Leesville Police officers arrested three women and two men on June 19 after responding to a call from a patron at the Days Inn in Leesville who said he'd been robbed at gunpoint.

The victim told officers that all five suspects had entered his room with a gun and took items belonging to him before going back to their own room at the same hotel.


Leesville Police officers arrested three women and two men on June 19 after responding to a call from a patron at the Days Inn in Leesville who said he'd been robbed at gunpoint.
The victim told officers that all five suspects had entered his room with a gun and took items belonging to him before going back to their own room at the same hotel.
Two of the suspects, Lelin Porter, 20, and Lamar Bowden, 20, became verbally and physically aggressive when officers and investigators spoke with them concerning the incident, which resulted in resisting charges being filed against them as well. 
Further investigation resulted in the following arrests:
Bowden, of Leesville was charged with simple battery, resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal conspiracy and disturbing the peace.  Judge Vernon Clark set bond at $16,963.50 on all charges and on June 22, 2009, Bowden posted bond and was released.
Porter, of Leesville was charged with resisting an officer, disturbing the peace and illegal possession of stolen things.  Clark fixed Porter’s bond at $1,463.50.  On June 23, 2009 Porter was transferred to the Vernon Parish jail.
Courtney Brister, 17, of Leesville was charged with criminal conspiracy and illegal possession of stolen things.  Bond was set by Clark at $16,000.00 and on June 23, 2009 Brister was transferred to the Vernon Parish jail.
Sherieka Jones, 28, of Leesville was charged with armed robbery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.  Bond was set by Clark at $63,000.00 and on June 22, 2009 she posted bond and was released.
               Leesville Chief of Police Bobby Hickman said that further investigation revealed that Jessica Gilland, 24, of New Llano, had provided false information when questioned.  Gilland was subsequently charged with criminal conspiracy for her involvement in the robbery and for filing a false report in connection with the circumstances of the robbery.  Bond was set by Clark at $16,500.00 and on June 24, 2009 Gilland was transferred to the Vernon Parish jail.