An investigation into a burglary in the Reddell area turned into a minor disturbance Monday, July 28.
Captain Keith Dupre, chief of detectives for the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Detective Stanley Washington was investigating a theft and burglary that occurred in the Reddell area, which led authorities to a residence in Chataignier.
Washington received a report stereo equipment had been taken from a vehicle in Reddell. His investigation led him to a residence at 314 First Street in Chataignier. Washington, Dupre and Deputy Gary Matte went to the residence to conduct an investigation.
“When we pulled up, a guy ran to the back of the house,” Dupre said. “I followed him and saw him throw an amp underneath the house. I grabbed him.”
Dupre grabbed Gregory Joseph, 18, 314 First St., Chataignier.
The officers became engaged in a fight with persons at the First Street residence. Dupre said what started as routine investigation, blew out of proportions. They had to call for more deputies. Sheriff Eddie Soileau arrived on the scene and Louisiana State Police also arrived to see if they needed assistance.
Officers took Paula Joseph, 42, of the same address, and her daughter, Alberta Marie Joseph, 20, of the same address, into police custody for fighting with them. Both were charged with disturbing the peace, battery on a police officer and interfering with the duties of a police officer. They were each released on $3,000 bonds.
Joseph was charged with simple criminal damage to property for kicking out the back window of the deputy’s unit. He also was charged with resisting arrest. His bond was set at $10,000.
Detective Washington has secured simple burglary and theft charges in this investigation against a 16-year-old male juvenile and Marcus Joseph, 21, 314 First St., Chataignier. Another 16-year-old male juvenile was taken into custody and then released during the course of the investigation.
Washington recovered all the items except a speaker. He said items worth over $700 were discovered, including a Kentwood stereo with CD player, 10-in Kentwood speakers and a 1200-watt amp speaker.
If anyone has any information on this case or any other illegal activities, they are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 363-2161. All callers will remain anonymous, according to Sheriff Soileau, who thanks the public for its continued assistance.