Victim ‘Feared for her life’

Published 12:08 am Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sheriff’s Office says stalking suspect shows pattern of abuse

LAPLACE — A LaPlace man is facing charges of stalking, harassment and assault after a local woman reported she feared for her life following numerous, unwanted interactions, authorities said.

Kyle Mitchell,

Kyle Mitchell

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a home in the 2400 block of Cambridge Drive at 8:05 a.m. Sunday, following up on continued complaints that began the previous patrol shift accusing Kyle Mitchell, 23, of threatening and harassing a 28-year-old female at the residence.

“When deputies arrived, the victim told deputies that Mitchell had stalked, harassed and threatened her, and she feared for her life,” a release from the Sheriff’s Office said. “She told deputies that she met Mitchell through a social media site and had given him her cell phone number about a year ago, but his continual phone calls and text messages were annoying and unwanted.”

After changing her cell phone number, Mitchell went to her residence March 28 demanding she give him the new cell phone number, authorities said. He returned to the residence at 12 a.m. Sunday, knocking on the door and windows, threatening the victim and demanding she give him the new number, authorities said.

On both occasions, Mitchell fled the area before deputies arrived.

Based on the description of Mitchell given by the victim, deputies located and arrested Mitchell Sunday in the 2200 block of Cambridge Drive.

Mitchell was booked with resisting arrest by refusing to identify, simple assault, harassing phone calls, criminal damage to property, attempted home invasion and two counts of stalking.

He remains in custody in lieu of a $36,500 bond.

Sgt. Dane Clement said Mitchell did not provide deputies with an identification card when approached Sunday, and “when deputies asked him for his name, Mitchell gave deputies false information.”

Mitchell was also arrested March 5, according to Clement, and booked with telephone communications, improper language and harassment for harassing the same victim.

“On March 5, deputies viewed the victim’s cell phone log and verified that Mitchell called the victim approximately 25 times and texted her several times,” Clement said.

“No physical injuries were reported in any of the incidents.”

— By Gladys Davis Mulkey