospital. Rory Guidry, 33, was arrested in St. Charles Parish following the incident.

At around 10:45 p.m. on Friday, December 7, deputies responded to a report of a stolen ambulance taken from Lady of the Sea Hospital in Cut Off. Surrounding parishes were also notified, and the ambulance was stopped by St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies. They identified the driver as Rory Guidry, he was taken into custody. LPSO deputies responded and took custody of Guidry. When questioned about the incident, Guidry admitted to stealing the ambulance and told deputies he had planned to travel to the airport in Kenner and sneak onto a plane to Japan.

Guidry was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He was charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle. His bond is set at $50,000.

Rory Guidry
Rory Guidry

Free Hunter Education Field Day Slated for December 12

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will host a FREE Hunter Education Field Day on Wednesday, December 12 for anyone age 10 or older who has completed the home study course. The class will take place from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the LPSO Shooting Range located at 3451 Highway 182 in Raceland.

As an alternative to the traditional two-day classroom course, a Home Study Course is available online through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries website. Those who complete the home study course MUST take their completion voucher to a “Field Day” to complete their hunter education. Entry to the Field Day will be denied unless the completed forms are presented. There will be a written test required to complete the Field Day. Class size is limited. Advance registration is required. CLICK HERE to register for the Field Day.

Firearms and ammunition should NOT be brought to this course, but snacks are permitted. For more information, or for assistance with online registration, call the LPSO Training Academy at (985) 387-4480 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email Lieutenant Nolan Smith at nolan-smith@lpso.net.

*Anyone born after September 1, 1969, who wishes to obtain a hunting license in Louisiana, must successfully complete a hunter education course. Exceptions may be granted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for active or veteran members of the United States armed services, for any P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officer, or for persons who are under the direct supervision of a person 18-years or older who is already licensed and has taken the approved course. Exceptions must be applied for and approved by Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

LPSO Consumer Safety Tips for the 2018 Holiday Shopping Season

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is offering safety tips for consumers to protect themselves while shopping at stores and online. Retail outlets are advertising significant price cuts and other deals this week in an effort to lure customers. Unfortunately, these deals and the increased number of shoppers tend to lure criminals as well.

“Criminals do not take time off for the holidays,” said Sheriff Webre. “Deputies are conducting extra patrols around shopping centers and stores to keep consumers safe, but there are several ways you can protect yourself and minimize your risk of becoming a victim.”

  • PARKING: Park your vehicle in a well-lit area away from large objects. Lock your vehicle. Never leave keys in the vehicle or leave it running unattended. Hide all purchases in the trunk or use blankets to conceal them.
  • PAYMENT: Using a credit card is the safest method of payment. Only keep cash on you in the amount necessary. If you need to enter a PIN, shield the keypad from bystanders. Save the most expensive purchases for last so they are in your vehicle only for a short time.
  • RETURNING TO VEHICLE: Stay off your phone to avoid distraction. Locate your keys before leaving the store. Check the backseat before entering your vehicle. Upon entering, lock your doors immediately. Change parking locations each time you return to your vehicle.

Con artists may try to distract you to steal your money or belongings. Be wary of anyone approaching you needing “quick cash” or offering you a large check for a smaller amount of cash. Consider shopping with a partner since criminals are more likely to target someone shopping alone. If possible, avoid bringing children shopping as they can hinder your safety by diverting your attention.

Here are a few tips for online shoppers:

  • Look for the “secure” icon in the address bar, or check that the website address begins with “https.”
  • Avoid phishing scams by typing the address of the website instead of clicking a link.
  • Only shop with companies you know and trust.
  • Avoid public Wi-Fi when shopping from a mobile device.
  • Ensure packages will be delivered to a person at a home or office, or opt to pick up the package at a store.

Once your purchases have made it to your home, follow these precautions:

  • Always keep your doors and windows locked.
  • Keep blinds or curtains closed to ensure merchandise and gifts are not visible from outside.
  • Break down large boxes for high-value items instead of placing them near the roadside.
  • Place all trash in black or dark-colored garbage bags.
  • Avoid any social media posts indicating you are not home.

If your family is vacationing during the holidays for an extended period of time, ask a trusted friend or neighbor to check on your house daily. Have them pick up any mail and newspapers to avoid the appearance that no one is home.

