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Aggravated Kidnapping Arrest UPDATE
2/10/2015 7:35:39 PM

Charles A. Smith faces a new charge tied to the January 24, 2015 case of an aggravated kidnapping in Livingston Parish. Investigators have recovered evidence to support the victim's story – and he now faces an aggravated rape charge as well.

Sheriff Jason Ard says, ‘Investigators in Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa Parishes have discovered that the crime of aggravated rape actually occurred in Tangipahoa Parish. Because the original crime started in Livingston Parish, my department will continue to be the lead.'

This investigation is ongoing.

Smith is currently in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. Log onto http://www.lpso.org/ and utilize our ‘Inmate List' tool for details.

BACKGROUND:

On January 24, 2015, members of the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office were alerted by St.Helena Sheriff's deputies about the pursuit of a stolen speeding vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle stopped near Calmes Road in St. Helena Parish, a few miles north of the Livingston Parish line. The driver then fled on foot.

An adult female and a toddler were located in the vehicle. The female advised deputies that she and her
2-year old were taken at gun point from the Dollar General store located at 39578 LA Hwy 16 in the Denham Springs area.

The victim advised deputies that they were then driven across the parish line into St. Helena Parish…and possibly into Tangipahoa Parish. St. Helena Parish Sheriff Nat Williams says, ‘It is believed that a rape occurred. We are currently investigating.'

Through information obtained during a joint investigation, a suspect was apprehended.

Charles A. Smith was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on the following charges:

>Aggravated Kidnapping

>Aggravated Kidnapping of a child

>False Imprisonment – 2 counts

*He is currently in the Livingston Parish Detention Center.

**He has an outstanding warrant for rape in Tangipahoa Parish.

Visit http://www.lpso.org/ and use our ‘inmate list' tool for more information

Sheriff Jason Ard says, ‘I am saddened by this type of crime happening in our parish. This particular
location is close to my home – and we are frequent visitors. This suspect was seen in the area by
witnesses as being suspicious, but it was never reported. If you see anyone looking suspicious, please
call us. Let's us check them out. That's our job. We are fortunate that we have an adjoining
Sheriff in St. Helena that is as committed to solving crime. Sheriff Williams and I were in constant
contact sharing information. That was a vital piece in the quick capture of the suspect.'

This investigation is ongoing. More charges are possible.


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