MAY 9, 2011
A press conference was conducted by Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine and local law enforcement authorities this morning to give news media the latest information in the on- going investigation of the shooting death of a local Ville Platte Business person Friday night.
Mayor Vidrine with representatives of the Ville Platte City Police, Evangeline Parish Sheriff Department, City Marshal and State Police standing in back of her, told reporters that has asked the assistance of the state police to assist local detectives in the murder investigation. From now on, all news releases will be conducted by Public Information Officer Stephen Hammonds with State police Troop I.
The Mayor commented that no one has been arrested in the case. She also remarked that the walking curfew remains in effect every night from 8:00pm to 5;00am . She is asking the cooperation of every citizen to assist law enforcement agencies by sharing any information that may help them in solving this case.
The owner of a Nail Parlor, Mr. Lee, age 41, was shot and killed Friday night in an armed robbery, with his pregnant wife and customers witnessing the crime at their business on West Main.
In a news release earlier today, police say the suspect, when he found the door locked Friday night at 8:30, shot the door to gain entrance into the business.
The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a slim build. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt, black jeans, black shoes, a bandana and a green baseball cap. He left the business on foot with an undetermined amount of money.
Chief Neal Lartigue is urges anyone with information to come forward. He said “Even if you think that your information may not be very important, please call our office. You may have seen or heard something that provides us with more information that we can use to remove this violent criminal from our streets.” Anyone with information is asked to call the Ville Platte City Police Department at 363-1313. All callers will remain anonymous.