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June 29, 2020

WPSO: Kentwood Man Arrested for Kidnapping

On Saturday (June 27, 2020), Washington Parish Patrol Sergeant Jay Dupre responded to a business
on Sunset Drive in Bogalusa. A clerk at the business had called 911 and reported a female had come into the business begging the clerk to call 911, stating that she was in danger from a male in the parking lot.

The woman and man left before Sgt. Dupre arrived; however, 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 traveled west on Highway 10 searching for the vehicle and were able to stop it near Choctaw Road.

The driver, Clinton Kent Prescott (age 50 and 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 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, 2020 he drove with the victim to Bogalusa and stopped at the business for her to use the restroom. That is when she ran inside and frantically asked the clerk to call 911 before Prescott could enter the building. 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 commented when he learned of the arrest. “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 Sgt. Dupre and Deputy Taylor were able to rescue your victim and I thank the business clerk who recognized the dangerous situation you created and promptly called 911.”

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