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Golden Meadow sex offender accused in robbery, home invasion

Phillip Jelks Jr., 31 (Source: LPSO) Phillip Jelks Jr., 31 (Source: LPSO)

A Golden Meadow sex offender has been arrested for his role in an armed robbery and home invasion and faces charges of illegally using social media in a separate incident, according to Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre.

Phillip Jelks Jr., 31, was arrested and booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on July 31.

Last week, detectives began investigating a July 27 armed robbery on East 72nd Street in Cut Off where three male suspects robbed two men outside a home, then forced the victims inside the residence and began searching for valuables. The suspects fled the scene with clothing, a cell phone, a wallet and a set of keys.

Detectives developed Jelks as one of the suspects and obtained arrest warrants for two counts of armed robbery and one count of aggravated burglary. 

The Sheriff’s Office said Jelks already had outstanding warrants for unlawfully using social media as a sex offender. He was arrested for aggravated rape in 2005 and eventually pleaded guilty to sexual battery. Based on anonymous tips in late July, deputies discovered that Jelks was using a Facebook account. The sheriff said because Jelks is prohibited from using social media, and because he lied to investigators about his social media use, warrants were issued on charges of unlawful use or access of social media and failure to register and notify as a sex offender. 

Jelks remains jailed on $175,000 bond as set by Judge John E. LeBlanc and Judge Steven M. Miller via the warrants. 

Detectives continue to investigate the July 27 incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers Bayou Region at 1-800-743-7433 or by texting "GIVEATIP" plus your message to 274637. Tips can also be submitted using the TipSubmit Mobile application or online at Tipsters will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 in cash if the information given leads to an arrest.

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