The following is a Press Release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office:
On May 24, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched regarding a report of a rape. The 15-year-old female victim stated Lorenza J. Fontenot, 36, of Lake Charles, took her to a local boat launch during the early morning hours and forcefully raped her.
Further investigation was conducted and on June 27 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant for Fontenot's arrest.
While patrolling the area of N. Goos Street and Channel Street in Lake Charles, two CPSO deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a car after identifying Fontenot as the driver. When the deputies activated their unit lights and sirens, Fontenot stopped the vehicle and fled on foot heading westbound on Channel Street. Following a brief foot pursuit, Fontenot was apprehended by deputies and was found to be in possession of marijuana.
Fontenot, who also had an active warrant for a parole violation unrelated to this case, was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with forcible rape; resisting an officer by flight; and possession of marijuana.
Judge Clayton Davis set his bond at $350,000.