Media Releases, Public Information

Media Releases will provide you with the previous news releases provided to the media. This section is updated only as news stories are released.

Arrest

Date: February 20th, 2015

Crowley Police working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Task Force and Louisiana State Police have arrested a Lafayette man wanted in Lafayette for Attempted First Degree Murder.

Investigators obtained information that Lynol James Christian, 34 of Lafayette was currently staying at a residence in the 1100 block of West 11th Street in Crowley. Officers gathered information and were able to take Christian into custody without incident. He has since been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and is pending extradition to Lafayette Parish.

A second subject, identified as Chad Meaux, 31 of Crowley was also arrested for Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm as part of this investigation.

Homicide

Date: February 13th, 2015

Update: Darius Thomas is in custody at this time. Our investigators are continuing their investigation at this hour. As of now there is no other information available.

Crowley Police are investigating a homicide which occurred this morning shortly after 2:00 am. The incident occurred on Jacobs Ave near West 7th Street.

According to the investigation, the victim identified as Daniel Tezeno, Jr, 24 of Crowley and the suspect, identified as Darius V. Thomas, 24 of Crowley, were riding in a vehicle driven by Tezeno. “Our investigation at this point indicates that a struggle between Tezeno and Thomas occurred in the vehicle while it was moving. During this struggle, our investigation leads us to believe that Thomas shot Tezeno as he was attempting to flee the vehicle. We believe the motive behind this crime is robbery” stated Chief Gibson.

Officers located the victim and began providing first aid until the victim was transported to Acadia General Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police describe the suspect as a black male,6’1” in height weighing 125 pounds, with a thin build, medium length black hair and clean shaven. The last known address is 100 Kathy-Meadows Apartments #21.

An arrest warrant has been secured for Thomas’ arrest for first degree murder. Thomas should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Darius Thomas is urged to call Crowley Police at 783-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 789-8477.

Narcotics Arrest

Date: January 23rd, 2015

Kaleb Gibson

Crowley Police have arrested a Crowley man on multiple counts of narcotics violations. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop on January 13, 2015.

Kaleb Gibson, 20 of Crowley was stopped for traffic violations on West 2nd Street near North Ave D. As officers approached the vehicle, Gibson was observed to be discarding narcotics from his vehicle. Officers immediately detained Gibson pending their investigation.

During the investigation, officers recovered a variety of narcotics. “ Our officers investigation revealed that Kaleb Gibson was in possession of Alprazalam, Oxycodone and Crack Cocaine. This is the 4th arrest of Kaleb Gibson since 2012 for narcotics violations” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Kaleb Gibson was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail for Possession of Alprazalm, Possession of Oxycodone, PWITD Crack Cocaine, Obstruction of Justice and Monies Derived from Drug Proceeds.

“I appreciate the work of our officers, especially their fight against the illegal drug trade” stated Chief Gibson.

Shooting Suspect in Custody

Date: January 23rd, 2015

Crowley Police reports that a Crowley man who has been sought for the past several months for a shooting incident is now in custody. Chief KP Gibson stated that “Frandon Beverly was sought for attempted murder stemming from an incident which occurred on October 15, 2014. Beverly surrendered to authorities late last week. He has been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on a $500,000 bond. Beverly is also being held by probation and parole” stated Chief Gibson.

Burglary Arrest

Date: January 23rd, 2015

A New Year’s Eve rash of vehicle burglaries was put to a halt as observant residents and officers teamed up to stop this crime spree in the act.

Officer’s responded to a call of a suspicious person looking into vehicles in the 900 block of South Ave O. The incident occurred at approximately 2:17 am. As officer’s arrived in the area, they observed a white male subject looking into a vehicle. The suspect walked away from the vehicle as he observed officers.

“The officers stopped the suspect and began their investigation. During the investigation, it was discovered that the suspect had property on his possession which had been taken from several vehicles” stated Chief KP Gibson.

In all, five vehicles were broken into in the immediate area. Arrested was David Adams, 21 of Crowley. Adams was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on five counts of burglary. Property recovered in this case was returned to the rightful owners. Adams arrest record shows one previous arrest in October of 2014 for narcotics.

