Sheriff praises domestic violence victim for fighting back
GONZALES - In a news release Tuesday, the sheriff's department praised a woman for protecting herself from an ex-boyfriend.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said the woman was threatened by Jonathan Beaureau, 35, on September 27. The woman said Beaureau left her a disturbing voice mail and ransacked her apartment.
The woman, who was not identified in the news release, obtained a temporary restraining order.
A few days later, deputies said Beaureau blocked the victim in a parking spot at the courthouse and threatened her. While on the phone with 911, the woman used a handgun to force Beaureau to retreat.
Eventually, authorities were able to apprehend Beaureau. Eventhough Gonzales Police arrested him, the sheriff's office commended the woman for fending off the suspect.
Beaureau was booked into jail on improper telephone communications, stalking and threatening a police officer charges. He also had a warrant for failure to appear in court.
While incarcerated, Beaureau was served with a temporary restraining order and notice of a protective order hearing.
Tuesday's news release comes after a violent week where domestic incidents resulted in deaths. According to national statistics, someone becomes a victim of domestic violence every 15 seconds.
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