Mamou man arrested for throwing acid in estranged wife’s face

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EUNICE, La. (KLFY) – A Mamou man is facing attempted murder and kidnapping charges after allegedly throwing acid in the face of his estranged wife and tying her up in her own home, according to the Eunice Police Department.

Duong Minh Le, 34, allegedly broke in to the victim’s home in Eunice Thursday morning and waited for her.

The victim told police she walked into her dining room and then a man wearing a masked walked out from around a wall and threw the acid on her.

She initially thought the suspect was the same height and weight as her estranged husband.

Police Chief Randy Fontenot says Le then tied the woman’s wrists and ankles up with zip ties and wrote a list of demands on a notebook. The victim told police she recognized Le’s handwriting.

Chief Fontenot said one of the demands was for the estranged wife to not sell the convenience store the woman owns in Mamou.

He did not speak during the incident, according to the victim. Investigators say at one point Le untied the victim to let her rinse her eyes out.

Le reportedly moved his estranged wife from room to room at knife point. He also took photos of her while she was tied up with her cell phone.

The victim ran to her neighbor’s house when she realized Le was no longer in the home.

Fontenot says officers arrested Le after detectives found tie straps and wet clothing that fit the victim’s description in his car.

Investigators also recovered Le’s cell phone inside the victim’s house.

The police chief tells KLFY that’ve responded to domestic disturbances at the home on previous occasions, the most recent being on September 27, 2015.

Le was also arrested for allegedly raping another individual back in April 2013, according to Chief Fontenot.

However, criminal charges did not proceed against Le because the victim moved out of state and authorities were unable to make contact with them.

Le was arrested on October 1, 2015, and is currently in the Acadia Parish Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempted First Degree Murder
  • Aggravated Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Burglary

Chief Fontenot did not have an update on the victim’s condition on Friday.

She was receiving treatment at a Lafayette burn unit as of Thursday, the police chief clarified.

The case remains under investigation. KLFY will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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