The Investigators: Hit and run suspect out on bond after being on the run for a year

The Investigators: Hit and run suspect out on bond after being on the run for a year
Eric Fabre
Eric Fabre

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Janneh Trench, the man accused of the deadly hit-and-run of an LSU student, Eric Fabre, 21, bonded out of jail Saturday and the victim's family is furious. That's because it took almost a year for police to track Trench down.

Fabre's cousin Greg Fabre described the family's response as, "Anger, frustration and so much helplessness. We're living the emotions all over again of last summer."

Cpl. Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department said Trench hit Fabre's scooter around 1 a.m. on June 20, 2014 at the corner of Airline and Old Hammond Hwy. Coppola added Trench hit his scooter, tossing Fabre in the air and killing him. Police said the car Trench was believed to be driving was later found burned.

"He attempted to burn his vehicle to hide any evidence from the crash," said Coppola.

Warrants were put out for Trench's arrest, but the days turned into weeks, weeks to months and then finally a year later, a Crime Stoppers tip told U.S Marshals that Trench was in Clayton, GA. Fabre recalled it was around Father's Day that they got that news.

"It was just such a happy day for everybody to be here," said Fabre.

About two weeks later on the day Fabre would have turned 22 years old, Trench was extradited back to Baton Rouge and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

"It was pretty miraculous," said Fabre.

Judge Anthony Marabella set Trench's bond amount at $77,000. The bond amount breaks down as $67,000 for negligent homicide and $10,000 for simple arson.

"I'm sure you may find some higher, some lower, but it's a negligent homicide vs. a vehicular homicide and so I cannot dispute that bond would not be sufficient under normal circumstances," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Moore said his office filed a motion to revoke bond Tuesday, July 7, saying "A review of defendant's criminal history report shows a long history of arrests and criminal activity. Further, defendant has regularly demonstrated a pattern of failing to appear before the court in which his charges are pending."

"Our alarms just went off when we saw he had been a fugitive for so long and then later on, seeing how many times he had not appeared in court," said Moore.

"We don't want to relive this past year. We don't want there to be an opportunity," said Fabre. "Why give this person an opportunity to flee again? He's done it for an entire year. We are giving him an opportunity to make it happen again."

Jason Williams, an attorney from New Orleans, is representing Trench.

"He's ready to deal with the consequences, any and all of his actions," said Williams. "Over and over again, he said that he wished he would have dealt with all of this on the front end."

"I'm sorry. That does nothing for me," said Fabre in response.

The Fabre family said they have to see it to believe it as they try and cope with what they call "devastation."

"We think about him every day. We think about him every time we are together," said Fabre.

Moore said if they can prove there is substantial proof that Trench is a flight risk, the judge can order him back to prison without bond until trial begins.

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