A Lafayette man has been arrested in connection with a series of vehicle burglaries in Broussard.
Police say they have arrested 19-year-old Demarko Alfred in connection with the burglaries which occurred in the early morning hours of March 26. ( A mugshot of Alfred was not available)
Broussard Police Officers say they responded to a report of a suspicious person looking over a fence and as they were looking for that suspect, reports of several vehicle burglaries starting coming in.
Officers observed the man, identified as Alfred, matching the description of the suspicious person and approached him. He then allegedly fled on foot where a brief foot pursuit ensued.
While fleeing, police say Alfred threw several firearms that were identified as recently stolen from vehicles in the area.
Alfred was captured without incident and officers began to recover those stolen items.
The Broussard Police Department say that Alfred is currently on parole for multiple vehicle burglaries that he was convicted on earlier in the year, as well as a prior charge of attempting to disarm a police officer and resisting arrest by violence.
He was also arrested for 2nd Degree Murder in reference to a shooting death at Brown Park in 2017.
Alfred was booked at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on the following charges:
- 8 counts of simple burglary
- 1 count of trespassing
- 2 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- 1 count of theft
Additional charges are expected.
Broussard Police say the case is ongoing as more reports of vehicle burglaries are coming in. Various electronics, backpacks, vehicle keys, firearms, and jewelry were stolen, most of which has been recovered. There are additional suspects that are also being sought, according to a release.
If anyone has any information on any criminal activity you are urged to call the Broussard Police Department at (337) 837-6259 or Lafayette Crime Stoppers at 337-232-TIPS.
The Broussard Police Department reminds residents to lock their vehicles.