Sheriff: Wrong turn leads to shooting, arson
BELLE ROSE- Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack calls it one of the most bizarre crimes he's ever investigated.
Around 7 p.m. Tuesday, two men took a wrong turn on Tigerville Road and their night took a horrifying turn, according to investigators.
"Two subjects stood in front of the car brandishing weapons, forced them out of the car, then later forced them into this home which was unoccupied," said Sheriff Waguespack.
Authorities believe the two suspects forced the victims into that house. A fight erupted and shots were fired, hitting 23-year old Tony Rodriguez in the head. One of the victims managed to escape and run to a nearby sugar mill and call for help.
When authorities arrived, the home the men were forced into had been set on fire. Authorities believe it was done to cover up evidence.
"They just stole my car and shot my friend," the frantic witness said to a 911 dispatcher.
The actual 911 tapes show the dispatcher had trouble understanding the caller.
"They stole my car at gunpoint," the victim said. "Who did sir," the operator questioned. "I don't know who ma'am. I was at a stop sign and they pulled me over."
Right now, authorities are in the process of trying to gather evidence. They believe the motive was robbery, and don't believe drugs were involved.
"We believe this guy's credible and his story is solid," Waguespack said.
Waguespack requested assistance from State Police. There is a large sugarcane field near the home that needed to be searched by helicopter.
Neighbors in the area told News 2 they are gripped with fear after the crime.
"I hope they solve it pretty quick because it's scary that this happens right up under us," one neighbor said.
If you have any information, call the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office at (985)526-1627.