LIVINGSTON PARISH FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN WASHINGTON PARISH
On May 21, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol Sergeant Justin Blackwell and deputy Patrick Tomberlin were dispatched to Husser Road near Franklinton in an attempt to locate a felony fugitive from Livingston Parish. The Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office drug task force officers assisted. The wanted subject was located and taken into custody.
Medhat Amon Alhashimi, 29, a resident of Hwy 450 near Franklinton, remains in the Washington Parish Jail until picked up by Livingston Parish law enforcement officers. Alhashimi has been in the Washington Parish Jail several previous times beginning with a May 2009 arrest. Previous charges include unauthorized use of a moveable, issuing worthless checks, possession of stolen property, drug charges, several theft charges and several charges of failure to appear in court.
While at the scene, officers also identified and arrested two other persons who had outstanding warrants in Washington Parish. Megan Hall, 31, a resident of Dave Thomas Road in Angie and Michael A. Ellis, 30, a resident of Jim Edwards Road in Mt. Hermon were transported to the Washington Parish Jail. Bond for Hall is $1,850. Ellis has been released after posting bond.
Hall and Ellis face charges of criminal damage to property and two counts of failure to appear in court. Hall faces an additional charge of contempt of court.
“Lagniappe is what we call it in Louisiana,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “Our officers went out to arrest a fugitive and discovered two other individuals with outstanding warrants. Good job! I am pleased we were able to assist Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard by locating and arresting Alhashimi. We always enjoy our cooperative partnership with surrounding law enforcement agencies.”
WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE
Travis A. Beauvais, 33, a resident of Chess Bankston Road in Mt. Hermon was arrested on May 21 on an outstanding warrant for contempt of court. As Bankston approached the intersection of Highways 25 and 10, he was recognized by a member of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force who was aware of the outstanding warrant.
Beauvais was stopped, arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. He remains in jail with his bond set at $1,000.
“This is another good example of pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “I don’t know why Mr. Beauvais was in contempt of court, but hopefully this will be a lesson for him to always honor directives from a judge.”
FRANKLINTON MAN JAILED ON DRUG CHARGES
On May 20, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Jermaine Detron Anders, 28, a resident of Annie David Road on multiple charges, including the possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Other charges included aggravated assault with a firearm, intimidating a witness and two counts of failure to appear in court.
Anders is no stranger to the Washington Parish Jail, having been incarcerated on five previous occasions beginning in December 2008. Previous charges were disturbing the peace, criminal damage to property, domestic abuse of a pregnant woman, and three counts of failure to appear in court. Anders remains in jail on his current charges, with his bond set at $2,350.
“Is it possible Mr. Anders likes our parish jail,” asked Sheriff Randy Seal. “There must be some attraction since he continues to return. Hopefully, one of these arrests will serve as a wake-up call for him to change his direction in life.”
SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEEKS VEHICLE THIEF
On May 16, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Justin Blackwell responded to a retail business north of Franklinton concerning the theft of a vehicle from the store’s parking lot.
Upon his arrival at the business, Sgt. Blackwell interviewed the store manager who stated she had gone into the parking lot to retrieve shopping carts when she noticed a person, who she believed to be a man, walking alongside the highway. The person was described as wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants, gloves and a white mask covering his or her face. Frightened by what she saw, the manager fled back into the store, locking the door behind her.
She then observed the person enter the parking lot and try to gain entry to her personal vehicle which was locked. After the unsuccessful attempt to enter the car, the person then went to a nearby pickup truck, opened the door, went inside, cranked the truck, and then drove off in the direction of Mississippi. An alert was broadcast, but the truck was not located.
The owner of the pickup truck was shopping in the store and admitted that he left the truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition. He was later able to provide the vehicle identification number of the truck. The Sheriff’s Office continues to be on the lookout for the truck and has posted information on the nationwide criminal justice database.
“Whenever you park your vehicle, whether in a parking lot or at home, always remove the keys from the ignition and lock the vehicle,” cautioned Sheriff Randy Seal. “Thieves are always on the lookout for easy prey and an unlocked vehicle with keys inside is an easy target to steal. It is likely the pickup truck is far away from Washington Parish by now and I just hope it surfaces somewhere. As for the person in disguise, let this be a lesson to always be on the alert for any suspicious behavior. If you have cause to be concerned about someone’s appearance or behavior, call the Sheriff’s Office.”
Bobby Oless Matthews, Jr., 49, a resident of Jack Pigott Road in Angie, became a fugitive when he fled from Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies on April 12, 2019. At that time, Patrol Deputy Dalton Manning was working in the northeast quadrant of the parish on Jones Creek Road when he spotted a vehicle traveling at an excessive speed.
