2021 Stats Show Increase in Crime in St. John Parish

Major crime reported in St. John the Baptist Parish in 2020 increased by 19 percent from the previous year, annual crime statistics collected by the St. John Sheriff’s Office show. Overall, 342 crimes were reported in St. John Parish in 2020, compared to 406 in 2021....

Detectives Investigate Armed Robbery

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery that occurred Wednesday, January 5, 2022, about 7:15 p.m., in the 800 block of Newport Drive in LaPlace. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the 19-year-old male victim who reported he was robbed at gunpoint. While...
Kerry Jones Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Juvenile

Kerry Jones Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Juvenile

Kerry Lamont Jones, 40, of LaPlace was arrested Thursday, January 6, 2022 for rape and sexual battery of a female juvenile. On December 26, 2021, detectives began investigating a complaint that Jones had inappropriate sexual contact with a female juvenile. While...
Desmond Kelson Jr. Arrested for Burglary

Desmond Kelson Jr. Arrested for Burglary

Desmond Kelson Jr., 20, of LaPlace, was arrested January 4, 2022 for burglarizing a LaPlace business on Christmas Eve. Officers began an investigation last week when the manager of a business in the 1600 block of West Airline Highway in LaPlace reported a burglary at...
Joshua Bowen Arrested in Sex Abuse Investigation

Joshua Bowen Arrested in Sex Abuse Investigation

Joshua Bowen, 26, of Metairie, was arrested December 28, 2021 in connection to sexual abuse of a child. On May 20, 2021, detectives began an investigation into allegations that Bowen had sexual contact with a 13-year-old female in St. John Parish. Through...

Detectives Investigate Shooting

Detectives are investigating an incident that left three LaPlace residences damaged from gunshots on Friday, December 31, 2021. About 4:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of Rosemary Court in LaPlace in reference to criminal damage to property. Upon arrival,...