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Suspect arrested for terrorizing Ponchatoula store

Suspect arrested for terrorizing Ponchatoula store

Author: Action News 17/Monday, April 15, 2019/Categories: Front Page, Crime

On Monday, Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson announced the arrest of a 26-year-old man accused of terrorizing customers and employees at a Ponchatoula store.


Layrisson said Gevoki Irving, 26, was arrested Sunday afternoon for terrorizing in an event that seems to be unrelated to the 48th annual Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. 


Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Ponchatoula Police were informed by Walmart personnel of an incident that had occurred hours earlier of a male pointing a semi-automatic rifle at customers and employees. The male could be seen on surveillance footage armed with a gun approaching the front door of Walmart and making threats to kill people. Officers patrolled the area but were unable to locate the suspect or his vehicle.


Later that day around 5:40 p.m., a Ponchatoula Police Officer observed the suspect’s vehicle driving through town and made a traffic stop. Gevoki Irving was placed under arrest and officers recovered the semi-automatic rifle in the rear passenger seat of the vehicle.


Irving was charged with terrorizing and transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail. 


Irving's arrest was one of only a handful of arrests PPD made over the Strawberry Festival weekend. Layrisson reported Monday that the 2019 Strawberry Festival was overall a safe and successful event. Numerous law enforcement agencies assisted in working with the Ponchatoula Police Department to ensure that the festival was a safe event for everyone.


“The overwhelming presence of law enforcement is important to making this a safe festival. Thank you to all first responders for your assistance,” says Chief Layrisson. 


PPD reports the following arrests were made over the weekend:

Heather Sharp, 31, charged with 7 counts Failure to Appear

Terrance Williams, 39, charged with 2 counts Failure to Appear

Chrishaun Hines, 22, charged with Second Degree Battery

Jeraldo Wearry, 30, charged with 4 counts Failure to Appear and Criminal Trespass

Yleska Selders, 38, charged with 5 counts Failure to Appear, Fugitive of Other Jurisdiction, and Criminal Trespass

Travis Bernard, 29, charged with Disturbing the Peace-Fight and Failure to Appear

Malcolm Cook, 27, charged with Disturbing the Peace-Fight

Clara Joseph, 40, charged with  4 counts Failure to Appear 

Eric McDaniel, 33, charged with 8 counts Failure to Appear and Disturbing the Peace-Fight 

Alice Heisser, 25, charged with 8 counts Failure to Appear

Christian Haywood, 40, charged with Disturbing the Peace- Fight 

Gaysha Joseph, 18, charged with Disturbing the Peace- Fight

Trashell Haywood, 19, charged with Disturbing the Peace- Fight 

Breanna Wilson, 23, charged with Simple Assault 



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