5 suspects arrested in Eunice home invasion, robbery
Eunice police responded to the intersection of Benoit and Cotton Street after receiving a complaint of a possible robbery.
Officers arrived and discovered three victims, a couple in their 40's and their 24 year old daughter. The victims suffered lacerations and other injuries and an ambulance was called to the scene by officers.
The victims stated that they were asleep when they noticed five individuals inside the home, one of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The victims stated that the suspects then started beating them up while asking for the keys to the car.
When the suspects obtained the keys they exited the house and stole the victims car. (2008 Ford Crown Victoria). The victims pointed out a metal pole and a wooden stick on the premises that was used to beat them.
The victims advised officers that the car was equipped with a GPS device. Officers made contact with the individual that sold the car to the victims. He then signed into a computer and tracked the location of the vehicle as they drove away from the Eunice area.
Eunice police then made contact with Lafayette police who then located the stolen car which was occupied by the five alleged suspects. Two were taken into custody and three ran but were apprehended by Lafayette officers. The two adults were booked at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center for unauthorized use of a movable.
The three other suspects were juveniles from Ville Platte that left home without the knowledge of their parents. The three juveniles were transported back to Eunice by detectives then booked.
The matter is still under investigation with other charges pending in this case.
The teen juveniles were booked on several charges including home invasion, armed robbery, and illegal carrying of weapons.