Patterson teen accused of stealing girlfriend's cell phone

Morgan City police say a Patterson teen stole his girlfriend’s cell phone and damaged a vehicle at her residence.

—Lucas Lorenzo Loya, 18, was arrested at 9:17 p.m. Monday for simple robbery and criminal damage to property.

Officers received a complaint from a Walnut Drive resident regarding a man who had reportedly stolen a cell phone and was causing a disturbance. Officers were told that Loya, who was the boyfriend of the complainant, became involved in an altercation with her, Chief Travis Crouch said.

According to the victim, Loya pushed her and took her cell phone. Loya also reportedly damaged a vehicle at the residence. Officers later located a vehicle being driven by Loya who initially refused to stop. After he did so and exited his vehicle, he began to walk away on foot, refusing officers commands to stop, Crouch said.

Officers deployed a Taser. He remains jailed with no bail set.

Crouch said Morgan City police also arrested:

—Mitchell Louis Gaspard, 49, of Brashear Avenue in Morgan City, at 8:10 p.m. Monday for disturbing the peace and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers received a complaint of a man causing a disturbance with his neighbor on Brashear Avenue. Officers were told Gaspard was using profanities and making threats towards his neighbor. Gaspard was located at his residence where officers also found him to be in possession of a pipe commonly used with illegal narcotics.

Crouch said this is the second similar incident and arrest of Gaspard within the past week. He was arrested Saturday for telephone harassment and disturbing the peace.

Gaspard remained jailed this morning.

—Franklin Lewis Cochran, 63, of La. 182 in Morgan City, was charged at 2:01 a.m. Monday for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, no insurance, failure to dim lights and on a warrant for open container law violation.

A patrolling officer observed a vehicle traveling on La. 182 which failed to dim lights to oncoming traffic. The officer detained the vehicle. Cochran could not produce valid motor vehicle insurance and was found to be operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. The officer also discovered that Cochran was a wanted person by the Morgan City Police Department for failure to appear for open container.

He remained jailed this morning on $939 bail.

—Ruben Bias, 58, of Lafayette, was arrested at 10:55 a.m. Monday on warrants for failure to pay fine-probation fee, failure to pay fine-disturbing the peace intoxicated and probation violation.

Bias was located at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility where he was arrested on outstanding warrants for City Court of Morgan City. He was transported to the Morgan City Police Department where he remained jailed this morning.

St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert reported the following arrests:

—Mikel Ashley, 42, of the 100 block of Calumet Cut Lane in Calumet, was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of criminal neglect of family.

—Michelle Ashley, 43, of the 100 block of Calumet Cut Lane in Calumet. was arrested at 12:15 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of possession of hydrocodone.

While responding to a complaint, deputies made contact with Mikel Ashley and Michelle Ashley and learned of the warrants for their arrest. No bail is set for Mikel Ashley. Michelle Ashley’s bail is $10,000.

—Nicolas Chauvin, 34, of the 4000 block of Francis Street in Berwick, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. Monday on a warrant for failure to appear on the charge of domestic abuse battery. Chauvin turned himself in at the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center after learning of the warrant for his arrest. He was released on $10,000 bail.

—Heather Ann Forristal, 23, of the 100 block of Honey Lane in Morgan City, was arrested at 4:25 p.m. Sunday for simple battery. A deputy working detail at a business in Amelia responded to a disturbance where he saw Forristal yelling and cursing at an employee. After being asked to leave the business, Forristal pushed the employee. She was released after posting $500 bail.

Berwick Police Chief James Richard reported no arrests.

Patterson Police Chief Pat LaSalle reported no arrests.

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