OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office says they've arrested five people after a home invasion and armed robbery, including the man who reported the crime.
Investigators say they were called to the 800 block of Ole Highway 15 on November 14th to investigate a home invasion at the home of 20-year-old Jeremy Roberts. While clearing the home, they say, they discovered a clear bag with a single ecstasy tablet in the bedroom and around 200 THC gummy bears in plain view in the bathroom.
After obtaining a search warrant, deputies say they found a bag of mushrooms, several scales and baggies, as well as several firearms. Upon questioning, deputies say, Roberts allegedly admitted to owning the items and stated that he sells marijuana. Roberts was arrested.
The investigation into the home invasion led authorities to four other suspects, at least three of which who investigators believe conspired to force their way into Roberts' home and steal his merchandise.
They arrested the following suspects over the course of the next few weeks:
Ashton Waffer, age 19 of West Monroe, has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery and a warrant charge for Failure to Appear in Court on a prior arrest.
Jesse Martin, age 18 of West Monroe, has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Criminal Conspiracy.
Bobby Reed, age 17 of Monroe, has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery and one count of Criminal Conspiracy.
James R. Moore, age 27 of West Monroe, has been charged with one count of Armed Robbery.
According to court records, investigators believe that the robbery was set up by Jesse Martin, who was inside the home pretending to make a drug deal when the robbery took place. Waffer told investigators that he and Martin picked up Reed and discussed the robbery outside the target's home before Martin went inside. Waffer says he had not met Reed before the robbery and Reed was armed with a handgun provided by Martin.
Investigators say they linked Reed and Martin together through previous employment at Bayou Desiard Country Club. It's unclear at this time what James R. Moore played in the incident.
Authorities say an "AR-15 style rifle" and "an unknown amount of CDS and money" were stolen during the armed robbery.
The investigation is ongoing.