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Beauregard Parish man wanted for rape captured in Lafayette

Posted at 8:57 AM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 10:10:05-04

A man wanted on rape and home invasion charges in Beauregard Parish was arrested in Lafayette on Monday.

Ezra Coutee
Courtesy LPSO

According to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office, 45-year-old Ezra Coutee was arrested in Lafayette Parish following information provided to Lafayette deputies on his whereabouts in the parish.

Deputies say that Coutee was wanted in connection with an April investigation into an alleged home invasion and rape. Coutee is accused of entering a home without permission on April 20 and raping a female victim. The Sheriff’s Office says that the victim was able to leave the home and contact 911 following the incident.

Belongings left behind at the scene by Coutee were sent to the Southwest Louisiana Regional Crime Lab for testing. That evidence, along with a description provided by the victim, confirmed Coutee as a suspect, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A $1,000 dollar reward was being offered for information leading Coutee’s apprehension and arrest.

Coutee is being held without bond on charges of 1st-degree rape and home invasion.