Two Arrested Following Complaints of House Damage and Attempted Car Theft



On the evening of October 19, 2017 Red River Communications received a call in reference to an incident that occurred in the 400 block of Joe Price Road north of Coushatta. The caller stated that someone had broken into his house and also attempted to steal his car.

After arriving on scene, Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies learned that the ignition on the complainant’s car had been damaged in an apparent attempt to start the vehicle. The front door frame of the house also showed signs of recent damage. Multiple screwdrivers were recovered which were believed to be used to gain illegal entry into the home. Eric Lindsey, who had recently been observed inside the complainant’s car and outside of his house, was identified as the alleged perpetrator.

Deputies then proceeded to a residence in the 100 block of Elria Road where they made contact with Lindsey. He was taken into custody without incident and a subsequent search of his person yielded illegal narcotics. A loaded handgun, which Lindsey concealed from deputies, was also recovered and taken into evidence.

Eric Lindsey, W/M, age 32 of the 400 block of Joe Price Road, Coushatta, LA was booked into the Red River Parish Jail (RRPJ) on the following charges: Simple Criminal Damage to Property Less than $500, Simple Burglary, Attempted Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS), Possession of Schedule III CDS and Illegal Carrying of Weapons. Total bond for these charges was set at $18,300.

While effecting Lindsey’s arrest, deputies encountered a second subject known to have an outstanding bench warrant. Joel D. Long II, W/M, age 30 of the 100 block of Elria Road, Coushatta, LA was taken into custody and charged with Failure to Appear (Fines & Costs, 2 counts of Simple Battery and Remaining after Forbidden).

The following day, RRPSO deputies and detectives returned to the 100 block of Elria Road and were given consent to search the residence and an outlying building. While searching the building, deputies recovered various articles of drug paraphernalia, all of which were attributed to either Lindsey or Long. A subsequent search of Long’s bedroom, which was accessible to his two minor children, yielded drug paraphernalia and residue suspected of being methamphetamine. All items were collected as evidence.

On October 20, 2017, while housed in the RRPJ, Long was once again placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Schedule II CDS and Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons under 17 years of age. In addition to $590 due in fines & costs, total bond for these charges was set at $6000. He remains incarcerated in the RRPJ and a probation hold has also been placed on his release.

Additional charges are pending for Lindsey. They include Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Illegal Use of CDS in Presence of Persons under 17 years of age and Possession of a Firearm with a CDS. He remains incarcerated in the RRPJ.

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