The Rayne Police Department responded to “Club Back of Town,” located at 805 Holt Street in reference to an adult male victim stabbed several times. Officers determined that Carl Wheeler (47), 400 blk of Live Oak Street, Rayne is the suspect in this incident. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Wheeler for 1 count of Aggravated 2nd Degree Battery (Principal).
Carl Wheeler is still outstanding and is currently wanted by the Rayne Police Department. Anyone with information on Wheeler’s current location or this incident, please contact the Rayne Police Department (337) 334-4215.
On October 31, 2014, the Rayne Police Department made multiple arrests related to several residential burglaries that have occurred predominately on the NE section of Rayne.
Chief Carroll Stelly advised “Rayne police officers conducted a search of a residence in the 400 block of North Eastern Avenue where numerous televisions, laptop computers, jewelry, phones, hunting equipment, and other electronics that were identified as stolen from area residential burglaries. Officers also located marijuana and legend drugs in the residence. Several juveniles have been identified and juvenile proceedings have been initiated against them. Investigators will work diligently to get the evidence processed and returned to its owners.”
On October 13, 2014, at 10:29 p.m., Rayne Police Department officers responded to a FIGHT IN PROGRESS at the Rain Tree Apartment Complex, located at 1800 E Jeff Davis Ave.
Upon arrival, officers located a 30 year old male with a stab wound to the abdomen. This male was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. Officers arrested Angel Rector (25) of 1800 E Jeff Davis for the felony grade offense of AGGRAVATED SECOND DEGREE BATTERY (DOMESTIC VIOLENCE).
The incident is still under investigation.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at 5:53 a.m., Rayne Police Department officers located a local pharmacy that had been burglarized during the night. Officers observed that the suspects bored a hole in the exterior brick wall of the building to make entry. Investigators identified Shelton Broadway (41) as a suspect early in the investigation. Investigators soon learned that Shelton Broadway was suspected in numerous pharmacy burglaries throughout the state.
Rayne Police Department officers met with detectives from six parishes to exchange information and identify additional suspects. After several more days of investigation, the Rayne Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Shelton Broadway for BURGLARY OF A PHARMACY – Principal on October 1, 2014. Due to concurrent investigations by other jurisdictions, the Rayne Police Department waited to execute the arrest warrant until a joint operation on Friday, October 10, 2014.
At the request of the Rayne Police Department and Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Department, the Louisiana State Police executed search warrants on three residences in the Baton Rouge area simultaneously early Friday morning seeking evidence related to the Rayne Pharmacy burglary and four pharmacy burglaries in Avoyelles Parish. During these search warrants, officers located multiple firearms, burglary tools, clothing used during the offenses, electronic devices and over 1,600 doses of Schedule II – V CDS and legend drugs.
Based on the search warrants and interviews, the Rayne Police Department obtained additional arrest warrants on: Ladnell Womack (27), Keesha N Stagg (39) and Aaron Williams (34) for BURGLARY OF A PHARMACY – Principle. By the end of Friday’s operation, Shelton Broadway, Ladnell Womack and Kesshla Stagg had been taken into custody. Aaron Williams was not located and is still at large.
Chief Stelly stated “we are very happy to get this gang off the street and in jail. This group has habitually burglarized pharmacies to supply Baton Rouge area drug dealers and gangs with prescription medication for resale. We suspect that members of the gang were armed with firearms during the commission of these crimes and I am thankful there was no loss of life in these crimes. Unfortunately, we anticipate a continued increase in pharmacy burglaries and robberies due to the increased difficulty in obtaining commonly abused prescription medication. While the supply has decreased, the demand has risen and people are willing to go to great lengths and risk to acquire these drugs. Frustratingly, all of the suspects are prior felony offenders and several are out on parole for past crimes of a similar nature.”
On August 2, 2014, at 11:10 a.m., the Rayne Police Department, Volunteer Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance Services responded to a vehicle crash at Family Dollar Store. The driver of a silver Dodge truck backed into the front door of the store. No injuries were reported at the scene. The accident is believed to have occurred due to medical complications.
On July 30, 2014, Rayne Police Officers arrested Chester SAM (36) of Duson, LA for Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (3rd Offense), Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule III CDS: Hydrocodone, Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule IV CDS: Alprazolam and Prohibited Acts: Drug Paraphernalia.
Chief Stelly advised that around 6:15 p.m., Rayne Police Officers initiated contact with a suspected drug trafficker at a local convenience store. During the course of the investigation, officers located 3 lbs of marijuana, numerous Hydrocodone tablets, Alprazolam tablets and drug-distribution related paraphernalia.
Chief Stelly stated “Chester Sam is a habitual drug trafficker with a history of drug arrests. Sam is known to be tied into a larger narcotics distribution ring operating parish-wide.”
Chief Stelly added “Chester Sam was discharged from his Texas supervised probations sentence 5 days ago, but is actively on probation in Louisiana for prior drug offenses until 2017. This arrest is anticipated to trigger the revocation of Sam’s probation, requiring him to serve the remaining sentence for his prior arrests. In addition to Sam’s arrest, the Rayne Police Department has initiated civil forfeiture proceedings to forfeit his 2007 Jeep Liberty SUV to the City of Rayne to help offset the cost of the narcotics related investigations to the taxpayers.”
Chester Sam was booked into the Rayne Police Department jail and Commissioner Thomas Frederick placed a $125,000.00 bond for these offenses. However, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has issued a probation hold on Sam preventing his release on bond.
The Rayne Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service has been diligently searching for Lamar Malbrough since the June 30th incident.
Chief Stelly stated that the arrest was the result of a tip received by Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish, which provided investigators with the time and location of an upcoming appointment where the suspect would be present.
Chief Stelly stated “I would like to thank the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force, which has proved to be an incredible resource for local departments pursuing felons who flee the jurisdiction of the original crime. Their hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated.”
This arrest is the result of an investigation of the June 30, 2014 attempted armed robbery of two local men, during which one of the offenders discharged a firearm into the victim’s occupied vehicle. Officers were able to identify Lamar Malbrough and Bryan Bellard as suspects early in the investigation. Officers obtained arrest warrants on both suspects for Attempted Armed Robbery (2 Counts) and Attempted First Degree Murder (2 Counts).
Chief Stelly stated “I am relieved that both of the suspects are in custody and currently can not victimize anyone. We will continue to aggressively pursue these violent criminals and drug traffickers, which is a precursor for a majority of our violent crimes.”
Lamar Malbrough was booked into the Acadia Parish Jail with a $250,000 bond set by Commissioner Thomas Frederick.
The Rayne Police Department would like to remind everyone that Crime Stoppers of Acadia Parish will pay a reward, up to $1,000, for information that assist law enforcement with solving a crime. To report information please call (337) 789-TIPS. Citizens can also report information to the Rayne Police Department (337) 334-4215 or Tips@raynepd.org. Individuals may remain anonymous via any of the reporting methods and still be eligible for a reward payment.