St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputies went to investigate a possible disturbance after a report of a call to 911 where someone hung up.

They went out to the 400 block of Verdun Lane in Verdunville to find a man forcing another guy into a home, while a third man fled on foot.

Deputies ordered both men out of the home, and they come out where they were detained.

Detectives believe that 19-year-old Demarcus McNeal and 24-year-old Courtland Francois ducted taped a male victim, drug him across the ground and held him at gunpoint.

Investigators say McNeal, Francois and the victim all knew each other.

McNeal was arrested on several charges including:

  • False imprisonment (while armed with a dangerous weapon)
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance
  • Simple battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute

Francois was arrested on the following charges:

  • Possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Possession of synthetic cnnabinoids with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a firearm in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance

Detectives say the investigation is ongoing.