Anonymous tip leads to standoff, arrest
POSTED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 7:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 7:49pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDSU) — Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said they received an anonymous tip Friday morning that led to the arrest of a Galliano woman with seven active warrants.
Deputies arrested Chantelle Smith, 31, after a short standoff at her home.
When they arrived at Smith's home, deputies said several dogs were on chains and one dog that was not restrained. They said a restrained pit bull was acting extremely aggressive.
Animal Control eventually arrived and removed the pit bull and the unrestrained dog from the property.
Deputies said they made several attempts to contact Smith inside the home by knocking on doors and windows, and even using a public address speaker. When they tried to force entry, they found that all the doors had been locked or barricaded from the inside.
After a few minutes, Smith came out of her home and was arrested on seven outstanding warrants for contempt of court, stemming from various original charges including motor vehicle theft, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, possession of stolen property, battery of a correctional officer and simple escape.
Deputies said that none of the dogs at Smith's home had been vaccinated, and she was subsequently charged with six counts of violating the parish ordinance requiring vaccination of dogs against rabies and one count of permitting an animal to run at large.
Smith was booked at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, with bail set at $330,350.
During booking, Smith signed a waiver of ownership for all her dogs, and they were all transported to the Lafourche Parish Animal Shelter in Thibodaux.
In the last three months, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division said it has arrested six wanted fugitives based on information received from anonymous Crime Stoppers tips.
Capt. J.P. deGravelles, Patrol Division Commander, said they take every tip seriously.
"When we receive a fugitive tip, we will actively seek and arrest the wanted individuals," he said. "Some information can be investigated quickly, while other information may take time to develop into a viable case. In any event, following up on these tips is producing positive results, and we encourage the public to continue to help us by utilizing Crime Stoppers."