(Manuel H King, photo courtesy of Lafayette Police)

UPDATE: 30-year-old Manuel King has been sentenced to serve 20 years in federal prison after carjacking three people on February 20, 2019.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney David Joseph's Office, King - a previously convicted felon - crashed all three stolen vehicles after taking them from their owners by gunpoint. Lafayette Police finally caught up to him after he crashed the third vehicle into a pond. King had left behind his wallet in the second victim's vehicle, but still had the Kimber 9mm semi-automatic pistol he used in the three carjackings.

This sentencing refers to the carjackings only, not the shooting mentioned in the original story below.


Feb. 21, 2019 - Lafayette Police Department Spokeswoman Corporal Bridgette Dugas says that a man wanted for shooting a woman and then carjacking several people was arrested yesterday afternoon.

Deputies with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Manuel H. King yesterday afternoon following a chase of the man in a stolen vehicle.

All of this started around 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon when Dugas says that King shot a 21-year-old woman at a home in the 200 block of Friendship Drive.

Following the shooting, police say the man carjacked someone in the parking local a business nearby.

He then allegedly carjacked two other people, and deputies from Lafayette were finally able to capture King after the chase went all the way into St. Martin Parish.

King has been arrested on several charges including:

  • Attempted Second Degree Murder
  • Home Invasion
  • An additional active warrant
  • Felon In Possession of a Firearm
  • Three counts of Carjacking
  • Armed Robbery

Dugas says they are still investigating all of the circumstances surrounding these incidents.