Posted: Apr 7, 2010 11:17 AM by Anna Brown
Updated: Apr 7, 2010 11:23 AM
Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office
A Holden man was arrested twice in the month of March for impersonating a police officer.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office said complaints were first made in mid-February after a man claimed to be a Sheriff’s detective. He approached a female juvenile under the pretence of looking for a lost German shepherd puppy.
39-year-old Noah Celestine, Jr. made contacted the girl on several other occasions at her home and other places in the community. He claimed to be Detective Tony Mancuso, a Livingston Parish deputy. Celestine never produced the appropriate supporting credentials. He also gave the girl his cell number, which had a western Louisiana area code.
LPSO said they have no officer by that name working for their office. Their detectives found the real Tony Mancuso, who is the Sheriff of Calcasieu Parish. Sheriff Mancuso had not been looking for a lost dog in Livingston Parish. Also, the suspect was described as a black male, while the real Mancuso is Caucasian.
The information led detectives to Celestine, who was identified in a photo line-up and arrested on March 2, 2010. He was charged with one count of impersonating a police officer and one count of stalking. Celestine was released on March 5, 2010 on a $100,000 bond.
He was re-arrested on March 30, 2010 after getting into a verbal fight on Kinchen Street in Albany. After the victims said they were calling the police, Celestine showed a black pistol, said he was the police, and fled the area.
Later on, deputies located Celestine at a traffic stop on Hwy. 190 near Pea Ridge Road in Albany. Celestine punched an officer in the chest but was quickly arrested. Deputies located the pistol as his home.
Celestine, Jr., was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center and charged, including one count of impersonating a police officer and one count of battery on a police officer.
Anyone who feels they may have been victimized by Celestine, Jr is urged to contact the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.