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Ville Platte PoliceChief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reports one arrest after an incident of false imprisonment.

On April 22, 2018 at approximately 4:00 a.m.  The Ville Platte Police Department dispatch received information from Evangeline 911 that they received a report of a fugitive with a weapon inside of a residence in the 300 block of Huey P. Long Street in Ville Platte.  Officers arrived on scene and assessed the situation.  Detectives, Chief Lartigue and the Louisiana State Police Swat Team, Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and Ville Platte City Marshal’s Office arrived on scene to assist.  Officers and Detectives learned that the fugitive had escaped from the custody of the Mamou Police Department in September 2017 and had been on the run ever since.  He was being held for Acadia Parish who has an active warrant for aggravated second degree battery. The suspect gained entry into the home on Huey P. Long Street armed with a shotgun and held a black male and a black female inside.  According to the report the suspect dated the female at one time but there was no current relationship. 


Witnesses reported that the suspect was pacing back and forth in the residence and was refusing to allow anyone to leave or to surrender to law enforcement.  Louisiana State Police arrived on scene and began negotiating with the suspect.

After approximately five hours, the suspect surrendered to law enforcement and was taken into custody without incident.  No injuries were reported.

Abselon Hebert 23, (unknown address)   was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on charges of two counts of false imprisonment, two counts of simple battery and a hold for a warrant issued by the Mamou Police department for criminal damage to property and simple escape, along with the warrant from Acadia Parish for aggravated second degree battery.   Hebert was transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail and is being held without bond. 

Chief Neal Lartigue would like to acknowledge the quick response and assistance of the Evangeline Parish 911 Dispatch center and the Louisiana State Police Swat Team, Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Ville Platte City Marshal’s Office. 

In another case, Chief Neal lartigue reports one arrest for exploitation of the infirmed.

On  April 21, 2018 an arrest was made in reference to report of exploitation of an elderly woman in the 200 block of High School Drive.   Officers responded to the residence and notified Detectives who began an investigation in regards to a black male who repeatedly demanded money from an elderly woman for lawn services that were never performed or were already paid for.  The elderly woman had trouble remembering if she owed any money to the suspect so she would give him more money each time he returned to her residence and demanded payment.  The family became aware of the problem and notified authorities.  Detectives completed their investigation and arrested Howard Belton, 58 of 907 Edward   “Knotoe” Thomas Street apartment A, on charges of exploitation of the infirmed and criminal trespassing. Belton was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and then transferred to the Evangeline parish Jail on a $26,500.00 bond. 

Chief Lartigue reminds residents to report any suspicious or illegal activity to the Ville Platte Police Department by calling 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.


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