2nd Suspect In May Convenience Store Armed Robbery Arrested

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Joshua Harris (B/M, 22, 204 Ridgeway Street in Thibodaux, LA) for Armed Robbery and a Terrebonne warrant for Simple Burglary.

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The other suspect, Jewann Raymond Baptiste (B/M, 22), was arrested in May for Armed Robbery, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On May 12th, 2017, at approximately 1:28 a.m., Joshua Harris and Jewann Raymond Baptiste went into a business in the 1000 Block of Canal Boulevard and robbed the store employees at gun point; forcing employees to give them the money from the cash register. The suspects then fled on foot.

As Detectives were investigating the Armed Robbery, they were contacted by the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Department who had an arrest warrant for Jewann Baptiste for Simple Burglary. They also requested assistance with a search warrant at 1237 Canal Blvd. Room 105, Jewann Baptiste’s room.

While conducting the search warrant, TPD Detectives recognized items believed to be used in the armed robbery they were investigating. A 2nd search warrant was obtained, and Police recovered evidence linking Jewann Baptiste to the Armed Robbery in Thibodaux. TPD Detectives also recovered suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia from the room.

Through further investigation, evidence led Detectives to Joshua Harris as the second suspect in the Armed Robber.

On Monday, July 24th, Detectives received information that Joshua Harris was at Peltier Park. Acting on the information, Police spotted Harris and two others at the park. Harris was quickly taken into custody.

While there, Police discovered that one of the people with Harris – Nicole Braud (W/F, 31, 145 Al Joseph Lane in Thibodaux, LA) – had a warrant in Terrebonne for Failing to Appear for Court. She was also taken into custody and held for Terrebonne Sheriff’s Office.

Joshua Harris is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $155,000 bond. Jewann Baptiste, who was arrested in May, is still being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where on a $165,000 bond.

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Man & Woman Arrested for “Skip Scanning” at Local Store

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Kenneth Eschette Jr. (W/M, 52, 729 B McCulla Street in Thibodaux, LA) for Theft of Goods and Possession of Legend Drugs without Prescription. Leslie Leblanc (W/F, 44, 729 B McCulla Street in Thibodaux, LA) was also arrested for Theft of Goods.

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Around 3:53 p.m. on Friday, July 21st, Kennth Eschette Jr. passed nearly $100 in merchandise over a scanner at a business in the 400 Block of North Canal Blvd. without the items being read by the scanner. This scam is known as “skip scanning”, and its concept is to make the thief appear to be checking out items without actually checking them out so suspicion is less likely to be raised. Leslie Leblanc then placed the bags into the cart knowing there was stolen merchandise in them.

Both suspects were spotted by Loss Prevention Personnel and detained until Police arrived. When Police arrived, four loose pills were discovered on Kenneth Eschette that he claimed to have a prescription for, but was unable to prove at the time. Both Eschette and Leblanc admitted to the scam. Kenneth Eschette Jr. and Leslie Leblanc were both placed under arrest.

Kenneth Eschette Jr. was released from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Sunday, July 23rd, at approximately 9:11 p.m. after posting his $5,250 bond. Leslie Leblanc was released minutes later after her pre-scheduled $250 bond was posted.

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Traffic Stop Nabs Illegal Narcotics and a Stolen Firearm

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Landon Johnson (B/M, 20, 122 Truman Circle Unit #31 in Thibodaux, LA) for Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of CDS, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession of a Firearm with Obliterated Numbers, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Crack Cocaine, No Headlights and No Driver’s License (Never Applied).

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Around 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 15th, Thibodaux Police Officers patrolling the area of Canal Boulevard and West 8th Street spotted a black Nissan Altima traveling without its headlights on.

When Officers went to stop the Altima, the driver continued on until the area of 1000 Block of Canal Boulevard before stopping. Officers made contact with the driver, Landon Johnson, who did not have a driver’s license or any other type of identification on him. While speaking with Johnson, Officers noticed that Johnson was acting nervous and gave conflicting statements about where he was going.

Upon further investigation, Johnson admitted that he had suspected crack cocaine in his pocket. Officers recovered not only suspected crack cocaine, but also suspected methamphetamine from Johnson’s pocket.

A K9 arrived on the scene during the investigation, and alerted on the vehicle. While Officers were searching the vehicle, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun was found with the serial number partially obliterated. Officers were able to take the numbers still visible and determine that the firearm was stolen out of Lafourche Parish.