Deputy Manning, joined by Patrol Sergeant David Cupp, pursued the vehicle which fled from them at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. During the pursuit, the fleeing vehicle cut across at least one residential yard before finally spinning out in a ditch on Pearson Road. The driver, later identified as Matthews, fled on foot into adjacent woods. The Rayburn Correctional Center canine team responded to the scene and assisted Washington Parish deputies in their search for Matthews. They were unable to locate him, although they did track him to another road where it is assumed someone picked him up.
Inside the car Matthews had been driving, deputies discovered various narcotic pills in an unlabeled bottle. The car’s owner was identified and he later stated that he had loaned the car to Matthews earlier in the day. A warrant was obtained from a 22nd Judicial District Court Judge for the arrest of Bobby Oless Matthews, Jr.
Matthews remained a fugitive until May 16 when he was spotted and arrested without incident. He was transported to the Washington Parish Jail and booked on charges of possession of illegal narcotics, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer by flight on foot, leaving the scene of an accident, speeding and running a stop sign. As of this date, he remains in the jail with his bond set at $10,000.
According to jail records, this is at least the fifth time Matthews has been incarcerated since 2006. Previous charges include drug offenses, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property and failure to appear in court.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Criminals can’t run forever. Sooner or later, we will find them. I’m so glad no one was injured during Matthews’ reckless driving episode and that he was eventually apprehended. Deputy Manning and Sgt. Cupp did an excellent job and all of us at WPSO are so grateful for the wonderful assistance we always receive from the staff at Rayburn Correctional Center.”
MORGAN BROTHERS JAILED
Two Washington Parish brothers, Jimmy Ray Morgan, 45, a resident of John D. Woods Road, and James Leon Morgan, 55, a resident of Lawrence Creek Road, are in the Washington Parish Jail after their arrest on May 14. The bond for each man has been set at $10,000.
Jimmy Ray Morgan is charged with four counts of battery on a police officer, resisting a police officer with force or violence, possession of illegal narcotics and a traffic offense. James Leon Morgan is charged with possession of illegal narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of justice and littering. This is the third arrest for each man. Previous arrests included drug charges.
The arrest by Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force Detectives occurred in the Hackley community north of Franklinton. While on patrol, one of the detectives observed James Leon Morgan throw a bag out of the window of the truck as the truck pulled into a parking lot. The bag was retrieved by detectives and contained methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and other drug paraphernalia.
During the arrest, James Leon Morgan was restrained without incident. Jimmy Ray Morgan, however, violently resisted the four detectives who were present, striking one of them in the head. Detectives were able to restrain him, at which time both Morgan brothers were transported to the Washington Parish Jail by uniformed patrol deputies who responded to the scene.
“That,” said Sheriff Randy Seal, “is not what I would describe as a healthy family tradition. How sad that two brothers seem to have carved out a life involving illegal narcotics. I am so pleased our alert and pro-active narcotics detectives were able to make this arrest and get more illegal drugs out of our community.”
DRIVER ATTEMPTS TO AVOID ARREST BY USING FALSE NAME
Latita Robinson is the name she gave to Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre when he stopped her at 6:15 a.m. on Highway 21 north of Bogalusa. That name and the date of birth she provided could not be located in the criminal justice database. Nevertheless, she continued to insist that was her actual name and date of birth.
Circumstances leading to her May 15, 2019, arrest began when Sgt. Dupre noticed an automobile with emergency flashers driving north on Highway 21 at an excessive rate of speed. After verifying the excessive speed with his unit radar, he pursued the vehicle and was able to get the driver to stop. When Sgt. Dupre approached the vehicle he detected a strong odor of marijuana. The driver admitted there was marijuana in the vehicle, at which point Sgt. Dupre placed her in handcuffs and searched her car.
During the search, Sgt. Dupre discovered a bag of marijuana inside the center console and a small cigar containing marijuana which was located in a plastic ashtray. He also discovered part of a pill of Adderall, a controlled medication. The driver admitted the Adderall was hers and that she did not have a prescription.
At that time, Sgt. Dupre advised the woman she was under arrest and would be transported to the jail where her true identity would be revealed through fingerprints. Upon hearing this, the woman confessed that her actual name was Tharazun L. Armon, age 25, and that she was a resident of Dauphine Street in Bogalusa.
Once Armon arrived at the jail, she was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of Schedule II drugs, speeding, driving under suspension and resisting arrest by providing false information. She remains in jail with her bond set at $5,000.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “This is yet another example of pro-active law enforcement. Sgt. Dupre’s patrol on Highway 21 yielded a good arrest and removed more illegal drugs from our community. Good job, Jay!”
