This afternoon Eric Scott Radio has learned that at around 5:30 a.m. this morning, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a home on Royer Loop in Sulphur regarding a report of a burglary in progress.

The investigation revealed, after walking his dog, the homeowner came back home and encountered an intruder inside his home. Upon seeing the homeowner, the intruder fled and was quickly picked up outside the house by a car with three other people inside. The homeowner followed the car in his truck, which stopped briefly and the intruder jumped out of the car and fled on foot. Minutes later, the driver lost control, ran off the road and flipped the car. A woman passenger fled the accident scene on foot.

The driver of the car, Jonathan R. Lejuine, 26, 217 Channel Drive, Hackberry, and one of the passengers, Nathan W. McDonald, 31, 300 Second Street, DeQuincy, were apprehended at the scene of the accident.

After an extensive search this morning involving deputies and K-9’s, the male intruder and the female passenger are still at large.

The investigation revealed the car had been stolen from a home in Sulphur.

McDonald and Lejuine were both arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with illegal possession of stolen items over $1,500. More charges are pending.

Deputies recovered $60 in cash that was stolen from the home and returned to the owner.

CPSO Detective Rich Callier is the lead investigator on this case.

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