On March 1, 2015, members of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office were called to Walker South Road in Walker just after noon in reference to a home invasion.
Through an investigation that followed, LPSO detectives learned Benjamin A. Jarreau stole a 2009 Ford Fusion from Prairieville. He then committed a burglary in Prairieville and stole a .22 rifle. After, Jarreau drove to 26229 Walker South Rd in Walker. While armed with the loaded .22, Jarreau entered the residence without consent. 3 individuals were inside – 2 adults and 1 juvenile. They were held against their will for about three hours. Jarreau took the victims' phones and keys and forced them to look for money and drugs inside the residence.
After about 3 hours, the homeowner – identified as Aaron Neames - returned to the residence. (Detectives learned Jarreau and Neames are acquaintances.) At this point, Jarreau fired 3 shots inside the home. A fight broke out and Jarreau's weapon was taken from him. Jarreau exited the residence and attempted to flee in the stolen vehicle. As he was driving off, the homeowner fired in the direction of Jarreau and the stolen vehicle. Jarreau was struck by bullets in the area of his shoulder. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Jason Ard says, ‘Jarreau admitted to my detectives that he stole the vehicle and the weapon. He also said he went to the Walker residence in search of money to pay off a debt.'
Benjamin A. Jarreau (DOB: 9/11/97) of 14065 Pecan Ridge Drive in Gonzales is charged with:
>Illegal Use of a Weapon
>Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm
>Illegal Possession of a Stolen Vehicle
>Aggravated Kidnapping – 3 counts
>Armed Robbery – 3 counts
*He is currently in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Please visit http://www.lpso.org/ and utilize our ‘Inmate List' tab located at the top of the page to learn more.
The homeowner - Aaron Neames (DOB: 12/2/1990) – has also been charged:
>Illegal Use of a Weapon
>Attempted 2nd Degree Murder
*He is no longer in the Livingston Parish Detention Center.
*PRE-SET BOND: $85,000.00
Sheriff Ard says, ‘This type of behavior isn't something I like to see in our parish. This type of behavior certainly won't be tolerated, either. I am thankful no one else was injured during this chain of events. It could have been really bad – not only for those involved – but for innocent lives, too.'
*This investigation is ongoing. More charges are possible.