One of the two people being sought by Union Parish sheriff’s investigators for home invasion and second-degree battery has been arrested.
Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates said Monday that the son of the father/son duo being sought on the charges was picked up by Lincoln Parish sheriff deputies last week and returned to Union Parish. Charles Hunter Marsala, 19, is being held in the parish detention center on total bail of $107,000.
He also was wanted on three previous warrants stemming from another case charging him with two counts of simple battery and a count of simple criminal damage to property.
Still being sought in the home invasion and second-degree battery charges is his father David Marsala, 40.
Deputies began investigating the incident when a 9-1-1 call was received about 7:30 a.m. May 29 reporting a fight and a gunshot. The call came from an 11-year-old boy who was present at the Haile Malone Road residence when the incident occurred.
Four other people were booked that same day into the Union Parish Detention Center at Farmerville charged as being principals to a home invasion. They were identified as Carolyn Annette Hunt, 49, of 214 Halley Rd., Farmerville; Kamon Edward Herald, 25, no known address; Jacques Thomas Gaspard, 39, no known address; and James Eric Cook, 41, of 2237 Hwy. 139, Monroe.
Bail on each on the principal to home invasion was set at $30,000. Herald was additionally charged with principal to second-degree battery and bail on that charge was set at $20,000.
The two victims of the home invasion, ages 20 and 21, started receiving social media threats of bodily harm from the Marsalaes the night before the incident.
When the Marsalaes arrived at the incident site, along with the others arrested, one of the victims was on the front porch. The victim told deputies he was concerned about what might happen (and the 11-year-old boy was there) so he retrieved a pistol from inside the house and fired a warning shot into the air and told the group to go away.
That victim stated further that they ignored the warning shot and kept coming and that Herald was armed with a baseball bat. While the victim and Herald stood face-to-face, the Marcalaes entered the house and started beating on the second victim while the others, except Hunt, watched. Hunt had driven off when the gunshot was fired leaving the others behind.
The victim on the porch with the pistol, seeing that the other victim was getting a beating, fired a second warning shot at which time everyone scattered. That second warning shot accidentally struck the family’s dog, killing it, investigators reported.
Hunt’s vehicle was stopped shortly after the shooting was reported in the area. She was additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bail on these charges was set at $42,500.
Herald, Gaspard and Cook were arrested a short time later in another vehicle near Hunt’s residence.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of David Marsala is asked to contact the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office.