NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Two people were arrested Tuesday after a child playing on the phone led officers to a Thibodaux home, where they found two adults with outstanding warrants, according to the Thibodaux Police Department.
At about 12:18 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call from an apartment in the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard. Police discovered that the calls were pranks, but while they were there, they found that two adults in the home were wanted.
Travis Sargent, 35, of Thibodaux was arrested for two counts of contempt of court. He is being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $20,000 bond. Shantell Smith, 35, of Napoleonville, was arrested on a warrant for issuing worthless checks and a warrant for contempt of court. She was released from the Detention Center after posting her $2,500 bond and paying fines and costs.
Thibodaux police said this is the second time in recent years that a child playing on 911 has helped officers make warrant arrests. However, Thibodaux Police Chief Scott Silverii urges parents to teach their children the proper use of 911 because misuse can tie up vital police resources.