BATON ROUGE– The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested two people accused of stealing from the building honoring a fallen officer’s legacy.
Trenisha Jackson, who owns Chateau Lyle on Greenwell Springs Rd. near Oak Villa Blvd., checked her security cameras to find someone had stolen some of the artificial grass used as decorations on the wall.
“Around five something (a.m. Thursday), somebody came and stole two pieces of grass off my wall at my venue,” she said. “They came back that night around seven something with somebody else and took more grass off the wall.”
Jackson’s cameras caught the perpetrators stealing.
Deputies arrested Ganea Montague, 46, and Jacques Daniels, 52. Both were charged with misdemeanor theft, criminal damage to property and criminal trespassing.
Authorities returned the grass to Jackson.
But more than the potential financial loss, it’s the fact that anyone would steal from a business that carries so much meaning to Baton Rouge.
Trenisha is the wife of fallen Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Jackson, who was killed in an ambush in July 2016. She started her business in 2021 and named it in honor of her late husband and their son, who was only four months old when the ambush happened. Her husband’s name was Montrell Lyle Jackson and their son is Mason Lyle Jackson. It’s why her venue was named Chateau Lyle.
“My goal is to always keep Montrell’s memory alive while steadily building a legacy for our son,” said Trenisha.
What you may not know is how much Trenisha keeps Montrell’s memory alive by constantly using her venue to give back to the community, just as Montrell did, especially to children.
“My feelings were hurt because I give back so much,” she said. “I’m always having giveaways at that building. I was just like, ‘Wow, grass?’ It’s just really weird and strange.”
“It’s such a great feeling seeing others happy Chateau Lyle is my happy place. Being victimized hurt my feelings,” she said. “I just don’t want anyone to come back and do anything else. I work to hard to get Chateau Lyle up and running as well as maintaining.”
She thanked the sheriff’s office for tracking down the suspects.
“For many people this may seem like something small, but I’ve put a lot of time and effort into making sure Chateau Lyle is known for being a well-kept venue,” Trenisha said. “Althougt this was a bit heartbreaking to know that someone would come on my property and steal from me, I am thankful they were caught. I pray that nothing like this ever happens again.”