Law enforcement officers, including Ville Platte Chief Neal Lartigue (left), are pictured at the crime scene of a domestic dispute that turned deadly on Thursday. The female involved in the matter was charged with negligent homicide. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

VPPD investigates a domestic dispute turned deadly; recovers stolen ATV and vehicle

On Thursday, officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a residence on Lincoln Road where a domestic dispute turned deadly.
In a release from Ville Platte Chief of Police Neal Lartigue it stated that “on June 14, 2018, at approximately 3:30 p.m. officers with the VPPD responded to a report of a male subject who was non-responsive at 306 West Lincoln Rd.”
The release went on to state that “upon arrival the officers discovered that there had been a domestic dispute and the black male subject was found unresponsive and was pronounced deceased by the coroner.”
In an updated press release from the police department on Friday, the chief reported that the male subject may have died “possibly from a stab wound.”
Following the incident, 25-year-old Jessica Williams, of 306 West Long Street, was arrested and charged with negligent homicide.
Williams was then transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail, where she remains incarcerated on a $125,000.00 bond.
No further details on the death of the male subject are being released at this time, while the VPPD waits to receive a report from the Evangeline Parish Coronor’s Office regarding the cause of death.
Along with this investigation, the VPPD also found itself busy earlier in the week looking into reports of theft that occurred on Tuesday.
In a release on these two separate matters, the Chief stated, “On June 12, 2018, at approximately 7:15 a.m., officers with the VPPD responded to a residence on Denise Street in reference to a stolen Honda Foreman ATV.” According to the release, “the ATV was secured on a trailer under a carport.”
The release went on to state that “at approximately 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon an officer doing regular patrol, spotted the stolen ATV with multiple black males riding in the area of Martin Luther King Park.” Officers, detectives, and Ville Platte City Marshal Deputies then followed the ATV to the area of Rachel Street.
The release stated that the suspects eventually “abandoned the ATV and fled on foot.”
According to the Chief, “one of the suspects was located by a City Marshal Deputy and was arrested at the scene,” while the other suspects fled into a wooded area nearby and were not located.”
Arrested was 21-year-old Alex Richard, of 411 Rozas St. He was charged with possession of stolen goods and booked into the city jail on a $10,000.00 bond.
Less than an hour after the ATV was reported stolen Tuesday morning, “at approximately 8:10 a.m., officers received a report from Natchitoches Street regarding a stolen vehicle.”
According to the release, “upon arrival, officers learned that a white Dodge pickup had been stolen from the driveway of the residence and another vehicle at the residence had been broken into.”
Later in the day, at around 4:30 p.m., “officers with the VPPD located the stolen truck on Rozas Street where it had been abandoned.”
After locating both the ATV and the truck, the stolen goods were returned to their owners.
The investigation into this matter is ongoing, and the Chief reported that “more arrests are possible.”
Anyone with information regarding these two incidents is asked to contact the VPPD at (337) 363-1313. All calls will remain anonymous.

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