The Investigators: How does teen continue to bond out every time he's arrested?

The Investigators: How does teen continue to bond out every time he's arrested?

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - How does an 18-year old keep getting arrested only to continue making bond and become involved in other crimes?

"Mr. Chauvin was arrested by our office in relation to his involvement in the shooting that occurred in Erwinville," said Col. Richie Johnson with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

Tristan Chauvin is behind bars in West Baton Rouge Parish charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

The charges stems from a shooting that happened May 31 around midnight in Erwinville. Officials said it started as an argument between two groups of men, including Chauvin, at the La Express convenience store on Highway 190. They decided they would head to a nearby house to fight. They ended up on Pecan Street.

"Mr. Chauvin apparently fired several shots," Col. Johnson said.

Col. Johnson said detectives later found the truck Chauvin was driving just about 100 yards from the scene, unoccupied after it crashed into a ditch at Poydras Bayou and Patricia streets.

That's also where Col. Johnson said Chauvin tossed the weapon used in the shooting.

"Our detectives recovered a .45 Long Colt rifle in a culvert that was near the area where Chauvin wrecked his vehicle after fleeing the scene of the shooting," Col. Johnson said.

Chauvin was arrested the next day. He then went before Judge Robin Free, and documents show his bond was set at $2 million.

"He's got some prior run-ins with law enforcement, including a prior shooting that took place last year in Pointe Coupee Parish," Col. Johnson said.

Which is why The Investigators went digging into his past.

In Pointe Coupee Parish, Chauvin was arrested in May 2015 for attempted second-degree murder. His bond was set at $200,000.

Just two months later, he was arrested again for distribution of marijuana and cocaine. His bond was set at $50,000.

Then earlier this year in April, he was arrested for distribution of drugs. His bond was set at $25,000.

The Investigators also dug into his prior arrests in West Baton Rouge Parish. Just two months ago, Chauvin was arrested for distribution of drugs and simple battery with his bond set at $36,000.

The Investigators found documents showing every time a bond was set, family or friends put up a property bond to get Chauvin out of prison.

And there could be even more as Chauvin just turned 17 in January 2015. That means now he is charged as an adult per Louisiana law. Any crimes committed under the age of 17, the suspect is considered a juvenile and their criminal history is sealed.

However, Col. Johnson said Chauvin has been a familiar face to law enforcement for most of his short life.

"Mr. Chauvin had several run-ins with law enforcement over the years," said Col. Johnson.

That's why, this time, Col. Johnson said a rather high bond was set at $2 million. As for all the cases mentioned, because they're all roughly around the same time, they're all pending or have been continued, and many of his court dates are coming up in July 2016.

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