Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office arrest several in variety of cases


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The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has made several arrests this week through investigations conducted by deputies.

Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives, two were charged with theft after deputies learned a house, which had been damaged by fire, was burglarized May 29.

A television, tent, DVDs and PlayStation® were taken from the residence. On June 3, deputies went to a residence at 215 Martin Luther King in Chataignier after the owner of the items reported seeing his tent at this residence. Dupre said the tent was taken down and had been hidden. Sgt. Travis Basco contacted Dupre about the incident. He was able to recover a tent and television.

At that time no arrests were made in the case, because Courtney Thomas, 17, 931 W. Long, Apt. 42, Ville Platte, said he had purchased the items.

Detective Stanley Washington questioned an individual from the residence in Chataignier. This investigation led authorities to charge Larissa Randle, 26, 215 Martin Luther King, Chataignier, with possession of stolen things and Thomas with burglary and theft. Randle’s bond was set at $5,000, and Thomas’ bond was $10.000.

Dupre said the items were returned to the owner, and the investigation is now complete.

Cocaine found

Dupre received information suggesting cocaine was being brought to Ville Platte. He and Detective Washington located the vehicle with the assistance of the Ville Platte Police Department. A package of cocaine was found in the vehicle which led to charges of possession with intent to distribute pending against Riley Richardson, 50, 805 Second St. Richardson should be officially charged Monday.

Theft charges filed

Dupre said he received information of batteries being taken from water wells in the parish. He said the culprits were using bolt cutters to cut the cables.

With the assistance of surveillance equipment, evidence was gathered in the case. Dupre spoke with Kyle Fontenot, 19, 113 Demoruelle St., Ville Platte. While there he discovered Kevin K. Argetsinger, 41, 119 Demoruelle St., Ville Platte, was in the process or rolling marijuana cigarettes, so Argetsinger was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Dupre said a bag of marijuana also was found.

Fontenot was eventually charged with theft over $300, along with Michael Scott Fontenot, 21, 2742 Edgewood Drive, Ville Platte.

Dupre said Deputy Joey Pelloquin and Sgt. Robert Moreau was able to search a vehicle and recovered bolt cutters and the end of a battery cable.

Juvenile cases

Naomi Campbell is the new juvenile officer for the sheriff’s office. This week she handled two cases.

Campbell said five juveniles vandalized a home on the northeast side of the parish. A six-year-old female, two seven year olds (one female, one male), a 10-year-old male and an 11-year-old female went into rental property and broke windows, painted walls and floors, etc. The owner was working on repairing the property.

She said the owner agreed not to press charges, but the parents will make restitution. Also today, those juveniles and a parent will spend the afternoon at the property cleaning up their vandalism.

In another case, she said a parent, who was camping at Crooked Creek, called to report she found a 16-year-old male sleeping in the tent with her 16-year-old daughter. She was very upset, because the male juvenile drank 24 cans of her beer. Campbell was able to resolve the matter without criminal charges being filed. The juvenile will replace the beer.

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