Murder-try suspect surrenders in St. John

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 3, 2001


LAPLACE – A LaPlace man charged with attempted second-degree murder surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon. After a LaPlace woman was found stabbed, lying naked near Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge last week, authorities began searching for Troy Taylor, 33, of 117 E. 30th St. The woman, who was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, told authorities the man had attacked her in LaPlace, then drove her to Baton Rouge to drop her off there. She spent many hours in surgery, but survived the assault. According to Capt. Mike Tregre of the St. John Sheriff’s Office, Taylor returned to LaPlace after the alleged attack. The Sheriff’s Office had received calls saying that he had been seen in the area in the days following the incident, said authorities. Tregre said that Taylor notified authorities of where he was, and an officer picked him up from that location at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was taken to the Sherman R. Walker Correctional Center and booked on attempted second-degree murder, attempted rape and second-degree kidnapping. Taylor, who was a friend of the 20-year-old victim’s family, has spent time in prison previously for armed robbery.