Feb 26, 2014 3:15 PM by Dave Fields

LPD investigates alleged battery, robbery at downtown parking tower

Lafayette City Police confirm that they are investigating a reported battery and robbery that allegedly occurred in the Vermilion Street parking garage in downtown Lafayette.

The incident, as described by Corey Lemoine, 22, of Lafayette, allegedly occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 9 when Lemoine, his girlfriend, and three other friends--all in their twenties--returned to their vehicle on the fourth level of the parking tower across from Agave Restaurant.

Lemoine indicated that he and his friends were jumped in the stairwell of the parking garage. According to Lemoine, his girlfriend, Chasity Padilla, 25, was pushed down two flights of stairs and kicked in the ribs, as well as her right shoulder. As a result of being pushed down the stairwell, Padilla was treated for a broken foot in addition to her other injuries.

Lemoine also advised that he suffered a shoulder injury, scratches, and bruises during the altercation. Lemoine said that two of his other friends were delivered blows to the head. Lemoine said he discovered after the incident that his wallet had been stolen and that his debit card had been used.

Police spokesperson Paul Mouton verified that the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) Cpl. Paul Mouton is investigating an early morning incident on Feb. 9 at the Vermilion Street parking tower that was reported to police later that day during the daytime hours.

According to the report: "Several victims were struck by three unknown males in the stairwell of the parking garage. One victim lost hiis wallet containing a credit card, which was later used at stores in Lafayette and Breaux Bridge. It is unknown at this time if the suspects in the battery also stole the victim's wallet."

"An investigation is ongoing," Mouton explained, adding that officers are attempting to review surveillance footage near the parking tower as well as from the businesses at which Lemoine's card had been used.

According to Lemoine, an emergency room nurse that tended to the group's injuries appeared not to be surprised that he and his friends had been injured at the parking tower.

Mouton noted that, during the calendar year preceding Feb. 1, 2014, the LPD handled 314 Calls for Service at 121 E. Vermilion Street" (parking tower address). Mouton indicated that, of these calls, 16 reports were taken for the following:

Disturbances (noise/fighting) - 3
Theft - 2
OWI - 2
Hit & Run - 1
Suspicious Circumstances - 1
Warrant - 1
Batteries - 2
Simple Criminal Damage to Property - 1
Ordinance Violation - 1
Drugs - 1
Service Call - 1

Mouton also explained that an officer is assigned to patrol the parking tower on weekends as people return to their vehicles from downtown night spots.



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