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On October 8, an observant Mt. Hermon neighbor saw a suspicious person walking around a nearby residence and then heard the sound of glass breaking. The neighbor called the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Justin Blackwell responded to the scene. It was discovered that the residence had been burglarized and various items and firearms were missing.


Deputy Blackwell was able to learn the identity of the person who had been seen by the neighbor and began a search in the area. While patrolling, he observed the suspect riding in a vehicle being driven by another person. He made a traffic stop, arrested the suspect and recovered the stolen property.


The suspect, Colby Stokes, 17, a resident of Elon Duncan Road in Mt. Hermon, was arrested and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with burglary of an inhabited residence. He remains in jail with no bond set at this time.


Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal commended Deputy Blackwell for “a job well done.” The Sheriff went on to say, “The observant eye of a good neighbor was a key to solving this crime quickly. This is a great example of the importance of neighbors looking out for each other. Not only did the neighbor observe suspicious behavior, but also he took the important step of notifying the Sheriff’s Office.”


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