GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Victims of crimes committed in the city of Gonzales more than a decade ago will now get their day in court.
The suspects accused in their cases were nabbed in the "Gotcha Gonzales" initiative.
The police department launched the program in July. Each month they shine the spotlight on three suspects who have been on the run. The hope is that someone will recognize them and report them to police.
The charges against thousands of alleged criminals in Gonzales are growing. There are stacks of warrants sitting at the police department. Detective Steve Nethken said the suspects on file are on the run.
In July, the police department paraded the pictures of the three with the biggest records before the public. Nethken said a couple of weeks later, Ahmed Miles, Latasha Gayden, and Larry Coleman, Jr. were all arrested.
"Out of three arrests, we cleared up 25 warrants with them and have the potential collection of several thousand dollars in fines and fees," Nethken said.
That is three of 5,500 cases detectives are hoping to close.
The next three on their radar are Sonya Lemon, Ken Rogers, and Rene Rogers. All three are wanted for writing thousands of dollars worth of bad checks. Nethken said Rene Rogers has been doing it since 2008 and has skipped court 30 times.
"We're talking recovery fees and restitution of about $14,000 associated with just these three individuals."
Nethken stressed while the charges may stem from minor infractions, each case represents victims who are still waiting for justice, some of them for longer than a decade.
"They are not going to sit on some shelf and collect dust. We are actively going to contact you and get you into court."
Ascension Parish Judges have their names. They warned when the wanted men and women do show up for court, they won't walk without paying steep consequences.
If you know where any of the wanted suspects may be, call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867. Callers will remain anonymous.