Mar 7, 2014 7:21 PM by Dave Fields

VPPD still questioning man about courthouse, convenience store threats

Ville Platte Police Department reports that it continues to hold in custody a Ville Platte man possibly connected with Thursday's bomb threat at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse.

Police Chief Neal Lartigue indicated that Kalinsky Arvie, a Ville Platte resident in his twenties, could remain in custody for as long as 72 hours while he is questioned about two separate incidents in Ville Platte yesterday.

According to Lartigue, Arvie entered a Ville Platte convenience store and threatened the clerks.

"He kept saying they owed him $3,500," Lartigue said of Arvie. Arvie had entered the convenience store as the Evangeline Parish Courthouse was being evacuated as a result of a bomb threat.

Lartigue advised that multiple units from several agencies were present at the courthouse to assist with bomb threat situation. Assisting VPPD were the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office adnd the Ward 1 Marshal's Office.

"I could rob y'all and nobody would ever know," Arvie told the clerks, according to Lartigue. Yesterday it was reported that it may have been possible that the courthouse bomb threat could have been used as a diversion to rob the convenience store.

No evidence of a bomb was discovered after searching the courthouse.

The chief said that Arvie would remain in custody until he is charged.

"There will be charges filed soon," Lartigue said.




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