Man steals vehicle from towing yard

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A south Louisiana man who stole a vehicle locally won’t be charged for that crime, but instead for two others.

Rashaun Richards, 19, of the 200 block of Pecan Orchard Rd., Lafayette, was arrested by Minden Police Sunday and charged with illegal use of a weapon and discharging a firearm inside the city limits.

Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Christopher Cayer was dispatched to a local towing company in reference to unauthorized use of a vehicle.

“When the officer arrived at the business, he talked with a worker who advised he towed a dark gray 2018 Nissan Sentra per Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office earlier in the day,” said the chief. “He said that upon his arrival to work, he discovered the vehicle storage gate had been rammed and severely damaged and the Nissan Sentra was missing.”

Cropper said as the scene was investigated, police discovered five 9MM shell casings on the inside of the gate. The lock had reportedly been shot, and there was a single bullet hole in the building.

“The owner arrived on the scene to review the security footage, which showed a black Challenger with racing stripes pulling into the parking lot,” Cropper said. “A black male wearing dark clothing exited the vehicle, jumped the storage fence and retrieved the Nissan.”

The chief said the male could be seen on footage producing a firearm and shooting the lock. After failing to shoot off the lock, the male rammed the gate and fled the scene, causing severe damage to the front of the vehicle.

“The listed owner of the vehicle arrived on scene and told officers that the male is his godson, Richards,” Cropper said. “He was unaware Richards had removed the vehicle and refused to press charges.”

Richards reportedly returned to the scene, wearing the same clothing as in the security footage. He was arrested on the above charges.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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