Acadiana Crime Blotter for June 12, 2014

A Morgan City man was booked Tuesday in the October killing of a man whose body was found in a Berwick ditch.

Tyler Francis, 18, was the fifth suspect arrested in the homicide of Willie Francis, who was found along the road Oct. 30, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jimmie Broussard said in a news release.

Broussard did not say if the suspect and victim were related.

Tyler Francis was booked into the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center — the parish jail — on one count each of first-degree murder and possession of marijuana. He is being held without bail.

The suspect joins four others, including a juvenile female, implicated in Willie Francis’ death. Tyler Francis was arrested at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday without a struggle, Broussard said.

A sheriff’s deputy discovered Willie Francis’ vehicle, which was running but unoccupied on U.S. 90 in Bayou Vista at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Eleven hours later, his body was discovered in Berwick along La. 182.

Broussard said the investigation continues.

Duson man’s death ruled a homicide

Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives have ruled that a man whose decomposing body was discovered Tuesday in a Marigny Circle apartment was the victim of a homicide

Deputies found the body of Ignacio Juarez, 50, after being alerted about a foul smell in the apartment, Deputy Art J. LeBreton said Wednesday.

“It appeared Juarez had been dead several days, due to the decomposition of his body,” LeBreton said in a news release.

The condition of the body delayed detectives ruling the death a homicide, LeBreton said.

He said an initial examination by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office, along with other evidence gathered at the apartment, convinced detectives that someone killed Juarez.

Opelousas man booked in armed robbery

St. Landry Parish detectives suspect an Opelousas man was part of a two-man team that used a pump-action shotgun Tuesday night to rob someone who lent them a cell phone.

Deandre Jaleel Leday, 19, was booked into the St. Landry Parish jail on one count of armed robbery. Bail was set at $200,000, Sheriff’s Office Capt. Megan Vizena said.

“When the victim handed the phone to Leday, an unknown male subject pointed a pump shotgun to the victim’s head while Leday reached into the victim’s vehicle and stole his wallet,” Vizena said in a news release.

Detectives are still looking for the second man, and are asking anyone with information to call St. Landry Crime Stoppers at (337) 948-TIPS.

Arrests posted June 11, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office’s website:

  • LATAYISA RENE ARCENEAUX: 30, of the 300 block of Brockton Drive, Carencro. She was booked on fugitive and misdemeanor theft of goods.
  • LARRY BELLOW: 20, of the 1000 block of South Court Street, Opelousas. He was booked on shoplifting.
  • DAVID CRAIG BROUSSARD: 22, of the 1600 block of Franks Alley, Abbeville. He was booked on felony theft.
  • SAM BROWN: 23, of the 100 block of Duke Street, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
  • CHANCE HUNTER CARROLL: 20, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • TELVIS COATES: 23, of the 300 block of Arthur Street, Lafayette. He was booked on improper backing and failure to secure a driver’s license.
  • JARAD TREY DECUIR: 21, of the 400 block of Petite Road, Maurice. He was booked on disturbing the peace; two counts of attempted second-degree murder; simple battery; and four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • JORDAN CLIFF ANTHONY FAULK: 25, of the 1700 block of East Simcoe Street, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
  • BRODERICK GOBAR: 25, of the 1000 block of Arceneaux Road, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
  • SAMANTHA RACHEL GUIDRY: 27, of the 100 block of South Girouard Street, Youngsville. She was booked on two counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • FREDERICK J. GUILLORY: 58, of the 100 block of Brutus Drive, Youngsville. He was booked on fugitive and felony theft.
  • JACOBY HARRIS: 21, of the 100 block of Webb Street, Breaux Bridge. He was booked on two counts for St. Martin Parish.
  • JACK HUNDLEY: 23, of the 1900 block of Pointe Noir Road, Branch. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and failure to dim lights.
  • LINDSEY ERIN JAMES: 26, of the 100 block of Warren Street, Lafayette. She was booked on felony theft; fugitive; and warrant/bench warrant.
  • BRANDON CHARLES LEBLANC: 25, of the 5200 block of South Leblanc Drive, Morse. He was booked on misdemeanor violation of protective orders.
  • GREGORY JOHN MECHE: 30, of the 100 block of Faith Lane, Church Point. He was booked on misdemeanor hit-and-run driving and three counts of warrant/bench warrant.
  • KEAGAN BRICE MENARD: 22, of the 5300 block of Mire Highway, Mire. He was booked on two counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule I narcotics.
  • KRISTEN KAY NANCE: 26, of the 300 block of Rayburn Street, Lafayette. She was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
  • JUDE PONTIFF: 21, of the 100 block of Cane Ridge Street, Broussard. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
  • DERRELL E. PRUDHOMME: 61, homeless, Lafayette. He was booked on entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden.
  • AMOS ROOSEVELT RATLIFF: 55, of the 700 block of Jefferson Street, Lafayette. He was booked on simple burglary and simple assault.
  • JOHNATHON SHANE SAMSON: 22, of the 100 block of Rimrock Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia) and felony possession of marijuana.
  • SHAUN SAMUDIA: 27, of the 50 block of Audubon Street, Lafayette. He was booked on disturbing the peace and resisting an officer.
  • TELVIN TERRELL SHEPHERD: 21, of the 400 block of Petite Road, Maurice. He was booked on warrant/bench warrant.
  • FREDERICK STOKES: 34, of the 700 block of Courrege Street, New Iberia. He was booked on felony theft, resisting an officer and theft under $100.
  • ABE WILLIAMS: 31, of the 100 block of Prairie Avenue, New Iberia. He was booked on felony theft.
  • BARRON KEITH WILLIS: 49, of the 500 block of South Magnolia Street, Lafayette. He was booked on parole violation.