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Bond set at $1,090,000 in Catahoula assault, rape case
from The Concordia Sentinel
January 6, 2017 -

(Concordia Sentinel) — Bond was set at $1,090,000 Wednesday (Jan. 4) for a Jonesville man on multiple charges relating to the rape, kidnapping and attempted murder of a 74-year-old Enterprise woman on Dec. 23.

Judge John Reeves set the bond during a hearing at the Catahoula Parish Courthouse in Harrisonburg.

Jimmy Franklin, 32, 115 Hwy. 923, Jonesville, was transported to Catahoula Parish last week after he was charged with multiple offenses in Franklin Parish in the same case.

His bond in Franklin Parish was set at $661,500.

Franklin is accused of holding the 74-year-old Enterprise woman at gunpoint during the attack, according to Catahoula Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) Chief Detective Bubba Roy.

In Franklin Parish, Franklin is accused of shooting at a deputy as law enforcement officers pursued him. His victim had escaped a short time before his arrest.

A list of the charges filed against Franklin in Catahoula on Wednesday and bond for each count was follows:

Introduction of contraband into a penal institution, $25,000.

Attempted first-degree murder, $50,000.

Home invasion, $50,000.

Aggravated kidnapping, $75,000.

Simple arson $150,000.

Felony theft, $15,000.

Five counts of aggravated rape, $150,000 each count.

Armed robbery, $25,000.

Aggravated criminal damage to property (three counts), $5,000 each count.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, $10,000.

Roy said CPSO received a call at approximately 3 a.m. Friday (Dec. 23) from FPSO that officers “were in pursuit of a suspect that had shot at some deputies and had kidnapped a female from our parish.”

He said CPSO deputies raced to the crime scene -- the 74-year-old woman’s home in Enterprise where Franklin had assaulted her.

“He had gone to the victim’s residence armed with a shotgun and kicked in the door,” Roy said.

Franklin stuffed the woman into the trunk of a car and “drove to Franklin Parish where she escaped. She went to a nearby home and reported what had happened to the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office.”

Roy said Franklin, who has a lengthy criminal record, had done some yard work for the victim.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb said Franklin was taken into custody in a wooded area off LA Hwy. 135 in Franklin Parish early Friday morning (Dec. 23) after a pursuit by law enforcement.

“We believe the individual had sexual motivations. We also believe the individual had motivation to get money to further his drug situation,” Cobb said.

The victim was able to escape her attacker in Wisner and quickly told authorities what had happened to her.

“She showed great character, keeping her wits about her and ultimately saving her own life,” Cobb said.

Charges filed against Franklin in Franklin Parish include aggravated flight from an officer, attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer and possession of firearm by person convicted of felonies.

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