Acadiana police and fire briefs for Dec. 18, 2013

St. Landry searching for missing woman and her fugitive husband

St. Landry Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for a missing 64-year-old Opelousas woman and her husband, who disappeared over the weekend after detectives questioned him on his wife’s whereabouts, officials said.

Sandra Tillett, a 5-foot 6-inch woman who weighs 150 pounds, has possibly been missing for months, Capt. Megan Vizena said. Vizena said Tillett’s out-of-state daughter called sheriff’s deputies recently looking for her mother.

“She stated that she had not spoken to her mother since June 2013, and she was requesting that we go to her residence to check on her,” Vizena said in a news release.

On Saturday, deputies spoke to Arthur Tillett, 59, at the couple’s home at 499 Carrington Place in Opelousas.

“Arthur Tillett was not truthful to the deputies about his wife’s whereabouts,” Vizena said. “Arthur Tillett has not been seen or heard from since Sunday.”

Investigators have declared Arthur Tillett a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance.

Vizena said Arthur Tillett might be driving a white 1996 Honda Passport that has one door painted blue, with license plate 1CDRM.

Arthur Tillett is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 210 pounds and has green eyes.

Anyone with information on either person is asked to call the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 948-6516 or St. Landry Crime Stoppers at (337) 948-TIPS.

Robber shoots man in thigh

Two thieves got out of a four-door vehicle Monday night on Paul Breaux Road, robbed a man at gunpoint then shot the man in the right thigh, police said.

The victim, who is listed in stable condition at a Lafayette hospital, told police he was walking along the road when the vehicle drove up near him, two men in their 20s got out, and one had a gun.

“After taking the victim’s money, the suspect shot the victim in the right thigh,” Cpl. Paul Mouton said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lafayette police or Crime Stoppers at (377) 232-TIPS.

Police: Thieves in four-door Saturn

Lafayette police are looking for a gold four-door Saturn used by thieves who drove up to two victims Monday night on Adelma Street, pulled out a gun and stole their money and cellphones.

The robbery occurred in the 100 block of Adelma Street at 8:30 p.m., Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

Mouton said the car contained the driver and a front-seat passenger, who got out of the car with the gun and demanded the goods.

The victims described the robbers as black men. The driver wore a black jacket and the passenger wore blue jeans and a gray sweater.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lafayette police or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.

Arrests posted Dec. 17, 2013, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site:

  • DAMON PAUL AMEST: 35, of the 700 block of Martin Street, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • TARZINSKY DOLAN AUGILLIARD: 36, of the 1000 block of Nelson Road, Cade. He was booked on felony simple criminal damage to property.
  • RAKAYLA MONIQUE BENJAMIN: 27, of the 1000 block of Promise Land Drive, St. Martinville. She was booked on three counts for St. Martin Parish.
  • MARKISS BUCKLEY: 23, of the 1000 block of Reanaud Drive, Scott. He was booked on resisting an officer and municipal purposes.
  • RONALD COCKERHAM: 67, of the 500 block of Farmington, Lafayette. He was booked on careless operation; misdemeanor hit-and-run driving; and misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • NICOLE COMEAUX: 37, of the 300 block of Berthia Street, Abbeville. She was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • ADRIAN DOMINGUE: 22, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor theft.
  • BRENT MICHAEL GRAINER: 27, of the 600 block of Villeaux Road, Carencro. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule III narcotics.
  • MATHILDA ANN GUILLORY: 54, of the 100 block of Mimosa Place, Lafayette. She was booked on felony theft.
  • SHELBY JOHNSON: 23, of the 200 block of South Budd Street, Sunset. He was booked on two counts of municipal purposes; simple assault; simple criminal damage to property; theft under $100; and two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • CHATERA CHARDA JOSEPH: 26, of the 200 block of Margaret Street, Breaux Bridge. She was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods; resisting an officer; theft by shoplifting; and two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • LARRY JOSEPH JR.: 57, of the 200 block of West 3rd Street, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
  • PAULA MARIE LYONS: 46, of the 300 block of Shuff Road, Ville Platte. She was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics.
  • BRYAN ELICEC MOORE: 38, of the 500 block of Sellers Road, Duson. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics; three counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of persons under 17 years old; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia); and sale, distribution or possession of prescription drugs without prescription.
  • JUSTIN JEROME NARCISSE: 21, of the 1000 block of Surrey Street, Lafayette. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
  • LUIS ORTIZ: 26, of the 3600 block of Evangeline Thruway, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor hit-and-run driving.
  • TONY POLLARD: 17, of the 700 block of Pope Drive, Carencro. He was booked on three counts of distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics; distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics; and resisting an officer.
  • LEDAISHA MARIE PREJEAN: 21, of the 2 1/2 block of Poydras Street, Lafayette. She was booked on probation violation and disturbing the peace (fighting).
  • AHREN CHRISTOPHER PRESLEY: 17, of the 1800 block of Ball Street, Cleveland, Tenn. He was booked on misdemeanor theft.
  • GUY DANIEL RANDALL: 42, of the 200 block of Justin Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding.
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN RICHARD: 27, of the 700 block of West 3rd Street, Kaplan. He was booked on three counts of fugitive and probation violation.
  • ELIZABETH RINARDO: 25, of the 100 block of D. Williamsburg, Lafayette. She was booked on possession of marijuana; possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance; and prohibited activites (drug paraphernalia).
  • RAYMOND RODERICK: 27, of the 400 block of Carver, Lafayette. He was booked on principal/armed robbery.
  • CATHERINE RYAN: 31, of the 300 block of Claudia Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
  • OSCAR SCOTT: 26, of the 200 block of Foch Street, Lafayette. He was booked on having no safety belt and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
  • DENISE G. TACKETTE: 47, of the 100 block of Old Spanish Trail, Scott. She was booked on fugitive.
  • RONALD TAYLOR: 17, of the 400 block of Hilda, Lafayette. He was booked on principal/armed robbery.
  • OMAR D. WASHINGTON: 25, of the 200 block of 6th Street, Rayne. He was booked on aggravated burglary and battery and criminal damage to property.
  • IAN C. WEEKLY: 31, of the 700 block of East Jeanette, Crowley. He was booked on hold for the Department of Corrections and warrant/bench warrant.