“It takes team work to solve crime. We appreciate our citizens getting involved by reporting issues. I also appreciate the hard work of our officers” stated Chief Gibson.

Narcotics Arrests

Date: December 24th, 2014

Crowley Police Department working with Louisiana State Police have been working criminal patrol in various areas of the city of Crowley. During their patrol, officers have focused on street level crimes as well as outstanding warrants.

“We were glad to team up with Louisiana State Police to conduct this operation and we have had positive results for our community. We know there is still a lot of work to be done and we will continue our efforts” stated Chief KP Gibson.

During the operation, several outstanding narcotics warrants were served along with other arrest actions. Those arrested on narcotics violations were:

Charlie Evans

Charlie Evans, Jr., 35, Crowley: Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Brandon Wilkins

Brandon Wilkins, 23, Crowley: Distribution of Crack Cocaine

Dometrius Brackins

Dometrius Brackens, 32, Crowley: Distribution of Ecstacy

Cindy Gauthreaux

Cynthia Gauthreaux, 52, Crowley: Distribution of Oxycodone

Narcotics Arrest

Date: December 5th, 2014

Orlando Lewis

Crowley Police have arrested a Crowley man on multiple counts of narcotics violations. The arrest stems from an operation in the area of West 11th Street and Kilmer Alley on December 2nd.

“While working this operation, narcotics agents stopped an individual. During this investigation, it was determined that the subject had illegal narcotics in his possession” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Agents recovered nearly 12 grams of Marijuana, 17 Ecstacy pills, drug paraphernalia and currency. Arrested was Orlando Lewis, 23, of Crowley. Lewis was booked for PWITD Marijuana, PWITD Ecstacy, Monies Derived from Drug Proceeds and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lewis was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

Lewis is currently on probation for a February 2014 arrest for PWITD Marijuana. Probation and Parole, who assisted in the operation, will review consider revoking his probation.

Career Criminal Arrested and Stolen Property Recovered

Date: December 5th, 2014

Waylon Chaisson

A weekend burglary has taken a career criminal from the streets of Crowley. On November 29, 2014 officers responded to a burglary which occurred in the 800 block of South Ave G.

During the investigation, it was determined that the suspects entered the residence by force and removed multiple firearms and electronics from the residence. The suspect vehicle was located a short time later in the 1200 block of North Parkerson Ave.

“Officer’s located the suspect vehicle and was able to recover property from the vehicle which was stolen from the South Ave G residence. Information gathered on scene led to the recovery of additional property at an Estherwood residence” stated Chief KP Gibson.

All property stolen from this burglary was recovered and the suspect was arrested. The suspect was identified as Waylon Chaisson, 35, Crowley. Chaisson was booked for 1 count of Aggravated Burglary and Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearms. He was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

“Chaisson is no stranger to the criminal justice system, having been arrested 20 times or more in the last 17 years. Chaisson has served jail time for some of his crimes but continues to be a nuisance to our community” stated Chief Gibson.

The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division assisted in the investigation.

Murder Arrest

Date: December 5th, 2014

D'Avondre Williams Williams, Aaronton

Crowley Police, with the assistance of the Jennings Police Department, Welsh Police Department and the District Attorney’s offices of Acadia and Jeff Davis have arrested two men and are seeking another man regarding two separate shooting investigations.

“Our investigation into Sunday evening’s shootings has led to the arrest of two men and we are looking for a third man. This investigation has also led to an arrest from the October 12, 2014 murder of Taylor Beverly. We also believe that additional cases regarding the rash of recent shootings may be solved with these arrests” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Taylor Beverly was shot on October 12, 2014 in the 600 block of West 7th Street. Crowley Police have identified the person responsible for this crime as D’Avondre Marquest Williams, 18 of Beaufort, South Carolina. D’Avondre has been recently residing in the Welsh area. He has been charged with 1 count of 2nd Degree Murder in this case.

The investigation into Sunday’s shooting on East 15th Street has led to the arrest of D’Avondre Marquest Williams along with Aaronton Williams, 22 of Jennings. Crowley Police are also seeking Damien Deshone Guidry, 34 of Welsh in connection with this shooting incident.

