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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal reports that at approximately 1:00 PM today deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division, Bureau of Investigation and SWAT team responded to an apartment complex in the 500 block of Grand Pre Blvd. in New Iberia concerning reports of a female being held hostage. Information received indicated the male suspect had threatened violence against the victim. Deputies established a perimeter around the apartment complex in anticipation of making entry into the apartment.Prior to making entry the suspect attempted to leave the apartment complex in a vehicle along with the victim.The suspect vehicle was stopped by deputies at the intersection of Parkview Dr. and Grand Pre Blvd. at which time the suspect was apprehended without incident.The 40 year old victim was transported to a local hospital for observation.

The suspect, identified as Thomas Joseph Chevalier, 31 of New Iberia was charged on outstanding warrants for Home Invasion, Domestic Abuse Strangulation and Violation of a Protective Order. Additional charges are pending.

For additional information as it becomes available contact Lieutenant Richard Fleming, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Public Information Officer at 337-321-4524 or 337-201-6786 or e-mail rfleming@iberiaso.org.

Name: Thomas J. Chevalier

Name: Thomas J. Chevalier