St. Landry

Dec 16, 2011 6:06 PM by Maddie Garrett

Acadiana Fugitive on America's Most Wanted

A fugitive from Acadiana is getting national attention on "America's Most Wanted." The show set up in St. Landry Parish to re-enact crimes and a stand off scene with 39-year-old Kenneth Crouch. Crouch is still on the run, and authorities are hoping the television publicity will help lead to an arrest.

"He's got a track record of assaulting women and he needs to be brought back to jail. He needs to be brought to justice and brought to jail," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Corey Britt.

Britt has spent the past year looking for Crouch, a fugitive with a lengthy criminal background. In 1994 he was convicted of forcible rape and aggravated burglary. He then violated his parole for that crime, allegedly beating his girlfriend in Sunset. Britt said Crouch is now on the run with a stolen weapon and is an unregistered sex offender.

"(He's) Extremely dangerous, especially to women," said Britt..

Britt said they called in "America's Most Wanted" to help bring awareness to the case and the dangers Crouch poses to the public.

"We want to expose him. If we aired him locally it wouldn't do us any good if he was in California or in Montana, so we want to get the word out throughout the United States, national websites, national media and make it that much harder for Kenneth to hide," explained Britt.

So with a realistic re-enactment, and the show airing on Fox at 7:00 pm tomorrow, authorities hope they can nab this criminal.

"It's of the upmost importance, it illustrates the seriousness of the crime, it illustrates his fugitive status, and again it makes it harder for him to hide."

If you have any information on Crouch or his whereabouts contact "America's Most Wanted" at 1-800-CRIME-TV, the U.S. Marshal's Violent Offender Task Force in Lafayette at (337) 262-6792 or (337) 251-6921, or St. Landry Parish Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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