MISSING PERSON: Cameron Morales

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre is asking for the public’s help in locating 15-year-old Cameron Morales of Highland Oaks in Gray. He was last seen just before 1 p.m. on July 22, 2021, when he left his residence without permission after an argument with a family member.

Morales is described as 6’6” tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds with black hair. He was last seen wearing a black shirt and shorts, with Nike sneakers. He was wearing a baseball cap, and a back pack. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 532-2808, or simply dial 911.

Cameron Morales
Cameron Morales

Man Wanted in Terrebonne Parish Found with Guns and Drugs in Joint Investigation

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet announced the arrest of a man as part of a joint operation on Monday. Brett Gabriel Jr., 28, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for Terrebonne and faces new charges in Lafourche Parish after a search of his residence turned up guns, drugs, and cash.

Detectives in Terrebonne Parish had obtained a warrant for Gabriel’s arrest for illegal purchase of a firearm by a convicted felon using fake identification as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and identity theft. Through investigation, they learned of a residence in the 300 block of St. Charles Bypass Road in Thibodaux in which Gabriel was associated.

Lafourche Parish detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence on St. Charles Bypass Road. Detectives from both parishes arrived at the residence on July 19, 2021, and Gabriel was taken into custody. During a search of the residence, investigators found three firearms, fake driver’s licenses, drugs, and cash.

Narcotics agents responded to the residence to assist and obtained an additional search warrant in reference to the narcotics. In all, agents seized approximately 92 grams of suspected marijuana, 763 doses of Xanax, 34 doses of Adderall, 7 bottles of Promethazine with Codeine, $2,080 in cash, as well as drug paraphernalia and surveillance equipment.

Gabriel was booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of a Schedule V Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, as well as Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana and Xanax. Bail is set at $215,500. He is also being held for Terrebonne Parish on the aforementioned warrants.

Brett Gabriel Jr
Brett Gabriel Jr.

Two Juvenile Detention Center Escapees Apprehended in Gray

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the apprehension of two juveniles who had escaped from a detention facility in north Louisiana. The incident occurred in Gray on Wednesday afternoon involving a coordinated effort from parish and state law enforcement.

Just before 1 p.m. on July 14, 2021, deputies received information about juveniles who had escaped from the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe who were possibly in Lafourche Parish. The juveniles had also reportedly stolen a vehicle in a carjacking in the Alexandria area.

In a coordinated effort, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice tracked the vehicle to a discount store on LA Highway 316 in Gray. As the two juveniles were walking back to the vehicle, they spotted law enforcement and began to run. Both were quickly apprehended and positively identified as a 17-year-old male and a 15-year-old male who had escaped from the Monroe facility. One was also found to have had a handgun in his possession.

The juveniles were turned over to the custody of the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice.

Fugitive Wanted in Sex Crime Investigation Arrested in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre and Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of man wanted in a sex crime investigation since late last year. Deputies arrested Ronald Tyler Jr., 41, of Thibodaux on the active warrants following a traffic stop on Tuesday.

In December 2020, the Thibodaux Police Department announced their Criminal Investigations Division had obtained warrants for Tyler’s arrest  for First Degree Rape, Home Invasion, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in an ongoing sex crime investigation. Tyler also had an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant as well.

On July 13, 2021, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted Tyler driving a car on Ridgefield Road in Thibodaux. Deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Tyler refused to stop. He continued driving until reaching his residence in the 300 block of Hyland Drive where he stopped in the driveway. Tyler exited his vehicle and attempted to run from deputies, but he was quickly apprehended.

Tyler was transported to the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex where he was booked on the aforementioned warrants. He was also charged with Flight from an Officer and Resisting an Officer. Bail is set at $782,000.

Ronald Tyler
Ronald Tyler

Detectives Investigating Shooting Incident in Trailer Park in Thibodaux

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Friday afternoon in Solar Trailer Park in Thibodaux. No injuries have been reported, and no arrests have been made.

Just before 1 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021, deputies responded to the trailer park after receiving several calls about gunshots heard in the area. Three vehicles and one residence were struck several times, but no injuries have been reported.

Anyone with information on this incident can submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433, online at www.crimestoppersbr.org, or via the P3 Tips mobile app. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

Three Arrests Made in Connection with Pursuit in Mid-June

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of three Raceland men who were involved in a vehicle pursuit on June 15, 2021. Ta’Corein Jones, 20, and Jamyren Richard, 22, were arrested on the day of the incident. Tyrese Thomas, 22, was arrested on July 6, 2021.

At around 1 p.m. on June 15, 2021, deputies received a call about occupants in a burgundy car brandishing firearms and causing a disturbance in the area of a fast food restaurant in Mathews. While in route, deputies observed the car traveling on LA Highway 1 near its intersection with LA Highway 182 and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the car refused to stop, traveling down several Raceland streets. As they arrived on Garden Street, the occupants abandoned the car and began running from the scene with one passenger carrying a rifle. The unmanned vehicle continued traveling until it crashed into a ditch. Deputies followed them and immediately took Jones, one of the passengers, into custody. He was found to have marijuana and MDMA pills in his possession.

