LPSO News Blog
2/19/2014 by Brennan Matherne
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of five more individuals as a result of a fight at a Thibodaux bar earlier this month. Deputies had initially arrested James David (W/M, D.O.B. 02/22/75) of Thibodaux on two counts of aggravated battery immediately following the incident. Following an investigation into the matter, detectives also arrested five other men: Mark Bergeron (W/M, D.O.B. 10/18/83) and William Massey (W/M, D.O.B. 08/03/90), both of 437 St. Charles Bypass Road in Thibodaux; Dale Massey (W/M, D.O.B. 01/15/81) of 620 St. Charles Bypass Road; Oneil Kelley (W/M, D.O.B. 12/24/89) of 9279 Golden Gate Court in Houma; and Jeremy Simmons (W/M, D.O.B. 12/24/75) of 2481 Highway 1 in Raceland.
At around 12:10 A.M. on Sunday, February 9, deputies and medical personnel responded to a call of a fight with multiple injuries at the Armadillo Club, located at 1988 Burma Road in Thibodaux. Upon arrival, deputies immediately made contact with James David who was wielding a knife and a pool cue. Despite deputies’ commands, David refused to drop the pool cue. One of the deputies utilized a Taser, and subdued James into compliance. The initial investigation revealed David had been in a physical altercation with several individuals and had actually attacked two people with a knife, though the wounds were not life-threatening. Deputies arrested David and charged him with two counts of Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. He remains incarcerated at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux in lieu of $20,000 bond as set by Judge Walter I. Lanier III.
Detectives were assigned to review the entire incident, and discovered several others were also criminally involved in the altercation that night. Through investigation, detectives learned the initial altercation involved Simmons allegedly striking his girlfriend, but the two were separated. Later that night, Dale Massey and James David were involved in a verbal altercation that resulted in Massey allegedly punching David in the face. Massey also allegedly punched another patron at the bar as well. Simmons was eventually knocked unconscious at one point, and William Massey, Bergeron and Kelley allegedly began attacking Simmons while he was unconscious. David, meanwhile, was involved in other altercations inside the bar, wherein he attacked two people with a knife, before exiting and attempting to flee. At one point, he returned to the front of the bar where he was met by Kelley who was holding a pool cue stick. Kelley allegedly struck David with the pool cue, and then began chasing after him. Eventually, David was able to acquire the pool cue prior to deputies arriving.
Detectives made contact with each of the subjects on Monday, February 17, and they were placed under arrest and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. Kelley was charged with Aggravated Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Second Degree Battery, and he was released after posting $10,000 bond. Bergeron and William Massey were each charged with a single count of Second Degree Battery, and both were released after posting $5,000 bond each. Dale Massey was charged with two counts of Simple Battery and was released after posting $2,000 bond. Simmons was charged with Domestic Abuse Battery and was released after posting $500 bond. All bonds were set by Judge Ashly Bruce Simpson.