GONZALES, La (FOX44) — People in the normally quiet city of Gonzales say they are elated to hear of so many arrests made in a deadly home invasion that rocked their community.
On February 17th, Ascension Parish Sheriff's deputies say a group of people supposedly went into Robert Marchand's home on Babin Road. According to deputies, they attacked the three people inside, slitting the throats of Robert, his wife Shirley, and their son, Douglas Dooley. Then, the group made off with a safe filled with a coin collection valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Five people have been arrested in connection with that case. Residents say they're happy that the suspects are behind bars, but many still feel like they don't have closure. Neighbors say they're angry and they want to make sure the people who senselessly murdered the Marchand's pay for what they did.
"The whole thing is just a nightmare," says neighbor Wayne Brignac. "It was so unnecessary and such a shame that so many people had to die."
When he heard that a group of men had been arrested in connection with the investigation, he was pleased. Now, he wants to make sure that the five men arrested stay locked up.
"They never need to walk free again, period," he says. "None of them."
He promises to fight to keep his streets safe. "I don't think this parish is going to rest until we get justice, and I'll be the first one. I'll walk the streets if I have to if they don't get what's coming."