Crime Blotter: Reported offenses in the Tri-parishes

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Man charged with allegedly raping 5-year-old

A Houma man was arrested after he allegedly raped a 5-year-old child multiple times over the course of a year, the Houma Police Department announced.

Drew LeBouef, 20, 1020 Ridgefield Ave., was charged with one count of aggravated rape and is being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.

Detectives learned on Sept. 8 that LeBouef had possibly had sexual intercourse with the child, HPD spokesman Lt. Dana Coleman said. Through investigation, police learned that LeBouef allegedly raped the child over the course of a year in Lafourche Parish and in Houma, Coleman said.

Siblings arrested for alleged rape and kidnapping

Two Houma brothers were arrested last week for their alleged connection in the rape and kidnapping of a female one month earlier, according to multiple law enforcement agencies.

Jason Lynn Smalls, 34, of 130 St. Louis St., and Gary Smalls, 31, of 3607 B Thomas Drive, were arrested Sept. 12 and are charged with aggravated rape and second-degree kidnapping. Both are being held in lieu of $600,000 bond at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.

The men allegedly took a female victim against her will to a location in Raceland, where she was raped, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman deputy Brennan Matherne said. The victim was not freed until the next day, when the brothers dropped her off near her home, Matherne said.

The Houma Police Department and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office assisted in executing the arrest warrants at 7556 West Park Ave., Houma.

Gary Smalls was also arrested on a warrant in Terrebonne for failing to register as a sex offender, Matherne said.

Houma man faces attempted first-degree murder charge

A Houma man was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder after firing multiple bullets into the legs of a 24-year-old male victim, the Houma Police Department announced.

Michael Nixon, 24, 137 Charter Court, allegedly entered the victim’s girlfriend’s home at about 11 p.m. Sept. 12 with a handgun and told him to give up his belongings. After the victim refused, Nixon fired several shots into the victim’s lower extremities, HPD spokesman Lt. Dana Coleman said.

Nixon allegedly riffled through the victim’s pockets and took his cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash.

The victim was shot in his left thigh and his right ankle, Coleman said. Police made contact with him after he was brought to Chabert Medical Center.

After speaking with witnesses, police received an arrest warrant for Nixon, who turned himself in at HPD headquarters shortly after 9 a.m.

Nixon is being held at the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.

Thibodaux man arrested after nonviolent standoff

A Thibodaux man was arrested after a one-hour standoff that concluded when he tried to slip police his identification through a slightly opened doorway, the Thibodaux Police Department announced.

Kenneth McPhail, 49, 212 E. 11th St., was charged with simple battery from a previous warrant and resisting an officer. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, where he is being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.

Police responded to McPhail’s residence on Sept. 16 shortly before 7 a.m. in reference to a report of loud music, TPD spokesman detective David Melancon said.

McPhail spoke to officers through a glass door as they negotiated his surrender for almost an hour. Police were able to make the arrest after he opened the door slightly, and after a brief struggle, he was arrested without injury, Melancon said.

Suspected counterfeit producer arrested with $9,100 in fake money

A Galliano man is suspected of producing counterfeit money after he was arrested with $9,100 in counterfeit bills, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office announced.

Terry Guidry, 44, of 115 W. 218th St., was arrested Sept. 14, charged with monetary instrument abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia, and booked at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in lieu of $25,250 bond.

The Lafourche Parish Drug Task Force investigated Guidry for approximately one year in reference to the production of counterfeit money prior to his arrest.

Two storage units under Guidry’s name in the Galliano area contained “numerous items believed to be involved in the production of counterfeit money,” LPSO spokesman deputy Brennan Matherne said.

Agents made the arrest after investigation revealed he would be traveling with a large amount of fake money, Matherne said. The arrest was made following a traffic stop on La. Highway 308 in Raceland.

A search of his vehicle turned up two smoking pipes, rolling papers and suspected synthetic marijuana, Matherne said.

Chauvin woman allegedly steals $80,000 from elderly aunt

A Chauvin woman was arrested after she allegedly confessed to stealing $80,000 from her 75-year-old aunt and gambling with the money at local casinos, the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office announced.

Wendy Lou Carlos, 44, 201 Leve St., was arrested Sept. 12 and charged with exploitation of the infirmed. She is being held in lieu of $150,000 bond, and her arraignment is set for Oct. 24.

The victim said the cash was stolen from a safe inside her residence. Detectives questioned people who had access to the money, and Carlos agreed to report to the sheriff’s office, where she confessed, Sheriff Jerry Larpenter said.

Attempted 2nd-degree murder suspect remains at large

A Houma man was arrested and another suspect remains at large after the two allegedly fired several rounds into a crowd fighting people in the 1200 block of Memory Lane four weeks ago, the Houma Police Department announced.

Jordan Williams, 20, 2632 Daniel Turner Trailer Court, was charged with one count attempted second-degree murder, four counts aggravated criminal damage to property and one count simple criminal damage to property.

The second suspect, who exited a black Chrysler 300 at the scene, remains at large. The suspect, who might be named Charles, is believed to be from the New Orleans area and believed to answer to the nickname of “Chuckie,” HPD spokesman Lt. Dana Coleman said.

The spray of bullets only touched one person: A man who was in a trailer watching television was shot in the thigh, Coleman said. He was treated on scene and released.

In total, four mobile homes and a parked car were struck, Coleman said.

Williams was located and arrested without incident on Sept. 13, Coleman said.

The fight started with several women and later escalated to include men, Coleman said, before the suspects fired at the crowd.

St. Mary Parish arrest roundup

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office announced arrests:

• Earline Ann Sam, 31, 127 Poncio St., Morgan City, was arrested on two warrants for failure to appear for issuing worthless checks.

• A 15-year-old male was arrested at Patterson High School for obscenity after he allegedly exposed his penis in the presence of a female teacher.

• Kenneth Frank Smith, 53, 1401 Pine St., Franklin, was arrested at the Amelia Recreation Center for disturbing the peace while intoxicated and remaining where forbidden. Smith allegedly refused to leave the recreation center, which was hosting the disaster food stamp assistance program. He was booked at the parish jail and held in lieu of $750 bond.

2 juveniles arrested for string of Thibodaux burglaries

Thibodaux police announced the arrest of two juveniles who are being charged with seven counts of simple burglary between them after allegedly confessing to investigators.

On Aug. 1, the Thibodaux Police Department began receiving calls from witnesses who claimed juveniles were breaking into their homes and stealing various items, spokesman Det. David Melancon said.

Stolen items ranged from cuff links to all-terrain vehicles, Melancon said.

Stolen ATVs were recovered from an abandoned warehouse off of Candy Lane in Thibodaux. Detectives were able to link the two juveniles to all the burglaries, and the duo confessed during questioning, Melancon said.

The juveniles were transported to the Lafourche detention center.

They were held in lieu of a 72-hour hearing.

One inmate injured in work release van crash

One St. Mary Parish inmate received treatment for injury after a work-release van was sideswiped by a garbage truck, the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office announced last week.

The van was leaving the law enforcement center in Centerville when it collided with the garbage truck on Frontage Road near the Garden City overpass, SMPSO spokesperson Traci Landry said.

The injured inmate was treated at Franklin Foundation Hospital for a minor shoulder injury.

The remaining 13 inmates and the van’s driver received medical examinations as a precautionary measure.