September 05, 2023

Intruder Dead, Two Injured in Slidell Home Invasion

Update: Detectives with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit have identified and arrested four people in connection with the reported home invasion and homicide which occurred early Tuesday (September 5) morning at a residence in the 100 block of Rue De La Paix near Slidell. Latoya Powell (age 35) and Stuart Pratt (age 39) have been booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center on one count each of aggravated burglary and second-degree murder.  A 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old female have been booked into the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on the same charges. They are all from the Slidell area.“I applaud the dedication of our Major Crimes Unit,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.  “It is their non-stop hard work that led to identifying these individuals and making these arrest.”


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an apparent home invasion which occurred early Tuesday (September 5, 2023) morning in the Slidell area.

Shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday, dispatchers with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a residence in the 100 block of Rue De La Paix, but the caller hung up before speaking. The dispatcher called back and made contact with an individual at the residence who reported a man had come into their home with a gun and had gotten into an altercation with one of the homeowners and another individual who was staying at the home.

All three were injured during the altercation. The intruder was pronounced dead on the scene and his body has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office.  The other two men were transported to area hospitals. One was treated and released a short time later. The second remains in the hospital and is in stable condition.

The incident is still under investigation. However, at this time, detectives believe the residence was targeted and was not chosen at random.

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