Lake Charles –
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 28, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a disturbance on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa, LA. Upon arrival deputies learned a man had been shot while inside of his mobile home. The investigation revealed the victim’s fiancée was outside of the home when Robert J. Handy, 27, 4435 Brown St., Lake Charles, and Kenneth M. Pattum, 27, Jennings, man pulled up, approached the victim’s fiancée and began arguing loudly. The victim opened the door to his home, at which time, Handy told the victim to go back inside, then cocked a handgun. Both Handy and Pattum began shooting at the home. The victim’s fiancée told the two men that her child was inside of the home, and they continued to shoot at the home, then fled the scene in a truck.
On May 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m., CPSO deputies spotted Handy’s maroon Ford F150 pickup truck that was seen leaving the shooting on P. E. Daigle Rd. in Iowa on Sunday morning. When deputies approached the truck, Handy took off from the parking lot with deputies pursuing him for about 5 miles. Eventually Handy went off road around E. Burton and Smith Rd. and both he and Pattum, who was a passenger in the truck, bailed from the truck. Pattum was apprehended but Handy was able to evade capture. Pattum was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder; and resisting an officer by flight. Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $1,302,000. A warrant had been issued by Judge Canaday for Handy’s arrest.
On June 15 at approximately 6:40 p.m. Handy turned himself in at the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. He was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with 2 counts of attempted 2nd degree murder. Judge Canaday has set his bond at $1,300,000.
CPSO Detective Roland Jones is the lead investigator on this case.