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Jeanerette man arrested, accused of kidnapping and assaulting woman

Posted: 8:58 AM, Oct 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-18 09:58:28-04

The Jeanerette Marshal’s Office says a man has been arrested in connection with an alleged kidnapping and assault on a woman.

Jeanerette Marshal Fernest Martin says that 22-year-old Joseph Ledet was arrested after being identified in a photo lineup by the victim.

Joseph Ledet
Joseph Ledet courtesy Jeanerette Marshal’s Office

The Marshal’s Office says that Ledet allegedly grabbed the victim while she was walking home and forced her inside his vehicle. The victim told officers she was then allegedly assaulted by Ledet.

After escaping, Martin says that the victim was able to contact authorities and later identify Ledet as the suspect.

Ledet was arrested and booked on charges of simple kidnapping and sexual battery. He is currently housed at the Iberia Parish Jail. No bond has been set.