Acadiana Police and Fire briefs for June 14, 2013

Woman booked
in fraud; man sought

One Lake Charles resident was arrested this week and another is being sought on counts of fraud tied a November vehicle fire in Acadiana Park on East Alexander Street that investigators said was intentionally set.

Ashley John, who reported her vehicle stolen after the car was found ablaze on Nov. 10, was arrested Wednesday on one count of arson with intent to defraud, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan said.

Darrell Vital, who allegedly drove the vehicle to Lafayette and set it afire, is wanted on a warrant with the same fraud suspicions, Trahan said in a news release.

“The vehicle was driven to Lafayette with the specific intent to burn it,” Trahan said. “Through the investigation, it was determined that Ms. Ashley John was a conspirator in the disposal of the vehicle by burning for financial motives.”

The news release does not state the suspects’ ages or Lake Charles addresses.

Trahan said investigators believe someone in Lafayette assisted the suspects, and that further arrests are pending.

Erath man arrested
in solicitation of sex

Louisiana State Police and the FBI arrested an Erath man suspected of online sex solicitation of a juvenile.

State Police said in a news release that Micah Landry, 21, was arrested after an undercover investigation with agents posing online as juvenile females on Internet chat rooms.

“Over the course of the four-month investigation, Landry initiated several sexually explicit conversations and sent sexually explicit photographs to undercover detectives,” State Police said.

Landry arrived at the Lafayette-area location where he was to meet the girl, only to be met by State Police and federal agents.

The release also stated Landry had a stolen handgun when he was arrested.

Landry was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of possession of a stolen firearm, computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with a juvenile.

Checkpoint planned
over this weekend

Police will set up a checkpoint between 9 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday looking for impaired drivers, police said.

The purpose is to stop and detain drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Lafayette police said in a news release.

Compiled from Acadiana bureau staff reports and news releases.