DA rejects attempted murder charge for gas station clerk

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

The Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office said in court Friday that it rejected attempted second-degree murder charges against

a store clerk who, along with the store manager, allegedly got into a fight with a person they believed was shoplifting.

Charges against Dilrajpal Singh, 23, were dismissed, prosecutor Bobby Holmes said. No further charges are expected against

him, DA’s spokeswoman Holly Carter said.

Judge Ron Ware said Singh, who had a $300,000 bond, was free to leave the Calcasieu Correctional Center. A retainer by U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been lifted, according to court testimony. Multiple calls to an ICE spokesperson Friday afternoon were not answered.

Singh; Amrik Thind, 39, the store

manager of More-4-Less on Broad Street; and Matthew Taylor Simien, 19,

the suspected shoplifter,

were all charged with attempted second-degree murder after an

incident at the store on Nov. 18. Simien also faces theft charges.

A fourth person Lake Charles police said was involved in the incident, Quincy Paul Landry, was reportedly beaten unconscious

and sent to an intensive care unit at a local hospital.

Ware said it was his understanding that Landry has made a recovery.

“That is correct,” Holmes said.

Deputy Chief Mark Kraus said in a news release that Thind and Singh chased Simien into the parking lot and began beating him

with a stick. Landry, who allegedly was part of the theft, pulled a gun and pointed it at Thind and Singh, Kraus said.

Singh hit Landry in the head with a stick, knocking him unconscious, after which Thind continued to beat him with the stick,

Kraus said. Simien struck the two employees with a machete, then picked up Landry’s gun and shot Thind, he said.

Thind, who is out of jail on bond, also made an appearance in court Thursday.

Defense attorney Walt Sanchez told Ware that there are ongoing discussions to modify Thind’s charges. He said Thind has turned

over his passport to him.

Simien remains jailed on $451,000 bond. Landry has not been charged.