St. Mary Parish Sheriff Scott Anslum advises that over the last 72-hour reporting period, the Sheriff’s Office responded to 94 complaints and reports the following arrests:
Gaius Austin, 29, 558 Prairie Road North, Franklin, LA was arrested on February 2, 2018 at 5:35 pm for the following offenses:
- Stop signs and yield signs violation
- Operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license
- Warrant for failure to appear on the charges of direct contempt, speeding, operating a vehicle with an expired license plate, and failure to honor written promise to appear
- Warrant for failure to appear on the charges of direct contempt, careless operation of a motor vehicle, no child restraint, and failure to honor written promise to appear
A deputy patrolling in the Franklin area observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign on Willow Street and conducted a traffic stop. The deputy identified the driver as Austin and found that he was driving with a suspended license. The deputy also located active warrants for his arrest. Austin was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Austin was released on a $2,020 bond.
Donald Brown, Jr., 34, 2500 Chatsworth Road, Franklin, LA was arrested on February 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm on a warrant for disturbing the peace and simple battery. On January 5, 2018, deputies responded to a call for service in Amelia in reference to a suspicious subject. When deputies arrived on South Verret Street they observed Brown to be in an excited state and attempted to keep him calm until Acadian Ambulance arrived. While speaking with Brown, deputies learned that he had been smoking synthetic cannabinoids. Brown continually yelled at deputies and first responders causing a disturbance in the neighborhood. Prior to being transported to the hospital, Brown grabbed a first responder and pushed him. Deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest. On Saturday, a deputy located Brown on Second Street in Amelia on the warrant and transported him to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Brown was released on a $1,000 bond.
Rachel Knight, 32, 1802 O Street Lot #1, Patterson, LA was arrested on February 3, 2018 at 7:54 am on a warrant for defamation and cyberstalking. In August of 2017, a deputy conducted an investigation into a report of harassment. The deputy collected evidence that a video of a female victim engaged in a sex act was posted on social media by Knight. The deputy obtained a warrant for Knight’s arrest. On Saturday, a deputy located Knight at her residence on the warrant. Knight was transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Knight was released on a $1,500 bond.
Carl Joseph, Sr., 58, 183 Roy’s Lane, Verdunville, LA was arrested on February 3, 2018 at 7:19 pm for domestic abuse battery (child endangerment law). A deputy responded to a call for service regarding a domestic battery at a residence in Verdunville. The deputy found evidence that Joseph grabbed and pushed a female victim. The battery occurred in the presence of a minor. The deputy transported Joseph to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center for booking. Joseph was released on a $3,500 bond.
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