Local man linked to LaPlace kidnapping

Published 12:12 am Wednesday, April 25, 2018

RESERVE — A local man was arrested for kidnapping after police said he was one of a group of people who forcibly removed a LaPlace man from his home through the threat of gun violence.

Darrius Tramaine Williams, 25, of Reserve was arrested Friday, charged with aggravated kidnapping, home invasion, false imprisonment: offender armed with a dangerous weapon and motor vehicle theft.

He is being held in custody in lieu of a $60,000 bond.

St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre said solid investigative work by Detective Byron Smith led to the arrest, which dated back to late November.

A Sheriff’s Office patrol officer was flagged down Nov. 21 by a man who said he was taken from his home by assailants, who then made him drive his vehicle to an unknown location.

The victim said he jumped from the moving vehicle and was able to run from the area and seek assistance.

The suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle and headed toward the victim’s residence. The victim provided officers with a description of his vehicle, and responding deputies then encountered the suspects in the victim’s stolen vehicle.

The suspects then led officers on a brief vehicle pursuit in the Canterbury subdivision area before abandoning the vehicle and escaping on foot.

Police said the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office TIPS line at 985-359-TIPS, dispatch at 985-652-6338 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 985-359-8769.