Shedrick L. Wiley
Two Bunkie men arrested in Hessmer area theft
Two Bunkie men were arrested by Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Office deputies responding to a “theft in progress” on La. Hwy 3041 in the Hessmer community on Friday, May 11, at about 12:45 p.m. A neighbor reported the crime and after a short chase the pair were finally stopped and arrested at La. Hwy. 115 and Lake Pearl Road in Hessmer.
According to Avoyelles Parish Sheriff Doug Anderson, deputies received information that the suspects in the theft were identified by witnesses as two black males occupying a blue Pontiac G6 passenger car, traveling toward La. Hwy 115. The complainant advised the suspects had cut and removed the catalytic converters from two vehicles on his property.
As personnel were checking the area, the suspect vehicle was located on Lake Pearl Road traveling towards La. Hwy 115. Sheriff Anderson said when the deputy made contact with the suspect vehicle he activated his emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle but to no avail.
The suspects continued until it reached the intersection of La. Hwy. 115 and Lake Pearl Road in Hessmer where it abruptly came to a stop. The driver, Shedrick L. Wiley III, age 38 of 504 Vine St. in Bunkie and the passenger, Philip Patterson, age 46 of 603 South Louisiana St. in Bunkie, fled the vehicle on foot.
The deputy pursued Wiley on foot and after some resistance was apprehended. Patterson fled on foot on Lake Pearl Road where the original witnesses to the crime recognized the suspect and detained him until law enforcement arrived.
Both, Patterson and Wiley were charged with criminal conspiracy, criminal trespass, two counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000, two counts of theft over $1,000, resisting an officer and illegal carrying of weapons (possession of burglary tools). Wiley was also charged with resisting by flight.
Both suspects were booked into the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office Detention Center #1. As of Monday afternoon, Patterson is being held on $15,500 bond while Wiley is still being held on a $17,000 bond.
Sheriff Anderson said that Patterson has an extensive criminal arrest record of robbery, drug offenses, burglaries and theft dating back to 1990 and is a convicted felon. Wiley has a history of property crimes and is currently on a five-year probation for possession of heroin.
“The neighbor who reported the theft in progress is to be commended for his quick action,” Anderson said. “Without a doubt, his willingness to report a crime stopped someone else from becoming a victim. Remember! If you see something, say something!”