09.27.2021 Wanted Fugitives – DC-1 Jail Escape

On September 27, 2021, at approximately 1933 hours, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Marksville DC-1 Jail Facility Deputies detected an escape by five (5) male prisoners.  The following inmates escaped the DC-1 facility:

  • William Johnson, a 27-year-old black male from Marksville, LA. He is approximately 5’9” tall with black hair.
  • Kyle Cavalier, a 19-year-old white male from Bunkie, LA. He is approximately 5’5” tall with brown hair.  He was last seen in the Mansura, LA area shortly after the escape.
  • Davantae Williams, a 20-year-old black male from Bunkie, LA. He is approximately 5’6” tall with black hair.
  • Dakeylon Berry, a 19-year-old black male from Hessmer, LA. He is approximately 5’10” tall with black hair.
  • Rondrakus Taylor, a 19-year-old black male from Mansura, LA. He is approximately 5’6” tall with black hair.

Investigations are ongoing.  Upon completion of our investigations, security enhancements, changes in security procedures, and construction repair and alteration operations will be implemented.  More participants and/or persons that assisted their escape, or aid in their evading capture, may be identified with charges for all involved forthcoming.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like your help in apprehending these escapees, and asks that anyone with information about their whereabouts please contact the Avoyelles Parish 911 Communication Center, or the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

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William Johnson

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Kyle Cavalier

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Davantae Williams

 

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Dakeylon Berry

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Rondrakus Taylor

09.17.2021 LOUISIANA HOMICIDE INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION TRAINING SYMPOSIUM

On September 14, 2021, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat shared the company of Law Enforcement Investigators from across the State at the Paragon Casino Resort attending Homicide Investigations Training hosted by the Louisiana Homicide Investigators’ Association.  He was honored to welcome them to Avoyelles Parish and especially excited to see APSO Detective Joshua Spillman, the Avoyelles Parish Coroner Dr. James Bordelon, an Assistant Coroner, and local police investigators from Mansura, Marksville, Moreauville, Plaucheville, Simmesport, and the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe in attendance.  Upon completion, those in attendance will be eligible to become Louisiana Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST) Certified Homicide Investigators.  Louisiana Law now requires the Lead Investigator in a homicide investigation be a POST Certified Homicide Investigator.  Training like this is another “tool in the toolbox” for investigators, and help enable all of these agencies to provide the professional public service our citizens expect.  Trained and qualified Homicide Investigators, working together, can do great things, and help bring some justice to the victims and their families.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to personally thank the Louisiana Homicide Investigators’ Association and the Paragon Casino Resort for making this possible, and to thank all of those people and the agencies that participated in the training.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat looks forward to the day that all of the law enforcement agencies that investigate such crimes in Avoyelles Parish have POST Certified Homicide Investigators.

Here is a collage of photos from the event:

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Louisiana’s Finest

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Louisiana’s Finest

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Instructor Robert G. Lowery Jr.

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Sheriff David L. Dauzat with LHIA President Keith Latiola

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Left to right:  LHIA Board Members Brandon Wiltcher (Madison Parish Sheriff’s Office), Brad Suddoth (Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office), Tommy Schiro (West Baton Rouge Sheriff‘s Office), Sheriff David L. Dauzat, Ben Suire (Lafayette Police Department), Brett Smith (Retired Baton Rouge PD and retired Attorney General office) and Jennifer Trigueros (Louisiana State Police).

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Left to right:  APSO Detective Josh Spillman and Sheriff David L. Dauzat

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Left to right:  Chief Scott Lemoine (Moreauville PD), Matthew Smith (Tunica-Biloxi PD), Detective Josh Spillman (APSO), Chief Daniel Firmin (Simmesport PD), Officer Marvin Samuel (Simmesport PD), Asst. Chief Jason Brouillette (Marksville PD), Lieutenant Dana Adams (Marksville PD), Officer Gage Schuyler (Mansura PD) and Chief Eddie St. Romain (Plaucheville PD)

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Avoyelles Parish Coroner Dr. James Bordelon and Asst. Coroner Jessica Bryant

09.10.2021 REMEMBERING 9/11 IN AVOYELLES PARISH

Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to remind the People of Avoyelles of the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001.  The attacks of 9/11 were intended to break and destroy us, but we came together.  We had to learn and change.  We had to get better and be better.  Strong relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve are critical to maintaining public safety and preventing acts of terrorism.  Our Nation relies on the cooperation of community members and concerned citizens to provide information to law enforcement about crime and suspicious activity in their communities and neighborhoods.  We must work together to prevent such attacks on our fellow Americans.  Working together we can do great things.

