Drug related home invasion suspects, part of overnight arrests
ASCENSION- Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office reported nine arrests in three separate cases within a 24-hour time frame.
Tuesday morning shortly after midnight, deputies arrested five men involved in a home invasion, including the homeowner.
Deputies responded to Murphy’s Gas Station in Gonzales in reference to an armed robbery that occurred at a home on Laurel Ridge Road in St. Amant.
Deputies learned that 21-year-old Brandon Mungia, 25-year-old Matthew Everett and 24-year-old Nicholas Everett entered the victim’s home through a window and pointed a shotgun at the victim and demanded his money.
The suspects struck the victim in the face with the barrel of the shotguna nd forced him to an ATM machine at the gas station to withdraw money.
The suspects withdrew $700 from the victim’s bank account and left the victim at the gas station.
Deputies then learned a fourth suspect, identified as 47-year-old Johnny Everett, was waiting for the other three suspects in a car at the gas station, and drove off together. Shortly after, all four men were taken into custody.
Deputies learned that all four men were planning to go to the victim’s home to rob him because they knew he allegedly sold marijuana and kept money in the home. Deputies searched the victim’s home and located marijuana and a digital scale.
As a result, the victim, 59-year-old Keith Braud was also arrested.
Mungia, of Gonzales, was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule II CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated battery.
Matthew Everett, Nicholas Everett, both of Prairieville, and Johnny Everett, of French Settlement was charged with armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated battery.
Keith Braud, of St. Amant, was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also charged with illegal carrying of weapons while in possession of CDS as the shotgun was kept inside of his home along with the drugs that were found.
Also early Tuesday morning, deputies were dispatched to Popingos Convenient Store on Perkins Road in reference to two males stealing cartons of cigarettes. The suspects left the scene and were later found after they struck a brick wall on Overland Trail Drive.
The two men, 32-year-old Harryl Minor and 38-year-old Cedric Williams, were arrested. Deputies searched the vehicle and located the stolen cartons of cigarettes along with alcohol.
It was also learned that the two suspects stole items from Post Office Chevron located on Airline Highway, Race Trac on Highway 73, and the Prairieville Walmart on Airline Highway. The two men are possibly involved with other thefts in the Baton Rouge area.
A child was in the backseat at the time the two men were arrested, and the child was released to the next of kin.
Minorwas arrested and charged with no insurance, hit and run driving, reckless operation, operating vehicle while license is suspended, child passenger restraint system, two counts of principals, and two counts of theft of goods.
Williams was arrested and charged with two counts theft of goods under $500 and two counts theft of goods over $500.
Both men were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting bond.
In addition to the Tuesday arrests, deputies arrested two juvenile males who stole a vehicle from Assumption Parish and crashed into a ditch on Thibaut Drive in Donaldsonville.
Deputies received information that the stolen car was traveling into Donaldsonville.
Deputies spotted the stolen vehicle entering the city limits of Donaldsonville and attempted to stop it. The driver fled from deputies in the car and crashed into a ditch on Thibaut Drive. No one was injured.
Three occupants of the car fled on foot and two 16-year-old males were both charged with possession of stolen things, criminal trespass, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer, curfew violation, reckless operation, stop signs and signals, and driver must be licensed.
They were both booked into the Assumption Youth Detention Center.
However, one unidentified suspect remains at large.