Teen, homeowner arrested after Walker home invasion
WALKER - Sheriff's deputies in Livingston Parish said they arrested two men and recovered stolen property during the investigation of a home invasion that happened at a home on Walker South Road Sunday.
Benjamin Jarreau, 17, of Gonzales is charged with illegal use of a weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, three counts of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of armed robbery and home invasion.
The story begins in Prairieville where Jarreau stole a 2009 Ford Fusion, then committed a burglary where he stole a .22 rifle. After he stole the gun and the car, Jarreau headed to Walker where he broke into a residence. Two adults and a juvenile were in the home at the time of the break-in, and Jarreau used the stolen rifle to hold them against their will for roughly three hours. He took the victims' phones and keys before forcing them to look for money and drugs inside the house.
The homeowner, Aaron Neames, returned to the residence three hours after the home invasion and a fight broke out. Jarreau fired three shots inside the home before the gun was taken from him by force. The home invader ran from the house and tried to flee the scene in the stolen Fusion, but was struck in the shoulder by bullets fired by the homeowner as he attempted to drive away. It was later learned by detectives that Neames and Jarreau are acquaintances.
Deputies said Jarreau admitted to detectives that he stole the vehicle and rifle. He told detectives he went to the Walker residence in search of money to pay off a debt he owed.
24-year-old Neames, the homeowner, was also charged with illegal use of a weapon and attempted second degree murder for his actions during the incident. He bonded out of the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Sheriff Jason Ard said the charges against the homeowner were brought because the suspect had been disarmed and was fleeing the scene at the time when the shots were fired. According to Ard, the threat of "life in danger" at that point in the home invasion was over and thus the Neames was charged according to the law.
Jarreau was taken to an area hospital to be treated for his gunshot wounds before he was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center, where he remains.
The vehicle and the rifle were recovered, but the investigation remains ongoing with more charges possible.