Saturday, September 22, 2018

Denham man arrested for hate crime; impersonating a cop

Denham man arrested for hate crime; impersonating a cop
Posted: Mar 5, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Jason Ard confirms that a ‘Hate Crime’ arrest has been made in Livingston Parish.

Sheriff Ard says, ‘There are a lot of layers to this case. It’s a bizarre one that started on February 27, 2018. That night on the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, we posted images from surveillance footage. Those images were from inside a convenience store located in the 11,000 block of Louisiana Highway 1019. We were trying to identify the individual because he claimed to be law enforcement. He said he suspected drug activity and would return to the store to do a search. He left in a white pick-up truck. We did not believe that he had any current ties to law enforcement. On March 3, 2018, we received a call from a witness. The witness tells us that a man in a white truck drove into this same convenience store. We also learned from this witness that the driver of that pick-up took the store’s ATM machine. When the witness attempted to intervene, the suspect produced a handgun and fled the scene.’

Through investigation, the suspect was identified as Chad Horsley. He did speak to deputies working this case.

Sheriff says, ‘He talked to deputies, but his version of events did not match up to surveillance footage and witness statements. For one, he told deputies that he was a Sheriff’s Deputy and produced an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office commission card. We learned that Horsely was a former Reserve with EBRSO but has no current ties to the agency. Horsely did admit to us that he purposefully caused damage to the store. According to Horsely, he was under the impression the owners were Muslim. He blamed Muslims for killing his fellow service members overseas. He was also upset that Muslims, in his mind, were having an easier time prospering than he was despite his time in the service.’

Deputies searched Horsley’s home and located the white pick-up which was parked in a garage. The license plate had been purposefully removed. Damage estimate to the store: ~$4,000.00.

Horsley was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on several charges:
Chad Horsley
age 27
Eagle Ridge Dr, Denham Springs
>Hate Crimes
>Simple Criminal Damage to Property
>Criminal Mischief
>False Personation of a Peace Officer – 2 counts
Bonded 3/5/18: $56,000.00

This investigation continues.