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Man arrested after holding woman, 2 children hostage in Iberia Parish

10 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Friday, August 25 2023 Aug 25, 2023 August 25, 2023 10:14 AM August 25, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

LYDIA - Deputies arrested a man after a hostage situation Thursday night involving a mother and her two young children. 

According to the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, law enforcement with the New Iberia Police Department and Lafayette Police Department were called to a home on Leona Street on reports of a man, 25-year-old Alex Picou, threatening a neighbor with a weapon around 9 p.m. Thursday. 

Picou's mother then called law enforcement and said he was holding a woman and her two children, ages 4 and 6, hostage inside the home. 

Deputies and the SWAT teams with NIPD and LPD were eventually able to get into the house and arrest Picou. He was taken to a hospital with self-inflicted injuries. 

Picou was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and domestic abuse with child endangerment.

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