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Rape Cold Case Solved with Ville Platte Police Arrest

Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue reports arrest in rape case. Chief Neal Lartigue with the Ville Platte Police Department reports an arrest in an aggravated rape case which dates back to 1995. The original report was filed in June of 1995 in which it was reported that a black male subject stopped at a residence and asked for water, then kicked in the door of the residence and raped the homeowner. The victim was 47 years old at the time of the reported attack and died in 2004 before the suspect was identified. The Acadiana Crime Lab recently reported to the Detectives at the Ville Platte Police Department that they had a DNA match on the suspect which resulted in an arrest in the 23 year old case. Allen Reed Richard, 57, last reported address of 501 West Wilson Street in Ville Platte, was arrested on November 10, 2018 and booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on 1 count of aggravated rape. Richard was then transferred to the Evangeline Parish Jail on a $350,000.00 bond. Chief Neal Lartigue reminds citizens to report suspicious or illegal activity immediately by calling the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.

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