CRIME

Three arrested for throwing water jugs at cars in Ascension Parish

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reports three arrest following water jug throwing incidents.

On Aug. 17 at 11:30 p.m. a motorist was traveling on La. 44 near Rustling Oak Subdivision when her vehicle was struck by an unknown object. After making a very loud noise on impact the motorist discovered water dripping from her vehicle and her driver’s side mirror was broken off.

On Aug. 27 around 9 p.m. a second motorist was traveling down La. 621 near Mire Road when an oncoming vehicle with its bright lights on threw an object shattering the motorists’ windshield and causing injury to the driver. Acadian ambulance was dispatched to treat the driver for cuts and embedded glass. During the course of the investigation a one gallon water jug was found at the scene to be the object that caused the damage.

On the same night at approximately 9:30 p.m. a third motorist was traveling down La. 933 near Magnolia Run Subdivision when that vehicle was struck by an object causing what sounded like an explosion. A one gallon water jug was found on that scene as well and the vehicle sustained damage to the drivers front ¼ panel.

During the course of the investigation, with the over whelming concern and assistance from citizens, detectives were able to develop sufficient reasonable suspicion to question three suspects identified as Chance Lambert, James McCormack and Layne Goodman. As a result of them being questioned all three were arrested.

On Aug. 29, Lt. Col. Bobby Webre of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office reported that detectives arrested James Edward McCormack, 17, of 18256 Log Cabin Road, Prairieville, Layne Michael Goodman, 18, of 42116 Norwood Road, Gonzales and Chance Michael Lambert, 19, of 17381 Penn Blvd., Prairieville – all charged with charged with three counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.

One of the men arrested was a Galvez-Lake volunteer firefighter. While authorities did not report which suspect he is, Chief Wayne Hill of the released the following statement via Facebook:

Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department is appalled at finding out one of our firefighters was arrested for allegedly being a part of the aggravated criminal damage to property. This firefighter is being suspended immediately pending investigation by APSO. Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department hopes the community affected realize that these types of actions by volunteers do NOT represent the Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department's mission. Galvez-Lake Volunteer Fire Department has a NO-Tolerance policy when it comes to arrests and in no way condones this type of behavior of any of its firefighters, medical personnel and members.

Pending further investigation into the matter, additional charges may be forthcoming. Judge Jessie Leblanc has set the bond at $105,000 for each offender.