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Assumption Parish Sheriffs Office


2 Arrests Made In Napoleonville Purse Snatching - Wednesday, September 14, 2011
On September 13, 2011, Assumption Parish Dispatch Center received a call around 11 am reporting that two male subjects just grabbed a woman's purse and that she is running behind them in the area of St. Anne Catholic Church in the Town of Napoleonville. A citizen of Napoleonville saw the subjects running with the purse and told them to "drop the purse and the cops were coming”. The subjects were startled and did drop the purse as well as a gun in the parking lot of another nearby church and fled on foot. The gun, which our investigation has determined was not used in the purse snatching, was recovered and turned out to be a pellet pistol which closely resembled an actual firearm. While the Sheriff and Deputies were responding, Warden Joe Young initially saw one of the subjects attempting to hide near the police jury maintenance yard. Units responded in an attempt to set up a perimeter and then exited their units to give chase. We later apprehended the subject after a short foot chase and took him into custody near the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 1008. The victim who initially chased the subjects was an elderly woman from Marshall, Texas who was in town for a memorial service being held at St. Anne Catholic Church. She was not injured and all of her belongings were recovered by deputies.
Travonta Ausama, age 17, of 413 Owens Street, Napoleonville, confessed to his involvement in this crime and identified the other subject that was with him. He was arrested and charged with Purse Snatching. The second subject Skiler Rhodes, age 19, of 5974 Highway 308, Belle Rose, turned himself in last night at the Assumption Parish Detention Center and he was also charged with Purse Snatching. It should be noted that under Louisiana law, whoever commits the crime of purse snatching shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than two years and for not more than twenty years. Both subjects are currently being held at the Assumption Parish Detention Center and bonds have not been set as of the time of this release.