Last Thursday, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office received a report indicating that the Crystal Springs Baptist Church on Hwy 11 East had been burglarized. At the church, Deputies found that a window air conditioning unit had been removed from a window, likely the point of entrance.
The investigation discovered that the burglary suspect had stolen cash from a donation box for the church building fund, and appeared to have eaten snacks and slept in the church. Deputies patrolled the area but were unable to locate any suspicious persons.
Later that night the Sheriff's Office received a complaint regarding a domestic abuse battery incident that took place in the parking lot of Lenehan's Grocery in Anacoco. There, the victim alleged that Jonathan YBarra Enriquez, 25 of Anacoco, had physically assaulted her and forcibly taken cash money from her and fled on foot.
Warrants were issued for Enriquez in relation to the domestic violence incident.
Deputies searched locations in Anacoco where Enriquez was known to be, but were unable to locate him. They later learned that family members had transported him from Anacoco to Leesville, and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
In Leesville it was verified that Enriquez had entered a business in Berry Town Shopping Center but had fled through the back door. Deputy Stephens deployed VPSO K-9 Duke, who was able to track the subject across Hwy 171 South and continue to the Southwest in the area of the rail road tracks and located Enriquez.
Enriquez was taken into custody without incident by K9 Duke and Deputy Ricky Stephens, and was booked into the VPSO jail on one count of Domestic Abuse Battery and one count of Simple Robbery.
In an interview regarding the Crystal Springs Baptist Church Burglary, Enriquez admitted to the burglary of the church as well as the theft of money from a donation box located in the cemetery. Enriquez was subsequently arrested for Simple Burglary and Theft in relation to the Church and Cemetery Thefts.
Bond has not been set and Enriquez remains in the VPSO jail.
The arrest of Enriquez is the 93rd capture for VPSO K9 Duke.