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Arrests made in Ponchatoula home invasion

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Fredrick Sims (Photo provided by Ponchatoula Police Department) Fredrick Sims (Photo provided by Ponchatoula Police Department)
Joshua Jackson Joshua Jackson

PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - Arrests have been made in a violent home invasion that happened last Friday.

Around 11 p.m. on August 28, officers responded to a 911 call at a house on South Eighth Street Drive.  The caller, Merlin Laurent, said that someone had entered his home, beat him witha metal post and stole his car.  Laurent was taken to North Oaks Hospital, then to University Hospital in New Orleans with severe injuries.

The stolen vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center and contacted surrounding agencies to inform them of the incident.

Shortly after midnight, Hammond police officers found the stolen vehicle and stopped it on North Cherry Street in Hammond.  The driver, Joshua Jackson, and his passenger, Fredrick Sims were arrested.

Jackson, 17, of Hammond, faces charges of Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Schedule III Drugs and No Driver's License.

Police say that Sims is responsible for the home invasion

Sims, 18, of Ponchatoula, has been charged with Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Felony Theft, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule III drugs.

Sims was arrested on August 19th for the first theft of Merlin Laurent's vehicle, which occurred on August 17th.  "Once again this same criminal was captured by the Hammond Police Department immediately after stealing the vehicle from Ponchatoula," said Bry Layrisson, Ponchatoula Police Chief.  "I'm proud of our working relationship and the results it's yielding."

Layrisson added that Sims has been arrested by his office more than thirty times in the last year on charges of second degree battery, robbery, purse snatching, numerous burglaries, numerous resisting arrests, numerous felony criminal damage, and possession of marijuana. 

"Once the home invasion investigation is complete, my office will attempt to determine how this very dangerous criminal keeps getting released from jail," Layrisson said.  "There is absolutely no excuse for this violent repeat offender to be walking the streets of Ponchatoula after we've arrested him over thirty times."

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