Grand Jury indicts Lake Charles man accused of taking hostages

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

A man accused of taking six people hostage at a home on Denise Street in August was indicted Thursday on six counts of false

imprisonment with a dangerous weapon.

A grand jury also indicted Joshua Jermaine Plumber, 25, of 350 W. LaGrange St., on charges of home invasion, illegal use of

weapons, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and second-degree battery.

Police said that the Aug. 24 incident, which stemmed from a fight between Plumber and his girlfriend, began at about 9 p.m.

at a home on Susan Street, where Plumber allegedly fired shots.

Police said that by the time they arrived, Plumber had fled on foot to a home on Denise Street, where he took three adults

and three children hostage. Plumber surrendered to authorities at about 2 a.m., officers said.

At the time, police said they did not believe there was a relationship between Plumber and the hostages.

Plumber remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center without bond.

The grand jury also indicted a Lake Charles woman on two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular negligent


Police said Megan L. Schexnider, 26, was impaired by drugs when she struck a car with a flat tire, killing two people and

injuring another.

Vincent Austin, 44, was changing the tire at the time, and Dalensia Rose, 13, was in the vehicle, police said. Both died.