Abbeville man charged with three counts of simple kidnapping

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ABBEVILLE, La. (KLFY)- The Abbeville Police Department has released details on a kidnapping case involving a mother and two young children. 

On March 24, 2019 at approximately 6:30 p.m. patrol officers of the Abbeville Police Department responded to a call of a possible disturbance at Chapel Down Apartments on W. Port Street. 

“The complainant stated that her daughter called her and told her that her boyfriend had beat her up.  The complainant stated to officers that she was also going to the apartment to check on her daughter, Abbeville Police Department spokesman Lt. Jonathan Touchet said. 

 Officers were able to contact the daughter via cell phone for a short amount of time.  During this time, officers asked her if she was in danger, and the daughter replied “yes”.  The daughter quit responding to officers’ questions and the call was dropped, Touchet said.

Through various avenues, officers received information of different locations that the daughter (now considered a victim) was at various locations. The victim was entered into N.C.I.C. as an endangered missing person and vehicle of the boyfriend, who was identified as Telly Briggs, was sought after by law enforcement. 

 With assistance from family members, detectives were able to determine that the victim was still with her juvenile children and Briggs, and they were possibly in the Crowley area. 

Detectives were able to locate the victim, her juvenile children and Mr. Briggs at a local motel just outside of the city limits of Crowley.  The victim and her juvenile children were unharmed.  Officers took Briggs into custody without incident, Touchet said. 

Briggs was arrested and charged with three counts of simple kidnapping. His bond was set at $150,000.00 ($50,000.00 for each count).

Anyone with any information regarding any crime is encouraged to contact the Abbeville Police Department. 

You may also contact our “Tips” line at 892-6777.  All callers may remain anonymous. 


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