Gang Arrested

By Evan Johnson - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The area between North Pear and Rena Streets is better known as the Third Project.  It was in that area where police arrested 11 people on various days, including 17-year-old Jesse Thomas, 17-year-old Devin Joseph, 21-year-old Dominic Williams, 20-year-old Terrell McCree, and 20-year-old Demetrius Nash, along with six juveniles.  The group police refer to as the Third Project Gang was arrested for allegedly committing several crimes throughout the City of Lake Charles.

Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon says, "Armed robberies, drive-by shootings, carjacking, burglaries of motor vehicles, stolen vehicles, drugs, and counterfeiting."

Police say the crimes were committed from May 15th through May 28th.  They believed the men were using these homes at 1807 and 1809 North Pear Street as a headquarter.

Dixon says, "We went back and executed a search warrant at the residence and we were able to recover marijuana, a shot gun, counterfeit money, boxes of shell casings, a HP Laser Scanner/Printer to make counterfeit money, and printer paper.  Also recovered was a 9mm weapon used in a carjacking."

Jesse Thomas has been charged with armed robbery and carjacking.  Devin Joseph is also charged with armed robbery and carjacking.  Dominic Williams is charged with monetary instrument abuse and counterfeit money. Terrell McCree has been charged with obstruction of justice.  Demetrius Nash has been charged with stolen vehicle and burglary of a vehicle.  All five men have been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center while the six juveniles were taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.

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