Suspect who allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend professes innocence

Norman Gibson
Norman Gibson

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man, who led at least nine different law agencies on a manhunt and 3-hour chase through several parishes, is jailed with charges of kidnapping and attempted 2nd degree murder.

When asked if he kidnapped his girlfriend, Norman Gibson, 33, professed innocence to our news crew and said he did not do anything that officials reported him doing.

"I didn't do it," Gibson states.

EBR Deputies say Gibson showed up at his ex-girlfriend's home on Jasper Avenue, and shot her boyfriend in the chest.

The victim remains in stable condition and is expected to survive.

But it did not end there.

According to State Police Trooper Jared Sandifer, Gibson allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend and fled through numerous parishes.

"We got a call for assistance from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. They put out a bolo for the suspect. They knew… what kind of car he was driving."

Sandifer also commented on which direction the suspect was headed, "The individual is from Zachary. The shooting actually happened in EBR. We interviewed people in Zachary. We had reason to believe he may be in the West Baton Rouge Parish as well, and he was actually stopped in St. Landry Parish."

Deputies say that from Jasper Avenue, Gibson went into West Baton Rouge Parish, through Iberville, and eventually Livonia Police along with Louisiana State Troopers spotted the 2009 Silver Corolla they had been looking for coming off the Krotz Springs Bridge in St. Landry Parish.

"Once our troopers and Livonia PD were able to locate the individual, they made a traffic stop that was pretty uneventful. I think the individual knew it was over at that point," says Sandifer.

The chase lasted approximately three hours. Gibson was first arrested by St. Landry Deputies as a fugitive from Baton Rouge. The woman he allegedly kidnapped was safe. The vehicle that Gibson is accused of driving away in is now in custody of the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Sandifer reported the incident required a lot of participation from all involved, "This is definitely not an everyday deal. It's involving a lot of different agencies."

Those agencies all came together to ensure the safety those affected.

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