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Rapides Parish Domestic Abuse arrest made

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RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office arrest suspect after investigation in domestic abuse case.

According to the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, On July 30 deputies were dispatched to a local hospital in Alexandria in reference to a complaint of domestic battery. Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the victim who stated that she had been battered repeatedly over the previous few days at her residence located in the 1700 block of Community Lane in Alexandria, La.  After the deputy got the information from the victim and evidence was collected, they made contact with the suspect, identified as Percy Laviolette, at his place of employment and took him into custody for one count of Domestic Abuse Battery. 

The RPSO said when they felt there was more to the incident, it was turned over to RPSO Detectives for a follow up investigation. The victim was interviewed the following day after the hospital stay and Detectives discovered the suspect had actually held the victim against her will with a weapon, preventing her from leaving the residence. At one point the victim tried to run but was caught by the suspect. The suspect also made several threats to the victim and her dog. The RPSO said warrants were prepared for the arrest of Percy Laviolette for charges of Domestic Abuse, Aggravated Assault and False Imprisonment with a Dangerous Weapon.  The RPSO said Laviolette was re-arrested at the Rapides Parish Detention Center on August 1, where he is currently being held on a $152,500 bond.

"We see cases of Domestic Violence every week. When we get the call, it is usually not the first time an incident like this has happened. I urge these victims to please call for help and try to get out of a bad situation. There are organizations out here to help" said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. Sheriff Hilton said he would also like to remind everyone October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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