Bounty hunters accused of breaking into West Monroe home, facing felony charges

Patrick Tyler Guimbellot (Left) - Michael Brance Franks (Center) - Richard Walker Jr. (Right) / Source: OPSO
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Three bounty hunters are accused of illegally breaking into a West Monroe woman's home in search of a man who no longer lived there. Now, the three are facing felony charges.

According to the West Monroe Police Department, the victim says three men forced themselves into her home while armed with pistols and wearing bullet proof vests. In a police report, the victim says she has only lived in the home for two months.

After investigating, detectives obtained felony warrants for the three bounty hunters. They were identified as:
*Patrick Tyler Guimbellot, of Guimbellot Bail Bonds of Rayville
*Michael Brance Franks, of Rayville, who is Guimbellot's apprentice
*Richard Walker Jr., of Monroe.

Authorities say the three men were booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on Sept. 7th and 8th.

Guimbellot is charged with simple criminal damage to property as well as unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, which is a felony charge. Franks and Walker are each facing a felony charge of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

All three have been released on bond.

Investigators say their licensing agency, The Louisiana Department of Insurance, is also investigating the incident.