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Opelousas woman arrested, charged with accessory to attempted murder


An Opelousas woman has been charged as an accessory to attempted first degree murder. 

 Detectives have arrested an additional person in connection to the February 9, 2019, shooting in the Opelousas area.” 

According to the investigation, detectives were dispatched to a shooting on Christ the King Road in the Opelousas area where Michael White was named a suspect in the shooting. 

On February 14, 2019, OPD detectives arrested Rayonna Nicole Smith and charged her with one count of principal to attempted first degree murder, felony, and two counts of principle to aggravated criminal damage to property.    

Detectives continued the investigation while looking for White. 

It was discovered that Brittany Thibodeaux. who White’s girlfriend, allegedly gave false statements during the interview and knew White’s whereabouts. 

Thibodeaux also has knowledge of the warrants and his involvement in the shooting case.  

Detectives obtained evidence that White was with Thibodeaux on February 19, 2019 and failed to notify law enforcement.  Thibodeaux was apprehended and processed in the parish jail.  

Michael White’s last known address is 383 Pleasant Run Road in Opelousas and should be considered armed and dangerous.  He faces four counts of attempted first degree murder, one count of felony in possession of a firearm, and two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 337-948-8477 (TIPS) or download the P3 app on any mobile device to submit your tip anonymously.  All tips are confidential and you could earn up to a $1,000 cash reward.

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