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On April 27, at around 4:30 pm, APD officers responded to the 500 block of Versailles to a report of a disturbance. When officers arrived, they contacted a male victim who reported being attacked by the suspect. The victim had a deep laceration to his nose, and reported that the suspect drew a knife and attacked him before fleeing the scene on foot. Officers were informed that the suspect had left pushing a woman in a wheelchair. Officers located the suspect and woman nearby, where it was discovered the woman was his girlfriend. Detectives were called to continue the investigation.
During the investigation, it was learned that the suspect and girlfriend were in a parked car in front of the girlfriend's father's home. The woman, who is disabled and requires a wheelchair, went into the home with the assistance of her father. When she was inside, she reported that her boyfriend was physically abusive, even cutting her with a knife, and she wanted to leave him. The boyfriend then forced his way into the home and attacked her father before taking her at knife point and forcing her out of the home, then making her leave with him.
The suspect, who was identified as Blake Gauthier, 29, and who is apparently homeless, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Second Degree Battery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery, Home Invasion, and Second Degree Kidnapping. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.