Jun 11, 2014 9:59 PM by Dave Fields
Rayne Police Department announces the arrest of a teen arrested on firearms charges after officers responded last Thursday to a fight that included teens, weapons, and drugs.
An adult also was arrested attempting to leave the scene with evidence.
At 1:37 p.m. on June 5, officers responded to the 300 block of Section Street, where they discovered a disturbance involving two juveniles, 15 and 16 years in age, along with Calvin Minix, 17, who allegedly were brandishing a pistol and were threatening to shoot an area resident. Officers report that Minix fled while officers were in the process of apprehending the suspects and securing the crime scene.
Officers indicated that they pursued Minix, apprehended him, and recovered two pistols, one of which was recently reported stolen out of a local residential burglary. Minix also reportedly discarded, during his flight, several packets of marijuana, which a woman, Trudy Miller, 35, attempted to remove from the crime scene without being detected by officers, police said. Although officers said that Miller readily turned over the marijuana to officers when they detained her, Miller was still arrested at the scene.
Minix and Miller both were booked into the Rayne Police Department until a surety bond was obtained. The two juveniles were released to a concerned adult pending court proceedings.
Chief Carroll Stelly expressed his frustration with the situation.
"We have repeatedly investigated and arrested the same juveniles for numerous criminal acts, some of which are felonies. These juveniles are taken to the police department where we are required to release them to a concerned adult until court proceedings. However, I am working closely with the Acadia Parish District Attorney's Office in effort to expedite these juveniles incarceration for these violent crime,." Stelly explained.
The chief suggested that parents could play a larger role in improving the situation.
"During my 26 years as a police officer, I have watched a massive derogation of child supervision by their parents. Today, we are facing a criminal justice crisis with violent juvenile criminal activity. Unfortunately, this will not be fixable with police action alone. It requires mothers and fathers to raise their children in a responsible and respectful manner. Until then, we will be required to arrest and prosecute these juveniles for violent crimes that historically have been reserved for the hardened adult criminals," said the chief.
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