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Burglary suspects plead not guilty

by Minden Press-Herald



johnsonTwo of three accused of simple burglary have pleaded not guilty to charges of breaking into a home.

Russell Buffett Jr., 17, and Quamaine Johnson, 18, pleaded not guilty to unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling in front of 26th Judicial District Judge Parker Self last week. Status conference is set for Oct. 12, with trial set for March 7, 2016.

Carey Tyjuan Eason, 17, of the 100 block of Lawson Davis Road in Minden, was arrested July 13, and charged with simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Court records do not show where has yet been arraigned.

On July 13, Minden police were dispatched to the 700 block of Columbia Street in reference to an unauthorized person at the residence. At the time of arrest, Minden police chief Steve Cropper said Buffett, Johnson and Eason, along with two juveniles, entered the residence, and when the homeowner called police, he told them he could still hear people inside.

“We got a call from the owner saying he could hear people inside his home,” Cropper said. “When officers got there, Lt. Wayne Young went to one door, and Officer First Class Kenneth James went to the back door waiting on an additional unit.”

He said the back door opened and a male appeared in the doorway. James asked him to show him his hands at which point he refused and ran back inside the residence, Cropper said.

“At that time, Officer James entered the residence and observed everyone inside, ordered them all to come out with their hands up, and all five suspects were found in the residence,” he said.

They were all handcuffed, arrested and the two 17 year olds and the 18 year old were booked at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center. The parents of the two juveniles were contacted before they were transported to Ware Youth Detention Center in Coushatta.

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