Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Tim Soignet said that a pursuit resulted in the arrest of a suspect wanted for rape.
In August of 2020 Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office investigated a rape complaint of a female Terrebonne Parish resident. As a result of this investigation T.P.S.O. Detectives obtained a Second-Degree Rape arrest warrant for Carlos Juan Rodriguez (a 44-year-old male from Houma, La.) T.P.S.O. has actively been looking for Rodriguez since then. Information was obtained that he had left Louisiana to elude Law Enforcement.
Just before 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday 1-19-21 T.P.S.O. Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Bayou Blue area in reference to a call of a disturbance with a firearm. This residence belongs to a witness in the rape investigation. Rodriguez had returned to the area. Statements were obtained that Rodriguez made threatening comments and pointed a firearm at this witness. Rodriguez fled the area prior to Law Enforcement arriving on scene.
Just after 10:00 P.M. on Thursday 1-21-21 T.P.S.O. Uniform Patrol Division responded to the Coteau area in reference to a call of a suspicious vehicle. This residence belongs to the boyfriend of the witness in the rape investigation. He was also a witness to the incident that occurred in Bayou Blue on Tuesday 1-19-21.
As T.P.S.O. Dispatchers were receiving this information and relaying it to Uniform Patrol Deputies the driver of the suspicious vehicle exited the vehicle with a firearm. This is when it was learned this was again Rodriguez.
Rodriguez pointed the firearm towards an empty field and fired multiple shots. He then got back in his vehicle and departed the area. A T.P.S.O. Uniform Patrol Deputy was approaching the area as Rodriguez was leaving. The Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Rodriguez refused to stop, and a pursuit ensued.
Rodriguez drove at a high rate of speed and violated multiple other traffic laws during this pursuit. Other members of T.P.S.O. joined in this pursuit as it was ongoing. The pursuit ended in a residential area in Bayou Blue, where Rodriguez attempted to flee on foot.
After a brief chase Rodriguez was taken into custody. He was taken to a local medical facility to be treated for minor injuries received because of his resistance to Law Enforcement. A search of his vehicle revealed that Rodriguez had discarded evidence involved in this incident. He also had opened alcoholic beverages inside the vehicle.
Rodriguez was then arrested for Second Degree Rape in reference to the August of 2020 investigation, Aggravated Assault With A Firearm and Intimidating Impeding Or Injuring A Witness in reference to the incident occurring on 1-19-21, and Illegal Use Of Weapons, Intimidating Impeding Or Injuring A Witness, Aggravated Flight From An Officer, Obstruction Of Justice, and Possession Of Alcoholic Beverages In A Motor Vehicle in reference to the incident occurring on 1-21-21. He is currently being held without bond.