Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:40 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jul 12, 2012 10:44 PM
KATC is the only news outlet with this initial police report from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office detailing an interview they had with murder suspect Brandon Lavergne the same day Mickey Shunick was kidnapped.
This latest development is filling out the gaps in a timeline leading up to Lavergne's arrest and charge of murder in connection with Mickey's disappearance.
Until now, there was a gaping hole in what is known about Lavergne's whereabouts after Mickey disappeared. Surveillance video captured her on St. Landry Street at 1:48 a.m. On May 19th. Moments after, the white pick up truck police believe is Lavergne's can be seen following Mickey.
After that, it appears he headed east on I-10 to New Orleans. On May 19th, Lavergne checked into Oschner Hospital on Jefferson Highway around 11:00 pm, claiming he had been attacked and stabbed several times by a stranger at an unknown gas station.
In the incident report, Lavergne told Jefferson Parish deputies he was attacked around 3:00 pm that day, but they said Lavergne could not tell them where the gas station was, he would give no street names, buildings or landmarks.
Lavergne claimed he was in town visiting a friend and would return home when he left the hospital. He also said his wallet and driver's license was stolen.
But as the deputy asked more questions, the report says the less information Lavergne would provide. They filed the report and the hospital released him.
Fast forward 12 days, Lavergne's truck is found burned in Texas. We now know days later, on June 4th, he bought a new Z-71 just like his old one from Don's Wholesale in Lafayette Parish.
A month later, police arrested him and charged him with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder.
Lafayette Police said they knew about the hospital visit in New Orleans, but would not comment further, saying they want to protect the integrity of the case.
A new mug shot of Lavergne is also now public. It shows him clean-shaven, unlike the original mug shot from his arrest on July 5th.
The Lafayette Sheriff's Office said they realized they had not charged him with failure to register as a sex offender. The Sheriff's Office said this pertains to Lavergne allegedly destroying his driver's license in order to conceal that he was a registered sex offender.
In order to charge him, they had to re-book him and take a new mugshot. The online inmate data base automatically updates with the latest mug shot.