Prairieville man found guilty of kidnapping estranged wife, grandchild
PRAIRIEVILLE - A man has been found guilty in the 2015 attack and kidnapping of his former spouse and her grandchild.
According to District Attorney Ricky Babin, 50-year-old Troy Jones of Prairieville was found guilty of second-degree kidnapping and aggravated battery.
Authorities say the victim was reported missing by her daughter on Sept. 19, 2015 after she failed to drop off her grandchild and subsequently failed to show up at her workplace. A BOLO was put out for the victim's vehicle and an Amber Alert issued for the toddler.
Investigators later learned that the victim was getting into her vehicle with her grandson when Jones emerged from an abandoned vehicle on the property and stabbed her with a "shank-like" object, causing minor injuries. He then forced the victim into her vehicle and drove the vehicle to Lake Charles. Jones made several stops along the way, but never let the victims out of his sight.
Deputies were able to apprehend Jones as he was planning to head back to Lake Charles.
It was ordered that his sentences for kidnapping, aggravated battery and possession of contraband while incarcerated are to run consecutive to one another for a total of 30 years.