On September 10, 2021, Sheriff David L. Dauzat shared the company of Heroes, distinguished guest, firemen, police, ambulance crews, other first responders and the people that support them, all coming together to honor the fallen and remember 9/11.  The Sound of Taps being played.  The Salutes.  A diverse group of people coming together as one.  Children waving flags. He said it was a heartwarming and humbling experience.  He also wanted to personally thank all of those people and the agencies that participated in the 9/11 events.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wanted to share a collage of photos from the events.  Here they are:

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09.11.2021 Helping Others After Hurricane IDA

At the direction of Sheriff David L. Dauzat,  the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office helped first responders across South Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.  APSO teamed up with the Pointe Coupé Sheriff’s Office in providing generators to other law enforcement agencies in the affected areas.
APSO also assisted the Alexandria Police Department in securing transportation and ice to be sent to the Houma Civic Center.
Sheriff Dauzat would like to thank James Benard Seafood and Joe’s Ice for their generosity and making this possible.

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Picture above: PCPSO Chief Deputy Brad Joffrion and APSO Chief Deputy Ryan Quebedeaux

09/08/2021 Burglary and Theft Prevention Tips

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office wants to help reduce your chance of having a burglary to your home or vehicle. The most important thing you can do it call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You are the eyes of your neighborhood and a large part of our community policing efforts.  The following are a few tips to prevent and/or increase the solvability of these crimes:

  • Keep a detailed inventory of your valuable possessions, including a description of the items (make, model & serial number), date of purchase and original value and keep a copy in a safe place away from home — this is a good precaution in case of fires, floods or other disasters too.
  • Make a photographic or video record of valuable belongings. Your insurance company may provide assistance in making and keeping your inventory.
  • Mark your valuables with your name or driver’s license number with an engraver. Marked items are harder for a burglar to dispose of and easier for police to recover.
  • Items such as Firearms, TVs, Video Game Consoles, Lap Tops, Tablets, Electric Tools, Outdoor Power Equipment, Wallets, Jewelry, Safe/Fireproof Box, Prescription Drugs and money are the most frequently stolen items. Take the time to record their information, photograph, conceal and mark these items.
  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.  Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.  Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Keep your garage, shed and shop doors closed and locked.
  • Don’t share your travel, trips and vacation plans on social media.
  • ATV’s, Lawn mowers, Generators, Utility Trailers and Bicycles are best locked, secured and stored out of sight.
  • Use curtains or blinds on garage and shop windows.
  • Have adequate exterior lighting. Motion-sensitive lights are recommended on porches, in carports, near garage & shop entrances.
  • Make sure your door hinges are on the inside.
  • An alarm system is excellent for home security.
  • If you have a home alarm system, use it! Activate your alarm system — alarm systems are only useful when you remember to activate them.
  • A Surveillance Camera System can also be of great assistance police investigators.
  • Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other frequently used hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys.
  • If you get new information on the crime, update the police as soon as possible.

 

If Your Home Is Broken Into:

If you come home to find an unexplained open/broken window or door:

  • Do not enter – the perpetrator may still be inside.
  • Use a phone to call police.
  • Do not touch anything or clean up until the police have inspected for evidence.  You may accidentally destroy valuable evidence.
  • Write down the description and license plate numbers of any suspicious vehicles.
  • Note the descriptions of any suspicious persons or possible suspects.
  • Provide a list of stolen items (including make, model and serial numbers) to police as soon as possible.

 

Car Burglaries (how to avoid them):

  • Do not leave valuables (GPS devices, lap tops, PDA’s, cell phones, wallets, purses) in plain view.  Always conceal these items.
  • Don’t leave purchased merchandise in your parked vehicle where it can be easily seen. Conceal these items also.
  • Do not leave windows or sunroof open.
  • Do not leave doors unlocked.
  • Do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Do not leave the garage door opener in plain view.
  • Do not leave out items with personal information.
  • Do not move valuable items to the trunk while in public view.

 

While these tips won’t guarantee you will not become the victim of crime, they will hopefully reduce your chances of becoming a victim, and if you become a victim, it will increase our ability to solve it.  We may not be able to prevent them from choosing your home or car, but we may be able to make them regret their decision.  Together we can prevent and solve many of these crimes.  Be aware.  Be safe.  Be smart.

08/26/2021 Getting Ahead of The Storm

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to ask everyone in Avoyelles Parish to prepare for the Tropical System heading toward the Gulf of Mexico.  As you may know, the 2021 Hurricane season looks like its cranking up and won’t end until November 30th.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another above-normal hurricane season.  Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and the likes can produce gusty and dangerous winds, life-threatening storm surge, and heavy rainfall with flooding.  This Tropical System is expected to enter into the Gulf of Mexico Friday night and continue moving northwestward toward the central or northwestern U.S. Gulf coast, potentially bringing dangerous impacts from storm surge, wind, and heavy rainfall to portions of the coasts of Texas, Louisiana, and other Gulf States by Sunday and Monday.  However, there is some uncertainty in the system’s exact track and intensity since the system is just beginning to form.  A plan and a few preparations can help keep you and your family safe during and after a natural disaster.  Please pay close attention to the warnings and public service announcements.  They may save your life or the lives of your loved ones.  The following are a few suggestions to help keep you and your family safe:

1) Make a plan for your family.

When preparing for the possibility of hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes and floods, families need to be prepared for the worst.  Expect power outages.  Proactive planning for possible disasters can help reduce chaos during the situation.  Your plan should include generators, fuel, evacuation routes, emergency numbers, shelter locations and a communication plan.

