Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Dallas, Texas man in connection with a staged “Home Invasion” according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr.
On November 13th, 2012, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office received a report of a “Armed Home Invasion” in the 100 block of Von Orange Lane, Natchitoches, La.
NPSO detectives say that while interviewing the victim, he told them that on November 13th at approximately 11:45am, he heard a knock at the door. After hearing the knock, he alleged that he instructed two males to walk to the side door of the residence. After opening the door, the two males allegedly pushed their way into the residence, armed with a handgun, and directed the victim to the safe that was located in the residence.
The victim told detectives that the suspects forced him to open the safe, where he gave them gold and silver coins valued at approximately $200,000, (some of the coins were valued at $20,000 each) and $140,000 dollars in US currency according to Chief of Investigations Detective Greg Dunn.
The victim also said that after the suspects got the currency, they tied him to a chair with duct tape and left the scene in a pickup truck. The victim said that he was able to free himself and call 911 for help.
The victim was also treated at the scene by NRMC for facial lacerations.
Detectives processed the crime scene, collecting samples for DNA analysis with the assistance of the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office CSI Unit to be submitted to the Northwest Criminologists Laboratory.
Detectives continued the investigation, conducting interviews and researching evidence in the case, which led to the victim as being a “person of interest”.
On Monday February 11th, 2013, Detectives arrested the victim, Burton Paul Dupuy III, 64 of the 6500 block of Velasco Drive, Dallas, Texas, and booked him into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Dupuy is charged with 1-count of Felony Theft, 1-count of Exploitation of the Infirmed, and 1-count of Criminal Mischief by filing a false police report.
Deputies say the residence where the staged criminal act occurred belonged to Dupuy's parents, and that he had knowledge that the safe contained money and valuable coins.
Dupuy admitted to having a gambling problem.
Dupuy in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center. Bond has been set by a Tenth Judicial District Court Judge at $301,000.