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October 17, 2019

Slidell Motel 6 Clerk Kidnapped by Estranged Boyfriend

Joseph Sylve (37) of Slidell is facing aggravated kidnapping charges after he reportedly forcibly
kidnapped his estranged girlfriend from Motel 6 Wednesday night (October 16, 2019). Slidell Police responded to a 911 call from Motel 6 on Taos Street in Slidell after a witness observed a man drag the motel clerk out of the motel and force her into a vehicle. The victim was screaming for someone to call 911, at which time, the witness was able to obtain a good description of the suspect and his vehicle.

The investigation led officers to identify Sylve as the suspect and the victim was his estranged girlfriend.  Slidell detectives worked throughout the night and were able to locate Sylve and the victim in New Orleans. Sylve briefly fled from detectives but was quickly taken into custody. The victim sustained minor injuries during the encounter but was otherwise in good health.

Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal says, “This incident last night could have turned a lot worse had it not been for the quick and diligent work of our officers and detectives. The victim fought hard and was able to get the attention of a good witness, who immediately called 911. We are grateful for that. One could only assume what the end result may have been had it not been for the good witness and outstanding police work. We are all extremely lucky this incident didn’t have a different ending.”

Sylve was booked into the Orleans Parish Jail as a fugitive and is awaiting transfer back to Slidell. If convicted of aggravated kidnapping, Sylve shall be punished by life imprisonment at hard labor without the benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

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