The investigation reveals that D’Avondre Williams and Damien Guidry forcefully entered the residence and shot multiple times at the victims. Aaronton Williams was present and aided the other suspects in committing this act of violence.

D’Avondre Williams was charged in addition to 2nd Degree Murder with Home Invasion and 2 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. His bond has been set at $750,000 by Judge Kristian Earles. No bond has been set on the 2nd Degree Murder charge at this time.

Aaronton Williams has been charged with Principal to Home Invasion and Principal to Attempted First Degree Murder. His bond has been set at $750,000 by Judge John Trahan.

Damien Guidry is described as a black male, 6’03” in height, weighing 175 pounds. He is dark complected with short hair and multiple gold teeth. Guidry should be considered armed and dangerous. He resides in Welsh but has ties to Jennings and Crowley as well.

Guidry is wanted for Home Invasion and 2 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. Guidry’s bond has been set at $1,500,000 by Judge Kristian Earles.

Guidry, Damien

Any person with information on the whereabouts of Damien Guidry or any other matters regarding the recent rash of shootings is urged to call Crowley Police at 337-783-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 337-789-8477.

“Though our work is not over, I want to thank our officers and all agencies who have been involved in these investigations. Your hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Shootings

Date: November 17th, 2014

Crowley Police are investigating two separate shooting incidents which occurred over night.

“These incidents are believed to be tied into a dispute with 2 rival gangs. Our personnel continue to work to identify suspects in these cases as well as other recent cases. It becomes extremely difficult when victims, witnesses and people with knowledge of these events choose not to cooperate with an investigation. We understand their concerns but do need their help. We have placed additional man power on the streets working to resolve these criminal matters” stated Chief KP Gibson.

The first incident occurred shortly before midnight in the 500 block of East 15th Street. The initial investigation discovered that 3 black male subjects entered a residence by force. The suspects began shooting at a male inside the residence and fled. An adult male victim and a juvenile victim were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Both victims were treated at a local hospital and released.

The second incident occurred at approximately 1:28 am in the 1200 block of West 4th Street. The victim in this case was exiting his residence when an unknown suspect fired shots at the victim, striking his vehicle. The victim in this incident was not struck.

Crowley Police are not sure if the cases are related at this time, but believe that they possible are. Investigators are following up on all leads at this time.

Media Release

Date: November 14th, 2014

I would like to address information which was released yesterday. I will only make this statement and will not field questions regarding an ongoing investigation which is being handled by Louisiana State Police.

Yesterday, several media sources brought to light that an officer of our department has been involved in two shooting incidents within the last 3 months. This fact is true. I will not discuss these specific cases as they were not investigated by our agency. I will tell you that I stand behind my officers as they continue to fight an increase in violent crimes within our community. We can sit still and let these problems increase or we can be proactive and do our best to reduce them for all residents. Our job is to enforce laws within our community and do the best we can to protect the citizens we serve.

Also, there was attention brought to the fact that the officer was not placed on administrative leave. This decision was made by me. I stand behind my decision to not place this officer on administrative. I felt that the officer was capable of continuing to perform his duties objectively and professionally. If I had any doubt that this officer or any officer could not fulfill his or her duty after an incident like this, then I would have placed the officer on administrative leave.

Narcotics Arrest

Date: October 29th, 2014

Crowley Chief of Police KP Gibson reports that members of the department’s narcotics unit and patrol division teamed up to make several arrests involved in the illegal narcotics activity.

During the early evening hours of October 27th, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of Western Ave. During this stop, officers were conducting a check of the driver, when officers observed the driver to drop an item on the ground. “The officers observation in this case led to the recovery of Crack Cocaine” stated Chief Gibson.

Arrested was Carlos Hubbard, 48 of Crowley. Hubbard was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail for Possession of Crack Cocaine.

