Sheriff: Home intruder arrested

Published 2:24 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

A Franklinton man was arrested Saturday after reportedly intruding into a homeowner’s residence, according to Chief Deputy Mike Haley of the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that a parish homeowner woke up at 2 a.m. Saturday to find a male intruder inside his house. The homeowner then immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

Haley said that WPSO deputies responded immediately and learned that the intruder had fled. Officers were quickly able to identify the intruder as Keifer Benjamin Dedon, 28, a resident of North Dutch Road near Franklinton, Haley said.

Dedon was located the same day and placed in the Washington Parish Jail, charged with unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling and criminal damage to property. In addition, Dedon was also arrested on outstanding warrants for distribution of schedule III drugs and 3 counts of failure to appear in court. He remains in the Washington Parish Jail with his bond set at $19,050.

Haley said that Dedon has been in the Washington Parish Jail three times previously, in 2011, 2012 and 2017. Arrests at those times included drug charges and driving while intoxicated.

“At any time a homeowner wakes to find an intruder inside his home, there is always the possibility of someone being hurt,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Fortunately, in this case, Dedon fled before anyone was harmed. Our deputies did an excellent job locating him and putting him in jail. I congratulate them on their hard work and successful capture.”