St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives identified one of two suspects in surveillance video of two suspects trespassing on the Emily C. Watkins School grounds in the early morning hours on August 26. Detectives identified one suspect as Kirk Jouty Jr., 27, of LaPlace. Detectives will apply for an arrest warrant for Jouty for trespassing. Deputies arrested Jouty on Thursday on a fugitive warrant for St. Charles Parish.
Detectives are investigating a burglary of the school that was reported on August 26. Currently, detectives cannot link the two incidents, but the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens with information about this incident that call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at https://stjohnsheriff.org/crime-arrests/crime-tips/.