Deputies also learned Richard, who fled the scene with the rifle, was located at a residence on St. Louis Street and other patrol deputies, detectives, and narcotics agents were already on scene. Richard eventually exited the residence, and he was taken into custody without further incident. Investigators obtained a search warrant and located an AR-15 inside the residence which is believed the be the gun Richard was carrying.

Jones and Richard were booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex. Jones was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute MDMA, Possession of Marijuana, Illegal Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of Controlled Dangerous Substances and Resisting an Officer. Jones was released on July 16, 2021 after posting $36,000 bail. Meanwhile, Richard was booked on outstanding warrants stemming from a separate case for Theft of a Firearm and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. He was charged with another firearm possession charge in this incident, as well as Resisting an Officer. Richard’s bail is set at $126,500.

Investigators identified Thomas as the driver of the car during the incident and obtained warrants for his arrest. On July 6, 2021, agents with the LPSO Narcotics section and Louisiana Probation and Parole located Thomas at his residence and took him into custody. After obtaining a search warrant for his residence, agents also located a handgun. Thomas was booked into the Correctional Complex on the warrants for Aggravated Flight from an Officer and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Bail is set at $35,000.

Ta'Corein Jones
Ta’Corein Jones
Jamyren Richard
Jamyren Richard
Tyrese Thomas
Tyrese Thomas

Detectives Investigating Attempted Murder-Suicide in Gray on Sunday

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced detectives are investigating a case where a man shot and injured a woman before turning the gun on himself on Sunday. Montrellis Hemphill, 40, of Gray was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A woman, who detectives believe Hemphill shot moments prior, was hospitalized with injuries but is expected to recover.

Deputies responded to Ladybug Lane in Gray after a woman in her 30s reported having been shot at around 8:40 p.m. on June 27, 2021. Deputies arrived on scene to find a man, later identified as Hemphill with a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head outside the residence. Deputies also located the woman inside the residence with several gunshot wounds. She was airlifted to a New Orleans hospital for treatment.

Through investigation thus far, detectives believe Hemphill and the woman were in an argument earlier that day, and Hemphill returned later that night and started shooting into the residence. The investigation into this incident is continuing.

Plans Announced for Independence Day 2021 Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced plans for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign which runs from July 1-5, 2021, centered around the Independence Day holiday. The campaign is coordinated and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission.

As part of the campaign efforts, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will assign additional deputies to saturated patrol efforts to target impaired drivers and help keep motorists safe. Additionally, LPSO deputies will conduct a seat belt checkpoint and a DWI checkpoint. A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of July 2, 2021. A DWI checkpoint will also begin during the evening hours of July 2, 2021, and continue into the early morning hours of the following day.

During the seat belt checkpoint, deputies will be checking motorists for seat belt and safety seat violations, as well as other violations such as expired inspection tags. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues, including but not limited to seat belt usage. Remember that Lafourche Parish is a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Have a plan on how you will arrive home BEFORE you leave home.

Seat Belt and DWI Checkpoints Slated for June 26, 2021

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office will conduct a seat belt checkpoint and a DWI checkpoint on Saturday, June 26, 2021, in Lafourche Parish. These checkpoints are designed to help raise awareness for these types of violations and make the highways of the parish safer for all motorists.

A seat belt checkpoint will be conducted Saturday evening in Lafourche Parish, and deputies will focus on checking motorists for seat belt and child safety seat violations. A DWI checkpoint will begin Saturday evening following the seat belt checkpoint and will continue into the early morning hours of Sunday, June 27. During the DWI checkpoint, deputies will be looking for drivers who are possibly impaired while checking for other traffic safety issues.

Sheriff Webre reminds citizens to designate a driver if you are going to drink. Motorists suspected of DWI who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test will lose their driver’s license for one year (first offense). For a second offense, the penalty increases to two years. Anyone convicted of a DWI offense while their driver’s license is suspended because of another DWI offense will face automatic prison time. Lafourche Parish is also a “No Refusal” parish, meaning if a suspected drunk driver refuses a breathalyzer test, deputies will seek a search warrant to have that person’s blood tested.

Narcotics Agents Find Larose Man with Variety of Narcotics and Cash

Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Larose man after narcotics agents found him with a variety of drugs and cash. Morris Charpentier Jr. faces several charges in the incident.

Agents had been investigating Charpentier and located him in a vehicle parked in Larose on June 16, 2021. Through further investigation, agents obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, as well as two residences in Larose and Des Allemands. During the searches, agents located an assortment of suspected narcotics including 504.8 grams of synthetic marijuana, 18.1 grams of marijuana, 7.3 grams of cocaine, 5.9 grams of methamphetamine, 20 doses of Roxicodone, and 7 doses of Xanax, as well as drug paraphernalia and over $3,000 cash.

Charpentier was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex in Thibodaux. He was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Synthetic Marijuana, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Roxicodone, and Xanax, as well as Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bail is set at $65,300.

Citizens are reminded that they can report any drug-related or suspicious activity. Information can be reported directly to the Narcotics section commander, Lieutenant Derek Champagne, at (985) 532-4365 or derek-champagne@lpso.net. Information can also be reported anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433, online at CrimeStoppersBR.org.

Morris Charpentier Jr
Morris Charpentier Jr.