After three bombs were detonated in a controlled area, the Morgan City Police Department continued their search in the 3000 block of Allison Street and arrested Thomas M. Breaux, 17, a resident of the home where the warrant was being executed, Morgan City Police Chief Marc Folse said. Breaux was charged with sexual battery of a minor, possession of child pornography and manufacture of a bomb, Folse said.
The warrant was issued in connection with an MCPD and LSP investigation into a case involving a single allegation of molestation of a 6-year-old female, Folse said. When both agencies attempted to issue a search warrant at the residence, they discovered what resembled a pipe bomb, the chief said.
Authorities halted their search, evacuated neighboring homes and shut down traffic on Allison between Roderick and Justa streets, Folse said.
The LSP Bomb Disposal Group, using special equipment — including a robot — removed the bomb from the residence and detonated it in a controlled pit, the chief said.
Folse said investigators then discovered two more explosive devices, which LSP bomb technicians detonated. The chief said authorities believe one of these could have been designed to detonate upon impact with a hard object.
After the detonations, investigators continued their search and seized unspecified items they deemed pertinent to the investigation. The search was complete at about 2 a.m. Saturday, and residents were allowed to return home and the roadways were reopened.
Breaux remained in the City Jail this morning with bond set at $250,000.
The investigation is continuing and more information is expected to be released during a press conference today at 2 p.m. at the MCPD.
Elsewhere, Carrol Ray Clark, 35, of Nevada Street in Morgan City, was arrested Friday at 2:19 p.m. in Amelia on numerous failure to appear warrants and for illegal possession of a prescription medication, failure to signal, driving under suspension, expired license place and no proof of insurance, according to Sheriff Mark Hebert.
Clark remained incarcerated this morning with no bond set.
Mark Terrebonne, 54, of North First Street in Morgan City, was charged with second offense possession of a Schedule II narcotic (crack cocaine) at 2:05 a.m. today.
He was arrested on U.S. 90 in Morgan City and remained incarcerated in the parish jail this morning with no bond set.
Gay Hinkle Hardee, 52, same address, was the driver of the vehicle in which Terrebonne was riding. Hardee was charged with a failure to appear warrant as well as improper lane use, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving under suspension.
While a deputy was assisting a motorist on U.S. 90, Hardee passed by the deputy without moving to the left lane, Hebert said.
Also arrested were:
—Randolph Stanton, 48, of Morgan City, Friday at 12:58 p.m., shoplifting at Wal-Mart in Bayou Vista, released on a summons to appear in court.
—Neysa Sauce, 43, of Helen Drive in Morgan City, Friday at 4:25 p.m., theft under $300; released on summons.
—Joseph Andrews, 31, of Saturn Road in Bayou Vista, Friday at 10:30 p.m., two warrants for failure to appear for simple battery; incarcerated with no bond set.