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Man killed after robbery released from jail in May

*published Jul 28, 2009

A Lake Charles man who was killed Thursday by Mobile, Ala., police after he robbed a bank there had been released from a Lafayette Parish jail in May after armed robbery charges were dropped.

James Allan Hill had been in jail for 18 months awaiting trial, but in the two weeks before the trial was set to begin, “what little evidence we had at first didn’t pan out,” said Lafayette District Attorney Michael Harson.

The charge accused Hill of committing an armed robbery in Scott, just west of Lafayette. “We had the ski mask, but couldn’t get any DNA” from it, Harson said. Other factors in Hill’s release:

A photo from the ATM security camera could not be matched with face-recognition software to other photos of Hill. The person who initially identified Hill later said he picked the wrong guy. A week before the trial, two alibi witnesses testified under oath that Hill was with them.

At the time of his release, Hill said he was innocent and blamed bad DNA as the reason for his arrest.

His criminal record goes back about 30 years and includes multiple charges of theft, escape, burglary and bank robbery, including for heists in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

During the Thursday incident in Mobile, Hill reportedly wore a hooded jacket with a scarf and goggles as he tried to rob a local bank.

Hill fled in an Acura Legend and led Mobile police on an eight-mile, 18-minute car chase, which ended when he crashed in a church parking lot, authorities said.

Police said that as Hill exited the car, he pointed an air pistol — which appeared to be a real handgun — at five officers, who fired at least 30 rounds at him.

Those officers are now subject to a police investigation.

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July 28, 2009 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

Suspect in fatal shooting re-arrested

published July 9, 2009
A man arrested earlier this week on a charge of second degree murder has been arrested on a charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, authorities said.

Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, and four others were arrested July 6 in connection with the death of Daniel Gueringer.

Rousseau was released on $25,000 bond.

The four other men — Bryce Perkins, Derek Peloquin, Greg Wisner and Taylor Johnson — remain in jail.

Perkins was charged with second-degree murder; Peloquin and Wisner were charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice; and Johnson was charged with inciting a riot and criminal conspiracy.

Perkins, whom police have identified as the shooter, has also been charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

His bond was set at $560,000.

Police on Tuesday reportedly found a gun that they were able to connect to Rousseau.

Rousseau’s bail on the murder charge was set at $200,000, but Judge Kent Savoie allowed his father, Michael Rousseau, to sign a surety bond for his release.

The bond allows a third party to assume responsibility for the full amount of the bail if the suspect does not appear in court.

Under the bond’s special conditions, Austin Rousseau must live with his father and submit to drug tests.

The bond does not require any collateral, only a $30 administrative fee.

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July 9, 2009 at 1:54 am Leave a comment

WEEKEND SHOOTING: Victim Marine on leave

Four arrests in shooting; Dixon alleges cover-up
*published July 7, 2009

Lake Charles police have arrested four people in the Sunday shooting death of 20-year-old Daniel Cole Gueringer.

Police Chief Don Dixon said Monday that Gueringer, a Marine a lance corporal on leave from Camp LeJeune, N.C., was shot while trying to break up a fight.

Bryce Wayne Perkins, 23, and Austin Michael Rousseau, 20, are charged with second-degree murder. Derek Peloquin, 22, and Greg Wiesner, 23, are charged with accessory after the fact and obstruction of justice.

Dixon said officials think the men were trying to orchestrate a cover-up by lying to detectives and trying to get rid of evidence.

He confirmed that Perkins is the son of a city police officer, but said that fact has no bearing on the case.

“We are leaving no stone unturned, and we are going to charge him with everything we possibly can,” Dixon said.

He said he initially considered asking another law enforcement agency to handle the investigation, but decided against it.

“The suspect is an adult, and the father knows that we are going to charge him with everything we can,” Dixon said.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, police responding to a 911 call at 4030 W. Prien Lake Road reportedly found Gueringer lying in the road. He was taken to Christus St. Patrick Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Dixon said Gueringer was at a Fourth of July party at the address.

