OPELOUSAS — An Opelousas man was arrested Saturday after breaking into a house, injuring an elderly resident who tried to stop him, all while police say he was under the influence of phencyclidine, or PCP.
Police found Perry Tyler, 44, locked in a bedroom in a house in the 1300 block of Attakapas Drive just after 2 a.m. Saturday, lying on his back and pointing a shotgun toward the ceiling as a female resident of the home hid from him in a closet, Opelousas police said in a news release.
Tyler had just taken the unloaded shotgun from an 87-year-old man, who confronted Tyler as he entered the home, according to the news release. The elderly man was knocked to the ground, injuring both of his arms.
Police seized the gun and arrested Tyler, who thanked the officers for arresting him, said Police Chief Perry Gallow.
“Tyler’s behavior was consistent with someone being under the influence of PCP,” Gallow said in the release. “He was wet and told officers that ‘they,’ unsure who ‘they’ was, were after him.”
Tyler, of 828 St. Cyr St., was booked on home invasion, battery of the infirm and resisting an officer.
The elderly man was treated for bruises to his arms and released from the Opelousas General emergency room, Gallow said. None of the other four residents in the home were injured.
Winds fan flames that damage shop, home
LAFAYETTE — Strong winds on Monday fanned the flames of an engine fire at a mechanic shop, causing heavy damage to the building, a nearby mobile home and seven vehicles on the premises.
John Darby, owner of Darby’s Car Care at 811 Rue du Belier, told investigators he was working on a vehicle around 11:40 a.m. when he noticed the vehicle had caught fire, said Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan.
Darby was unable to extinguish the fire. When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke and flames were billowing from the large building, Trahan said. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 45 minutes before getting it under control, he said.
Investigators determined the fire originated in the engine compartment of the vehicle, although the cause is still under investigation, Trahan said.
Police arrest six in prostitution sting
LAFAYETTE — Six people were arrested over a five-day period in a prostitution sting targeting three troubled areas in Lafayette near Interstate 10.
The operation centered around University Avenue and Cameron Street, North University Avenue and Interstate 10 and Frontage Road at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Arrested last week for soliciting prostitution were Michael Hargrader, 59; William Jenkins, 27; Randolph Ledet, 58; Hope Stelly, 32; Maxie Stelly, 64; and Becky Trahan, 45, who was arrested twice during the operation, on both Oct. 6 and Oct. 8.
Man booked Sunday in Carencro hit-and-run
CARENCRO — Authorities arrested a Lafayette man Sunday in a hit-and-run in Carencro.
Tommy Faul Jr., of Mills Road, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on one count of hit-and-run driving. He’s accused of fleeing the scene Friday night after he crashed his white Ford Ranger into a vehicle from behind in the 1300 block of Gloria Switch Road.
Faul admitted to driving the vehicle in question but gave false information on his whereabouts that night, KATC-TV reported. The 41-year-old’s girlfriend told police she saw him leave the bar alone while under the influence of alcohol.
Faul has since been released from jail on a $1,000 bail.
Truck sought in Duson hit-and-run
DUSON — Authorities are looking for the white truck involved in a hit-and-run incident Friday near Duson, in which a baby narrowly escaped injury after a truck slammed into the child’s bedroom.
“It’s possibly a Dodge, white truck — maybe a 2500 series,” said Capt. Craig Stansbury, spokesperson for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The accident happened off Congress Street, where the homeowner told police a white Dodge truck plowed through the wall of the home and into the baby’s bedroom.
The baby was in the crib at the time of the crash but was unharmed.
Police identify victim in Crowley shooting
CROWLEY — The Crowley man killed in a Sunday shooting on West Seventh Street has been identified as 22-year-old Taylor Beverly.
Police say they’re working several leads that point toward a single gunman.
Police believe the shooter walked up to Beverly around 5 p.m. Sunday and shot him several times before fleeing in a vehicle, according to Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson.
The assailant is described as a black man, medium build, who appears to be in his 20s, Gibson said.
Beverly was pronounced dead Sunday night at Acadia General Hospital, Gibson said.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to call the Crowley Police Department at (337) 783-1234 or the Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish’s anonymous tip line at (337) 789-8477.
Arrests posted Oct. 13, 2014, on the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office website:
- KEISHA RENEE ASBERRY: 34, of the 100 block of Hudson Lane, Lafayette. She was booked on four counts of warrant/bench warrant.
- DARRYL BRANCH: 49, of the 700 block of Walker Road, Lafayette. He was booked on two counts of forgery.
- PATRICK NEIL CITIZEN: 55, of the 300 block of Stutes Road, Duson. He was booked on misdemeanor possession of marijuana and prohibited activities (drug paraphernalia).
- LOUIS DENIS: 24, of the 400 block of Treetop Circle, Lafayette. He was booked on felony theft.
- MATTHEW JAMISON ENOX: 31, of the 300 block of Country Breeze Drive, Duson. He was booked on simple assault.
- TOMMY JAMES FAUL JR.: 41, of the 3500 block of West Gloria Switch Road, Carencro. He was booked on misdemeanor hit-and-run driving.
- CARLOS GONZALEZ SANCHEZ: 22, of the 200 block of Marigny Circle, Duson. He was booked on two counts of aggravated assault; distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics; and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.
- JASON MICHEAL KRANTZ: 31, of the 400 block of Gerald Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on distribution or possession with intent to distribute Schedule II narcotics; simple burglary of a pharmacy; and simple criminal damage to property.
- BRUMMELLE LANGLINAIS: 48, of the 1000 block of St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette. He was booked on a warrant/bench warrant.
- BRET WYATT LEGER: 41, of the 500 block of Cottage Lane, Church Point. He was booked on operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- REVA LINDEN: 29, of the 200 block of Prejean Road, Carencro. She was booked on simple battery.
- JOHN RICHARD NUGENT: 26, of the 100 block of Corita Court, Lafayette. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding.
- TRIKINA ROBERTS: 26, of the 800 block of Beverly Road, Opelousas. She was booked on carrying a weapon while committing or attempting to commit a crime or while in possession or during sale or distribution of a controlled substance; knowingly or intentionally possessing a schedule II controlled dangerous substance unless prescribed misdemeanor possession of marijuana; resisting an officer; and shoplifting.
- MARIO SIMON: 35, of the 100 block of Arbordale Way, Princeton, Texas. He was booked on misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and speeding 16 to 20 mph above the speed limit.
- REBECCA YATES: 41, of the 100 block of Catskill Lane, Youngsville. She was booked on misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.
- MARKEITHON ZENO: 17, of the 200 block of Randolph Drive, Lafayette. He was booked on aggravated battery and disturbing the peace.