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Texas man booked with kidnapping after woman found bound

Posted: 11:38 AM, May 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-25 12:38:37-04

Lake Charles Police have released more details in the kidnapping we reported yesterday.

Officers were called to the 2700 block of Sugarloaf Road near La. 14 and found a woman bound in tape and sheets, a spokesman said. 

Dequinta Jack, 19, of Baytown, Texas has been booked with second-degree kidnapping in the case. His bond is set at $225,000. 

Officers say the victim and Jack were acquainted with each other. They had stayed at a local hotel on Broad Street during the night. During the morning hours, the victim states that the suspect attacked her and ended up binding her in duct tape.  After binding the victim, the suspect then used another acquaintance’s vehicle that was outside the hotel without that person’s permission and loaded the victim into the vehicle, the victim told police. For almost two hours the suspect drove the victim around town while she was still taped and her head covered with a pillow case, she told police. The suspect ended up dropping her where she was found, and a witness was passing by when the suspect was taking the victim out of the car, police said. 

About 30 minutes before Lake Charles Police received the kidnapping call, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office got a report from a person stating that their vehicle had been taken from a hotel on Broad St. The vehicle owner said it was Dequinta Jack who took the vehicle, police said.

By the time the Lake Charles Police responded to the kidnapping and got the suspect’s name from the victim of the kidnapping, the Sheriff’s Office had located the vehicle that was taken from the hotel, but the suspect had fled on foot.  Officers determined that the kidnapping suspect was also the person who had taken the vehicle, and continued searching the area for him, police said. 

Jack was found in the 800 block of Gerstner Memorial Highway and arrested. 

Evidence collected and witness statements support the victim’s account of the incident, police say. 

Investigators are still working on a motive for the offense.

Detective Lisa Fontenot and Lt. Kevin Kirkum are investigating.