Suspect sought in alleged abduction

Staff reports
Gonzales Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly kidnapped a woman.

Gonzales Police asked the public Thursday for assistance locating a suspect who allegedly kidnapped a woman whom he picked up the corner of Airline Highway and Hwy. 621.

Police first received a report of the abducted female on Tuesday morning, Sgt. Steve Nethken said.

The abducted woman was walking north on Airline around 10:45 a.m., wearing blue jeans, a T-shirt and a dark-colored hooded sweater jacket, after having a verbal confrontation with her mother at a fast food chain store, Nethken said.

An older man described as in his 60s with white hair, pulled over to the side of the road in a newer model, dark-colored four-door Ford F150 pickup and asked the  woman if she needed a ride, Nethken said.

The woman accepted the ride and the man asked her if she “was working or walking” and asked her to “give him some,” Nethken said.

When the woman explained she was not a prostitute, the man allegedly began grabbing her by the arm and legs, then sped up and began running stoplights while northbound on Airline, according to Nethken.

While approaching Airline and Hwy. 621, the suspect slowed down for traffic congestion and the woman jumped from the truck while in the intersection, Nethken said.

The woman then ran to a corner convenience store and called 911 while the suspect allegedly turned west on Hwy. 621 and headed toward Hwy. 73 and Interstate 10.

The victim provided an Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office artist with a detailed description of the suspect’s face, from which a composite drawing was made.

The suspect is described as heavy-set, with a white mustache, white-trimmed beard, and wearing a gray Polo shirt with black dress slacks.

Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at 225-344-STOP.