Gonzales woman’s screams thwart attempted kidnapping _lowres


An enraged stranger pulled into a woman’s driveway Sunday night as she unloaded her car from a shopping trip and the two fought, with the woman, screaming for help, managing to fall into her house along with the man.

The incident began about 8 p.m. at 11168 Martin Road in Gonzales, where the woman, unpacking her vehicle, saw a stranger pull in behind her, get out and begin screaming at her, said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. “She had no idea who he was,” Webre said.

As the woman began to head toward her house, the man said, “You’re coming with me” and grabbed her, Webre said.

Struggling with the man, the woman managed to open the door of her house while calling for help, and both she and her attacker fell into the home, Webre said.

The woman’s husband, who had been asleep, got up, yelled at the intruder to get out, and the man charged the husband, Webre said.

As the husband began to fight off the stranger, the woman called for help in the backyard from her son and his friends, who had just returned from duck hunting, Webre said.

Together, four men — family members and friends — held the man at gunpoint on his stomach in the living room until deputies arrived; the stranger, Chad Babin, 46, 14450 L. Keller Road, St. Amant, was struck in the head by a gun by one of the homeowners in the struggle, Webre said.

Babin was brought to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales — where he was disruptive, Webre said — and treated for a laceration above his right eye, then brought to Ascension Parish Jail.

Babin was booked on counts of simple battery, simple criminal damage to property, home invasion and simple attempted kidnapping, Webre said. Bail had not yet been set as of late Monday afternoon.