CRIME

Two arrested in Pelican Point home invasion

Staff Report

Two men have been arrested following a home invasion early Wednesday in Pelican Point subdivision in Gonzales, and two unidentified suspects are still being sought, Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Thursday.

Ascension authorities responded to a home on Wigeon Court in Pelican Point Subdivision in the early morning after the occupant of the home was awakened to find an intruder in the home, Wiley said.

Investigators learned the homeowner was out of town and had someone house sitting for him, according to the sheriff.

When the house sitter awoke, he armed himself and the intruder fled the scene, Wiley said. The sitter then discovered that nearly ten weapons, ammunition, and two flat screen televisions had been stolen from the home by the intruder.

Wiley said authorities found the televisions on the perimeter of the homeowner's property.

Further investigation revealed the intruder left a bag behind at the scene that gave investigators their first lead, the sheriff said.

 The bag containing duck tape, rope, and a handgun, also contained some mail with the name of Royce Davis II, 28, of 6239 Royal Lakes Estate, Gonzales, in the Pelican Point Subdivision.

Armed with a search warrant, investigators responded to the Royal Lakes Estate home where they executed the search warrant, locating Davis and three of the stolen weapons along with the ammunition, Wiley said.

Davis was questioned and subsequently arrested for the burglary.  According to the sheriff, Davis  is originally from the  Mississippi, but has been staying with his parents in Ascension Parish for several months.

A second suspect,  Jerome Richardson, Jr., 20, of Prairieville, was arrested as a result of Davis’ arrest, the sheriff said.

Richardson was taken into custody at his home on Highway 42 in Prairieville some hours later, and one additional weapon was recovered, according to Wiley.

Davis, 28, was charged with aggravated burglary and felony theft of firearms.

Richardson, 20,  was charged with aggravated burglary and felony theft of firearms.

No bonds have been set at media time Thursday, the sheriff said.

Authorities are still seeking the positive identity of two additional suspects. One is a female allegedly named Dynasty McNair who is believed to reside in the Baton Rouge area, but is originally from Mississippi, Wiley said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at 225-621-INFO (4636) or Crime