Teens arrested in paintball, eggs, flour pranks

Lafayette police arrested five teenagers Tuesday and Wednesday in separate pranks on unsuspecting homeowners in a game called Junior/Senior Wars, police said.

The boys, ages 16 and 17, in separate incidents shot paint balls at a victim’s home and used toilet paper, eggs and flour to vandalize another, Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a release.

The first prank was reported Monday night in the 300 block of Presbytere Parkway by a homeowner whose house had been hit with paint balls, which damaged the windows.

On Tuesday, four teens were arrested: Keegan McDowell, 17, of Lafayette, and Logan Laborde, 17, of Scott, were booked on counts of simple damage to property. Brett House, 17, of Lafayette, was arrested on the same count, and later released on a misdemeanor summons. A 16-year-old from Youngsville was released to the custody of his parents, the release said.

At 12:11 a.m. Wednesday, police were called to the 100 block of Roclay Drive, where the homeowner complained someone had used toilet paper, eggs and flour to vandalize the home.

While investigating, police arrested Antonio Jimenez, of Lafayette, on one count of simple damage to property.

Police expect to make three more arrests in the Roclay Drive incident.

“Lafayette police encourage parents to speak with their high-school-age students regarding committing pranks,” Mouton said. “If the person being pranked is not a willing participant, and police are called, those responsible for the incident will be arrested.”