05/05/2022 – Another Jail Escapee Captured

Another Jail Escapee Captured

On February 1, 2022, a cooperative effort by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) and the U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Marshals Task Force located and captured escapee Rondrakus Taylor in Fort Bend County, Texas.

On September 27, 2021, Taylor escaped from the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Marksville DC-1 Jail Facility along with four (4) other male prisoners.  Rondrakus Taylor fled to Texas.  APSO regularly updated the U.S. Marshal’s Service with tips and information received ultimately resulting in his capture by U.S. Marshals.

ALL OF THOSE 09/27/2021 ESCAPEES HAVE BEEN CAPTURED.

  • William Johnson, a 27-year-old black male from Marksville, LA. UPDATE: CAPTURED on 10/21/2021 in Marksville, La.
  • Kyle Cavalier, a 19-year-old white male from Bunkie, LA. UPDATE: CAPTURED on 09/30/2021 in Alexandria, La.
  • Davantae Williams, a 20-year-old black male from Bunkie, LA. UPDATE: CAPTURED on 09/30/2021 in Alexandria, La.
  • Dakeylon Berry, a 19-year-old black male from Hessmer, LA. UPDATE: CAPTURED on 02/01/2022 in Harris County, Texas
  • Rondrakus Taylor, a 19-year-old black male from Mansura, LA. UPDATE: CAPTURED on 04/12/2022 in Fort Bend County, Texas

Investigations are still ongoing.  More participants, persons who assisted their escape, or aided/abetted them may be identified with charges for all involved forthcoming.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to thank the team of dedicated professional Law Enforcement Agents that worked together to apprehend this offender and safely place him back behind bars.

RONDRAKUS TAYLOR 05.05.2022
RONDRAKUS TAYLOR

04/20/2022 – Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs found

Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs found

On April 15, 2022, upon returning from 12th Judicial District Court, a pre-trial offender incarcerated at Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) DC-1 Jail Facility attempted to smuggle contraband into the jail facility.  Deputies intercepted the Controlled Dangerous Substances and other contraband during the return/intake process.  A thorough search conducted by APSO Corrections Staff revealed that 20-year-old Anthony Littles of Bunkie, LA, had concealed on his person, Synthetic Cannabinoids, Methamphetamines, cigars, loose tobacco, and a cellphone with a charger.

Further investigation led to the arrest of Littles on April 20, 2022, for the offenses of Possession of Schedule I Drugs with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Schedule II Drugs with Intent to Distribute, Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  The preliminary investigation revealed it is likely that the contraband was retrieved from the courthouse restroom.  The investigation is ongoing.  He was booked on the new charges at APSO DC-1.  The bond was set at $25,000.00.  In September of 2021, he was incarcerated for a Second-Degree Battery offense.  His bond was set at $25,000.00 for that offense.  He is still incarcerated at APSO at this time.

NOTE:  A law enforcement agency has provided this information as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs and/or videos as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of that criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anthony Littles
Anthony Littles

04/13/2022 – RECOVERY OF A MISSING WHEELCHAIR RESULTS IN ARRESTS FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS AND RECOVERY OF A STOLEN FIREARM

RECOVERY OF A MISSING WHEELCHAIR RESULTS IN ARRESTS FOR ILLEGAL DRUGS AND RECOVERY OF A STOLEN FIREARM  

 

On the morning of Wednesday, April 13, 2022, while Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) Patrol Deputies and Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) were discussing current incidents, including a complaint of a lost wheelchair that fell out of the complainant’s truck.  An alert CIU employee saw some male subjects at a local carwash near APSO, with no apparent handicap or medical conditions, playing with a wheelchair that appeared to match the description of the lost one.  APSO Deputies and Detectives then went there and made contact with 19-year-old Noah Courville of Deville, LA, and three white male juveniles at the carwash with him.  While speaking with them, suspected marijuana was observed by Detectives in plain view on the front dash of the vehicle they were in.

Upon further investigation, a stolen handgun was recovered from one of the juveniles.  The firearm was stolen during a January 2022 vehicle burglary near Hessmer, LA.  Noah Courville and the three juveniles were subsequently arrested.  Also, the wheelchair was confirmed to be the missing wheelchair reported and was subsequently returned to its rightful owner.

