Lafayette Crime Blotter for Jan. 14, 2014

Police seek bank robber with mask, umbrella

Lafayette police are looking for a man who wore a surgical mask and held a blue-and-white umbrella when he robbed a bank in the 3900 block of West Congress Street on Monday, police said.

Bank employees said a masked black man wearing a light-colored jacket and long dark pants walked into the bank, which was not identified, at 10:50 a.m., Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release.

The man handed a teller a note demanding money, Mouton said.

“The suspect was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then fled on foot from the bank, north into the neighborhoods,” Mouton said.

No one was reported injured. Detectives asked anyone with information to contact Lafayette police or Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS.

Sheriff’s deputies book student in trash can fire

A Northwest High School student in St. Landry Parish has been booked on one count of aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to a school trash can, sheriff’s officials said.

Shavera A. Welcome, 17, was arrested Friday after school administrators filed a complaint about Welcome starting the fire in a girls restroom, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Capt. Megan Vizena said in a news release.

“Welcome advised deputies she started the fire because she was upset that she was forced to go to school,” Vizena said.

Welcome, whose residence is listed as 1345 Jessie B. Road, Opelousas, is being held in lieu of $7,500 bail in the St. Landry Parish Jail.

Arrests posted Jan. 13, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s web site:

  • JOSEPH ANTHONY BETTENCOURT: 51, of the 4800 block of Anchor Drive, New Iberia. He was booked on five counts for Vermilion Parish; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
  • BRYAN ANTHONY BOWERS: 47, of the 300 block of North A Street, Duson. He was booked on misdemeanor theft.
  • JAMES ANTHONY BROWN: 45, of the 100 block of North Loop Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
  • LEONEL CHACACH: 34, of the 100 block of Robert Street, Lafayette. He was booked on driver must be licensed; misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated; possession of alcoholic beverages in a vehicle; and violating a traffic signal.
  • ANTONIO LARON DAVIS JR.: 34, of the 100 block of Hummingbird Lane, Lafayette. He was booked on armed robbery.
  • FRANCISCO J. GARCIA: 24, of the 100 block of Hapsburg Lane, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
  • BRETT BENNETT HENRY: 25, of the 100 block of Pomerol PL, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and excessive speed - no accident.
  • DARLENE DENISE JAGNEAUX: 44, of the 200 block of East Broussard Road, Lafayette. She was booked on shoplifting and two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • HAROLD JONES JR.: 43, of the 800 block of Plaza Village Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor theft of goods; resisting an officer; and warrant/bench warrant.
  • ERIC JON LEMAIRE: 22, of the 600 block of Deer Park Trail, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
  • DERICK JAMES LOUIS: 29, of the 400 block of Daisey Street, Lafayette. He was booked on criminal trespass; disturbing the peace; and resisting a police officer with force or violence.
  • TY ALEKSANDER PITRE: 22, of the 200 block of Hulin Road, Broussard. He was booked on felony distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.
  • JENNIFER BROOKE PORTER: 19, of the 7200 block of Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette. She was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding 11 to 15.
  • JOEL MICHAEL POURCIAU: 20, of the 100 block of Belafontaine, Lafayette. He was booked on expired motor vehicle inspection; felony distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics; and two counts of obscuring windshield or window.
  • JASPER O. RICHARD: 22, of the 1600 block of Brown Street, Opelousas. He was booked on attempted simple burglary and resisting an officer.
  • NICOLE M. STANSBURY: 30, of the 200 block of Aundria Drive, Lafayette. She was booked on speeding and misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • JOHN TARPLEY: 20, of the 500 block of Montgomery Road, Opelousas. He was booked on operating a vehicle while under suspension for prior offenses.
  • RHONDA FAYE TOLBERT: 45, of the 100 block of Dorchester, Lafayette. She was booked on hold for extradition.
  • JOHN JOSEPH TOUCHET: 36, of the 200 block of Township Lane, Lafayette. He was booked on prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia); resisting an officer; and four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • ERNEST WILLIAMS: 29, of the 700 block of Malapart, Lafayette. He was booked on simple battery.
  • DERRICK PETER WILLIAMS: 18, of the 900 block of Louisiana Avenue, Lafayette. He was booked on four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • MILTON BERTRAND WRIGHT: 35, of the 600 block of Lee Street, Melville. He was booked on entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden; and resisting an officer.