Plaquemine residents concerned even after arrests

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 5:18pm

"I'm happy that they caught 'em. It's a shame it would happen right where we live,” says Plaquemine resident Dustin Boudreaux.

Boudreaux has called Plaquemine home for years. Now, he says he's resting a little easier. That's because two arrests were made in a murder that took the lives of Ronald Harrell and Junius Dedrick on Monday. The two were found next to a cane field near the city. He's worried though this could be the start of a trend.

"To have that kind of criminal element here I think everything needs to be revamped. The entire system needs to take a step back and look where this is coming from and take the necessary steps to correct it," says Boudreaux.

Harry Prater was arrested on two counts of First-Degree Murder. His girlfriend Brandi Singleton is facing an Obstruction of Justice charge. The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Department teamed up with the East Baton Rouge Parish Violent Crimes Unit to make the arrests.

"I think the police stepped up and did what they were supposed to do," says Boudreaux’s neighbor.

And Boudreaux's neighbor thinks it'll be a lesson for others thinking about committing crimes in Iberville Parish.

"This will be a warning to other criminals in this general area that everything is not unseen. You will get caught. You can't commit a crime and just get away with it," says the neighbor.

But Boudreaux just hopes Plaquemine doesn't see the spike in crime other cities are suffering through.

"You could have all the money in the world that you want to and you can go out and work as hard as you want to, but if you can't come home to a safe home then none of that matters," says Boudreaux.

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