Noah Courville was arrested for the offenses of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Possession of Schedule I Drugs. Courville’s Bond was set at $5,000.00.  Courville bonded out the same day.  All three juveniles were arrested for Possession of Schedule I Drugs, and one of them also for Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  All three juveniles were released to their parents/guardians.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat is proud of, and thankful for, the Deputies and Detectives for staying alert, being vigilant, and working as a team.  If anyone has information about thefts, burglaries, or any other crime in Avoyelles, please contact the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

Noah Courville
Noah Courville

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  A law enforcement agency has provided this information as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs and/or videos as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of that criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

04/07/2022 – Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs found

Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs found

On April 7, 2022, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) Deputies intercepted Controlled Dangerous Substances during the intake/booking process.  A thorough search conducted by APSO Corrections Staff revealed that 28-year-old Justin Matthew Rachal of Moreauville, LA, concealed in the waistband of his sweat pants, had over 50 Ecstasy Pills and approximately 30 grams of Synthetic Marijuana.  Rachal was being arrested and booked for a Probation/Parole violation, Domestic Abuse Battery Domestic Abuse Child Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest/Officer.

Further investigation by APSO Detectives led to the arrest of Rachal for the offenses of Possession of Schedule I Drugs with Intent to Distribute (2 counts), and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility.  He was booked into APSO DC-1.  The bond was set at $40,000.00.  He is still incarcerated at APSO at this time.

See the photo below.

JUSTIN MATTHEW RACHAL
JUSTIN MATTHEW RACHAL

Justin Rachal CDS 04.07.2022

04/08/2022 New Sheriff’s Office Vehicles on Patrol

New Sheriff’s Office Vehicles on Patrol   

Avoyelles Parish Sheriff David L. Dauzat would like to announce to everyone in Avoyelles Parish that the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office now has some new patrol vehicles in service.

Most of the fleet in service when we took office had well over 200,000 miles on them.  Breakdowns, expensive repairs, and maintenance were a growing problem for us.  We immediately recognized the need to replace some of those vehicles as quickly as possible.  We rolled up our sleeves and went to work.  We now have four new patrol vehicles patrolling our Parish.  We will continue to move forward, and make positive changes in Avoyelles Parish.  We will continue to be good stewards of the people’s money.

Check them out…

 

Sheriff David L. Dauzat and Patrol Division Commander Reggie Sanders

04/06/2022 Wanted Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

Wanted Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

On Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in the afternoon hours, the Cottonport City Police Department received information on the location of a subject wanted by the Abbeville Police Department for the March 2022 shooting death of 18-year-old Freddy Gomezsoto of Abbeville, LA.  Cottonport PD officers received information that 23-year-old Gary Wayne Turner Jr. was located at a residence on Ducote Lane in Cottonport.  Cottonport Police Chief Jennifer Lofton requested the assistance of the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).  Cottonport PD, Moreauville PD, and APSO Deputies responded to a residence on Ducote Lane.  Shortly after the arrival of the responding officers, Turner was seen inside the residence.  Turner was armed with a firearm and refused to voluntarily surrender to police.  Shortly thereafter, APSO Crisis Negotiators began talking to Turner.

After over 3 hours of communicating with Turner, he voluntarily surrendered and was taken into custody without incident.  Turner told officers where he left the firearm in the residence.  A loaded semi-automatic handgun was found in the residence where Turner said it was.  There was a lot of clapping and cheering by nearby relatives of Turner and other on-lookers near the scene when Turner was safely taken into custody.  APSO Deputies safely transferred custody of Turner to Chief Lofton, who coordinated with Abbeville PD Detectives.  Turner was subsequently booked into the APSO DC-1 Jail Facility and is currently awaiting transfer to Vermilion Parish.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants to thank the Cottonport Police Department, Moreauville Police Department, and APSO Deputies involved in the apprehension of Turner for their swift response and great teamwork.  We are committed to working with other law enforcement agencies to bring offenders like Turner to justice.

Gary W. Turner Jr.
Gary W. Turner Jr.

03/31/2022 Traffic Stop Leads to an Arrest for Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia

Traffic Stop Leads to an Arrest for Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia

On March 31, 2022, while on criminal patrol, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) Patrol Deputies made a traffic stop resulting in the arrest of 34-year-old Jaleina Sherelle Dauzat of Marksville, LA for possession of Marijuana, Oxycodone, Methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia.

Jaleina Dauzat was arrested for the offenses of Possession of Schedule I, II, and IV Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Failure to Register a Vehicle, and Illegal Window Tint.  She was booked into APSO DC-1 in Marksville.  Her bond was set at $26,200.00.  Dauzat bonded out and was released that same day.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat remains committed to making Avoyelles Parish a safer place to live, work, and play. He would also like to thank the dedicated professional law enforcement agents who work around the clock 24/7 to take illegal drugs off our streets, apprehend these offenders, and safely remove them from the streets of our Parish.

