Suspicious Vehicle In City Park Leads To Drug And Prostitution Arrests

Thibodaux Chief of Police Bryan Zeringue announced that two arrests have been made in connection with a suspicious vehicle observed after hours in Martin Luther King Park.

  • Laura Ambrose (42, W/F, of Thibodaux, LA) is charged with Prostitution. Bond Amount $500.00.

  • Trent Tillman (39, B/M, of Thibodaux, LA) is charged withHeadlights Required, Operating Vehicle With Suspended License, Violation of Stop Sign, Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Marijuana (1st Offense), Possession With Intent to Distribute Cocaine, and Soliciting for Prostitution.Bond Amount $11,400.00.

On Friday, November 9, 2018, at approximately 2:09 a.m. the Thibodaux Police Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle inside Martin Luther King Park. Upon Officers’ arriving, the vehicle in question was spotted. The vehicle immediately began to flee the area with no lights. Upon reaching the roadway, the vehicle still failed to utilize its lights, at which time officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle led officers on a short vehicle pursuit, while committing several traffic infractions.

Upon successfully stopping the vehicle in the 200 block of Sanders Street, both occupants were ordered out the vehicle and identified as Ambrose and Tillman. Officers learned through a field investigation that Ambrose and Tillman were in the park attempting to perform sexual acts. Tillman advised officers that he picked up Ambrose and brought her to the park, where he was paying Ambrose for sexual acts. Although Ambrose denied this allegation, she did admit to prostituting in the past.

During the stop, a K-9 sniff was conducted on the vehicle, which resulted in a search by officers. The search of the vehicle rendered the findings of approximately ninety five (95) grams of suspected powder cocaine and one (1) gram of suspected marijuana inside a suitcase located in the trunk. The suitcase also contained an assortment of drug paraphernalia including sandwich bags and a digital scale. Officers also retrieved approximately two (2) grams of suspected powder cocaine in a baggie located along the route of the vehicle pursuit.

Both Ambrose and Tillman were booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, where they later posted bond.