A Prairieville woman was leaving her house for work Wednesday morning when two men robbed her, unintentionally prompting an investigation that landed her and her family in jail, Ascension Parish deputies said.
Dana Cowart, 45, told Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies that she was leaving home shortly after 7:30 a.m. when two men met her outside her house and forced her back inside, Maj. Kevin Hanna said in a news release.
The men, in their late teens or early 20s, were wearing bandanas, and both were armed with handguns, Cowart told deputies. One of the men struck her in the face with his gun, and both men forced her to the floor while they searched the house, Hanna said.
When the men found a family safe in the house, they forced Cowart to open it and stole a gun and an undisclosed amount of money, deputies said. The men ordered her to stay in a closet, and they ran away.
Cowart told detectives she thought the men may be her daughter’s friends because they asked for the girl by name at one point. Cowart said one of the men’s voices sounded familiar, the release says.
When deputies investigated the scene at the 18000 block of Old Perkins Place Avenue in Prairieville, they noticed a strong smell of marijuana inside the house, Hanna said. Narcotics detectives found marijuana residue inside the family safe and smoking pipes containing marijuana in the bedroom Cowart shares with her husband, Clay Cowart, Hanna said. Detectives found one pipe in their daughter’s bedroom, as well as a marijuana grinder in the master bath, Hanna said.
The Cowart family “refused to cooperate” in the investigation afterward, but deputies are still working to identify the two men, the release says.
Dana Cowart and Clay Cowart, 45, were both booked into Ascension Parish Prison on possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and illegal carrying of weapons. Dana Cowart’s bail was set at $2,500, while her husband’s was set at $10,000.
Their 18-year-old daughter, Tayler Cowart, was arrested on misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Tayler Cowart was released Wednesday night on a misdemeanor bond, and her parents bonded out Thursday afternoon, the news release says.
Anyone with information on this case can contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the agency’s anonymous tip line.