Amite Police Officer Arrested For Kidnapping, Rape
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office says an Amite Police Officer is under arrest for allegedly kidnapping women and raping them.
"Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards reports the arrest of 25 year old Grant P. Carruth of Husser, LA, on multiple charges kidnapping, sexual battery and rape," Spokeswoman Dawn Penepinto wrote in a news release.
"Over the past month, the TPSO has been investigating two separate cases involving the kidnapping and sexual assault of two female victims."
She says that in both cases the suspect allegedly identified himself as a narcotics officer.
"The suspect would then place them in handcuffs and tell them that they were being arrested. The victims were transported to undisclosed locations within Tangipahoa Parish where they were forced to performed sexual acts against their will. In both cases, the alleged suspect would then drive the victims to other locations where they were released and subsequently contacted the sheriff's office."
These allegations are serious violent offenses and through the efforts of our investigation we were able to quickly apprehend the suspect
Panepinto says the first case was reported on Aug. 11. The second one was on Sept. 20.
"With the information gathered from both cases, investigators were able to identify Carruth as a primary suspect, which both victims were able to positively identify. Investigators issued arrest warrants for Carruth and he was subsequently taken into custody."
Sheriff Edwards stated, "These allegations are serious violent offenses and through the efforts of our investigation we were able to quickly apprehend the suspect."
The Amite City Police Department helped in the investigation.
"TPSO requests anyone having further information pertaining to this investigation to please contact Detective Mike Moore @ 985-345-6150 or Detective Dale Athmann @ 985-634-9181."