HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said they arrested a police officer early Tuesday morning in the investigation of a man who held women against their will and forced them to perform sex acts.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office reported Grant Carruth, 25, of Husser, was booked on the following charges:
Sheriff Daniel Edwards said Carruth was taken into custody around 12:30 a.m. The Amite City police chief confirmed Carruth is a police officer with the department and has been suspended without pay.
"These allegations are serious violent offenses and through the efforts of our investigators, we were able to quickly apprehend the suspect," Edwards stated in a written release.
He said his office has been investigating two separate cases over the past month that involved women being kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The cases were reported on August 11 and September 20. Authorities said the suspect was more violent toward the second victim.
He added in both cases, the victims reported they were approached by a man who identified himself as a narcotics officer and would then tell them that they were being placed under arrest. According to reports, the victims were handcuffed and driven to unknown areas of Tangipahoa Parish.
The victims told investigators they were forced to perform sexual acts against their will. Edwards added the victims also said they were then driven to other areas and released.
Officials said the similarities in the cases led investigators to believe they were connected and the same suspect could be responsible for both. They added detectives gathered evidence that pointed to Carruth as their primary suspect. According to reports, both victims identified Carruth as the person who kidnapped and assaulted them.
Edwards gave thanks to Louisiana State Police and the Amite City Police Department for assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call 985-345-6150 or 985-634-9181.