LPSO News Blog
3/20/2014 by Brennan Matherne
Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a convicted felon was arrested after a violent encounter with deputies in the Thibodaux area. Anthony Monroe (B/M, D.O.B. 08/14/76) of 224 Elderwood Road in Mansura, Louisiana, also faces drug charges stemming from the incident.
Just before 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, deputies of the Proactive Police Unit were traveling southbound on Canal Boulevard in Thibodaux when they noticed a driver make a sudden lane change and right-hand turn onto Talbot Avenue without using a turn signal. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver ignored lights and sirens and was swerving off the roadway at times. The driver eventually stopped in a vacant parking lot along Talbot Avenue. Deputies identified the driver as Anthony Monroe, but he only had an identification card, and deputies learned he did not have a valid driver’s license. Monroe voluntarily consented to a search of his vehicle, and deputies located two types of pills inside the vehicle. While attempting to identify the pills, Monroe fled on foot. Deputies pursued, and after catching up to him, Monroe began trying to fight off the deputies, striking both deputies in the head and face multiple times. At one point, Monroe attempted to remove one of the deputies’ firearms from its holster, but he was unsuccessful. At that point, deputies utilized a Taser on Monroe, but he continued to resist violently. Additional deputies arrived on scene and Monroe was taken into custody.
Deputies discovered Monroe had dropped two bags containing a total of two ounces of suspected cocaine on the ground during the struggle. They also discovered that one of the types of pills discovered inside the vehicle was only available by prescription.
Monroe was initially transported to a local hospital by ambulance for treatment for any injuries sustained during the struggle with deputies. Following treatment, Monroe was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux where he was booked on several charges including Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of a Legend Drug without a Prescription, Attempted Disarming of a Police Officer, two counts of Battery of a Police Officer, Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence, failure to use turn signal and no driver’s license. He is currently being held in lieu of $85,600 bond as set by Judge John E. LeBlanc, and he is also being held for Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Monroe has a lengthy and violent criminal history which includes 22 prior arrests and multiple prison stays stemming mostly from violent and drug-related crimes.