Two men charged in home invasions

Two men have been charged in the invasion of two different homes, which occurred Tuesday, March 3.

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue said the department received a call of a break-in and shooting at 715 W. Beech Street at 11:42 p.m.

“Upon officers arrival, it was learned a black male, Antonio Thomas, forced another person, Kaniski Larnette, at gun point to this residence in an attempt to get money that Larnette had at that location,” according to a press release issued by the department Friday.

Officers learned when Larnette knocked on the door of the Beech Street residence, where his girlfriend, Nedra Gallow, resided, Gallow let them into the residence. Thomas was standing behind Larnette holding the gun to the back of his head, and Thomas pushed Larnette into the residence and struck Gallow on the head with the gun. Once inside, Thomas demanded everyone in the house move into the kitchen. When the occupants were in the hall, Larnette attacked Thomas in an attempt to disarm him.

“At this point, Gallow ran into her room and retrieved a hand gun and ran back where the struggle was taking place. Gallow shot Thomas in the leg at which time he fell to the floor,” the report stated. “Gallow told Thomas to get out or she would shoot him again. Thomas then attempted to get up while still armed and was shot again by Gallow.”

Once officers arrived, Larnette told them about the house at 108 W. Hickory St. where the occupants were being held hostage. When officers arrived at the Hickory Street residence, they witnessed a subject run out of the back door and were unable to locate him. Later, officers learned before the incident on Beech Street, Thomas, along with Gavin Herbert, went to 108 W. Hickory St. and kicked in the rear door to gain entry into the house. Both subjects hid inside until the occupants of the house returned.

The first to return were two female juveniles, who were coming from a basketball game. As they entered the house, the two suspects, who were both armed, put the females in the rear bedroom and tied them up with some type of clothing. Officers said Herbert had a shot gun, which he brought to the residence, and Thomas located a handgun at the residence.

Herbert and Thomas waited for the others to return, and they approached them, ordering them to the floor and demanding money from all of them. “Thomas removed approximately $800 from Larnette’s pocket and Larnett told Thomas that he had some money at his girlfriend’s house and he would give it to him if they would leave them alone,” the report indicated. “It was at this point Thomas forced Larnette to get into his car and drive to his girlfriend’s house on Beech Street where the shooting occurred.”

As a result of the investigation, police have charged Herbert, 18, 617 Dr. Carver St., Ville Platte, with seven counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of aggravated burglary and one count of armed robbery; and Charles Grace, 34, 1304 W. Live Oak, Ville Platte, with seven counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping, two counts of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Both men’s bonds were set at $500,000.

According to information The Gazette received in the case, it appears Grace asked the two men to conduct this robbery. As a result of this investigation, Grace’s bond of $150,000 for the home invasion and robbery of Gallow’s home Sunday, December 14, was revoked. In that home invasion, Grace and another man, Steven Ninski Frank, 17, 605 Laran St., Ville Platte, allegedly entered Frank’s home and bound her with duct tape while they robbed her. They were both charged with aggravated burglary, armed robbery, criminal damage to property and possession of an unidentified firearm in this case. Grace also was charged with possession of a Schedule II narcotic after codeine was found on his person that night.

Authorities said this case is still under investigation.

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