“An uninvited person was asked to leave, so (the uninvited person) called Perkins and Rousseau, who came with a weapon,” Dixon said.

He said a confrontation ensued between some partygoers and Perkins, Rousseau and the uninvited person. During the fray, Gueringer was shot, Dixon said.

“We have spoken to about 30 witnesses and would like anyone else who was at the party to come forward,” he said.

Lead Detective Lecia McCullough can be reached at 337-491-1311.

Perkins and Peloquin both have criminal histories. Clerk of Court’s Office records list for Perkins arrests for marijuana possession and simple criminal property damage and show that Peloquin was arrested for possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, simple burglary and theft over $500.

Gueringer, a graduate of Barbe High School, had been a Marine for two years. His mother, Sandra, said he was scheduled to go back to North Carolina on Monday.

He had returned from Iraq in February.

“This young Marine served his country and came back thinking he was safe in his hometown,” Dixon said. “This is total stupidity, and everyone involved will be held accountable.”

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July 7, 2009 at 2:09 am Leave a comment

CPSO investigates Westlake shooting

*published July 1, 2009

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating Tuesday-evening incidents in Westlake that led to one person being shot.

According to a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, the action began at “around 2 p.m.”

“The victim went to 407 Kneely Road. He got in a fight with one or more persons while he was there,” said CPSO spokeswoman Kim Myers.

Myers said the man left and returned later with friends. When he pulled into the driveway, several shots were reportedly fired from the porch area. A passenger was hit once in the leg.

Myers said the injury was not life-threatening.

Myers said they then drove to a nearby establishment and called the Sheriff’s Office at around 4:30 p.m.

Myers said an alert via robocalls and texts were sent out to notify residents near the site of the shooting that there was possibly a person with a weapon in the area.

“Deputies then went to the home and took six people into custody for questioning,” Myers said.

Charges are pending as detectives continue the investigation.

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July 1, 2009 at 1:49 am Leave a comment

Suspect in shooting pastor at local church

*published June 24, 2009


Barry Weldon Thomas is taken into custody following Monday’s shooting in Moss Bluff.  BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

Barry Weldon Thomas is taken into custody following Monday’s shooting in Moss Bluff. BY VANESSA C. DEGGINS

A Lake Charles man arrested in connection with a Monday shooting has a lengthy criminal history and is a pastor at a local church, authorities said.

Barry Weldon Thomas, 49, was charged with two counts of illegal use of a weapon and one count of illegal carrying of a weapon. He was released Monday evening on $10,500 bond, according to parish jail records.

Authorities said Thomas is the pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church on Fifth Avenue. According to clerk of court records — where at least one entry includes the abbreviation “Rev.” — his criminal history dates from 1996 and includes charges of animal cruelty, theft over $500 and drug possession.

At about 1 p.m. Monday, deputies responded to a shooting at 470 W. Telephone Road in Moss Bluff, authorities said. There they reportedly found Thomas lying on the ground in the front yard with a semiautomatic pistol pointed toward the mobile home.

Thomas was arrested, and two victims — Craig Thomas and Albert Sweet — were taken to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital to be treated for injuries to the neck, chest and leg, authorities said.

“The two victims are still in the hospital, but detectives don’t think their injuries are life-threatening,” said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kim Myers.

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said detectives spent the rest of the day interviewing witnesses.

“We determined that there were eight people in the house, including Thomas,” Mancuso said. “We talked to all but one person, and they, including Thomas, admitted they had been smoking crack cocaine.”

He said detectives are not sure what set Thomas off, but that he fired 14 shots inside the home.

“In his and witnesses’ statements, he was described as acting very irrational and erratic,” Mancuso said.

He said none of the eight people lived in the mobile home, which is owned by Floyd Sweet, whom Mancuso said was working out of town.

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June 24, 2009 at 3:51 am Leave a comment

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