UPDATE (AUG 3, 2018):
Earlier today, RPSO deputies located and arrested a second suspect in numerous burglaries and thefts in the West Alexandria area. Although initial information indicated that the second suspect was a juvenile, he was determined to be 17-year-old Fredrick Batiste, of Lecompte. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on multiple charges. No booking photo is available at this time.
Over the past week, numerous burglaries and thefts were reported in the West Alexandria area, including the West Point subdivision, near Alexandria Senior High School, the Cherokee Village area, and other locations near Twin Bridges Road. Information was gathered by officers and detectives, including photos, taken by area residents, of potential suspects who were seen trespassing behind homes in the area.
Detectives working the case were in contact with deputies of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Division, who were also investigating possibly-related cases that occurred in nearby areas that were outside the city limits. Working together, APD and RPSO detectives were able to identify two suspects, both juveniles.
On Wednesday, August 1, the first suspect, a 16-year-old male, was located and arrested. Detectives from both agencies are continuing to attempt to locate the second suspect, a 15-year-old male. Due to their juvenile status, no other information is available about the suspects.
“This is yet another fine example of a great job done by our CID Property Crimes Unit,” said Chief Jerrod D. King. “It’s a privilege that, in two months of being Chief, I have had so many occasions to congratulate the officers of APD for their hard work, professionalism, and perseverance. I’d like to thank the vigilant residents that saw suspicious behavior and got the photos and turned them over to us.
“I also want to extend our thanks to Sheriff Hilton and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives who worked on this case with us. Whenever there is any kind of case that crosses jurisdictions, or has elements of the crime in multiple areas, we always have a great working relationship with RPSO and our other neighboring agencies, and it’s great to be able to count on that.”
These cases are still under investigation, and further details are not available at this time.