On April 21st, 2015, Deputies responded to the 800 Block of LA Highway 8 Lena, LA in reference to a residential burglary. Detectives were assigned the complaint and immediately initiated their investigation.
Over the following weeks, the Sheriff’s Office received approximately seven additional residential burglary complaints in the areas of Boyce, Cotile, Flatwoods, and Lena. Firearms and electronic devices were common items stolen. As the number of burglaries increased and the amount of firearms taken, Detectives made these cases their top priority, adding additional personnel to assist with the investigation.
Persons of interest were developed, as was sufficient probable cause, which led to search warrants for various residences in the parish being obtained. It was during the execution of these search warrants that Detectives made additional arrests in reference to possession of illegal drugs, possession of firearms with drugs and illegal possession of firearms by convicted felons.
Nine people are arrested for breaking into several properties over the months of May and late April.
They are Javarius Battles and Malik Boss. Both suspects are from Lena and are 18 years old.
21-year-old Xavier Bowie, 24-year-old Timothy Lee, and 20-year-old Lonnie Ray Price Junior are also from Lena.
27-year-old Santanna Eddie and 28-year-old Frederick Lee Jackson are both from Alexandria.
25-year-old Bryan Bynog and 38-year-old Christopher Bynog are both from Lena. Authorities say charges range from burglary to drugs.
“This was a very complex and drawn out case that our Detectives have put countless hours into over the last several weeks” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “Each time we made an arrest or conducted a search warrant, more evidence came to light. We are very proud of the job we have done in recovering most all of the firearms that were taken in these burglaries. Like we have always said, property crimes and narcotics crimes go hand in hand and this case is a prime example of that. We will continue to aggressively investigate these types of crimes and go where the evidence leads us.”
Detectives state their investigation is still ongoing and additional arrests are possible.
KLAX ABC 31 News 6/3/15