All shoppers should save receipts and order confirmations as these are key in tracking down stolen property. If your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused, immediately notify your credit card issuer. If you know your card to have been stolen or if fraudulent charges appear on your account, you should also contact the Sheriff’s Office to file a complaint. If possible, consumers are encouraged to always monitor online banking records for fraudulent activity, especially during the holiday season.

Citizens are also advised to be wary of phone scams, especially for fake charities, which tend to occur during the holiday season. Always attempt to verify a charity by researching online, and NEVER give personal or financial information over the phone to an incoming caller.

Disturbance Call Leads to Arrest of a Raceland Man for Illegal Possession of Firearm and Marijuana

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Raceland Man was arrested after deputies responded to a domestic disturbance and led to the seizure of over 137 ounces of marijuana. Damer Smith, 42, faces multiple charges following the incident.

Just after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 17, deputies responded to a disturbance at Smith’s residence on St. Louis Street in Raceland in which he was threatening to kill everyone in the house. Upon arrival, deputies knocked on the door. A man, later identified as Smith, asked who was at the door, and deputies heard a firearm being racked. As deputies took cover, Smith emerged and fired one round into the front yard area before retreating back into the residence. Deputies set up a perimeter and waited for assistance. As additional deputies arrived, they gave loud commands for Smith to exit the residence. After some time, Smith exited the residence and surrendered.

Deputies discovered four children inside the residence. While inside, deputies found a handgun which Smith is prohibited from possessing due to a domestic abuse battery. Deputies obtained a search warrant for the home and located a shotgun, various amounts of ammunition, over 137 ounces of suspected marijuana and various drug paraphernalia.

Smith was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Domestic Abuse Battery, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Illegal Use of Weapons or Dangerous Instrumentalities (Aggravated Assault), Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault with Child Endangerment, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was also booked on an outstanding warrant for Contempt of Court. His bond is set at $102,000.

Damer Smith
Damer Smith

Golden Meadow Man Arrested for Stabbing Another Man During Fight

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a Golden Meadow man was arrested for allegedly stabbing another man during an altercation. Leanardo Cruggs, 29, was charged with aggravated battery in the incident.

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, deputies responded to East 178th Street in reference to a stabbing. A Golden Meadow Police officer also responded to assist and made contact with Cruggs upon arrival. Cruggs had what appeared to be blood on his hands and clothing, and he was detained.

Meanwhile, deputies made contact with the male victim who had larger lacerations to his left leg and arm and several small lacerations. Deputies learned the victim was at Cruggs’ residence when he got into an argument with a woman at the residence. Cruggs then stepped in and began to fight with the man. During the fight, Cruggs allegedly retrieved a knife and stabbed the victim.

Cruggs was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. He was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. His bond is set at $10,000.

Leanardo Cruggs
Leanardo Cruggs

Incident at Catahoula Correctional Center under Investigation Following Death of Lafourche Inmate

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced an investigation is underway into the death of a Lafourche Parish inmate following an incident at the Catahoula Correctional Center in which he was being housed. Kevin Percle, 50, of Chackbay was pronounced dead at a local hospital on November 12, 2018. Percle’s death is being investigated by the Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office, and LPSO is assisting with the investigation.

Percle was transferred to the Catahoula Correctional Center on October 21, 2018. During his stay, an incident occurred involving another inmate where he suffered a blow to the head, but the incident was not reported at that time. He was transferred back to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on November 4, 2018 due to an impending court date. A few days after returning, investigators confirmed the incident had taken place.

On the morning of November 12, correctional officers found Percle unresponsive with labored breathing, and he was taken to a local hospital. Percle was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and a subsequent autopsy determined the cause of death to be a homicide due to trauma to the brain.

The Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation, and LPSO is assisting in the investigation. The Catahoula Correctional Center is privately owned by Lasalle Corrections.

Percle was arrested October 9, 2018 on active warrants for contempt of court and Simple Battery, and he was facing previous charges of Domestic Abuse Battery. He was being housed in Catahoula Parish due to overcrowding at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center. Lafourche Parish Government has contracted to house prisoners in other parishes including Catahoula.

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