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July 28, 2023

Altercation North of Franklinton Escalates/Shots Fired/Suspect Caught in New Orleans

The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office reported today (July 28, 2023) that on Wednesday (July 26, 2023) afternoon, WPSO Deputy Norman Taylor responded to an altercation at 25198 Hwy. 25. Jaspen Antonio Robinson was alleged to have assaulted Breonna Betts, the mother of his children, and fired shots.

While Deputy Taylor was enroute to the scene, Deputy Caleb O'Dell received information that Breonna Betts had left Robinson's residence with her three children, heading east on Highway 438. Deputy O'Dell located Betts on Highway 438 near Partman Road and, due to her injuries, Deputy O'Dell promptly arranged for her and the children to be taken to Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton. Betts informed law enforcement that Robinson had also possessed a firearm during the altercation at his residence.

Deputies at the scene of the altercation did not make contact with Robinson but found spent 9mm casings in the vicinity where Betts had parked her vehicle. 

Deputy Taylor proceeded to Riverside Medical Center and interviewed Betts. She related that she had gone to Robinson's residence to discuss their recent child support/custody court date. However, the discussion quickly escalated, and Robinson allegedly became agitated, leading to a physical altercation. Betts stated that Robinson threatened her verbally and physically, eventually choking her while she held their youngest child. She further claimed that Robinson struck her with a closed fist, causing injuries to her face. During the altercation, her older son attempted to intervene, prompting Robinson to issue threats. Betts' son then called 911, and as Robinson retrieved a firearm and fired shots, Betts drove away quickly to seek safety.

Friday (July 28, 2023) morning, the Louisiana State Police and United States Marshals Task Force apprehended Robinson in New Orleans. Update 07/29/2023: The 31 year-old Robinson was booked into the Washington Parish Jail on 07/28/2023 on the charges of Domestic Abuse Battery/Strangulation, Aggravated Assault With a Firearm, Domestic Abuse/Child Endangerment (3 counts), and Contempt of Court by the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office. No bond set at this time.

Sheriff Randy "Country" Seal commends the exemplary teamwork displayed during the operation and emphasizes the significance of fostering mutually respectful relationships with both local and federal law enforcement agencies, within and beyond our area and state borders.

“With unwavering dedication and determination,” Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal expresses, “I am proud of my deputies for their diligent efforts in pursuing Robinson and ensuring that he is brought to justice. The seamless coordination between the Louisiana State Police, U.S. Marshals Task Force, and our own law enforcement personnel underscores the power of unified action in safeguarding our community.”

As Sheriff Seal reaffirms the commitment to maintaining strong partnerships with agencies at all levels, he highlights how such collaborations enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement efforts in combating crime and ensuring the safety of our citizens.

About the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office: The Washington Parish Sheriff's Office is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all residents in Washington Parish, Louisiana. The office's mission is to uphold the law, protect citizens, and work collaboratively with the community to build a safer environment for everyone.

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