Arrests made in Calcasieu home invasion where an 83-year-old was tied up for hours
Posted on 4/25/2017 11:53:00 AM.

Two individuals from Orange, Texas have been arrested and one is still on the loose after allegedly tying up an elderly Starks man for hours and stealing his guns, cell phone and wallet. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the victim was discovered when a food delivery showed up at his home.

“Meals on Wheels was going to deliver meals to this 83-year-old gentleman’s house, where they encountered him tied up. It appears, from our investigation, that he’d been there approximately 7 hours.”

Mancuso says 32-year-old Thomas Henson and 33-year-old Lea Pence were arrested and authorities are still searching for 43-year-old Michael Helmer, known as Mikey Irish. He says the three individuals face multiple charges including, cruelty to the infirmed and false imprisonment while armed with a dangerous weapon.

“I know that we’re going to change them with everything we can at this point and my hopes are we can change them with some type of stalking because we know we can account for them showing up at the house a couple days before.”

All three suspects have previous criminal records. Mancuso says in his opinion, these individuals stalked and took advantage of the elderly gentleman.

“When you prey on our elderly and our kids, that really can’t protect themselves, I think that’s the worst type of crime that you can have and we’re going to come at you as hard as we can, simple as that.”

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, Tony Mancuso, Thomas Henson, Lea Pence, Michael Helmer

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