CRIME BLOTTER: Reported offenses in the Tri-parish area

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Bicyclist killed in hit and run fatality

Louisiana State Police Troop C announced this weekend that it has arrested a 40-year-old Thibodaux man after he allegedly struck and killed a bicyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Troop C spokesman Trooper Evan Harrell said troopers were called to La. Highway 308 in Thibodaux shortly after midnight on July 8.

Once on the scene, Harrell said an investigation yielded that a bike traveling northbound on Highway 308 just outside of Thibodaux’s city limits was struck by a 2010 Jeep Wrangler traveling southbound on the road.

Harrell said an investigation yielded the Wrangler was being driven by Brent Tauzin, 40, of Thibodaux.

The bicyclist, Ethen Miller, 22, of Thibodaux, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office.

Harrell said the Wrangler stopped after hitting the bike and then fled the scene.

Authorities later located the vehicle at Tauzin’s residence and placed him under arrest.

Harrell said the suspect submitted to a breath test and blew more than double Louisiana’s legal limit.

Tauzin was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, hit and run and improper lane usage.

Escaped inmate back in police custody

An inmate that escaped the custody of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at Chabert Medical Center is back behind bars.

Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said that on July 7 at approximately 9:42 p.m., authorities were called to Nixon Drive in reference to a Lafourche Parish prisoner that had fled authorities while at Chabert Hospital.

Upon arrival, officers began searching the area for the prisoner, Daren Kitchen, 44, of Thibodaux.

Officers reported that Kitchen had a red prisoner uniform on with a belly shackle and handcuffs.

During the search, patrol officers observed a cyclone gate open near the 2200 block of Nixon Drive.

After making contact with the resident owner, authorities learned the gate should have been closed.

HPD checked the rear of the residence and located Kitchen sitting inside a shed in the backyard.

He was arrested and charged with simple escape.

Police nab one of two alleged armed robbers

A 20-year-old Bourg man was arrested and charged with armed robbery Sunday evening after police say they tracked him down in the bathroom of a Houma residence.

The Houma Police Department continues to search for a second suspect allegedly connected to the robbery.

Schavez Austin, of Bayouside Drive, was arrested and positively identified by the victim as one of two alleged suspects, Police Chief Todd Duplantis said.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on Sunday, police responded to a location near the intersection of Margaret and Grinage streets, where the victim said he was robbed of $400 at gunpoint, Duplantis said.

Patrolling officers approached two men, and one took off running, Duplantis said. Austin was later located hiding in a residence on the 1200 block of Daspit Street. Police found him hiding in the bathroom.

Austin was also charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, resisting an officer and a warrant for drug charges.

The investigation continues. Anyone with information relating to the case is asked to call the Houma Police Department at (985) 873-6371 or Bayou Region Crime Stoppers at 1-800-743-7433.

Patterson man arrested after allegedly scuffling with deputy

A 47-year-old Patterson man was arrested last Tuesday after he allegedly tried to disarm an inquiring St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Albert T. Hebert Jr., 47, of 100 Watson Lane, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with two counts of battery of a police officer, resisting an officer with force or violence, attempting to disarm a police officer and driving under suspension, St. Mary Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

A deputy who responded to a disturbance in a Bayou Vista lounge was given a description of Hebert and his vehicle, the sheriff said. The deputy then went to the suspect’s home and requested several times that Hebert exit the residence.

The suspect complied, but then began to push and yell at the deputy, the sheriff said. The deputy then tried to arrest the suspect, who at this point tried to disarm the officer. After a brief scuffle, Hebert “was subdued,” arrested and transported to the parish jail.

Bond was not immediately set.

Alleged illegal immigrant arrested at St. Mary park

A 25-year-old was arrested on Independence Day after the suspect tried to leave the scene of a vehicular accident and admitted to a St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s deputy that he was in the country illegally, St. Mary Sheriff Mark Hebert said.

