Posted: Jul 6, 2010 5:26 PM by Kate Mundy
Updated: Jul 6, 2010 5:34 PM
A home invasion ends in death in St. Martinville. St. Martinville Police spent Tuesday searching for Paul Stanley Collins Junior, a homicide suspect considered armed and dangerous.
Collins is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife Labrandis Collins Batiste after a home invasion. Midday Tuesday, the door of apartment 47, remained busted down at Cypress Garden Apartments.
The resident, Paul Vital talked only to KATC. He was battered and shaken, but alive. "He came through the bedroom door, I raised by head he slammed me with the gun," said Vital of Paul Collins Jr.
Vital was knocked to the floor as Collins allegedly forced his 29-year old ex-wife onto the bed for sex. Vital said he was able to call for help without Collins knowing, by using a silent alert emergency button built into the bathroom wall.
"When the paramedics knocked, we both go to the door, he pulled her back and I went to the door and I said this man's got a gun," exclaimed Vital. He made his escape with the medics, but Brandi didn't survive the violent encounter. She was found shot to death in a field behind the apartments.
Tuesday afternoon, St. Martinville Police officers continued their investigation. "It's been well over three years since our last homicide," said Todd Dalbor Chief Administrative Officer with the department.
Investigators were called back to the apartments about a car believed to be driven by Collins. They closely examined a gold Chevy Malibu stolen out of Iberia Parish, home to the armed and dangerous suspect.
While police try to get to the bottom of the homicide and stolen vehicle, two little boys ages four and six, have their own questions. They were sleeping on an air mattress in the apartment during the invasion. "These kids kept asking why daddy kill my mama?" said Vital.
Police said the victim had a protective order against her ex-husband. She had been living in a women's shelter, but in recent months had chosen to move-in with Vital.