Natchitoches Police Department Traffic and Patrol Division officers, the Criminal Investigations Division and the Crime Suppression Unit made contact with two black male juveniles walking on Fairgrounds Road Aug. 4 at 1 am. Loose .22 bullets were found in the pocket of one of the juveniles. This sparked a search of the area and officers located a .22 rifle in a nearby ditch that was previously reported as stolen. The investigation then lead officers to a residence where one of the juveniles was staying. They located a second .22 rifle and other items reported stolen in recent burglaries in the juvenile’s room.
The two 16-year-old juveniles; one of which is currently on probation for negligent homicide, were arrested and charged with 6 counts of simple burglary, one count of attempted burglary, possession of stolen firearms, and curfew violations. Both were placed in WARE youth detention center. More charges may be pending.
The parents of the juveniles were consequently charged with improper supervision of a minor and were ordered to appear in court next month. Their names cannot be released due to the posibilty of identifying the juvenile offenders involved in this case.
A third suspect, identified as Billy Turner, 19, was later located on Woodyard Drive. Further investigation produced evidence that Turner was also involved in multiple burglaries resulting in his arrest for unauthorized use of a moveable, one count of attempted burglary and 6 counts of burglary. Turner was placed in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center where he is awaiting bond.
There will be no further information released on this case due to the continuing investigation.