The number of reported crimes in St. Charles Parish dropped nearly 17 percent in 2013 when compared to 2012, according to a report compiled for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The 2,203 crimes is the lowest total in St. Charles since 2008.
Much of the decrease in crime can be attributed to huge drops in assaults, thefts and burglaries. In 2012, there were 990 assaults compared with only 846 assaults in 2013. The number of burglaries also fell from 410 to 300 during the same period.
Thefts decreased by 175, from 1,124 in 2012 to 949 in 2013.
The 59 reported auto thefts in St. Charles in 2013 were the lowest number reported in more than 10 years.
While most crime total fell, there were increases in the number of murders, rapes and robberies.
The number of robberies rose by one, from 32 to 33, while there were 11 rapes reported in 2013 compared to eight in 2012.
There were five murders in the parish last year, which was the highest total in 17 years.
Michael McCray, 18, was killed on Jan. 11 when multiple gunmen fired at least 17 shots into his vehicle while he was parked in St. Rose. Four people have been arrested in connection with McCray’s death.
In March, Deaneal “Woodie” Rachal was found dead on the sidewalk in Summertown Drive in St. Rose from a single gunshot wound. Police are still searching for suspects in the murder.
An apparent argument between two Luling men led to the parish’s third murder of 2013 when Darryl Davis allegedly shot and killed Quinn Coleman. Davis was arrested for the crime but has not gone to trial yet.
In November there were two more murders. Former Destrehan quarterback Ramal Ellis was found shot to death behind Fifth African Baptist Church in St. Rose, and police are still searching for a suspect.
Stanley Robinson Jr., 20, was arrested after a fight with his father turned fatal. Robinson allegedly fired two gun shots at his father, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Robinson Jr. is currently being held at the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center.