WPSO investigating apparent home invasion, kidnapping, sexual assault

Published 5:40 pm Friday, December 16, 2016

On Friday, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating an apparent home invasion, kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred in the afternoon afternoon southwest of Franklinton.

WPSO officials said that after a manhunt, Deonte (correct spelling unknown) Miller, age and address unknown, was taken into custody was questioned by Sheriff’s Office detectives.

Chief Deputy Mike Haley said that the tragic incident began when Miller, posing as a package delivery person, gained entry into a rural home.  He burglarized the home and forced the female resident to accompany him away from the scene.  Haley said that at some time during the encounter, Miller sexually assaulted her.  At one point she was able to escape.

Agencies participating in the manhunt were Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office,  Louisiana Probation and Parole and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Due to the complexity of this situation and many still unknown factors, it is expected that no definitive information will be available until Monday, Haley said.

“This was a dastardly crime committed by Miller,” Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “Our detectives will continue to work this crime throughout the weekend. Our sincere condolences go out to the victims in this matter. Please keep them in your prayers and please be very cautious about opening your door to anyone you don’t know. Always ask for and obtain proper credentials and always look to see if a marked delivery truck is in your driveway. If you have any doubts or concerns, call 911 immediately to be connected to our office.”

Anyone who has any information about Miller, whose picture is included with this story, is asked to call the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-839-3434.