Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced the arrest of three suspects, and is seeking our community partners’ help in locating one more.
- Doreon Simmons (B/M, 17) is charged with Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm and Possession of Marijuana (1st). He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $251,000 bond.
- Antonio Almestica (B/M, 16) is charged with Armed Robbery with Use of a Firearm. He is being held at the Juvenile Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.
- Travis Mart (B/M, 18) is charged with Possession of Marijuana (1st) and Possession of Oxycodone. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $5,400 bond.
Photo of Juvenile (Almestica) not available
On Saturday, February 3rd, at approximately 1:50 p.m., the two victims were sitting in a Chevrolet Trailblazer parked in the 1300 Block of Ridgefield Avenue when three males armed with guns approached them and demanded money and marijuana. The three males made off with some marijuana from one victim, and $1,000 in cash from the other victim.
While an Officer was gathering information from one of the victims, the victim pointed out a group of males nearby as the suspects who had robbed her. There were four males in the group who all ran, three of the four were apprehended – Doreon Simmons, Travis Mart, and Antonio Almestica. The fourth suspect, Tyrese Arcement got away.
Officers found suspected marijuana on Doreon Simmons, as well as suspected oxycodone and suspected marijuana on Mart. No illegal narcotics were found on Almestica. Simmons and Mart were held on illegal narcotic charges, but Almestica was released pending further investigation into the armed robbery.
At first, Travis Mart was believed to be part of the armed robbery, but further investigation led Officers to believe he was not one of the three robbers. Travis Mart was one of the four that ran from Police after the victim pointed at them as the robbers. Police were eventually able to pinpoint the three males involved – Doreon Simmons, Antonio Almestica, and Tyrese Arcement.
Doreon Simmons, who was already being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, was additionally charged with armed robbery. On Tuesday, February 6th, at approximately 1:45 p.m., Antonio Almestica was taken into custody after arriving at the Thibodaux Police Department with his mother.
Tyrese Arcement is still at large. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts 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.