Area man arrested after innocent grandmother killed in drive-by

Published 11:50 am Tuesday, March 19, 2024

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BRIDGE CITY — An eighth person — who has been on the lam for nearly two weeks — has been arrested in a fatal drive-by shooting that happened earlier this month on West Tank Farm Road in the Louisiana parish of Calcasieu Parish.

The suspect is an Orange County resident.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff-elect Stitch Guillory said two 17-year-old females, 18-year-old Jordan L. Jones and 25-year-old Tyler D. Lewis were traveling together along West Tank Farm Road and Sailfish Drive when at least two of them began firing multiple rounds from the vehicle at neighboring homes.

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A bullet passed through one of those homes, striking Annette D. Touvell, 65, as she watched television with her husband.

Guillory said Touvell died from her injuries; her husband was not harmed.

The two juveniles were booked into a juvenile detention center.

Guillory said one of the girl’s mothers, Chelsea R. Hyatt, 36, of Sulphur, La., had been notified by others that her daughter was involved in the shooting but failed to report it to law enforcement.

Hyatt is charged with obstruction of justice. Judge Bobby Holmes set her bond at $100,000.

Jones was arrested for second-degree murder. Holmes set his bond at $2 million.

Lewis, a resident of Bridge City, was captured on Monday in Beaumont.

He has been booked into the Jefferson County Jail and is accused of principal to second-degree murder.

Guillory said Touvell had no ties to those arrested.

“This was a totally senseless killing that should have never happened,” Guillory said. “She was just an innocent grandmother, mother sitting on her couch watching TV in her own residence when the bullets came through and struck her. Thank you to the many people who picked up the phone and called us and gave us information,” he said. “You were instrumental in giving this family some closure.”

During the investigation, three others were also arrested after suspected THC vape oil, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a bag of unknown powdered substance was seized from a home on Babineaux Road in Sulphur.

Briley A. Lewis, 18, of DeQuincy, La., is charged with three counts drug possession; Payton B. Mott, 19, of Sulphur is charged with two counts drug possession; and Andrew B. Norwood, 21, of Sulphur is charged with three counts drug possession and traffic violations.

— Written By Crystal Stevenson of the American Press