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Catahoula Parish woman kidnapped early Friday, suspect arrested and faces at least 11 charges
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December 27, 2016 -

WISNER, La. (Franklin Sun) — A Catahoula Parish woman is recovering after authorities say she was sexually assaulted, kidnapped and forced into the trunk of her vehicle early Friday morning.

A news release from the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office said FPSO received a call at approximately 1:30 a.m. from woman who said she'd just escaped after being abducted from her home. The victim, who only has been identified as a 74-year-old white female, said she had been kidnapped and placed in the trunk of her car at her home near Enterprise, before being driven to Wisner, where she somehow was able to escape.

The release stated Wisner Police Department then made contact with the victim, and as authorities were speaking with her FPSO deputies spotted a vehicle fitting the description of hers leaving the area at a high rate of speed.

Multiple law enforcement personnel attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fired multiple shots at the officers while fleeing the scene.

Deputies pursued the suspect to Simons Road near Liddieville off LA Hwy. 135, where the suspect turned down a turn row and exited the vehicle on foot into a wooded area.

After a three-hour man hunt, the release states officers apprehended 32-year-old Jimmy Edward Franklin, a Franklin Parish man with an extensive criminal history.

Franklin was booked into Franklin Parish Detention Center and faces the following charges in both Catahoula and Franklin Parish: Aggravated kidnapping; Attempted aggravated arson; Aggravated rape; Oral sexual battery; Sexual battery of persons with infirmities; Aggravated criminal damage to property; Theft of a motor vehicle; Aggravated flight from an officer; Attempted murder of a peace officer; Aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer; Possession of firearm by person convicted of felonies.

Additional charges are pending, according to the release.

"This was a very dangerous situation," Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said. "I am very thankful that none of our deputies, the police officers that assisted or the general public were hurt in this encounter. I am most thankful that the victim was able to escape on her own and ultimately save her own life."

"I would also like to thank the other agencies that assisted us today, the Wisner Police Department, Winnsboro Police Department, Caldwell Parish Sheriff’s Office, Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office and Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office," Cobb added. | © 2014 | All Rights Reserved
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