Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced Lawrence Batiste (age 35) of Raceland turned himself on Thursday. Batiste was wanted for attempted kidnapping and home invasion stemming from an incident in February.
On February 13, 2017, a Raceland woman reported that two days prior, she returned to her residence during the early morning hours and went to bed. The woman reportedly closed the door to her residence but did not lock it. Moments later, Lawrence Batiste and an unknown black male subject entered the residence and grabbed the woman, attempting to force her outside the residence. They eventually forced her outside where they allegedly planned to put her into a vehicle with other male subjects, but a concerned citizen approached and told them to leave the woman alone. Deputies attempted to make contact with Batiste on several occasions, but they were unsuccessful. A warrant was then issued for Batiste’s arrest.
On Thursday, June 22, Batiste turned himself in to authorities. He was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on charges of Attempted Simple Kidnapping and Home Invasion. His bond is set at $75,000.
This incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this case, is asked to submit a tip anonymously through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region by phone at 1-800-743-7433 or online at www.crimestoppersbr.org. Tips can also be submitted using the P3 Tips app on your mobile device. Tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 in cash if the information leads to an arrest.