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Police consider LC rape suspect ‘predator’

*published July 1, 2010

A Lake Charles man arrested on charges of home invasion and aggravated rape may have victimized other women besides the one he attacked Monday, authorities said.

Lake Charles police say Edwin Rivera, 19, of 1107 E. School St., sprayed a woman with Mace in the 3900 block of Auburn Street at about 10:40 a.m. and then forced himself on her.

He was apprehended near the home by off-duty Calcasieu Parish Deputy Edwardo Borda and Lake Charles police Cpl. Fletcher Idom.

Borda, who lives in the neighborhood, had been jogging at the time and saw Rivera walking.

Police Chief Don Dixon said that at about 11 a.m., Idom was on patrol and responded to the victim’s emergency call.

After a vehicle chase, Rivera fled on foot near Madeline and Common streets and was caught by Borda, he said.

Rivera remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $75,000 bond.

“We think he watched the home for at least 30 minutes, and he knew the woman would be home alone,” Dixon said. “We feel he is a predator and want any other victims or people who have seen him in their area to call us.”

Witnesses and other victims may call Detectives Greg Single or Franklin Fondel at 491-1311.


July 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Family, activist meet about alleged brutality


The family members of a man arrested recently on rape and murder charges rallied against perceived “harassment and brutality from law enforcement in the Lake Charles area.”

About 20 family members and friends of Marlin James Jenkins held a private meeting Monday that they had previously announced would be open to the public.

Jenkins was indicted March 5 on three counts of aggravated rape and one count of second-degree murder.

The American Press was not allowed into the meeting, but spokesmen for the family talked to the newspaper before the session began.

“The Jenkins family contacted us because of an alleged false arrest and abuse during the arrest of Mr. Jenkins,” said George Fisher, chairman of the Louisiana chapter of the National Action Network.

The family reportedly filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against the Lake Charles Police Department. Jacqualine Sonnier, Jenkins’ aunt, alleges that on the day of his arrest the suspect was beaten and is now blind in one eye.

Sonnier said Jenkins did not receive medical attention until she spoke with an assistant warden at Calcasieu Correctional Center, and there has not been a followup.

Officials at Calcasieu Correctional Center said no “apparent injuries or complaints of injuries” are listed in Jenkin’s health screening, which is performed at intake.

“His medical file has a past history of treatment of eye problems, including a detached retina,” said Darren Boyd, assistant warden at CCC. “The only self-initiated medical request he submitted was for tooth pain.”

Sonnier stated she is concerned about the circumstances of the arrest.

“I spoke with Detective (Frank) Fondel, and those stories are not adding up,” Sonnier said.

“He’s not responding to us, and the information we have gotten is not accurate,” she said.

Sgt. Mark Kraus, a spokesman for the Lake Charles Police Department, said he was not aware of the meeting until contacted by the media for comment.

He released the following statement:
“Chief (Don) Dixon has the utmost respect for the integrity of the investigations that Detective Fondel is involved in. Members of the administration, including myself and Chief Dixon, were at the scene at 333 Mill St. when the defendant was arrested. Chief Dixon personally advised Marlin Jenkins of his Miranda warnings and his entire body, to include his face, was photographed within one minute after his arrest.
‘‘Immediately following the arrest, he (Jenkins) was taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital to retrieve a DNA sample, and he never once complained.”


March 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Slaying suspect linked to rapes


Lake Charles police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and slaying of a woman whose body was found Jan. 15, and they say the man, Marlin James Jenkins, 38, has sexually assaulted at least two other women.

The body of 50-year-old Linda Jackson Moore was found earlier this month behind a detailing shop at the corner of Shattuck and Belden streets.

Police ruled her death a homicide, but Police Chief Don Dixon, speaking at a news conference Monday, declined to give the specific cause of death, saying that to do so could compromise the case.

“I will say she died a violent death, and she put up quite a fight,” he said.

While investigating the death, Detectives Lecia McCullough and Franklin Fondel arrested Jenkins for the rapes of two women, Dixon said.

After further investigation, and with the aid of an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip, they connected Jenkins to Moore’s death, he said.

“We also believe there may be other victims out there who have not come forward out of fear of Jenkins,” Dixon said. “This man was on a spree and is now in jail with no bond.

“Nobody deserves to be victimized and then afraid to report it.”

He said Jenkins, of 333 Mill St., has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated rape and seconddegree robbery — in addition to two counts of aggravated rape in the other cases.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso attended the conference to debunk rumors that Moore’s death was connected to the Nov. 23 death of Sierra Bouzigard, who was found on John Koonce Road in Moss Bluff.

“Keep in mind, all agencies stay in close contact regardless of the crime,” Mancuso said.

Officials are still awaiting forensic test results in the Bouzigard case, he said.

“We will be comparing notes with Lake Charles police and the task force in Jennings,” Mancuso said. “But right now, none of these (cases) seem to connect.”

Victims and people with information on the crimes can call 491-1311 and ask for McCullough or Fondel.


January 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm Leave a comment

Deputy arrested on sex charges

*published Nov. 4, 2009

A Calcasieu Parish deputy was fired Tuesday night after his arrest on rape and other sex charges, authorities said.

A woman reportedly contacted the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 30 and said her juvenile daughter was having sex with David N. Thomas, 40, of 927 Cascio Road in Moss Bluff.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso requested assistance from state police, citing a conflict of interest, according to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials are conducting an independent internal investigation, and Trooper Stephen LaFargue said state police will handle the criminal investigation.

Among the charges Thomas faces are sexual battery and forcible rape.

Information on his career with the Sheriff’s Office — reportedly 19 years — was not available late Tuesday.


November 4, 2009 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Cold cases heat up

published Aug. 12, 2009
National link leads to arrests in ’94 rape, March slaying


The accreditation of the Southwest Louisiana Crime Lab has led to arrests in a 14-year-old rape case and a dozen other crimes, Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso said at a Tuesday news conference.

The rape, which happened in September 1994, has been connected to Jonathan J. Frank, 34. He has been charged with aggravated rape in a case in which the victim was raped at knifepoint and severely beaten, resulting in a broken nose.

Mancuso recounted some of Frank’s “lengthy” criminal history, which goes back to 1993 and includes charges of possession of stolen property, armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, burglary, felony battery and theft.

“This is a person that needs to be off the streets,” Mancuso said.

Another major case in which DNA evidence was used to bring closure is the March 2009 slaying of Darrell Shaub, whose body was found behind a DeQuincy motel, he said.

Mancuso said John Dickerson, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in the case when his DNA was found on Shaub’s clothes and in his truck.

Mancuso said the four-year process of becoming compliant with the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS, was funded by a grant sponsored by U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and the half-cent tax passed two years ago.

“In many cases, unless it’s a murder case, it can take two, three, four years to get DNA (results) back from the FBI or state crime lab, which is unacceptable for the victims,” Mancuso said.

The sheriff said the lab opened in 2005 and hired a second DNA analyst two years later, fulfilling the last requirements for accreditation.

CODIS allows DNA processed locally to become a part of a national database of samples.

Mancuso said analysts began entering information into the system two months ago and have since connected suspects to 13 crimes and have two pending cases.

Other cases affected by the crime lab’s work include two burglaries, four rapes and two pending cases for the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office; one rape and five burglaries for Lake Charles police; and one burglary for the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office.

In December 2003, Vitter, as a member of a House Appropriations Subcommittee, secured $1 million to be split among the state’s five regional crime labs to buy equipment.

To see a virtual tour of the crime lab, CLICK HERE


August 12, 2009 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment