Aug 14, 2014 10:40 PM by KATC

Suspects arrested & charged after an alleged assault

Authorities in Acadia Parish have arrested two suspects in connection with a home invasion and attempted second degree murder that was reported to the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office shortly after 1:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Investigators say while officers were responding to the incident, in the 5000 block of the Eunice Iota Hwy, they attempted to stop the suspected vehicle, a black Chevy S-10 pickup that was occupied by two white male suspects. Deputies say that the suspects sped away and that's when officers began a vehicle pursuit. Investigators say the pursuit ended in the 3600 block of the Iota Eunice Hwy, which officers say is home of one of the suspects.

The two suspects then exited their vehicle and deputies say they began foot chase into a wooded area that extended approximately 10 miles. One of the suspects was immediately apprehended. The second suspect ran into the wooded area and was apprehended without incident six hours later.

The two suspects have been identified at Billy West, 37, and James Rozas, 26, both of Iota.

Investigating officers say that West and Rozas drove to a home in the 5000 block of the Eunice Iota Hwy and forced their way in. Investigators say when Rozas entered the home he allegedly assaulted a female who was able to free herself and run to a neighboring home for help. That's when investigators say Rozas then began fighting with a male subject also in the home. A short time later investigators say West entered the home and also began assaulting the male subject. Officers say the male victim sustained cuts to his back and hands. He was transported to a Eunice hospital where he was stabilized and transferred to an Opelousas Hospital. His injuries are considered to be non-life threatening.

West and Rozas meanwhile have been booked into the Acadia Parish Jail and are charged with home invasion, criminal damage to property and attempted 2nd degree murder. Bond has not been set at this time.

Acadia Parish Sheriff Wayne Melancon thanked the Eunice Marshal's Office; Eunice Police Department; Louisiana State Police; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and members of his department for joining forces and working together to arrests these two individuals.

The investigation is continuing.


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