2) Make a disaster/survival kit.

Each kit should have basic items such as bottled water, non-perishable food items and snacks, flashlights, batteries, sanitation items, important documents and first aid kits. For children, you may want to have extra school supplies to keep them busy, comfort items such as blankets, toys and books.

3) Practice your plan.

Practicing your disaster plan can help ease your mind and the mind of your children.  Practicing evacuation plans, where to go for shelter, where to meet, and memorizing emergency numbers will help.

4) Stay informed.

Staying safe during a natural disaster is a family’s number one priority. To keep your family safe, you need to stay informed. Watch the weather reports on local and national television stations.  When a major disaster is impending or has occurred, it is advised that everyone should have a reliable resource for emergency alerts, such as phone apps and an emergency radio with batteries. Checking social media may also help with finding shelters, best evacuation routes, and assessing local damage.

5)  Travel only if necessary.

Please do not drive unless it is necessary during, and immediately after, the storm.  Expect hazardous road conditions.  Some roads and bridges will be slippery when wet.  Be aware of downed power lines and trees or tree branches in the roadway.  Expect some flooding in low lying areas.  Driving in these conditions are unsafe and may be deadly.  Please do not needlessly create traffic crashes and incidents that will divert our staff from other important functions.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat assures you that the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office will work through the storm(s).  We will provide law enforcement and public safety services for you to the best of our ability.

Be Prepared.  Stay Safe.

Tropical System 08.26.2021
Tropical System 08.26.2021

08/06/2021 RAPE OF A JUVENILE – Dalvin Warren

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Dalvin L. Warren

On October 18, 2020, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of indecent behavior with a 12-year-old juvenile in the Mansura, LA area.  Further investigation by APSO Patrol Deputies and Detectives revealed that 55-year-old Dalvin Warren of Mansura, LA committed the offenses of LRS 14:81.3 Computer-aided solicitation of a minor, LRS 14:81.1 Pornography involving juveniles, LRS 14:81 Indecent behavior with juveniles, and LRS 14:92 Contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.

On October 27, 2020, 12th Judicial District Court Judge William Bennett issued an arrest warrant for the aforementioned offenses.  Warren was subsequently arrested for those offenses and booked at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Bond was set at $200,000.00.  On November 2, 2020, Warren made bond and was released.

On July 10, 2021, Dalvin Warren was arrested pursuant to a 12th Judicial District Court arrest warrant for the additional offense of LA R.S. 14:42.A(4) Rape “Persons under 13 years old”.

On July 22, 2021, the Grand Jurors of the 12th Judicial District in Avoyelles Parish found Bills of Indictment and issued True Bills charging Dalvin Warren with the offenses of LRS 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles, LRS 14:81.3 Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor, LRS 14:81 Indecent Behavior with Juveniles, LRS 14:42 First Degree Rape, LRS 14:92 Contributing To The Delinquency Of Juveniles.

08/06/2021 RAPE OF A JUVENILE – Joseph Warren

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Joseph R. Warren

On July 7, 2021, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of possible indecent behavior with a 13-year-old juvenile female in the Mansura, LA area.  Further investigation by APSO Patrol Deputies and Detectives revealed that 35-year-old Joseph R. Warren of Mansura, LA committed the offenses of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:42.A(4) Rape “Persons under 13 years old” and LRS 14:81.2 Molestation of a Juvenile “Persons under 13 years old”.

On July 8, 2021, 12th Judicial District Court Judge William Bennett issued an arrest warrant for the offenses of LA R.S. 14:42.A(4) Rape “Persons under 13 years old” and LRS 14:81.2D(1) Molestation of a Juvenile “Persons under 13 years old”.

On July 9, 2021, Joseph R. Warren was arrested pursuant to a 12th Judicial District Court arrest warrant for the aforementioned offenses and booked at the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office DC-1 Jail Facility.  Bond was set at $250,000.00.  On July 14, 2021, Warren made bond and was released.

On July 22, 2021, the Grand Jurors of the 12th Judicial District in Avoyelles Parish found Bills of Indictment and issued True Bills charging Joseph R. Warren with the offense of LRS 14:42 First Degree Rape (5 counts).

08/03/2021 Child Pornography Arrests

On August 3, 2021, a Multi-Agency Operation consisting of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Louisiana State Police, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Marshals Task Force executed search warrants pertaining to active child pornography investigations. The operation resulted in arrests by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office of the following people:

  • Glenn Batiste Jr., a 20-year-old male subject of Mansura, LA. Subject was charged with the offense of 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (20 counts).  Bond was set at $250,000.00.
  • Christopher R. Ortego, a 23-year-old male subject, Subject was charged with the offense of 14:81.1 Pornography Involving Juveniles (1 count). Bond was set at $250,000.00.

The investigations are still on-going.  More evidence and charges may be forthcoming. Both subjects were booked into the APSO DC-1 Jail Facility.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to thank the team of dedicated professional Law Enforcement Agents that worked together to apprehend these offenders, and safely remove them from the streets of our Parish.

The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office is proud to work with other state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies, and will continue to work with other agencies to keep our children and communities safe.