Beauregard Parish home invasion rape suspect captured Monday in Lafayette


A Beauregard parish rape suspect was caught Monday morning in Lafayette. 

The Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office says it contacted the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office after it received information that 44-year-old Ezra Coutee was in the area.

At approximately 10:15 a.m. Coutee was located and arrested without incident. 

Late last month, BPSO says it received an emergency call in reference to a male subject who entered a home without permission and raped a female victim.

The victim was later able to flee the home and contacted 911 from a neighbor’s residence, BPSO said. 

Upon a search of the victim’s home, belongings were found left behind by the suspect and submitted to the Southwest Louisiana Regional Crime Lab for testing.

Based on the physical description provided by the victim, and a canvass of the area, Coutee became a person of interest in the investigation.

He is being held without bond for 1st degree rape and home Invasion.

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