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Breaking New: Ridgefield Road Shooting – Two Arrested

Thibodaux Chief of Police announced the arrest of two in connection to the shooting that happened in the 900 Block of Ridgefield Road.

  • Tremell Batiste (21, B/M, 164 Georgette Street in Napoleonville, LA) is charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond.
  • Dontrell Bryant Jr. (19, B/M, 800 East Winder Road in Thibodaux, LA) is charged with 2nd Degree Murder. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond.

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On Wednesday, November 15th, at approximately 3:00 p.m. the Thibodaux Police Department received a call about shots being fired in the 900 Block of Ridgefield Road in Thibodaux. When Officers arrived they found several people assisting a male subject who had been shot. Medical personnel transported the victim to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was identified as Chansie White (30), but his identity was withheld from the public until his next of kin could be notified.

The scene of the shooting was taped off and processed for evidentiary purposes, which caused traffic to be diverted for several hours.

During the investigation, Detectives were able to determine that a white crown Victoria driven by Dontrell Bryant Jr. and with Tremell Batiste as the front seat passenger pulled off of Ridgefield Road in the 900 Block. Chansie White, who was on foot and lived in the area, approached the vehicle and got into the back seat. Police learned that Chansie White intended to sell illegal narcotics to Batiste and Bryant.

Shortly after getting into the back of the vehicle, Chansie White was shot by Tremell Batiste. Chansie White exited the vehicle and ran across the street, which is where he was when Police arrived. Batiste and Bryant then fled in the vehicle.

Police discovered the suspect vehicle at Waverly Apartments around midnight, where Dontrell Bryant Jr. was found in one of the apartments. Bryant was placed under arrest. The vehicle involved in the shooting has been secured and will be processed for evidentiary purposes.

Today, November 16th, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Thibodaux Police Narcotics Detectives, with the assistance of the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Department, checked one of the locations on Hwy 400 in Assumption Parish that Batiste could be at. TPD Narocitcs Detectives spotted Tremell Batiste behind a residence where he took off running. After a brief foot pursuit, Tremell Batiste was caught and placed under arrest.

“We had the suspect vehicle and one of the suspects within the first 10 hours and the second suspect within 16 hours,” said Chief Bryan Zeringue. “We were determined to follow every lead, every bit of information until the suspects were caught.” Chief Zeringue also expressed immense gratitude to our community partners and assisting Law Enforcement Agencies that helped bring the suspects to justice.

 

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Police Investigate Homicide That Happened On Ridgefield Road

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced that the Thibodaux Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened around 3:00 p.m. today.

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Today, November 15th, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the Thibodaux Police Department received a phone call of a shooting that took place in the 900 Block of Ridgefield Road. When Police arrived, they discovered a victim had been shot.

Once medical personnel arrived, the victim was transported to the Thibodaux Regional Medical Center where the victim was pronounced dead. The victim’s identity will not be released until the next of kin have been notified.

Thibodaux Police Detectives were called to the scene to process for evidentiary purposes. A portion of Ridgefield Road, between Young and Washington, had to be taped off and traffic diverted for several hours due to the crime scene including a portion of the roadway.

“We do not believe that this is a random shooting,” said Chief Bryan Zeringue. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with the loved ones of the victim.”

This investigation is ongoing.

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Drugs & Stolen Gun Recovered On Traffic Stop

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of two suspects after the vehicle they were riding in was stopped for a traffic violation.

 

  • Damian Johnson (19) is charged with Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.

 

  • Daekwon Duncan (20) is charged with Possession of Marijuana (2nd) and Contempt of Court for Failing to Appear on Traffic Offenses. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $750 bond.

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On Tuesday, November 14th, at approximately 11:03 p.m., Thibodaux Police Narcotics Detectives stopped a green Toyota Corolla after seeing that the license plate was not illuminated by a light. The vehicle was stopped at School Street near Sanders Street.

 

When Detectives approached the vehicle they could smell the strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle. The driver, Lannoy Ellis, and one of the two passengers, Daekwon Duncan, were removed from the vehicle while the second passenger, Damian Johnson, remained in the vehicle.

 

During the course of the investigation, Daekwon Duncan admitted that he had marijuana on him. A small amount of marijuana was recovered from Duncan’s sock.

 

Upon further investigation, Police had Johnson exit the vehicle for the vehicle to be searched where they recovered a Taurus 9 mm handgun that had been stolen out of Terrebonne Parish. Damian Johnson eventually confessed to Detectives that the stolen gun was his.

 

Lannoy Ellis, the driver of the vehicle, was given a verbal warning for his traffic violation while Johnson and Duncan were placed under arrest.

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Hit-&-Run Suspect Leaving $30,000 in Damage Arrested

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Roy Vizier (W/M, 50, 132 West 42nd Street in Cut Off, LA) for Hit-&-Run, Possession of Marijuana (3rd) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Friday, November 10th, at approximately 3:21 p.m. after posting his $4,000 bond.  

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On Thursday, November 9th, at approximately 6:46 a.m., a dark colored truck, later identified as a 2005 GMC Sierra, struck a gas pump in the parking lot of Donut & Deli gas station. After striking the gas pump, the driver fled the scene in the vehicle. The damage was estimated to be around $30,000. Video footage captured the incident. 

