Acadiana Police Briefs for Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Suspect arrested
in robbery; 2 sought

Two siblings, 12 and 5 years old, were home alone Friday when they were ordered to sit at the kitchen table while three gunmen rummaged through their Carmel Drive home, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

The break-in, which occurred at around 5:30 p.m., resulted in no injuries, sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said.

Judice said that after the break-in, the children called their parents, who alerted the Sheriff’s Office. Judice said the genders of the siblings would not be released.

Detectives pieced together evidence that led to the description of the car used in the alleged crime, which matched the description of a “suspicious vehicle” seen by a patrol deputy in the area the day before, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

That connection led to the arrest of the car’s owner, Curtis James Dean, 22, of Carencro. The news release stated that detectives located stolen items from the Carmel Drive home in Dean’s home and car.

The remaining two suspects — Joseph Phillip James, 20, and his brother Jornathan Jardell James, 19 — are being sought, Judice said.

Both men reside in Lafayette, and anyone with information is urged to call Lafayette Crime Stoppers at (337) 232-TIPS, Judice said.

Dean is being held in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

Lydia man hit, killed crossing highway

A man from Lydia was killed Monday night as he tried to walk across La. 85 north of Dozie Guillotte Road and was hit by a car, Louisiana State Police said.

James Nguyen, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a Troop I news release Monday.

Nguyen was hit by Loretta Broussard, 44, of Jeanerette, who was driving south on La. 85. Troopers said Broussard was not injured.

Nguyen was wearing dark clothing and was not crossing the highway at a crosswalk or intersection, according to the release.

Toxicology tests are pending as the investigation remains open, police said.

Compiled by the Acadiana bureau