On August 21, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a Sulphur convenience store in reference to an armed robbery.
Upon arrival deputies spoke with the store clerk who advised a woman, later identified as Latisha M. Lebouef, 36, 813 N. Irwin Street, Sulphur, grabbed her by her hair from behind and put a knife to her throat while she was stocking beverages in the cooler, then made her walk to the cash register and demanded money. After stealing an undisclosed amount of money, Lebouef fled the store in a van.
After the Sheriff’s Office conducted an extensive search of the area and was unable to locate Lebouef, a BOLO (Be On the Look Out) was issued for the van she was driving. During the afternoon hours, detectives in the Sulphur area located Lebouef, who was driving the described van, and transported her to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for questioning. After confirming the allegations, detectives arrested Lebouef in connection with the armed robbery.
Detectives also arrested Belinda G. Ellender, 43, 402 Third Street, DeQuincy, after the investigation revealed she had knowledge of the armed robbery and failed to report the incident to law enforcement.
Both were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. Lebouef was charged with armed robbery; aggravated kidnapping; and obstruction of justice. Ellender was charged with accessory after the fact to armed robbery; and obstruction of justice.
Judge Robert Wyatt set Lebouef’s bond at $200,000; and set Ellender’s bond at $50,000.
CPSO Detective Tim Scoggin is the lead investigator on this case.