Warrant issued for Bushnell, VPPD searching for him
By: CARISSA HEBERT
If you know the whereabouts of Michael Bushnell, 40, a black male who is known to stay at 108 W. Beech St., Ville Platte, or in the Kennedy Subdivision at 1006 Booker T. Road, Ville Platte, you are asked to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.
Sgt. Joseph “Plywood” Fontenot said Bushnell allegedly beat his former live-in girlfriend July 27, causing severe bruising. She told authorities she was unable to call police because he allegedly continued to threaten her. Then, on the July 29th, Bushnell allegedly returned to the residence and forcibly raped the female.
Fontenot said the investigation led to a warrant for Bushnell on the charges of aggravated battery and forcible rape. The bond has been set at $100,000. Fontenot said he contacted Bushnell’s family and advised them of the investigation. The family agreed to talk to Bushnell and have him turn himself into authorities. Fontenot also spoke to Bushnell twice by cell phone, and both times Bushnell promised to turn himself into authorities.
The last contact Fontenot had with Bushnell was Monday, August 4, and at press time, Wednesday evening, he still remained free.
Anyone with information on Bushnell is asked to contact the department.
Randy James Freeman, 26, 210 E. Jefferson St., Ville Platte, was charged with simple battery, resisting an officer by flight and simple escape July 30. His bond has been set at $10,000.
Sgt. Fontenot said a complaint was made by a victim who claimed Freeman committed a battery on her. When officers arrived, Freeman fled the area on foot. Officers Tammy Bonnett and Willis Thomas captured Freeman and put him in handcuffs. When they attempted to put him in the vehicle, Freeman managed to escape again in handcuffs. He was apprehended and brought to the city jail, where he was booked.