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Lake Charles news report: 7 arrested after burglary, home invasion

According to a Lake Charles TV news report, seven people have been arrested in connection with a pawn shop burglary and home invasion. The incidents apparently took place about two hours north of Lake Charles in Vernon Parish.

The report stated that 19 guns were taken during the pawn shop burglary.

Detectives and deputies with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office joined members of the department’s special response team in serving search warrants to multiple individuals in multiple locations in Vernon Parish and Allen Parish. They were accompanied by Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives, Leesville Police Department officers, and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to the news report, the seven suspects arrested include a 25-year-old Leesville man on charges of aggravated assault with a firearm, criminal conspiracy, burglary and 19 counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms.

A 32-year-old Elizabeth woman faces the same illegal possession of stolen firearms charges, as well as one count of home invasion and two counts of criminal conspiracy.

A 40-year-old Slagle man is also facing the stolen firearms charges, as well as aggravated assault with a firearm, home invasion, criminal damage to property and criminal conspiracy.

A Leesville man, 38, faces allegations involving burglary, criminal damage to property and the 19 counts of illegal possession of stolen firearms.

A 31-year-old Leesville woman was also arrested, but does not face the gun charges or burglary-related allegations. She is instead accused of meth and marijuana possession.

All of the suspects face significant time behind bars if convicted of all the charges. They should decline to speak to investigators until they have discussed the evidence with a criminal defense attorney.

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