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.

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.

Kaleb Gibson Arrested on Tip

Date: September 19th, 2014

Gibson, Kaleb

Kaleb Gibson who was featured on Crime Stoppers several weeks ago has been arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail on numerous narcotics warrants. Gibson was arrested without incident earlier today at Meadows Apartments. Crowley Police working with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office made the arrest on Gibson.

Burglary Arrest

Date: September 19th, 2014

Chief KP Gibson reports that Crowley Police have arrested a Crowley resident and have charged him with multiple counts of vehicle burglary and theft. The incident occurred on September 7th.

During the late evening hours of September 7th, officer’s responded to a call of an individual entering vehicles near the Bayou Bend Subdivision. Officer’s received a description from witnesses of the suspect and located him in the immediate area.

Officers were able to recover property which was stolen as well as identify the suspect by witnesses. Arrested was Damien Peters, 21 of Crowley. Peters was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail for 2 counts of vehicle burglary and one count of theft.

“The effort of our citizens, working with our officers to resolve problems within the community is greatly appreciated. We cannot do it alone and would encourage all citizens to get involved by reporting concerns when they occur” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Narcotics Fugitives

Date: August 29th, 2014

The Crowley Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate wanted fugitives.

Charlie Evans, Jr. is described as a black male, 35, 6’2” in height, weighing 210 pounds, with short black hair. His last known address is 9226 Roberts Cove, in Rayne. He is wanted for Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

Wilson Marks, III is described as a black male, 33, 6’1” in height, weighing 333 pounds, with a shaved head. His last known address is 1013 Ross Ave., in Crowley. He is wanted for Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

Andra Mayfield is described as a black male, 66, 5’5” in height, weighing 160 pounds, medium length gray hair. His last known address is 422 W. 4th St., in Crowley. He is wanted for Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

Caleb Sam is described as a black male, 24, 5’11” in height, weighing 140 pounds, short black hair. His last known address is 1601 W. Hutchinson Ave., in Crowley. He is wanted for 3 counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine.

If you have any information regarding these wanted fugitives or any other crime, you are urged to call the Crowley Police Department at 788-4114 or the Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish tips line at 789-TIPS / 789-8477. All callers will remain anonymous and can receive up to a $1,000 cash reward.

Indictment

Date: August 29th, 2014

Chief KP Gibson reports that two Crowley juveniles have been indicted by a grand jury as adults regarding an attempted murder investigation. The incident occurred on April 26, 2014 in the 1200 block of Jacobs Ave.

“During the initial investigation, multiple rounds were fired into a residence which was occupied by 5 people. Police believed at the time of this incident, that the two juvenile suspects were involved, yet did not have probable cause to arrest them” stated Chief Gibson.

Approximately one week later, both suspects were located and discovered to be carrying semi-automatic handguns concealed on their person. Both suspects were arrested for illegal possession of firearms and other charges.

“Our officers sent the weapons along with evidence to the Acadiana Crime Lab for ballistic testing. After the testing was completed, we were advised that the weapons matched the physical evidence from the April 26th shooting scene” stated Chief Gibson.

On August 12, 2014, an Acadia Parish Grand Jury indicted Jamurick Robinson, 15 of Crowley and Bryan Jones, 16 of Crowley, as adults, for 5 counts of attempted second degree murder. Both Robinson and Jones have been arrested and booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

In connection with this investigation, Pandora Robinson of Crowley and Tameka Jones of Crowley have been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail for Improper Supervision of a Minor.

“Our officers did not quit on this case and pursued it to the end. I am proud of their hard work for the citizens of our community” stated Chief Gibson.

Rape Charge

Date: August 15th, 2014

Crowley Police have completed an investigation into a complaint of a rape. The incident was reported on July 27, 2014.

According to the complaint, the victim was incapacitated and could not resist the sexual act. After conducting the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued for Tanner Venissate, 19 of Gueydan. Venissate was booked on the charge of Forcible Rape. He was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.

Attempted Robbery

Date: August 7th, 2014

Trent Duhon Trevor Duhon

A disturbance call at a local hotel on the I-10 frontage road, has led to two Rayne men being arrested and the removal of 4 weapons from the streets of Crowley / Rayne. The incident occurred on July 30th around 4:00 pm in the afternoon.

