CRIME BLOTTER: Reported offenses in the Tri-parishes

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Accomplice arrested in Houma murder

The Houma Police Department is still searching for the 22-year-old man they say is responsible for a murder at the Whispering Oaks Trailer Park on the night of May 15.

Authorities say Jerome Anthony Jones, 22, of Thomas Drive, in East Houma, is still at large and is wanted for one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.

HPD said Jones stands 6 feet and weighs 180 pounds. Authorities say he has a tattoo on the right side of his neck of the word “MOB.” Police said he also has “WC” tattooed under his right eye.

The alleged shooting took place on May 15 when police say Jones arrived at the Whispering Oaks Trailer Park and shot Ron Pierre, 40, of Houma, multiple times in the upper torso.

Authorities say the shooting was regarding a disagreement between a narcotics exchange.

Anyone with information regarding Jones’ whereabouts is asked to contact the HPD at (985) 873-6371.

HPD beefing up for juvenile violations

The Houma Police Department announced this week it is stepping up patrols regarding various types of juvenile violations that they typically see during summertime months.

HPD Chief Todd Duplantis said officers are asking parents to be mindful of the law concerning curfew for minors, which states it shall be unlawful for any minor under 17 to be out unsupervised between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday-Thursday and from 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Friday-Sunday.

In addition to that warning, Duplantis said he also wanted to remind businesses that it is unlawful for any manufacturer, distributor, retailer or any other person to knowingly sell or distribute any tobacco product to a person under than age of 18. Likewise, Duplantis urges businesses that is it unlawful to sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21.

Duplantis said his office will continue to emphasize these laws throughout the summer in an effort to reduce crime and promote a more safe community.

Chauvin man arrested for juvenile molestation

A 65-year-old Chauvin man is behind bars this week after authorities say he molested a 13-year-old female.

Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois announced last Monday that detectives began an investigation after the parent of a 13-year-old contacted authorities and said the child claimed she was molested.

Authorities say once on the scene, they learned the suspect in the alleged incident was a family member of the victim.

Information provided to detectives yielded that the suspect was allegedly touched in an inappropriate manner on several occasions.

Investigation yielded Mike Valdez, 65, of 111 Victory St., Chauvin as the suspect. Valdez was taken to the TPSO last Wednesday for questioning where authorities say he denied the allegations.

Valdez was arrested for molestation of a juvenile and he was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Jail, where he remains in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

St. Mary looks for camp supply thief

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert said his office is looking for a man they believe stole supplies from a camp on Bayview Drive in Cypremort Point.

Hebert said the incident occurred on April 25 at approximately 12:45 p.m.

During that time, authorities say a male suspect is observed through surveillance video taking several items from the exterior of the camp.

Hebert said the items stolen include multiple marine grade lights and a heavy duty extension cord located on a boat at the premises.

Hebert said the suspect has a gray tattoo on his left shoulder and he was wearing a gray muscle shirt with blue jeans at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect is asked to contact the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-384-1622.

15-year-old arrested for attempted simple burglary

A 15-year-old Houma teen is in hot water after authorities say he tried to break into vehicles within the area.

Houma Police Chief Todd Duplantis said Thursday morning at 8:45 a.m., Sgt. Albert Pierre received a call in reference to a suspicious subject downtown in the area of Griage and Verret Street.

After investigation, Sgt. Pierre learned that the suspect was observed by witnesses pulling on door handles of several parked vehicles in the area of the nearby church, trying to gain entry.

Authorities located the subject in the graveyard and he was identified as a 15-year-old juvenile from Stovall Street.

The teenager was arrested for attempted burglary and his mother was contacted and advised that authorities would contact his probation officer.

Houma woman arrested after traffic stop

The Houma Police Department announced that a 23-year-old Houma woman is in jail after authorities say they found drugs in her possession following a traffic stop.

HPD Chief Todd Duplantis said authorities made a traffic stop last Monday at approximately 10:11 p.m.

Duplantis said Officer Wade Elliott initiated the stop after he observed Joydan Robinson, 23, of Marcia Street, Houma, not wearing her seatbelt.

Once near the vehicle, Duplantis said Elliott located suspected marijuana and suspected cocaine in the vehicle.

HPD officials say the alleged drugs were taken as evidence.

Robinson was arrested and taken to the Terrebonne Parish Jail, where suspected marijuana was later found in her underwear.

She is charged with operating a vehicle without wearing a seatbelt, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and bringing contraband into a correctional facility.