Posts tagged ‘robbery’

Public tips lead to arrest in LC bank robbery

*published May 11, 2010

Lake Charles police have arrested a man for the May 5 robbery of the Cameron State Bank branch at Ryan and Alamo streets.

Officials said 36-year-old Byron Charles LaFleur entered the bank at 10:30 a.m., wearing a suit and tie and handed the teller a note demanding money and then fled on foot.

Police Chief Don Dixon said tips from the public led to LaFleur’s arrest. He said officers were able to recover all of the stolen money, but he wouldn’t disclose the amount.

LaFleur remains in the Calcasieu Correc–tional Center on a federal probation hold.

In an unrelated case, a Houston man suspected of committing 12 robberies in and around Houston was arrested in Lake Charles on Friday.

Lake Charles FBI agent Hall Jones said DeAndrian LaTroy Dently, 32, faces multiple robbery charges.

Dently reportedly committed robberies in Harris and Brazoria counties between October and February.

The last took place Feb. 5 at a bank in a Kroger supermarket in Katy, Texas.

Afterward, Houston FBI agents began featuring surveillance footage of Dently on digital billboards and offered a $15,000 reward.

Jones said Dently had been dubbed the “Billy Goat Bandit” because of a scraggly beard he wore during the robberies.

He was reportedly cleanshaven when he was arrested. Authorities say Dently may face additional charges.


May 11, 2010 at 7:55 pm

LC man charged in two shootings


Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon on Thursday announced the arrest of a Lake Charles man who allegedly committed two separate shootings during robberies.

Dasmond Jamal Simmons, 20, was arrested Wednesday at a Broad Street hotel and charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count each of attempted armed robbery and armed robbery. His bond was set at more than $1 million.

The shootings happened two days apart — March 4 and 6 — and one man was left paralyzed, Dixon said.

On the night of the first shooting, Dixon said, officers responded to a 911 call about a person who had been shot and was driving himself to the hospital.

“The victim had been shot five times near the 1500 block of Merganser Street,” Dixon said. “He told investigators that a shoot-out took place after someone attempted to rob him of drugs and money.”

Dixon said that at the time police had no suspect.

Two days later, a man was shot in the 2300 block of See Street.

“He told detectives that he rode with Simmons to the location and Simmons shot him in the back,” Dixon said.

He said the man is paralyzed from the waist down. “He is still being treated, but right now doctors say the prognosis isn’t good,” Dixon said.

He said Simmons claimed to have sold the gun on the street, and Dixon asked for the public’s help in recovering the weapon.

“If anyone purchased the gun or was asked to hide it for (Simmons), you can turn it in, no questions asked,” Dixon said. “We need to compare the weapon to shells at the scenes.”

Anyone with information on the gun’s location can call Detective Frank Fondel at 491-1311.


March 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Westlake ‘business check’ program cuts down on break-ins, according to chief


Westlake Police Chief Jeremy Cryer’s simple idea has brought on big results.

Cryer said he introduced the “business check” program back in 2005 because of a high number of break-ins around town. In 2004, the city’s businesses had a total of 26 burglaries.

“I decided to have my officers physically checking doors and windows, making sure they are locked and haven’t been tampered with,” Cryer said.

For residences, Cryer said the department began keeping a list of residents who were away.

“A resident can call us a week or so in advance and let us know the dates they will out of town, and we make sure the officer patrolling the area does a physical check,” Cryer said.

Cryer said he also has officers checking doors and windows on schools and churches during times when the buildings are empty.

The numbers presented by the department show a steady decrease in business burglaries — 16 burglaries in 2005, seven in 2006, three each in 2007 and 2008 and five in 2009.

They have not had any burglaries this year.

“When an officer stops at the business, they first do a visual scan,” Cryer said. “They make sure no one is loitering or that no suspicious persons are around.”

Cryer said when officers are making sure all doors and windows are locked, they are also looking for any signs of burglary attempts.

“They check locks and window sills to see if anyone has tried to pick or pry it open,” Cryer said.

Officers then leave a card, letting the owner know they checked the business and everything was in order.

“It’s a preventative measure, but I also think it’s good for people to see officers out of their vehicles,” Cryer said.

For information, call the Westlake Police at 433-4151


March 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Two charged in Oct. 5 LC home invasion and robbery

*published Oct. 15, 2009

Two men have been arrested for an Oct. 5 home invasion involving a firearm, and an arrest warrant has been issued for a third man, authorities said.

Malcolm Jamar Sawyer, 20, of Oberlin, was arrested Tuesday by Lake Charles police for his involvement in a home invasion in the 1100 block of Tulane Street, said Sgt. Mark Kraus.

“We were led to the second subject, 20-year-old Lawrence Jacoby Bias of DeQuincy, through checking jail records,” he said.

Kraus said Bias was already in jail in connection with another home invasion.

According to Calcasieu Correctional Center arrest log, Bias was arrested Oct. 8 by Calcasieu Parish deputies, along with two other men, and charged with two counts of armed robbery and theft over $500.

Bias and two other males were involved in a “home invasion, where a robbery took place,” according to the log. It also says a shotgun was used to subdue the victims and that a vehicle, cash and electronic equipment were taken from the North Claiborne Street home.

Bias’ bond was set at $50,000 for those charges. No bond has been set for the additional charges.

Kraus said Bias matched the description of a man seen on security camera footage shot at the Tulane Street home.

“We learned that the victim of the home invasion had previously participated in the use of illegal drugs with one of the suspects,” Kraus said. “They later heard that the man now had a large amount of marijuana in his home and decided to rob him of it.”

Kraus said the men did not find the drugs and decided to take other items at gunpoint.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Joshua Brooks, 19, of DeQuincy.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Detective Greg Single at 491-1311.


October 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm