More than a dozen arrested in back-to-back shootings

Published 7:08 pm Thursday, October 7, 2021

Four people were arrested Monday after barricading themselves in the attic of a home in the 2500 block of Demarest Street.

Lake Charles Police SWAT members, with assistance from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACTT Team, arrested 22-year-old Davantee Damond Bartie, 36-year-old James Lee Bartie, 19-year-old Lamarcus Deshawn Chatman and 19-year-old Kalin Stevens in connection to two ongoing shooting investigations.

Deputy Chief Frankin Fondel said in an effort to evade arrest on active warrants, the four men barricaded themselves in the attic of the home. Surrounding homes and a nearby elementary school were placed on a precautionary, temporary lockdown until officers could safely resolve the situation, he said.

Franklin said officers were initially dispatched to the 1900 block of 9th Street on Sept. 25 in reference to a complaint of gunfire in the area. Upon arrival, officers discovered the gunfire was from a drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the shooting and no property was damaged. More than 20 shell casings were recovered.

Officers received a second complaint of gunfire on Sept. 26 near the 2800 block of 11th Street.

Further investigation revealed the shooting took place at the conclusion of a balloon release. One person was injured and treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital. More than 60 shell casings were recovered.

Detectives were able to identify the involved subjects and obtain warrants for their arrest. Officers with the SWAT Team carried out the service of these warrants and through the conducting of search warrants, recovered numerous firearms, ammunition and narcotics.

In all, more than a dozen people have been arrested in connection to both shootings. A 17-year-old boy has been charged with one count of handgun by a juvenile; one count of stolen firearms; one count of possession of firearm in presence of CDS; three counts drug possession; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count resisting an officer. He is being held on no bond.

The others arrested:

Javeon Jaron Green, 20 —  two counts drug possession; one count attempted first-degree murder; one count of possession of firearm or carrying concealed by a convicted felon. Bond: $800,000.

D’Andre Jerome Lambert, 28 — nine counts drug possession; one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; one count of possession of firearm in presence of CDS; one count of illegal possession of stolen firearms; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; probation violation. Bond: $120,100.

Datarious Kemon Bartie, 26  — bench warrant.

Kiynen Davon Chieves, 19 — revocation of bond. 

Devon Lamond Levier,  19 — one count of illegal possession of stolen firearm. Bond: $4,500.

Davante Damond Bartie, 22 — one count of theft less than $1,000; two counts of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; one count of illegal possession of stolen firearms; one count of possession of a firearm in presence of CDS; three counts drug possession; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of resisting an officer; probation violation. Bond: $155,100.

James Lee Bartie, 36 — one count of possession of firearm by convicted felon. Bond: $75,000.

Lamarcus Deshawn Chatman, 19 — one count of possession of firearm by person convicted of domestic violence, battery; bench warrant. Bond: $75,000.

Kalin Stevens, 19 — 0ne count of possession of stolen firearm. Bond: $15,000. 

Sheldon Anthony Caesar Jr., 25 — eight counts drug possession; one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon; one count of illegal possession of stolen firearms; one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond: $120,600.

Leonard L. Royster, 27 —drug possession; one count of contraband defined, taking to and from penal institutions; one count of possession of firearm by convicted felon. Bond: $32,500.

Jakolby Markel Green, 20 — bench warrant.

The lead investigators are Sgt. Dustin Fontenot, Sgt. Kevin Hoover and Sgt. Chris Johnson.  Anyone with additional information is asked to contact these detectives at 491-1311.