CRIME

4 arrested in home invasion; 2 suspects sought

Staff reports
Desmond Louper

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office has made four arrest following a Nov. 23 home invasion in Donaldsonville, Sheriff Jeff Wiley said in a release, Wednesday.

Shortly after midnight on that date officers responded to McKinley Street in Donaldsonville after learning of a female screaming on the street, and learned that the female had just arrived at her home and accidentally interrupted a home invasion, Wiley said.

Deputies learned that the female's family of three adults and three children was at home when six individuals forced their way into the home armed with weapons and physically forced the occupants to the floor, the sheriff said.

The perpetrators demanded cell phones and money,  the female home owner arrived home and accidentally interrupted the home invasion, according to Wiley. The intruders then fled the home on foot and scattered throughout the streets of Donaldsonville.

Deputies also discovered a suspicious vehicle in the area of the home invasion that ultimately led deputies to a man hiding in the vehicle with a weapon, Wiley said.  The man identified as Ray Bartholomew, Jr. of Edgard, was questioned and subsequently arrested for the home invasion.

As these accounts unfolded during the home invasion investigation. Wiley said his office received reports of gunfire erupting around Lessard and Williams Street. Deputies responding to the scene discovered a man running down Lafourche Street suffering from a gunshot wound.

The wounded man identified as Dezman Louper, also Edgard, was transported to a Baton Rouge hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Authorities learned the home invasion and the shooting were connected as the investigation continued, when detectives were successful in linking Louper to the home invasion prior to his being shot, Wiley said.

After his release from the hospital on Nov. 24, Louper was taken into custody and also charged with the home invasion.

An intense investigation was ongoing at press time regarding Louper being shot, but no arrest has been made in connection with the shooting, Wiley said.

Authorities have also identified third and fourth suspect in the home invasion case.

Arrest warrants were obtained on Jeremy Lucas and Joshua Vallery, both of Convent.

Vallery, 22, of 10486 Legion Street, Convent, was arrested on the home invasion warrant by St. James Sheriff's Office on Nov. 23. He was incarcerated in St. James Parish on unrelated charges and is expected to be booked into the Ascension Parish Jail at the end of the week, Wiley said.

The Sheriff’s Office is still seeking two unidentified suspects.

One is described as a light skin African-American with shoulder length dread locks, and a cross tattooed on his forehead between his eyes. The second unidentified suspect is described as an African-American male, approximately 5'4” with a short twist in his hair.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).    

On Nov. 23, Bartholomew, Jr., 23, of 3291 Antoine Court, Edgard, Louisiana was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm and fugitive from St. James Parish. He is currently incarcerated at the Ascension Parish jail on a $125,000 bond set by Judge Guy Holdridge.

On Nov. 24, Louper, 31, of 237 East 11th Street, Edgard, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and armed robbery with a firearm. He is currently incarcerated at the Ascension Parish jail on a $105,000 bond set by Judge Alvin Turner. Louper also has a state probation and parole hold as well, Wiley said.

On Nov. 24, Lucas, 21, of 10514 Legion Street, Convent, was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary, armed robbery, and armed robbery with a firearm. He is currently incarcerated at the Ascension Parish jail on a $105,000 bond set by Judge Alvin Turner.

Joshua Vallery