Several were arrested last night at the high school football game between H.L. Bourgeois and Thibodaux.
Terrebonne Parish Tim Soignet said that detectives from TPSO's Intel/Gang Unit received information from concerned citizens that there was an increased potential for violence at the football game, which was played at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma.
Detectives started working with SROs and additional security was assigned to the game, including detectives, uniformed patrol and K9 officers.
During the game and immediately after, TPSO made multiple arrests, while also seizing 3 illegally possessed firearms in or near the stadium.
The following were arrested:
-Marcos Menendez, 18, of 139 Nora T. Lane, charged with battery on police officer with force or violence and 2 counts of resisting an officer.
-Maximelion Nikos Cardenas, 19, of 109 Rocehlle Villa St., charged with battery on a police officer and resisting arrest
-Carlos Flores, 22, of 533 Marietta Place, charged with 2 counts of battery on a police officer with force or violence.
-Gus Washington, 19, of 514 Walker Drive, charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a concealed firearm.
Summons were also issued to:
-Gabriel Cardenas, 20, for possession of tobacco on school grounds and entering and remaining and resisting.
-Leonard Williams, 22, for interfering with law enforcement
-15-year-old juvenile for resisting arrest, possession of firearm and possession of firearm on school grounds.
-17-year-old juvenile for possession of tobacco on school grounds, possession of tobacco by juvenile, resisting by force or violence and entering and remaining.
The game was played to completion, but fans and players alike were distracted at times by the disturbances and the large police presence.
Band members were evacuated from one area of the stadium during the game others told The Gazette that they were "very nervous" being at the stadium.
Thibodaux coach Chris Dugas told The Gazette this morning that incidents like this have "no place" in high school football.
"This is about the kids," Dugas said. "Things like that have no place in our sport. These are people not affiliated with either school who are potentially putting people at risk in a public place. It's sad. It's shameful. There's no place for it."