See photos below.

Jaleina Dauzat 1
Jaleina Dauzat

 

03/23/2022 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY  

In mid-March 2022, a collaborative effort by the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) resulted in an investigation of a suspect downloading child pornography.  Further investigation revealed the suspect was a convicted sex offender.

The Initial Investigation revealed 41-year-old Deadrick Taylor of Cottonport, LA appeared to have committed sex offenses involving child pornography.  The investigation also revealed Taylor was a convicted sex offender currently registered in Avoyelles Parish stemming from charges in January of 2007, in which a True Bill of Indictment was found against Taylor for Molestation of a Juvenile.

On March 23, 2022, the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office executed search warrants pertaining to the active child pornography investigation. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Deadrick Taylor for the offense of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:81.1 PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING JUVENILES (100 Counts).  Taylor was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office DC-1 Jail Facility.  His bond was set at one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00).  Taylor is still incarcerated at this time.

This investigation is still on-going.  More charges may be forthcoming.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat is proud to work with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement agencies to keep our children and communities safe, apprehend these offenders, and safely remove them from the streets of our Parish.  We are committed to keeping our children safe.

Deadrick Taylor
Deadrick Taylor

03/21/2022 Attempted Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia found

Attempted Introduction of Contraband into APSO DC-1 Jail – Illegal Drugs and Paraphernalia found

On March 21, 2022, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO) Deputies intercepted Controlled Dangerous Substances being delivered to an offender incarcerated at APSO DC-1 Jail Facility.  A thorough search conducted by APSO Corrections Staff revealed that 59-year-old Pamela Slocum of Bunkie, LA attempted to deliver footwear with Suboxone, synthetic Marijuana, and suspected Roxicodone hidden in them.

Further investigation by APSO Deputies and Detectives led to a vehicle search in the APSO parking lot which resulted in locating suspected Marijuana, Methamphetamines, Cocaine, and drug paraphernalia being found within the suspect’s vehicle.

Slocum was arrested for the offenses of Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs with intent to distribute, Possession of Schedule III Drugs with intent to distribute, and Introduction of Contraband into a Penal Facility.  She was booked into APSO DC-1.  Bond was set at $25,000.00.  On March 25, 2022, Slocum bonded out and was released.

 

Pamela Slocum
Pamela Slocum

03/14/2022 MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE WARRANTS – LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM

MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE WARRANTS – LEADS TO RECOVERY OF STOLEN FIREARM  

 

In December 2021, Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigators began searching for 47-year-old David W. Simpson II of Mansura, LA.  Simpson was wanted by APSO on multiple arrest warrants and was a person of interest in other crimes being investigated by APSO.  APSO shared this information with Mansura Police Department.

On Monday, March 14, 2022, at approximately 1230 hours, Mansura Police Chief, John Johnson, contacted Sheriff David Dauzat and asked if APSO was still actively searching for David W. Simpson II because he was observed passing through Mansura.  Sheriff Dauzat acknowledged that the warrants were still active.  Sheriff Dauzat requested Chief Johnson stop and detain Simpson until APSO personnel could arrive on scene.   A Mansura PD Officer stopped Simpson in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado on Cocoville Road near LA 1.  Shortly thereafter, APSO Deputies and Detectives arrived on-scene.

Further investigation by APSO and Mansura PD lead to the recovery of a firearm reportedly stolen in Houston, Texas.

Simpson was arrested by APSO Deputies for four (4) 12th Judicial District Court Contempt of Court – Failure to Appear Arrest Warrants for ten (10) traffic offenses committed in 2020-2021 and Mansura PD arrested Simpson for Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  Simpson was booked into the APSO DC-1 Jail Facility in Marksville, LA.  Simpson’s Bond was set at $5,000.00.  Simpson bonded out on March 16, 2022.

Sheriff David L. Dauzat wants to thank the Mansura Police Department, and the APSO Deputies and Detectives for their vigilance and great team work.  He also wants the people of Avoyelles to know that we are proactively patrolling the Parish and working with our law enforcement partners in an effort to protect your property and apprehend criminals.  If anyone has information about thefts, burglaries or any other crime in Avoyelles, please contact the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-253-4000.

David W. Simpson II
David W. Simpson II