Landon Johnson was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $65,200 bond. Johnson is also on parole until June 24th, 2018, for Simple Burglary, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Theft of a Firearm. His parole officer was notified of the arrest.

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Armed Robbery Suspect Makes Off With Cash and Possible Heart-Attack

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Nicholas Meyer (W/M, 25, 1418 Oakley Street Unit 2 in Thibodaux, LA) for Armed Robbery, Attempted Simple Burglary, and two (2) counts of Simple Battery.

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Around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 9th, store clerks began to arrive at their place of employment in the 1500 Block of Ridgefield Road to open for the day. When one of the store clerks opened the door to allow the second one to enter, a white male wearing a mask blocked the door from being closed with a hammer. The white male suspect then punched one clerk knocking the victim to the ground. The white male suspect then swung the hammer at the second clerk but misses and hits his wrist on the victim’s arm, dropping the hammer in a trash can near the victim. The white male suspect then punches the second victim, knocking that victim to the ground as well.

The suspect then kicked an inside door open and grabbed a money bag from the room. When one of the victims got up from the ground, the white male suspect threw a liquor bottle at the victim. Thankfully he missed the victim. The white male suspect then fled the store. When Police arrived, a K9 track led Police to the rear of 1418 Oakley Street.

Upon further investigation, Police discovered that a recently hired employee of the store, Nicholas Meyer, lives at that address. When Police went to speak to Meyer, they discovered that he had recently checked himself into the hospital for a possible heart-attack. Police spoke to Nicholas Meyer at the hospital, and he denied having any involvement.

Detectives conducted a search warrant at the home of Nicholas Meyer, and recovered the money bag and also discovered over $6,500 nearby as well as clothing matching the description of the suspect that had been stuffed in a white trash bag.

After being released from the hospital, Detectives spoke to Meyer again, only this time he confessed. Police learned that for several hours prior to the armed robbery, Meyer had been attempting to break into the rear of the store to no avail.

Nicholas Meyer was arrested and transported to Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $265,000 bond.

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Information Leading To Arrest Could Earn $1,000

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue is seeking our community partners’ help with a shooting that the Thibodaux Police Department is currently investigating.

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On Friday, June 16th, 2017, at approximately 12:01 a.m., a home in the 200 Block of Rue Colette in Thibodaux was shot at multiple times. Victims were inside of the home at the time, but no one was injured. In April of 2016, a similar incident happened at the same home.

 

Anyone with information to assist with this investigation is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.

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Man Arrested After Victim Attempted To Wake Him From A Nap

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Chad Anthony Ayzinne (W/M, 26, Listed As Homeless) for Simple Battery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, and two 17th JDC Warrants for Contempt of Court for Drug and Traffic Offenses. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $30,500 bond.

AYZINNE, CHAD ANTHONY

On Tuesday, June 13th, at approximately 8:11 a.m., Chad Ayzinne and the victim went to a business in the 400 Block of North Canal Boulevard. The victim allowed Ayzinne to stay in her green 2005 GMC Envoy as she went inside the business because he was asleep in the passenger seat. When she returned, Ayzinne apparently had moved to the driver’s seat and fell asleep again. The victim decided to allow Ayzinne to sleep a little longer before attempting to wake him.

As the victim attempted to wake Ayzinne, he became angry and threw an object at the victim, hitting her in the chest. He then slammed the door on her hand and drove off in the victim’s vehicle without permission.

Police were called and began actively searching for the victim’s vehicle. The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in the parking lot of another business in the 500 Block of Jackson Street. Ayzinne was then found walking on East 7th Street. He was taken into custody and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center.

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David Thibodaux Arrested for Sexual Battery of a Juvenile Under 13

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of David Thibodaux (W/M, 57, 501 Oak Lane Lot 13 in Thibodaux, LA) for Sexual Battery on a Juvenile Under 13. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.

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Last Friday, June 9th, it was reported to the Thibodaux Police Department that the preteen Juvenile had been sexually abused over a period of time. An investigation was launched and Police learned that Thibodaux had used his hands to sexually fondle the victim on numerous occasions.

Thibodaux Police Detectives and Patrol Officers executed an arrest warrant at Thibodaux’s home on Oak Lane on Tuesday, June 13th, where David Thibodaux was taken into custody.

Due to the nature of the crime and the victim’s age, no further details will be released at this time.

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