Lake Charles, LA –


During the early morning hours on May 3 the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call in reference to a kidnapping and sexual assault. The victim advised deputies earlier in night she was in the parking lot of a local casino when a man attacked her as she exited her vehicle. He forced her back into the front passenger seat of her vehicle and he got into the driver seat. The victim stated the suspect drove her around in her vehicle while sexually assaulting her. She also stated he drove her to various locations in Calcasieu Parish where he sexually assaulted her multiple times. She told deputies they stopped at a local convenience store on Highway 14 where he went into the store to make a purchase. When he returned to the car he told her to drive and drop him off near Medora Street in Lake Charles. The victim stated she dropped him off and then drove to her home and called 911.


After further investigation detectives learned Jovante C. Owens, 23, 1605 E. School Street, Lake Charles, was responsible for the kidnapping and rape. Surveillance video, as well as, interviews with several people lead to the identification of Owens. On May 6 Owens was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center. He is charged with first degree rape; and aggravated kidnapping. Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $1 million.


CPSO Detective Michael Primeaux is the lead investigator on this case.


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    Ms. Jackson (Friday, 16 April 2021 02:40)

    Why didn't y'all mention that all charges was dropped due to false information yeah I'll probably ruin that young man life cuz what I was told was he was a good person fresh out of high school graduate was athletic picked up time at the park with the kids was a hard worker at the plant since he graduated and and this make no sense this shows that somebody can be accused of something shown on the news and the district attorney couldn't come apologize for falsely accused I hope the young man get a chance to get out of prison early and prove to y'all that he's wasn't that animal you say he was ...FREE JOVANTE OWENS