St. John the Baptist Parish Reports Arrests Over Two Days

Published 9:54 am Monday, February 19, 2024

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LAPLACE, LA — The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office disclosed several arrests made on February 14 and 15, 2024, in an effort to address criminal activities within the community.

Arrests of February 14, 2024

Kyren Knight Watkins, 35, of Reserve, faced multiple charges, including two counts of simple battery, three counts of simple criminal damage to property under $1000, and resisting an officer with force or violence. Further charges against Watkins included attempted disarming of a peace officer, battery of a police officer, and simple obstruction of a highway of commerce. Watkins was also apprehended on a bench warrant and an attachment for contempt of court.

Arrests of February 15, 2024

Juan Jimenez, 38, from Wesson, MS, was detained under an Immigration & Customs Enforcement Detainer from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, alongside charges for driving without a license, first offense DWI with a BAC of .08 to .15, careless operation, and stopping, standing, or parking in prohibited places.

Rickey Lee Jackson Jr., 32, of Reserve, was arrested for reckless operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and first offense DWI with a BAC of .20 or greater.

A 16-year-old male juvenile from LaPlace was charged with illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile (two counts), principle to illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, principal to aggravated criminal damage to property, illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana and psilocybin (mushrooms).

Derrick James Moses, 45, also from LaPlace, faced charges of first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, hit & run driving resulting in death or serious injury, and careless operation.

These arrests underscore the sheriff’s office’s commitment to combating crime and ensuring the safety of St. John the Baptist Parish residents. The varied nature of the offenses highlights the challenges faced by law enforcement in maintaining public order and safety.

*All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

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