APSO searching for 55-year-old Prairieville man wanted for rape

Ascension Crime Briefs
Stephen Janis

The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is actively searching for Stephen Janis who raped and abused a woman and held her against her will on Thursday night, Nov. 17, said Sheriff Jeff Wiley of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to a nearby hospital where they met with the victim who advised that Janis held her against her will, beat her then raped her.

Janis is a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall and approximately 175 pounds. He may be driving a white 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck bearing a Louisiana license plate X946799.

Janis will be charged with first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm and second-degree battery.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stephen Janis is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the anonymous tip line from any cellular device or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7868). To be eligible for a cash reward, you must contact Crime Stoppers immediately.