On Saturday, August 29, 2015, at 3:55 pm, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 1700 block of East Frisco Drive in LaPlace for the report of a male subject who entered or attempted to enter several cars and residences in the block. Deputies located the man attempting to hide in high grass along the canal bank behind residences on East Frisco Drive. He had with him a bag containing several cell phones, cell phone chargers, and his wallet. Deputies identified the perpetrator as Jonathan Mehrtens , 27, of River Ridge, LA.
Several victims told deputies that the Jonathan entered houses and attempted to enter a vehicle. When the victims confronted Jonathan, he asked to use their phone or to do yard work. When the victims told him no, he would leave and move further down the street.
Deputies arrested Jonathan and booked him with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling (2 counts), attempted simple burglary, and probation/parole violation. He remains in custody in lieu of a $60,000 bond and a parole hold.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111. Citizens with information about this incident that call Crimestoppers do not have to testify in court and may qualify for a cash reward. Citizens can also submit tips on the Sheriff’s Office website at http://stjohnsheriff.org/submitatip.php.