WHAT DOES THIS STORY AND 3 PREVIOUS DEATHS HAVE IN COMMON? I WILL SHARE WITH YOU IN AN UPCOMING “WHAT’S HAPPENING” TITLED (LAKE CHARLES LEGAL WEED)
On Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, the Lake Charles Police Department responded to a 911 call in reference to an armed robbery and shooting in the 2300 block of Broad Street. Responding Officers located a male subject, later identified as Joshua Touchet, 24 years old, residing in Lake Charles, with what appeared to be a gunshot wound and requested EMS. Mr. Touchet was transported to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital where he would later succumb to his injuries.
Responding Officers were provided physical descriptions of the suspects and began searching the area. While searching the area, PFC. Jonathan Landrum located two subjects matching the suspect description and asked the subjects to accompany him to Detectives.
Detectives interviewed these subjects and identified them as Desmond Kemon Orphey, 20 years old, residing at 2410 Anita Drive, Lake Charles, LA and a 14 year-old male subject also residing in Lake Charles, LA. During the course of this investigation, Detectives later identified the third suspect as Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr., 28 years old, residing at 1020 15th Street, Lake Charles, LA. Mr. Hardman Jr. was located and subsequently arrested.
The investigation is ongoing and Detectives with the Lake Charles Police Department are asking anyone with additional information concerning the homicide to contact Detective Larry Newingham or Sgt. Joe Savoie at 337-491-1311.
Responding Officers were PFC’s Bennon Dougay and Travis Toten and Cpl. Tony Magee. Lead investigators are Detective Larry Newingham and Sgt. Joe Savoie.
The two adults, Desmond Kemon Orphey and Johnnie Paul Hardman Jr. have been booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center. The 14 year old male has been booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center. All three subjects have been arrested and charged with the following charges:
Armed Robbery with a Firearm
Attempted Armed Robbery
Attempted Armed Robbery with a Firearm
1st Degree Murder
Judge Clayton Davis set Mr. Hardman and Mr. Orphey’s bond at $1.2 million each.
Contact: Sergeant Jeffrey Keenum