Kidnapping suspects drown after fleeing deputies in West Baton Rouge
Posted on 8/8/2017 5:44:00 PM.

Two suspects in a Lafayette kidnapping apparently drowned in the Intracoastal Canal after evading deputies in a chase. That’s according to West Baton Rouge Sheriff Mike Cazes, who says it all started when Iberville Parish deputies called for assistance in a chase down I-10.

“The interstate was partially blocked, and this vehicle took to the side of the road, the shoulder. The Iberville deputy got in behind him to find out what was his problem,” Cazes said.

Cazes says the suspects’ van got stuck in the mud, and two black males fled on foot. He says his deputies made a shocking discovery when they searched the van the two men abandoned near LA 1.

“When my unit showed up on the scene, it was determined that a black female was inside the van. She notified us that she had been abducted from her home, and that when the pursuit and the manhunt started,” Cazes said.

Cazes says the police dogs lost the suspect’s trail at the waters’ edge. Kids playing in the water found the first body and reported it around 3 p.m., and the second was seen by a tugboat a few hours later. The sheriff says he’s certain these are the two men they were looking for.

“I can positively ID that these are the two I chased Sunday afternoon because the surveillance that they downloaded to my telephone is to a T of what they were when I pulled them out that water,” Cazes said.

Mike Cazes, WBRSO, Intracoastal Canal,

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