LAFAYETTE — A Cottonport man has been named as a suspect in the Sept. 23 attack and carjacking of a University of Louisiana at Lafayette student.
Two warrants were issued for 36-year-old Eric C. Dupas, who is accused of carjacking and second-degree kidnapping in the incident on Oak Crest Drive, said Cpl. Paul Mouton, a spokesman for the Lafayette police department.
Authorities connected Dupas to the crime based on evidence recovered inside the woman’s vehicle, which was found last week in Cottonport, Mouton said.
Dupas is accused of choking the woman and forcing her into the backseat of her 2008 Mustang around 7 a.m. that Tuesday, then releasing her a short time later and fleeing in her car, according to Mouton.
The woman’s purse and other items were stolen, including her phone, which was found off Interstate 10 near Scott on the day of the crime, Mouton said.
Anyone with information on Dupas’ whereabouts is urged to call the Lafayette Police Department or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 337-232-TIPS (8477).