This past Saturday, a clerk at a Bogalusa convenience store called 911 to report that a woman had come into the store begging the clerk to call 911. She said she was in danger from a man in the parking lot.
Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre responded to the 911 call. The woman and man left before Sgt. Dupre arrived but the clerk was able to give a good description of the vehicle as well as the license plate number.
Sgt. Dupre and Patrol Deputy Norman Taylor travelled west on Highway 10 toward Franklinton searching for the vehicle and were able to stop it near Choctaw Road east of Franklinton.
The driver, Clinton Kent Prescott, 50, a resident of North 11th Street in Kentwood, was arrested, but not before resisting the officers. The officers subdued him, Sgt. Dupre placed him in handcuffs, and he was transported to the Washington Parish Jail charged with aggravated kidnapping, resisting a police officer with force or violence and being a fugitive from Tangipahoa Parish where he is wanted for cruelty to the infirm. Prescott will remain in the Washington Parish Jail until he makes bond. At that time, he will be transferred to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail to face charges there.
According to the female kidnap victim, she was held against her will for several days by Prescott who physically abused her and threatened to kill her. On June 27, he drove with the victim to Bogalusa and stopped at the store for her to use the restroom. That’s when she ran inside and frantically asked the clerk to call 911 before Prescott could enter the store. When she exited the restroom, he was inside the business and forced her to get back into his vehicle.
After Prescott was apprehended and placed in the rear of a Washington Parish Sheriff's Office vehicle, he cursed and yelled at his victim, threatening to get her when he was released from jail. After ascertaining the victim was not injured, officers allowed her to leave the scene with friends.
Sheriff Randy Seal said, "Welcome to the Washington Parish Jail, Mr. Prescott. This is exactly where you belong and we are pleased to be able to house you. I am so grateful that Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Taylor were able to rescue your victim and I thank the store clerk who recognized the dangerous situation.”