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Opelousas Man Arrested for Domestic Abuse Battery with Child Endangerment Among Other Charges

Deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Sam Yander Road in the Melville area in regards to a female being threatened by her ex-boyfriend, who had a handgun.

Posted: Sep 22, 2021 3:07 PM
Updated: Sep 22, 2021 3:08 PM

OPELOUSAS, La. - Deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Sam Yander Road in the Melville area in regards to a female being threatened by her ex-boyfriend, who had a handgun on September 21, 2021.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the victim and Evan Fontenot agreed to a supervised juvenile visitation which included activities outside the home and lasted throughout the day. As Evan Fontenot was driving the victim and the

juvenile under 1 year-of-age back to their home, he continued driving past the victim’s residence and stopped the vehicle at a residence which belongs to a relative of Evan Fontenot. He then demanded the victim’s cell phone, which she refused to give up. Evan Fontenot then threatened to beat the victim and the cell phone was given to him out of fear.

Evan Fontenot exited the vehicle and walked to the passenger door, demanding that the victim exit the vehicle. When she refused, Fontenot removed a handgun from his waistband and “cocked” the handgun while demanding that she exit the vehicle. Once outside, he locked the juvenile inside the vehicle while the engine was still running with the keys in the ignition. He pushed the victim inside the residence while maintaining possession of the firearm.

Once inside the residence, Fontenot threatened to kick the victim and swung a broken broom handle. While the victim was on the sofa, he crouched in front of the victim while holding the handgun and said that “he was sorry it had to end this way”. He laughed hysterically and left the residence with the victim.

In the vehicle, the juvenile was in the rear seat crying loudly and all of the doors were locked. Evan Fontenot grabbed a rubber mallet and broke the driver’s side window. Once inside the vehicle, Evan Fontenot drove the victim and the juvenile to Opelousas.  Fontenot called a relative to pick him up. He refused to return the cell phone to the victim, stating that he did not want the victim to be able to call anyone.

Once the victim was away from  Fontenot, she met with a relative of Evan Fontenot, who was able to obtain the victim’s cell phone and return it to her.

Deputies with the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office made contact with Evan Fontenot at his residence on Cypress Drive in the Opelousas area. When questioned, he refused to speak with law enforcement in regards to the incident.

On September 21, 2021 Evan Fontenot was transported to the St. Landry Parish Jail and booked on the following charges: Domestic abuse battery with child endangerment, domestic abuse aggravated assault with child endangerment, interfering with emergency communication and second degree kidnapping.

On behalf of Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz, this is Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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