Public helps Crowley police capture suspects in burglaries

A Lake Charles man and a juvenile were arrested Saturday as suspects in a rash of Crowley historic district burglaries, police said.

Police are searching for two additional suspects in the break-ins.

Jarius Watson, 22, was arrested Saturday by police, along with help from a group of city residents who called the department about a break-in they saw and then relayed logistical information to police dispatchers as one suspect tried to escape pursuing police, Chief K.P. Gibson said.

Also arrested Saturday was a 16-year-old boy, caught a short distance away from where Watson was arrested, Gibson said.

Watson, of Lake Charles, was booked into the Crowley jail on seven counts of burglary. The juvenile was arrested on one count of burglary. The arrests and burglaries occurred at 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of North Avenue K and East Eighth Street.

“The difference in solving these cases is the direct involvement of the citizens as well as the hard work of our personnel,” Gibson said in a prepared statement. “Our citizens have been vigilant in keeping a watch of the neighborhood and reporting.”

After the arrests, police alerted the public that they were seeking two additional suspects: Trevvor Lewis, 21, and James Martin, 17, both of Crowley and both wanted in the burglary ring.

Lewis is wanted on seven counts, and Martin on one, Gibson said.