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 June 30th, 2017 and ending on July 5th, 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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Be Prepared This Hurricane Season

South Louisiana residents understand the importance of learning from the past and preparing for the future. With the hurricane season upon us, Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue would like to offer some helpful tips to our community partners.

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    • Stock non-perishable food, bottled water, batteries and flashlights
    • Be sure to include water for bathing in case of contaminated water or no access to water (helpful tip: fill up your bathtub with water before the weather hits)
    • Secure all outside property so the wind cannot carry it away
    • Finalize emergency preparedness plan. Planning Tips
    • Identify sources of information and contact details. Information Sources
    • Anticipate medication needs at home and on the road
    • Confirm if pets are allowed at your travel destination. Be sure to include food and water for them as well.
    • Families with special needs can register with the Office of Emergency Preparedness
    • at (985) 532-8174

Chief Bryan Zeringue and the Thibodaux Police Department are confident that preparation will help us weather any storm that comes our way.

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Woman Attempts To Use Hacksaw Blade On Ex-Girlfriend

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Lechelsea Jenkins (B/F, 23, 408 John Edwards Lan in Thibodaux, LA) for Home Invasion, Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Domestic Abuse Battery, and two (2) counts of Simple Criminal Damage to Property.

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On Monday, May 29th, at approximately 1:40 a.m., Lechelsea Jenkins went to an apartment in the 600 Block of Government Circle where her ex-girlfriend was hanging out with her male coworker. After knocking on the door, Jenkins forced her way passed the male victim and began attacking the female victim.

 

The male victim was able to separate the two and had the female victim go to the back bedroom and told Jenkins to leave. Jenkins ignored the male victim and followed the female victim to the bedroom, knocking down a television and punching a hole in the bedroom door in the process. Jenkins began physically attacking the female victim again, only this time she pulled a hacksaw blade and attempted to use it on the female victim. The male victim was able to stop Jenkins from using the blade on the female victim, but suffered injuries to his hand and forearm in the process.

 

The female victim was able to make it outside to her vehicle, where Jenkins ripped off the trunk spoiler and tried to cut the tires. Jenkins left the scene before Police arrived.

 

While Shift “C” Officers were speaking with the victims, Jenkins arrived back on the scene. She was quickly taken into custody, and is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $41,000 bond.

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One Arrested After Having A Sexual Relationship With A Juvenile

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Aiyana Ambrose (W/F, 22, 316 North Canal Blvd. Unit H8 in Thibodaux, LA) for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

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The Juvenile victim and Ambrose met during a 2017 Mardi Gras parade, where the two began texting and cultivated a relationship in the following weeks. The Juvenile victim would visit Ambrose at her home without the Juvenile victim’s family’s knowledge, which is where the relationship became sexual. The Juvenile victim eventually confessed to his/her family about the relationship with Ambrose, prompting the Police to get involved because of the victim being a Juvenile.

During the investigation, Ambrose claimed that once finding out the age of the Juvenile victim that she insisted on only having a friendship. Upon further investigation, Ambrose admitted to TPD Investigators that the relationship became sexual.

Aiyana Ambrose was arrested and booked at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on Wednesday, May 24th, at approximately 1:00 p.m. She was released several hours later after posting her $5,000 bond.

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10 Arrested After Sneaking Onto School Property To Fight

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced that ten, nine Juveniles and one seventeen year old, has been charged with Criminal Trespassing after the group went into a fenced in area on South Thibodaux Elementary School Property to fight.

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On May 23rd, 2017, at approximately 7:00 p.m., school cameras captured two of the ten suspects fighting. When Police began investigating, they learned that the group was at the Martin Luther King park, which is nearby the school, when two of the males wanted to fight.

The group then went to South Thibodaux Elementary where one of the Juveniles jumped the fence and opened a gate for the rest of the group to enter through. The fight then took place in the fenced in area.

The nine Juveniles and the seventeen year old were located and arrested. One of the Juveniles and the seventeen year old are facing additional charges for Disturbing the Peace by Fighting.

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First Suspect Arrested In Convenience Store Robbery

BAPTISTE, JEWANN RAYMONDThibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Jewann Raymond Baptiste (B/M, 22, 304 Lincoln Drive in Houma, LA) for Armed Robbery, Possession of Crack Cocaine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

 

On Friday, May 12th, 2017, at approximately 1:28 a.m., Jewann Raymond Baptiste and a second suspect 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 this crime, they were contacted by a Detective with 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.

Jewann Baptiste was arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $160,500 bond. He is also facing his charge in St. James Parish for Simple Burglary. The armed robbery investigation is ongoing.

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Attempted Kidnapping Suspect Caught & Arrested In Neighboring Parish

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of Ernest Clayton IV (B/M, 24, 308 N. Magnolia Avenue in Gramercy, LA) on warrants from the Thibodaux Police Department for Attempted Simple Kidnapping and Simple Battery.

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On August 15th, 2014, at approximately 9:45 p.m., Ernest Clayton IV went to the victim’s home demanding to speak to her. Clayton and the victim had met online several weeks before and the victim visited him at his home. While visiting, Clayton became violent – so the victim returned home and stopped speaking with him.

 

When Clayton went to the victim’s home on August 15th, the victim refused to speak to him. Clayton pulled the victim into his vehicle and began to leave with the victim not fully inside his Silver Chrysler Sebring.

 

Clayton let go of the victim long enough for her to get away when a neighbor came outside, but before that Clayton bit the victim on her face. Ernest Clayton IV then fled the area in his vehicle. Thibodaux Police Officers were able to secure arrest warrants for Clayton.

 

On Monday, September 19th, TPD Officers went to St. James Parish where Ernest Clayton IV was arrested on his warrants. Ernest Clayton IV is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on his $6,500 bond.

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