Traffic stop leads to discovery of pipe devices
LAFAYETTE — Authorities arrested two Lafayette Parish men Wednesday night suspected of manufacturing two pipe bombs a sheriff’s deputy discovered, whose alerts led to the evacuation of nine homes and road closures that shut down almost all of Briarfield Subdivision for hours.
Jake Richard, 20, of Henderson, was stopped for speeding Wednesday afternoon by a Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who had been watching a home at 701 Ombrage Road, Carencro, for illegal drug activity.
Briarfield Subdivision is near Carencro in north Lafayette Parish.
He saw Richard drive away from the 701 Ombrage Road residence, sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice said.
“While searching the vehicle, the deputy found a capped PVC pipe with a wick protruding from one side. The deputy further noticed a second wicked object that was rectangular in shape, which was wrapped in black electrical tape,” Judice said in a news release.
The discovery prompted State Police to bring bomb experts from Baton Rouge to north Lafayette Parish to defuse the bombs.
Richard was arrested at 8:23 p.m. on counts of manufacturing and possession of a bomb and remains in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center, according to parish records.
Before Richard was locked up, he told detectives the bombs were put in the truck by Paul Parker, who lives at the home at 701 Ombrage.
Parker and three others were questioned by police, Judice said.
Detectives arrested Parker, 38, about midnight Wednesday after a search of the home yielded no illegal drugs, Judice said.
Parker also was booked on counts of manufacturing and possession of a bomb.
He remained in jail Thursday, according to Sheriff’s Office records.
“The search did yield evidence that the bombs were in fact manufactured at the residence on Ombrage Road,” Judice said.
Judice said detectives did not uncover evidence that the bombs were made to kill or maim people.
Richard told the deputy, who stopped him for driving 55 mph in a 35-mph posted zone, that he had gotten into a fight with a relative at the Ombrage home, according to the affidavit used to arrest Richard.
“(The) deputy observed the driver’s mood change drastically and the driver began to cry, at which time he stated nothing was going right for him,” wrote the arresting officer, Deputy Lyndon Sickey.
Sickey, a few minutes later, noticed the bombs.
“When questioned about the two pipe bombs located within the vehicle, the suspect denied knowledge of the bombs …,” according to the report.
The report also said Richard implicated Parker as the maker of the bombs. He told the deputy Parker uses explosives to fish.
The incident involved multiple agencies: the Sheriff’s Office, FBI, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette Animal Control and State Police.