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Police: Reserve resident spoils home break-in attempt

RESERVE — Sleeping mid-day one recent afternoon, a Reserve resident was awakened with what sounded like a loud beating on her back sliding glass door.

At that point, police said the victim noticed three subjects attempting to break the door to gain entry into her home.

Roosevelt Preston III

When the perpetrators noticed her, they fled towards Duhe Street, where they were arrested shortly after, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Police say the attempted break-in took place at approximately 1:20 p.m. April 18 and led to the arrest of three individuals, each 18 years of age or younger.

Jace Jones

Deputies initially responded to the 200 block of East 14th Street in Reserve and were advised on the way of the suspects’ descriptions.

Officers observed three subjects, making contact with two, later identified as Jace Jones and a juvenile, who were quickly detained.

The third suspect, later identified as Roosevelt Preston III, refused to comply with officers’ orders, became combative and was apprehended as he attempted to flee, police said.

According to authorities, Preston, 18, of LaPlace, is a “convicted felon for drug law violations.” At the time of his arrest, Preston was in possession of a gun reported stolen April 4 from a Reserve home. He was charged with simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (felony), firearm free zone-notice-signs-crime (misdemeanor), illegal possession of a stolen firearm and resisting an officer by flight (misdemeanor).

He is being held in custody in lieu of a $61,500 bond.

Jones, 17, of Reserve was booked with principal to simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. He was released April 19 on a $10,000 bond.

The 16-year-old female from Reserve was arrested for unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling (felony). She was released April 18 to the custody of an aunt.