The second arrest occurred as officers conducted a traffic stop on West Northern Ave. The driver of the vehicle fled from officers until he left the roadway and fled on foot. “The driver struck the front porch and fence area of a residence. Thankfully no one was injured” stated Chief Gibson

Officers set a perimeter in the area that the suspect fled and utilized K-9 “Karo” to track the suspect. “Karo” tracked to an abandon residence, where he apprehended the suspect. “With the suspect fleeing several blocks to an abandon residence, our K-9 came in handy. He and his handler did the job that they train for on a daily basis” stated Chief Gibson.

During the search of the vehicle, 2 pounds of Marijuana were located.

Arrested was Jeremy Williams, 28 of Rayne. Williams was charged with PWITD Marijuana, Criminal Damage to Property, Aggravated Flight and Monies Derived from Drug Proceeds. Williams was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

Wanted Suspect

Date: October 29th, 2014

Crowley Police have secured arrest warrants for Phillip J. Olivier, 25 of New Iberia. Olivier is wanted for 3 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. These warrants stem from a Tuesday evening incident where the suspect fired multiple shots at a vehicle which was occupied by 3 people. This incident occurred in the 1100 block of Western Ave.

Olivier is described as a black male, 5’10 in height weighing 150 pounds. Though Olivier’s address shows that he resides in New Iberia, he is known to stay in Crowley. Olivier should be considered armed and dangerous. Bond has been set at $150,000 by District Judge John Trahan.

“We have not determined if this incident stems from the homicide which occurred on Sunday (10/12/2014). Our personnel have been and will continue working to resolve this crime. It is time for these actions to stop, but we can’t do it alone. I am asking for our citizens who either have information or may have witnessed these acts of violence to help us clean our streets. Many times our officers go to a crime scene and cannot obtain any information from our citizens. We are willing to fight for our community we just need our citizens to be in our corner” stated Chief KP Gibson.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Phillip Olivier, please Crowley Police at 783-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 789-TIPS (8477).

Arrest

Date: October 29th, 2014

Crowley Police working with Rayne Police have arrested a Denham Springs man on Monetary Instrument Abuse and Felony Theft charges.

The suspect, identified as Cory Hankins, 30 of Denham Springs, was identified as a suspect who in cases with both agencies for using a counterfeit check at a local banking institute. “The charge of Monetary Instrument Abuse is due to the creation and passing of a counterfeit check. The Felony Theft charge results from the funds which were obtained by the fraudulent means” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Hankins was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail pending bond.

Warrant Watch 10/3/14

Date: October 29th, 2014

 

Darren Bernard, 47

LKA: 1020 Roosevelt Brown, Breaux Bridge

Warrant: Bench (theft by shoplifting)

 

Kyle Brown, 28

LKA: 103 Gena Marie St, Lafayette

Warrant: Bench (DTP-language)

 

Leroy Cain, 63

LKA: 1614 Lennie Johnson, Crowley

Warrant: Bench (DTP-language)

 

Franchon Cunha, 52

LKA: 123 W 7th St, Crowley

Warrant: Bench (DTP-intoxication)

 

Jeremy Heckford, 32

LKA: 817 S Eastern Ave, Crowley

Warrant: Bench (resisting arrest)

 

Troy Moore, 33

LKA: 318 W 11th St, Crowley

Warrant: Bench (open container)

Shots Fired At Officer

Date: October 24th, 2014

Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson reports that a late night traffic stop, led to shots being fired at a police officer. The incident occurred on North Ave A near West 8th Street in Crowley.

Shortly before midnight, a Crowley Police unit conducted a traffic stop due to switched plates on a vehicle. As the officer initiated the traffic stop with emergency lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle exited his vehicle and fired a weapon at the officer. The officer returned fire as the suspect was fleeing from the vehicle. No one was struck as a result of the gun fire.

As the driver fled the scene, a passenger attempted to exit the vehicle and flee, but was apprehended by the officer. The ensuing investigation revealed that the vehicle was being driven with a switched license plate and is believed to be a “drug rental” vehicle. Officers were able to collect information which led to the arrest of both the driver and the passenger of the vehicle.

