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Crime Roundup: Eight prostitutes, two pimps arrested in Lake Charles area

Last Modified: Monday, July 29, 2013 5:52 PM

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Eight prostitutes and two pimps were arrested in the Lake Charles area as part of Operation Cross Country VII, Mary Beth Romig, spokesperson for the New Orleans FBI office, said in a news release.

Operation Cross Country was a three-day nationwide operation in 76 cities that recovered 105 children being forced into prostitution, FBI officials said.

Six children were recovered in Louisiana — four in the New Orleans area and two in Baton Rouge, Romig said.

A total of 70 arrests were made in Louisiana, Romig said.

The New Orleans office is not yet releasing the names of those arrested locally because it is an ongoing investigation, she said.

The operation was conducted by the FBI, other law enforcement agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Romig said.

Locally, Louisiana State Police, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office collaborated, she said.

“Child prostitution remains a persistent threat to children across America,” Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, said in the news release. “This operation

serves as a reminder that these abhorrent crimes can happen anywhere, and the FBI remains committed to stopping this cycle of victimization and holding the criminals who profit from this exploitation accountable.”

Twenty-two arrests were made in the Baton Rouge area, 18 in New Orleans, 12 in Shreveport, 10 in Lake Charles and eight in Alexandria, Romig said.

Six pimps and 64 prostitutes were arrested, she said.

Across the nation, 12 children were recovered by the FBI’s San Francisco office, and 10 by Detroit and Milwaukee’s offices.

Eighteen pimps were arrested by the Detroit office and 17 by San Francisco.

Five from Lake Area charged with burglary

Five Southwest Louisiana residents were arrested Friday morning at the Shell gas station on West Sale Road.

According to records from the Calcasieu Correctional Center the following people were arrested:

Adrienne Elaine Ceaser, 211 Paul Frank Road, Oberlin, was charged with theft under $500 and simple burglary. The 18-year-old Ceaser was released Sunday after posting a $1,500 bond.

Jordan Divionte Poullard, 2187 E. Gauthier Road, Lot 430, was charged with simple burglary, theft under $500, criminal mischief and two counts of possession of tools customarily used in burglaries. The 20-year-old Poullard remained in jail Monday and no bond was set.

Darrien Lamonet Rogers, 1520 O’Brien St., was charged with simple burglary, theft under $500 and two counts of possession of tools customarily used in burglaries. The 18-year-old Rogers was released Sunday after posting a $3,500 bond.

James Anthony Lafleur, 3108 1st Ave., was charged with simple burglary, theft over $500 and possession of tools customarily used in burglaries. The 18-year-old Lafleur was released Saturday after posting a $3,500 bond.

Kelcy Jean Peugh, 1029 14th St., was charged with simple burglary, theft over $500 and possession of tools customarily used in burglaries. The 17-year-old Peugh remained in jail Monday on a $8,000 bond.

Authorities ask for help finding bank robber

City police are looking for a 47-year-old local man who robbed the Jeff Davis Bank on Kirby Lane on July 22.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said Leonard S. Green is wanted for first-degree robbery.

Kraus said Green, 6-foot, 180 pounds, has a dark complexion and short hair.

Bond was set at $40,000.

If anyone has information on Green can contact Detective Dustin Gaudet at 491-1311 or CrimeStoppers at 439-2222.

Leesville man arrested in connection with burglaries

A Leesville man has been arrested in connection to multiple area burglaries on July 24. Randy Dixon, 36, was arrested for two counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, two counts of theft over $500, two counts of criminal damage to property, contributing to the delinquency of juveniles and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond was set at $60,000.

According to the Leesville Police Department, officers responded to multiple burglaries that occurred July 24. Within minutes of the reported burglaries, the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department also received a call reporting a break-in, just outside of Leesville in Crosby Loop and nearby the original calls to Leesville PD.

Officers arrived to the Crosby Loop incident to find two white males, who closely matched the description of the Leesville callers, leaving the area. Both the Leesville Police Department and Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Department discovered numerous stolen items at the residence of the suspects on Crosby Loop. Dixon and the other male, a juvenile, were arrested.

Sulphur man returns to jail five hours after release

A 29-year-old Sulphur man’s taste of freedom lasted just over five hours.

Kade Starbuck Henry, 2860 Dunne St., was released from the Calcasieu Correctional Center at 2:11 p.m. Friday. He was arrested again at 7:47 p.m. on charges of violating protective orders.

Henry was first arrested on May 8 and charged with unauthorized use of a moveable, resisting an officer, driving with a suspended license and direct contempt of court. All of the charges except resisting an officer were dropped or recalled.

Henry remained in jail Monday on a $1,000 bond.

Arrest Reports

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

• William Elethus Brown, 28, 2926 Jerry Lee Ave. — possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Bond: $12,000.

Patsy Ruth Roberts, 49, 1201 Giovanni St., No. 403 — second-degree aggravated battery. Bond: $12,000.

John Botley Williams, 31, 218 Decker St. — aggravated battery. Bond: $10,000.

William Blackie Figuerora, 36, 3012 S. Beglis Parkway, Sulphur — probation violation. Bond: $10,000.

Steven Howard Budwine, 33, 1612 Iowa St. — two counts of second-offense DWI, driving with a suspended license, two moving violations, non-moving violation. Bond: $7,000.

Chantler Kane Fruge, 18, 1235 La. 99, Welsh — drug possession, drug possession in a drug-free zone, obstruction of justice, non-moving violation. Bond: $5,000.

Christopher Jerome Cole, 28, 2010 Tulip St. — issuing worthless checks $500 to $1,500. Bond: $5,000.

Locadia Kessinger, 31, 305 Misosa Place, Lafayette — first-offense prostitution, crimes against nature, marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Bond: $4,000.

Bertrel Charles, 31, 1200 Alexander St., Lafayette — drug possession with intent to distribute, crime against nature by solicitation, first-offense prostitution. Bond: $4,000.

Roderick Donlune Debruce, 25, 1304 Lewis St., Sulphur — first-degree vehicular negligent injuring.

Thomas Gavin Lebleu, 32, 3948 Old Spanish Trail, Westlake — third-offense marijuana possession, speeding.

Don Lee Alexander, 33, 1835 Dale St., Sulphur — simple burglary, drug possession, introducing contraband into a penal institution.

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office reported the following arrests:

Holly Noelle Reed, 28, 2227 St. Gertrude Road, Jennings — burglary, theft, three counts of drug possession.

The Leesville Police Department reported the following arrests:

James Maddox, 26, Leesville — domestic abuse battery child endangerment. Bond: $5,000.

Dustin Hughes, 22, Leesville — contempt of court, failure to appear for arraignment. Bond: $5,000.

Kelly Harmer, 16, Anacoco — contempt of court, failure to appear for arraignment. Bond: $10,000.

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