Robber arrested in AP despite diversion
Assumption Parish deputies arrested a man Monday for armed robbery after he apparently tried to create a diversion to fool police.
John Brouillette Jr., 30, of Pierre Part was arrested Monday and also charged with possession of a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance.
The arrest was made after deputies responded to a complaint of a robbery around 2 a.m. at the Cracker Barrel in Pierre Part in which the store clerk advised he had been held up at gun point by a white male who was wearing a green jacket, neoprene facemask, gloves with fluorescent coloring and was carrying a duffel bag and a small pistol, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.
The subject demanded the clerk give him the money, and the subject left with approximately $75 in cash and a change jar with an undetermined amount of change, Waguespack said.
While road deputies and detectives initiated an investigation immediately, dispatchers noted receiving a call about 20 minutes prior to this armed robbery where a subject reported an accident involving two cars with unknown injuries in the area of La. 1000 and La. 1001.
Deputies were unable to locate the accident, and dispatchers then made contact with the cell phone caller who said the parties decided to take the matter up with their insurance companies. The cell phone caller identified himself under what appeared to be a fictitious name and would not provide his driver’s license number, Waguespack said.
Dispatchers then searched an in-house database and found the same cell phone number was associated with Brouillette, who had called in a complaint on Sept. 16. Deputies and detectives arrived at his residence and smelled what appeared to be marijuana smoke coming from the residence, the sheriff said.
Deputies were allowed into the residence by Brouillette’s mother and found Brouillette, who quickly surrendered the marijuana in his possession, Waguespack said.
Brouillette was detained, a search warrant was conducted at the residence and deputies located what appeared to be the pistol, the jacket, the gloves, the mask, and the duffel bag used in the armed robbery, as well as cash and change, Waguespack said.
Brouillette was taken in for questioning where he gave a full confession to the armed robbery and admitted he created the diversion by reporting the vehicle accident, which didn’t really occur, the sheriff said.
Brouillette is being held at the Assumption Parish Detention Center.
The matter remains under investigation, and anyone with information concerning this case, should call the Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Communications Division at 369-2912 or Criminal Investigative Division at 526-1627.
At the time of his arrest on Monday, Brouillette was out on bond for a January 2011 distribution of marijuana charge, for which he was scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 18, 2012.
In other local police news, Jessica L. Farias, 32, of Centerville was arrested Sunday at 6:04 p.m. for cruelty to a juvenile.
A St. Mary Parish sheriff’s deputy, called to a Morgan City residence regarding a 3-year-old being abused, learned from the complainant that she was watching her nephew and discovered that he had slap marks across his face and back, Sheriff Mark Hebert said.
The deputy spoke with Farias, and after an investigation, she was arrested and booked into the Parish Jail where she remained this morning with no bond set.
The child was taken to Teche Regional Medical Center in Morgan City to be checked and was placed in the custody of a relative by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
On Friday, Juan D. Vargas, 33, of Houma was arrested at 8:26 p.m. for reckless operation of a vehicle, driving without a license and operating a vehicle without lawful presence in the United States.
A deputy assisting a stranded motorist in the Amelia area observed Vargas’ vehicle being driven recklessly and subsequently stopped the vehicle on La. 182.
During an investigation, the deputy learned that Vargas had no driver’s license and was illegally in the United States, Hebert said.
Vargas remained in the Parish Jail this morning with no bond set.
Deputies also arrested a Houma man on a Florida warrant Thursday.
Joshua R. Archer, 22, of Houma was arrested at 11:56 a.m. on a warrant for Palm Beach County, Fla., for robbery.
The arrest was made after a deputy was called to assist the U.S. Marshall’s Office with executing a warrant. Archer was located at Fairview Treatment Center in Bayou Vista, arrested and booked into the Parish Jail awaiting extradition to Florida.