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On Friday, November 10th, at approximately 7:57 a.m., an LPSO Detective spotted a vehicle that matched the description. Thibodaux Police Officers arrived on scene and detained Roy Vizier. At first, Vizier lied and said that he loaned his truck to someone else the day before. Eventually, though, he said that he drove to the gas station but thought that he had only hit the tire stop.

 

Upon further investigation, Officers found suspected marijuana and rolling paper on the middle console. It appeared that when Police arrived, Vizier was in the process of rolling a marijuana cigarette. Officers also found a metal grinder, additional rolling paper, and a pill bottle with more suspected marijuana inside of it.

 

Roy Vizier was placed under arrest.

 

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Store Employee Helps Neighbor Steal Multiple Items By Skip Scanning

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of two, an employee and a customer, after they coordinated a theft together.

  • Nancy Smith (42) was arrested for Felony Theft. She is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $1,500 bond.
  • Della Rockward (40) was arrested for Theft. She was released from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a Misdemeanor Summons.
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On Tuesday, November 7th, around 4:13 p.m., the Thibodaux Police Department was contacted in reference to a theft at a business in the 1200 Block of Talbot Avenue.

An anonymous witness alerted the business that an employee, Nancy Smith, who had only been working at the business for approximately two weeks purposely didn’t scan multiple items for a customer, Della Rockward, on October 28th.

Video footage from the business showed Smith scan items that totaled $25.95, and then pretend to scan other items. Of the items could be identified that Smith pretended to scan came out to $73.75.

Police questioned Smith about the incident. She claimed that she was so busy that she didn’t realize the items were not scanning, but said that she believed the receipt was small for the amount of items that were in the shopping cart. She was placed under arrest. Police learned that Smith had been arrested multiple times for theft in the past and had two convictions, making this Theft a felony. Smith’s employment was terminated and she is banned from ever returning to the business.

Police went to the home of Della Rockward. Rockward denied stealing any items, but admitted that she knew she left the store with multiple items that had not been paid for. She was unable to give an exact amount of unpaid items. Rockward was also placed under arrest.

Management of the business has banned Nancy Smith from ever returning to the business and her employment has been terminated. Smith told Police that Rockward was her neighbor.

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Three Arrested On Traffic Stop – Two Guns & Illegal Narcotics Found

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of three – Lee Johnson, Deanthony Johnson, and Brhian Mattiew.

  • Lee Johnson (20) was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Violation of Drug Free Zone, and Driving the Wrong Way on a One Way. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $10,100 bond.
  • Deanthony Johnson (24) was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of CDS, Violation of Drug Free Zone. He bonded out from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Friday, November 3rd, at approximately 11:44 a.m. after posting his $6,000 bond.
  • Brhian Mathiew (20) was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Illegal Carrying of a Weapon in the Presence of CDS, Violation of Drug Free Zone, and a Terrebonne Warrant for Felony Theft. He bonded out from the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Friday, November 3rd, at approximately 7:07 p.m. after posting his $30,000 bond.

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On Thursday, November 2nd, around 4:50 p.m., Thibodaux Police Narcotics Detectives witnessed a 1996 Jeep Cherokee go the wrong was down a one way street on Notre Dame near Cedar Street. Vehicles traveling the correct way had to pull off of the narrow roadway in order to avoid collision. Detectives attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and when Detectives exited their unit, the vehicle began to pull off. Detectives activated their siren, and the vehicle came to a complete stop in a drug and firearm free zone.

After approaching the vehicle, Detectives could smell the odor of suspect marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle. The front seat passenger, Brhian Mattiew, was seen messing with an unknown object around his waistband. Mattiew was made to exit the vehicle for a pat down, and a loaded semi-automatic handgun fell from his waistband down the inside of his pants leg and out of the bottom of his pants onto the ground. Detectives secured the weapon and Mattiew.

The rear seat passenger, Deanthony Johnson, was also found to be carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun with an extended 33 round magazine. The weapon was secured and Deanthony Johnson was secured. The driver, Lee Johnson, was also secured.

After speaking with the subjects, Detectives learned that they had smoked marijuana earlier, but insisted that there was no more marijuana inside of the vehicle. After searching the vehicle, Detectives found 27 individually wrapped baggies of suspected marijuana. All of the subjects denied that the illegal narcotics belonged to them. All three subjects were arrested. Detectives learned that Brhian Mattiew had four active warrants out of Terrebonne for his arrest, but three of the four were later recalled.

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Coming to Thibodaux

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue is pleased to announce that the Thibodaux Police Department will be participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign beginning November 24th, 2017 and ending on December 12th, 2017.

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Utilizing the Louisiana Highway Safety grant, Thibodaux Police Officers will be assigned to saturation patrols with the goal of keeping our families safe as they travel on the roadway.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,265 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2015; an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes.

 

Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department would like to offer a few safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

  • Never drive if you have had anything containing alcohol to drink
  • Even legal medication can make you unfit to drive safely. A few of those medications are tranquilizers, narcotic pain pills, sleep medicines, some antidepressants, cough medicines, antihistamines and decongestants.
  • Plan a safe way to get home before the party starts
  • If you plan to walk home, have a sober friend secure you a cab. Walking impaired is not safe.
  • If in Thibodaux, report impaired drivers to the Thibodaux Police Department at 985-446-5021

 

Chief Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department would like to thank all of our partners for helping spread the word about the importance of not drinking and driving – even if it is just one drink. Together, we can keep Thibodaux safe and a great place to live.

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