WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said a teen stole a car and broke into a home Sunday, where he stole a gun, before breaking into another house, where three people were robbed and held against their will, but the suspect was shot by the homeowner as he drove off, resulting in both of them going to jail.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported Benjamin Jarreau, 17, of Gonzales, was booked on charges of illegal use of a weapon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated kidnapping (3 counts) and home invasion. He remains in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. His bond is set at $792,500.
Deputies added Aaron Neames, 24, of Walker, is charged with attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. He was released after posting $85,000 bond.
Investigators said they were called out to the home invasion on Walker South Road just after noon, but the investigation showed it all got started in Prairieville earlier in the day.
Detectives said it is believed that's where Jarreau stole a 2009 Ford Fusion. They added he is also suspected of a burglary at a home in Prairieville in which a .22 rifle was taken. They think he then drove to Walker and went into the home "without consent" and armed with the gun.
According to detectives, the two adults and child inside were held against their will for about three hours. During that time, Jarreau is accused of taking their phones and keys. He is also accused of forcing them to search the home for drugs and money.
Investigators reported after about three hours, Neames returned home. They said Neames and Jarreau know one another. They were described as acquaintances. Investigators said when Neames showed up at the house Jarreau fired three shots inside the home.
Authorities said a fight then broke out between the two and Neames was able to take the gun from Jarreau. They added Jarreau ran out the door, jumped in the stolen car and tried to drive off, but Neames reportedly fired shots at him and the car. Jarreau suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment.
"This type of behavior isn't something I like to see in our parish," Sheriff Jason Ard said in a written release. "This type of behavior certainly won't be tolerated, either. I am thankful no one else was injured during this chain of events. It could have been really bad - not only for those involved - but for innocent lives, too."
Ard added Jarreau admitted to the crimes during questioning.
"Jarreau admitted to my detectives that he stole the vehicle and the weapon. He also said he went to the Walker residence in search of money to pay off a debt," Ard said.
Deputies said the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.