In the early morning hours of December 1, 2013, Officers with the Ville Platte Police Department responded to a shooting call in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Drive, Ville Platte, according to a spokesman for Police Chief Neal Lartigue. Upon arrival officers found one person shot multiple times. Officers called for medical assistance and Acadian Ambulance was dispatched to the residence. Medical treatment was administered but the male suspect did not survive the shooting. Mr. Malcolm Wilson, 25 of 1331 Fruge Street, Ville Platte was pronounced dead at the scene from apparent gun shot wounds. The Ville Platte Police Department will submit their evidence and case information to the District Attorney’s Office for Grand Jury review.
On November 19, 2013 Officers responded to theft call in the 900 block of East LaSalle Street, Ville Platte. According to the report the business requested an investigation when they began to realize that money was being stolen from the company. The investigation of this theft by Detectives led to the discovery that over $30,000.00 had been stolen over a period of several months. Arrested was Rita G. Matte 43, of 1096 Archie Road, Eunice. Ms. Matte was booked into the Ville Platte City Jail on charge of theft by fraud. Ms. Matte was released on a $25,000.00 bond set by Judge John Larry Vidrine.
Chief Lartigue would like to remind everyone to keep doors, windows and automobiles locked at all times. Being diligent with your property may help keep it safe from theft. If you have information on any illegal activities please call the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313. Your call will remain anonymous.