THEY WEREN’T WASHING THEIR VEHICLE
On May 13 at approximately 3:00 a.m., Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre was traveling south of Bogalusa on Highway 1075 when he observed a red SUV, with headlights on, sitting in a wash bay at a car wash. Sgt. Dupre pulled in behind the vehicle which had a Mississippi license plate and was occupied by two persons.
As Sgt. Dupre exited his patrol unit and approached the suspect vehicle, he observed sudden activity by the driver and the placement of an item in the glove box. Both suspects, each of whom had a black bandana tied around their necks, exited their vehicle at the direction of Sgt. Dupre. When asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle, the female passenger stated there was a pistol in the glove box. At that time, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputies James Gregorio and Chad Cassard arrived on the scene and both vehicle occupants were handcuffed.
At that time, Sgt. Dupre retrieved a loaded .22 caliber revolver from the glovebox. Then, after receiving permission from the owner to search the vehicle, deputies discovered crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The vehicle occupants were identified as Jonathon Wayne McCain, 30, a resident of Jenkins Road near Franklinton, and Brittany Nicole Granier, 29, a resident of Stemens Street in Petal, Mississippi. McCain was further identified as a convicted felon who is on probation for previous offenses.
Both McCain and Granier were arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail. McCain was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, convicted felon in possession of a firearm and violating his probation. His bond has been set at $50,000. Granier was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with a weapon present and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has been set at $5,000.
Jail records indicate this is Granier’s first stay in the Washington Parish Jail. Records also indicate this is McCain’s 13th visit to the jail. His arrests began in July 2009, and have included a variety of charges including failure to appear in court, traffic violations, two separate arrests for driving while intoxicated, drug offenses, and being in possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
“This arrest is a good example of pro-active law enforcement,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Sgt. Dupre’s alert eye enabled him to spot criminal activity and take both illegal drugs and a loaded firearm out of our parish. I congratulate him, Deputy Gregorio and Deputy Cassard for a job well done. Once again, while honest citizens sleep in the comfort of their homes, criminals are out and about in our parish. That is, until our officers intercept them and escort them to jail.”
NARCOTICS DEPUTIES MAKE METHAMPHETAMINE ARREST
On May 2, 2019, Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives arrested James Niel Swain, 46, a resident of Highway 1077 in Folsom, Louisiana. Swain was traveling east on Highway 438 in Washington Parish when he committed a traffic offense. After the traffic stop, Swain exited his vehicle, leaving the driver’s side door open. Officers approached the car and noticed a clear plastic bag containing methamphetamine in plain view on the floorboard.
The narcotics officers then searched the vehicle, finding a bag on the rear seat. The bag contained additional methamphetamine, a digital scale, and small clear plastic baggies commonly used to distribute illegal narcotics.
Swain was booked into the Washington Parish Jail charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000 and he was released on May 6 after meeting the conditions of his bond.
Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the narcotics officers for making the arrest. “Obviously, Mr. Swain felt he could drive up from St. Tammany and sell drugs in Washington Parish without any consequence. Not so. Our narcotics detectives continuously work throughout the parish to identify and arrest anyone who is involved in the illegal drug trade. This was a good arrest which took meth out of our community and put a drug dealer in jail where he belongs. If you are involved in the illegal drug trade in Washington Parish, you may be the next one to be placed in cuffs and transported to jail. Our jail is never too full. We always have room for one more.”
DETERGENT THIEVES MAKE CLEAN GETAWAY
On May 4, 2019, two thieves stole detergent from a local business on the west side of Washington Parish. The two unknown thieves entered the business and loaded up two baskets full of Gain detergent pods and attempted to leave through the front door without paying. An employee blocked one suspect from leaving the store, at which time the suspect shoved the basket into the employee with enough force to overturn the basket, spilling all of the merchandise on the floor before he fled. The fleeing suspect was bald and wore black shoes, a black tee shirt and gray camo pants.
The other suspect, an older male, then went to the rear of the store past two customers and exited through a back door, setting off the fire alarm. He had short facial hair and a tear drop tattoo near his left eye. He was wearing a white tee shirt and blue jeans.
Both suspects met outside the store and unloaded the basket of detergent pods into the trunk of a gray, possibly Ford Focus, automobile. The store employee was unable to obtain a license plate number because the plate had been covered with a plastic bag.
Most likely, the thieves stole the detergent pods for resale at a reduced price. The pods are a sought after commodity whose retail price makes them desirable for theft and resale.
Any person who recognizes these men or has bought detergent pods from either of them is encouraged to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office detective division at (985) 661-2024. Callers may remain anonymous.
Sheriff Randy Seal commented. “Help us clean up (pun intended) Washington Parish by getting these thieves into jail where they belong. Thankfully, no one was injured in this theft, but there is always the possibility of someone getting hurt any time a crime is committed. If you know something about this crime or any other crime, please call our detectives at the number listed above.”