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Kenner couple arrested after elderly victim calls 911 from inside closet

Mario Amaya, 19, and Deborah Labatut, 20 (Source: Kenner Police) Mario Amaya, 19, and Deborah Labatut, 20 (Source: Kenner Police)
KENNER, LA (WVUE) -

Kenner Police arrested two people for car and home burglaries Wednesday after an 84-year-old woman called 911 and reported she was hiding in a closet from intruders in her home.

Mario Amaya, 19, and Deborah Labatut, 20, both of Georgetown Drive, were booked with the crimes of aggravated burglary, three counts of simple burglary, two counts of  and illegal possession of stolen things.  

On Wednesday at about 2 a.m., police responded to a home burglary in the 3700 block of Lake Trail Drive after the 84-year-old resident called 911. Officers found a white 2013 Hyundai Sonata parked across the street from the victim’s home, and Amaya and Labatut were getting inside. Officers detained them and found Amaya with a partially ripped latex glove on one of his hands.

When officers searched the victim’s home, they found evidence of a break-in, a flashlight that was still on and a partially ripped latex glove inside.  The victim’s jewelry boxes had been rummaged through.

Inside the Sonata officers found the victim’s jewelry, along with other items linked to several vehicle burglaries that occurred in the 3400 block of Tennessee Avenue, the 3400 block of Lake Trail Drive and on Billy Drive. 

During questioning, officers learned that Amaya had jumped the victim’s fence on Lake Trail Drive, pried open a door with a crow bar and unlocked the front door to allow Labatut inside. Investigators said Amaya ransacked the home residence while, Labatut acted as a lookout.

The couple admitted that other property, including credit cards, vehicle registration, insurance cards, a coin purse, pay stubs, jewelry, and a lunch box had been taken from unlocked vehicles in the area. 

Both Amaya and Labatut were jailed. No bond has been set.   

Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser encourages anyone with information the burglaries of the suspects to contact Kenner Police Detective Mike Jackson at (504) 712-2213. 

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