Fugitive involved in vehicle accident, shooting sought

On the morning of Aug. 22, Gonzales patrol officers responded to a report of a single vehicle accident on Orice Roth Road. Upon their arrival, they discovered that the vehicle which had been in the accident had multiple bullet entry holes in the driver side door. The driver was also found to have suffered from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen along with other minor injuries from the accident.

Investigators learned that Mikhail Purpera had been involved in an earlier verbal altercation with a female occupant of the vehicle and as the vehicle left the presence of Purpera, Purpera is suspected of stealing another vehicle and pursing the victim down Orice Roth Road. Purpera allegedly pulled along side of the victim’s vehicle and fired several shots into the drivers door. All attempts to locate Purpera whom is believed to be displaced by recently flooding have been unsuccessful.

The Gonzales Police Department is seeking the arrest of Mikhail Purpera, 38 yoa of 10165 Lake Park, Gonzales, for two counts of second degree attempted murder and one count of felony theft of a vehicle. Investigators are asking anyone with any information about his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers or the Gonzales Police Department at (225) 647-9583.

Donaldsonville man arrested for violating restraining order

Deputies arrested 35-year-old Thomas Guillot on the afternoon of Thursday, Aug. 25 for violation of protective order, simple robbery, false imprisonment and home invasion.

According to Chief Deputy Bobby Webre, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Colonial Oaks Drive in Gonzales after dispatch received a call from a female yelling out the address of where she was and then disconnecting the line. A short while later deputies arrived on scene and located the front door of the residence kicked in, but no one was inside the residence.

As the investigation continued it was learned that a female living at the Colonial Oaks Drive residence had been having problems with her ex-boyfriend, Guillot, and that she had an active restraining order against him. Deputies began to search the area and located Guillot in his vehicle with his ex-girlfriend in the passenger seat unharmed.

According to the victim, Guillot knocked on her door and when she realized it was him she did not answer. Guillot then kicked the door in and pinned her down as she tried several times to escape him. He then took her phone and keys and drove off with her in the vehicle until the truck was located on Stringer Bridge Road in St. Amant by deputies.

Guillot, 35, of 215 Paradise Alley, Donaldsonville, was arrested and charged with violation of a protective order, simple robbery, false imprisonment, and home invasion.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet.

Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of stolen trailer and motorcycle

On Wednesday, Aug. 24, deputies received a Crime Stoppers tip advising that Jamie Clements had stolen a utility trailer in July from a residence on Coontrap Road in Gonzales.

On July 28, deputies began investigating a stolen utility work trailer that had approximately $100,000 worth of tools in it.

On Wednesday, Aug, 24, deputies executed a search warrant at a residence belonging to Clements and located the stolen utility trailer matching the description of the one missing from July. Deputies also located a Harley Davidson motorcycle that had been reported stolen in Feb. 2015. The motorcycle was not in working condition and had been stripped and used for parts only.

Jamie Clements, 44, of 16211 La. 431, Prairieville, was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, two counts simple criminal damage to property, and theft over $25,000.

He was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where no bond has been set yet.