Ever Enemcio, of Lydia Plantation, Jeanerette, allegedly tried to leave the scene after an accident at Cypremort Point State Park. An agent with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries detained Enemcio, Hebert said.

A St. Mary Parish deputy arrived at the park shortly before 4 p.m. last Wednesday and began questioning Enemcio, who allegedly admitted he lives in the country illegally.

Enemcio was charged with operating a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States and possession of alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle.

He was transported to the parish jail.

Bond was not immediately set.

Man arrested after attempting to flee

A 30-year-old Houma man was arrested last Monday and charged with two counts of criminal trespassing after he allegedly impeded traffic on Tunnel Boulevard and tried to flee inquiring police officers.

Troy Matther Lusco, of Leona Street, was also charged with simple obstruction of a highway and resisting an officer, according to Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis.

Lusco allegedly impeded traffic while he ran down East Tunnel Boulevard. When officers arrived to the scene, they watched Lusco walk into Walgreens, Duplantis said.

When the suspect saw the officers, he left the store, ran down Tunnel Boulevard toward Honduras Elementary School, jumped the school’s fence and continued to run toward Ellender Street, Duplantis said.

Officers apprehended Lusco on Ellender Street, and no one was injured in the chase.

Lusco was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

Domestic abuse battery suspect behind bars in Houma

A 50-year-old man walked into the Houma Police Department this week, bleeding profusely from multiple stab wounds to his arms and forehead.

Authorities say the bleeding man isn’t a victim, but is instead under arrest for instigating an attack on his girlfriend.

Allen Smith Jr., 50, of 1059 Lafayette St., Houma, is charged with domestic abuse battery after police say he battered his 46-year-old girlfriend, which forced her to stab the suspect out of self-defense.

HPD Chief Todd Duplantis said at 9:06 p.m. on July 4, Smith reported to police headquarters with multiple stab wounds on his body.

Duplantis said Smith appeared to be intoxicated and he told officers several conflicting stories about why he was bleeding.

Acadian Ambulance was called to HPD headquarters and they took Smith to Terrebonne General Medical Center for medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

After further investigation, Duplantis said it was learned that Smith battered his girlfriend on July 4.

Out of self-defense, the woman stabbed Smith, Duplantis said.

Suspect charged for DWI child endangerment

A 28-year-old Houma man was arrested this week after police say he drove drunk with two children in his vehicle.

At approximately 11 p.m. on July 4, Houma Police Department officer Gilbert Marcel observed a 2007 Pontiac Sunfire driven by Christopher A. Darcey, 28, of Acadian Drive, swerving in the roadway near the area of New Orleans Boulevard and Legion Avenue.

Authorities say the vehicle’s passenger was also observed throwing a 20-ounce bottle of Bud Light out of his window.

Officer Marcel conducted a traffic stop on Darcey during which police say he failed field sobriety tests, which led to a DWI arrest.

Police say Darcey had a blood alcohol concentration above Louisiana’s legal limit.

Police say two children, ages 10 and 11, were inside of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

Darcey is charged with DWI (child endangerment) and no driver’s license.

The vehicle’s passenger was cited for littering.

Rape suspect nabbed in Terrebonne

A 43-year-old Houma man is being held in lieu of a $3 million bond this week after authorities say he raped three juveniles throughout their childhood.

Neil Allen Bingham, 43, of 807 Goode St., Houma, is charged with three counts of aggravated rape after three victims reported the man sexually assaulted them from the ages of 5-16.

TPSO Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said detectives began its investigation of Bingham two weeks prior to his arrest.

Authorities were put on the case after the mother of a male juvenile reported that he was raped by Bingham from ages 5-14.

During an investigation into the first report, Larpenter said two females came forward and reported that Bingham also sexually assaulted them.

Authorities say the accounts of all three victims were consistent and Bingham was an acquaintance of all of the victims.

Bingham was arrested on July 2 at his residence.

He remains in jail in lieu of a $3 million bond.