On Wednesday March 10, 2021, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a report of a hostage situation at a store located in the 200 block of Tate Cove Road. Upon arrival the Officer learned that a black male suspect was inside the business with a knife and had locked the door, not allowing anyone to leave the building.
The Officer issued commands and the suspect released his hold on the knife but then attempted to regain possession of the knife. The Officer struck the suspect in the leg with a Police baton at different times during the incident as the suspect continued to disregard verbal commands and cause damage to property. After multiple commands to get on the ground and the suspect continually getting into a combative stance, the Officer sprayed the suspect with OC spray.
The suspect then jumped over a counter and attempted to flee. Realizing that there was no escape, the suspect jumped back over the counter where he was tackled to the floor by two citizens The Officer placed the suspect in handcuffs and located on the suspect were what appeared to be synthetic marijuana and a clear crystal like substance.
Acadian Ambulance transported the suspect to Mercy Regional Medical Center and was released a short time later. Arrested was Patrick K. Dupre, age 20, of 505 North Latour Street, Ville Platte. Dupre was charged with Possession of schedule II, possession with intent to distribute, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, resisting a Police Officer with force or violence and simple criminal damage to property. Dupre was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail and transported to the Evangeline Parish Jail with no bond.
Chief Neal Lartigue reminds citizens to report suspicious or illegal activity by calling the Ville Platte Police Department 363-1313.
Your call will remain anonymous.