Two arrested in home burglaries, one still on lam

Published 5:43 pm Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Two men have been arrested in the burglaries of two Moss Bluff homes; Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a third person.

Spokesperson Kayla Vincent said deputies were dispatched to the two homes on Reeves and Marilyn roads on Sept. 17 . One of the victim’s said five firearms were stolen from inside the home.

During the initial investigation detectives learned Damien L. Hilliard, 37, 2709 12th St.; Micah B. Ortego, 41, 7553 Tammy Lane; and Carlin J. Richard, Jr., 39, 205 N. Perkins Ferry Road, were responsible for the burglary and thefts.

Between Sept. 21-22, detectives made contact with Ortego and Richard. When detectives spoke with them they confirmed they were responsible for the burglary and thefts.  Detectives executed a search warrant on Ortego’s residence and located a large amount of methamphetamines. Ortego and Richard were arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center.

After further investigation, on Sept. 27 detectives issued a warrant signed by Judge Kendrick Guidry for Hilliard’s arrest in the amount of $62,000.

All three suspects are charged with two counts of simple burglary; five counts of theft of a firearm; two counts of theft less than $1,000; and two counts of criminal damage to property. Ortego is additionally charged with possession of CDS II with intent to distribute. Hilliard and Richard are additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Judge Clayton Davis set Ortego’s bond at $28,500 and Richard’s bond at $23,500.  Ortego and Richard also have a detainer from Probation & Parole.

Detectives are attempting to locate Hilliard.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 491-3605 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

            Detective recovered two of the stolen firearms.

            CPSO Detective Chris Duhon is the lead investigator on this case.

An arrest is an indication that probable cause exists to believe the subject was involved in the offense alleged.   A person is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.