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3 Suspects Charged in Weekend Armed Robbery and Homicide

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Lake Charles, La. – Two men and one juvenile are behind bars after the armed robbery and shooting death of a Lake Charles man on Saturday, July 22, in the 2300 block of Broad Street.

According to a media release from Sgt. Jeffrey Keenum, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department responded to the scene of an armed robbery and shooting, where they found 24-year-old Joshua Touchet with a gunshot wound. Touchet was taken to a local hospital where he later died due to the injuries sustained from the shooting.

The officers searched the area after they were given a physical description of the suspects. Two male suspects, 20-year-old Desmond Kemon Orphey and a 14-year-old suspect matching the description were located and taken to detectives for questioning. A third suspect, 28-year-old Johnnie Paul Hardman was also identified, located and arrested by police. They have all been charged with armed robbery, armed robbery with a firearm, attempted armed robbery, attempted armed robbery with a firearm, and 1st-degree murder. Hardman and Orphey’s were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center, and their bonds are set at $1.2 million each.

The 14-year-old suspect was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

Detectives are still investigating the incident. If anyone has information regarding the homicide, they’re encouraged to contact Detective Larry Newingham or Sgt. Joe Savoie at 337.491.1311.

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