Lafayette Kidnapping Arrest - KLFY News 10

Lafayette Kidnapping Arrest



While investigating a separate incident at 2503 South East Evangeline Thruway, the business commonly known as Cypress Tree Inn, deputies Nathan Perry and Dirk Campbell were alerted by patrons of the establishment that a white male was attempting to kidnap a juvenile female.

Deputies encountered Mr. Michel Lynn Hughes on the eastern most row of apartments. Deputies also -encountered the victim, her parents and other witnesses. Mr. Hughes did not have a valid form of identification on his person. Deputy Perry verified Mr. Hughes' identity through the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office -- Communication Division by name and date of birth.

While verifying Mr. Hughes' identity it was learned that Mr. Hughes had outstanding warrants through the Lafayette City Court for an Expired Driver's license, and disobeying controls. Mr. Hughes was placed under arrest for the outstanding warrants and advised of his constitutional rights via Miranda Warning.

Mr. Hughes advised he understood his constitutional rights. Mr. Hughes initially denied touching or grabbing the victim. Mr. Hughes was placed in the rear passenger, compartment of Deputy Perry's patrol unit while deputies spoke to the victim and witnesses.

Deputy Perry spoke to the juvenile victim in the presence of her parents. The juvenile victim positively identified Mr. Hughes and advised that he had called to her and her friends, the juvenile witnesses, from the breezeway of the apartment complex. The Juvenile victim advised that her friends ran to their parent's apartment.

The juvenile victim advised that Mr. Hughes grabbed her arm and began walking south with her.The juvenile victim advised she kicked Mr. Hughes and ran away.

Deputy Perry would like to note that deputies later learned Mr. Hughes vehicle and rented room were located to the south of the complex in the direction he was walking with the victim.

Deputy Perry then spoke to the witnesses. The juvenile witnesses advised that Mr. Hughes had attempted to talk to them and they ran from him. Another juvenile witness advised he saw the suspect grab the victim.

Deputy Perry again spoke to Mr. Hughes. Mr. Hughes advised he still understood his constitutional rights via Miranda warning. Mr. Hughes advised that he had rented an apartment on December 29, 2012. Mr. Hughes - advised that his grandchildren had visited on December 29, 2012. Mr. Hughes advised he became intoxicated and believes his sister had left with the grandchildren.

Mr. Hughes advised that he became confused on December 30, 2012 and thought his grandchildren were still at the complex so he started looking for them.

Mr. Hughes advised he talked to the victim in order to find out where his grandchildren were. Mr. Hughes initially advised he did not touch the victim. Mr. Hughes later advised he may have grabbed the victim's arm but he doesn't remember.

Mr. Hughes was advised that he was being arrested for attempted kidnapping of a child. Mr. Hughes advised he would never harm a child, but would not answer when asked why he grabbed the victim. Mr. Hughes was transported to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office for processing and later escorted to the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center to be booked on the above charges.

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