“Our officers received a call in reference to a disturbance where two subjects were in the parking lot of a local hotel with firearms. As officers arrived in the area, they located the vehicle described as being involved in the incident leaving the area” stated Chief K.P. Gibson.

Upon locating the suspect vehicle fleeing the area, one officer maintained visual contact on the vehicle as another officer confirmed the information. “When the officers stopped the suspect vehicle, they recovered 4 firearms, one which was reported stolen from another parish” stated Chief Gibson.

However the disturbance was actually an attempted robbery by the suspects. The caller was able to enter his hotel room and secure himself inside as he called police” stated Chief Gibson.

Arrested were Trent Duhon, 18 of Rayne and Trevor Duhon, 17 of Rayne. Trevor Duhon was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail for attempted armed robbery, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and illegal possession of firearms. Trent Duhon was booked for principal to armed robbery and possession of stolen property.

“The officers did a good job by locating the vehicle and confirming that the vehicle matched the suspect vehicle before stopping them. By using good teamwork, the officers were able to make the arrest without putting themselves or our citizens in great danger” stated Chief Gibson.

Murder

Date: August 7th, 2014

Damaris Harmon

Crowley Chief of Police K.P. Gibson has released the identity of the victim of Saturday evening’s homicide which occurred in the 1000 block of West 7th Street as Kenneth Drake of Crowley.

“Today we are releasing the identity of the suspect in this murder and ask for the public to assist us in bringing him to justice” stated Chief KP Gibson. Crowley Police have secured an arrest warrant for 1 count of First Degree Murder for Damaris Harmon, black male, 21 years of age. Harmon is 6’3” in height and weighs 160 pounds with short hair. His last known address is 415 West Andrus in Crowley.

“This was not a random act, as our investigation shows that Harmon entered the residence with force and sought the victim in the residence. Once the shooting occurred, Harmon fled the scene in a dark colored SUV. Harmon should be considered armed and dangerous” stated Chief Gibson.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crowley Police at 783-1234 or Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish at 789-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and can receive up to a $1,000 cash reward.

Fraud Arrest

Date: August 7th, 2014

Ingram

A Thursday afternoon incident in Crowley has led to the bust of a cigarette theft ring which has been occurring in the Acadiana area. According to Crowley Chief of Police KP Gibson, officers with the Crowley Police Department have been investigating an unauthorized use of an access card complaint where the suspect had purchased a large quantity of cigarettes.

“It is our belief that the suspect was buying these cigarettes with a pre-paid access card by fraudulent means” stated Chief Gibson. “We believe that the suspect would resell the cigarettes for profit” stated Chief Gibson.

Officers responded to a local business on North Parkerson Ave near 15th St. Upon arrival officer encountered the suspect who fled on foot. After a foot pursuit, which ended in the suspect being arrested, officer’s located and recovered a large quantity of cigarettes in a vehicle that the suspect was in.

“Our responding officer’s working with the information from the business employees did an outstanding job of locating and arresting this suspect. We are working with several local agencies to determine the depth of this operation” stated Chief Gibson.

Arrested was Jeremy Ingram, 23 of Savanah, Georgia. Ingram has been booked on felony theft charges as well as resisting arrest. He has been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and is being held on outstanding warrants from Lafayette Police.

“This was an all-around good job by the store employees and our officer’s working together to solve criminal activity in our community. My hats off to all of them” stated Chief Gibson.

Crime Spree by 5 Juveniles

Date: July 17th, 2014

Five Crowley juveniles have been arrested on an array of charges which stems from a Tuesday evening crime spree. The juveniles, ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old, were arrested for 2 counts of burglary, 1 counts of criminal damage to property, 5 count of criminal mischief and 1 count of unauthorized use of a moveable.

“During the late night / early morning hours of July 15th /16th, our department received multiple complaints of criminal activity. We investigated these incidents which occurred in various areas of town and we able to link 5 juveniles to the crime spree” stated Chief KP Gibson.

Do to state law, juveniles cannot be identified by name in media releases. These juveniles were booked and processed by officers and released to the custody of their parents / guardians according to law.