On Monday (August 24, 2020), Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy Kyle Stogner observed a wanted man driving a lawnmower westbound on Highway 436 near Highland Baptist Church. Deputy Stogner recognized the driver as Justin Ryan Owens (30), who had outstanding warrants from the 22nd Judicial District Court.
Owens was arrested for violating parole, contempt of court, aggravated assault and battery with injury. He was transported to the Washington Parish Jail
Owens has been arrested at least eleven previous times since 2008 (when he was only 18) with charges including domestic abuse, cruelty to juveniles, criminal damage to property, assault, escape from custody, violation of a protective order, violating probation, theft, automobile theft, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, aggravated burglary, theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana, driving while intoxicated, and careless operation of a vehicle.
“He started his criminal career early in life and has continued through the years,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “Is it possible for him to turn his life around? Of course it’s possible, but it will require a complete reversal of his mindset. It’s his choice. I’m pulling for him in that regard and I know you are also.”