A Kenner man admitted in court on Thursday (July 21) that he was one of three suspects who forced their way into a Metairie home last year and brutally beat a 61-year-old woman who lived at the residence.
Allen Narcisse, who turns 38 next week, pleaded guilty as charged to aggravated burglary, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest by force or violence.
Judge Stephen Enright of the 24th Judicial District Court, who accepted the plea Thursday, is set to sentence Narcisse on Aug. 8 to 20 years in prison. The sentencing was postponed to allow the victim and her family to be in court and provide impact testimony.
Narcisse and two other suspects disguised themselves as workers on Oct. 14 and went to a home in the 3500 block of Bissonet Drive, knocking on the front door and informing the resident they were there to perform work. One of the suspects carried a chain saw as part of the ruse.
When the woman said she didn’t ask for the work, the suspects forced their way inside. Narcisse, a 200-pound construction worker, bore the most culpability, as he severely beat the woman in her face.
A witness to the unfolding crime called 911. Deputy Stephen Bowman of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the dispatch, arriving to find the suspects still in the home.
Narcisse resisted Bowman, leading the deputy to use his Taser as the suspect attempted to escape, according to the arrest report. Narcisse was able to break away and got into a Chevrolet Tahoe, dragging Deputy Bowman for a short distance and then striking the deputy’s patrol vehicle in attempting to escape, according to the arrest report. Bowman suffered minor injuries.
Narcisse drove south on Bissonet in the Tahoe, with another deputy in pursuit in his patrol vehicle with emergency lights activated. The pursuit ended at a car wash business in the 5400 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard, where Narcisse surrendered.
Judge Enright will sentence Narcisse to 20 years for the aggravated burglary, 10 years for the aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on Deputy Bowman and three years for resisting arrest. The sentences will be run concurrently. Narcisse also agreed to plead guilty on Aug. 8 as a double offender, but the overall sentence will remain 20 years, according to the negotiated plea agreement.
Narcisse is the second suspect to plead guilty in connection with the incident. On March 17, Terry McCall, 29, of Westwego, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and received a 15-year sentence.
McCall remained in the home, where he comforted the victim’s roommate in another room while Narcisse beat the victim. Deputies found him hiding under a bed. At his plea hearing, he said he didn’t beat anyone. “If I could take it back, I would,” he told the victim in the audience, where she sat with family members. The woman, a cancer survivor, replied, “God bless you, baby.”
The third suspect, Ronald J. Bowman, 38, of Marrero, remains charged with aggravated burglary. The Sheriff’s Office asserted that Bowman ran from the home through the back yard and was apprehended at Riverside and Olympic drives, more than seven blocks away, according to the arrest report.
Assistant District Attorney Angad Ghai is prosecuting the cases.