Gov. Edwards, Louisiana State Police mum on mansion break-in

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Louisiana’s governor says he will remain largely quiet about last week’s invasion at his executive mansion, citing ongoing investigations.

Gov. John Bel Edwards gave his first public remarks on the intrusion Tuesday, a day after state police confirmed the April 17 security breach.

“What I can say is what I have said — not much,” the governor said at a state press luncheon.

Edwards declined to say whether he and his family were at home during the break-in. Police say they found 34-year-old Reynard Green just before 6 a.m., asleep on a couch next to a broken antique wooden table.

Police affadavits tell at least part of the story. One file claims Green got “extremely violent” when public safety officers arrested him, hitting one in the chest and another in the hand. The struggle prompted police to put leg shackles on the suspect before his booking at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to the same document.

Green’s temper remained high after arriving at the prison, a second affadavit claims. The suspect reportedly reached for an officer’s gun.

“Once Green was standing, he reached out for my service weapon that is kept on my right side of my waist line,” the officer wrote in the report. “I was able to stop Green from attempting to disarm me with a right elbow strike to the side of his face.”

The state agency tasked with keeping Edwards safe stands similarly mum on details of the intrusion. Public information officers with the Louisiana State Police have declined to say how Green allegedly broke into the mansion, how long he was inside, who found him and whether troopers assigned to protect the governor have been reprimanded.

“The circumstances around the incident are still under investigation,” state police spokesman Capt. J.B. Slaton said in a statement. “[Louisiana State Police] is currently evaluating security procedures for potential areas of improvement.”

Answering a reporter’s question Tuesday, Edwards maintained confidence that his executive estate remains secure.

“At no time were we anything other than safe,” the governor said. “I appreciate what the state police have done — what they’ve always done for me and my family — in keeping us safe.”

Green was booked on several charges: simple burglary, criminal trespassing, criminal damage to property, two counts of officer battery, disarming a police officer and possession of a Schedule I narcotic. (Officers searched the suspect’s pant pockets and found what they believe is synthetic marijuana.)

As of Tuesday night, Green remains locked up on $32,000 bond. Whether he has an attorney remains unclear.

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