Man charged with holding woman, children captive in horrific two-night ordeal
BATON ROUGE – A woman and her two children survived two nights of terror leading up to Christmas.
Wayne Bernard Hebert, Jr., 25, was arrested and charged with the nights-long, mind-bending threat. Deputies explained what happened in an arrest report, obtained by WBRZ.
The mother of Hebert’s two children reported he abducted them and threatened them with a gun for two days. It started, the woman told deputies, on December 21, when she and Hebert were at a house together in Ethel. As she drove herself and Hebert to another family member’s home with their kids, the woman said Hebert warned he was armed and to do as he said and not “let things get out of hand.”
It was then, the woman said, that she was forced from the driver’s seat to the passenger’s seat and driven around by Hebert until he checked them all in at a hotel.
The woman told sheriff’s deputies Hebert seemed to stand guard in the room, reminding her and the two young kids he had a gun, for the entire night. The next morning, the fright continued.
The woman said Hebert forced them to drive around again, stopping at two stores and buy food before returning to the hotel room for a second night.
The woman said Hebert did not sleep that night either – keeping watch over the family again.
After the second morning, Hebert took the family to Pointe Coupee Parish then back into East Baton Rouge where the woman said she was forced on her hands and knees in a road and Hebert fired the gun across her head.
She “felt the air from the bullet,” as it whizzed by, deputies wrote in the arrest report.
Hebert, the woman said, forced her back in the car and drove back to Ethel where it all started and left the woman and the two kids.
The woman, the children – four and three-years-old – escaped unharmed.
Hebert was arrested later in the week and charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, possessing a firearm when he shouldn’t, assault and illegal use of a weapon.
The incident happened the weekend of his birthday, booking records show.
The identities of the victims were not released.
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