Arrested were Jarvis Hopkins, 20, Crowley and Tyler Smith, 18, Crowley. Hopkins was charged with Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer and traffic violations. Smith was charged with Principle to Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer and Resisting an Officer. Both men were booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

“Our officers have been working hard to remove firearms, narcotics and criminals from our streets. We are working additional personnel in light of the recent violence within our community to stop the handful of people who are turning to these violent acts. These individuals will be held accountable and we will continue our efforts to stop these senseless acts. We cannot do this alone. We need our citizens to get involved and report crime and suspicious activity. This is our community and it will take every citizen’s help” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Homicide

Date: October 24th, 2014

Crowley Police are currently investigating a shooting incident which occurred shortly before 5:00 pm today in the 600 block of West 7th Street.

Officers are on the scene processing the area for evidence.

The victim, as of this release, is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Please understand that this investigation is at an early stage and we cannot release additional information at this time.

We do ask that anyone with information regarding this shooting to call the Crowley Police Department at 783-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 789-8477.

 

The victim in tonight’s shooting died this evening. The name will not be released until we further the investigation.

 

Crowley Police are investigating a shooting incident which has left one man dead. The incident occurred Sunday, October 12, 2014 just before 5:00 pm. The shooting occurred in the 600 block of West 7th Street.

Officer’s responded to location of the shooting to discover that an individual had been shot multiple times. The victim, identified as Taylor Beverly, 22 of Crowley, was transported to Acadia General Hospital where he later died from his wounds.

Crowley Police are working on several leads which indicate the possibility of a single gunman who approached the victim on foot and shot him. A second lead indicates that the suspect may have entered a vehicle and fled the scene. Information obtained indicates that the suspect in this case is possibly a black male, medium build, possibly in his 20’s. Crowley Police is asking for any information regarding this crime.

“There is no value on a human life with this shooting and the other senseless shootings which have occurred during the last several years. I ask that our citizens get involved and report what they know. If you choose to remain anonymous report your information through Crime Stoppers. Otherwise contact our detectives or call me directly” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Attempted Burglary Arrest

Date: October 24th, 2014

The keen eye of an officer has led to the arrest of a Crowley man for attempted burglary. The incident occurred on September 25, 2014 at 2:49 am.

“Our officers responded to an alarm activation in the 900 block of South Parkerson Ave. As the officers arrived, they observed that the door to the business had been damaged, thus having attempted entry. As officers checked the building, they observed a white male subject walking from the area. The subject was stopped and determined to have outstanding warrants” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Once the business owner arrived, officers were able to view video and identify the same person they detained as the suspect in the attempted burglary. The officers then searched the immediate area and were able to locate a bag which the suspect was observed to be carrying with the burglary tools.

Arrested was Jordan Morgan, 24, of Crowley. Morgan was charged with attempted burglary and an outstanding warrant. He was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

“Our officers did an outstanding job by observing and detaining a potential suspect, which they were able to link to the crime. I appreciate their hard work and it should be recognized” stated Chief Gibson.

Arrest

Date: September 26th, 2014

Crowley Police have arrest a Crowley man for Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile.

“Our agency received a complaint from the juvenile victim’s guardian, regarding the suspect and victim having sexual intercourse. Thought the act occurred with consent of the victim, the suspect was greater 4 years older than the juvenile, which by Louisiana law is felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Arrested was Alex Thomas, 20 of Crowley. Thomas has been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail with bond being set at $100,000.

Scam

Date: September 26th, 2014

Crowley Police have received several calls from local businesses regarding a scam. These local businesses have received phone calls from an individual claiming to be a detective with the Crowley Police Department Fraud Unit. The subject then advises the person representing the business that he needs to obtain information from credit cards. The caller id is blocked by the subject and Crowley Police are working to identify this suspect.

“If you or your business receives a call from someone claiming to be Crowley Police Department regarding the request for information and you have not filed a complaint for investigation, do not provide any information. Our investigators will come and meet with complainants. Detective will not call over the phone for sensitive information, especially credit card numbers. This is a scam and we are working to bring this suspect to justice” stated Chief KP Gibson.

If you have any information regarding this matter, call Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish. All callers will remain anonymous and can receive up to a $1,000 cash reward.