Police chief releases statement following officer’s arrest

Police chief releases statement following officer’s arrest

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles police officer was arrested after being accused of sexual battery and false imprisonment, according to Kim Myers with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Logan L. Manuel, 22, of Lake Charles was arrested on April 6 after detectives with the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office received a complaint about Manuel.

The investigation began with the victim telling detectives she was at Manuel’s home on the morning of April 6, at which time she and Manuel got into a verbal argument.

The victim told detectives that she tried to leave the home but Manuel grabbed her by the hair, pulled her down, and took her phone as well as her keys from her.

The victim went on to say that Manuel grabbed her by the neck and choked her while making homicidal statements towards her. She made a second attempt to leave and Manuel then grabbed her inappropriately and pulled her back towards him, said Myers.

Manuel’s one-year-old son was present in the home at the time of the incident. An arrest warrant was obtained for Manuel in the amount of $250,00 by Judge Clayton Davis.

Manuel was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and is facing charges of domestic abuse battery child endangerment, domestic abuse battery strangulation, false imprisonment, and sexual battery. His bond is set at $252,500.

Det. Brittney Jones is the lead detective.

Lake Charles Police Chief Shawn Caldwell released the following statement:

"Logan Manuel, an employee of the Lake Charles Police Department, was arrested on April 6 by the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office on charges related to a personal matter occurring while he was not on duty. He was hired in October 2017 as a dispatcher and then as a police officer in August 2018.

Allegations of this nature are taken very seriously and I immediately placed Manuel on administrative leave pending an internal investigation and the outcome of the criminal investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sherriff’s Office.

The Lake Charles Police Department is guided by strict policies which hold our personnel to the highest standards of conduct whether they are on or off duty. Integrity, trust and accountability underscore our commitment to the community we serve and under my administration anything short of this will not be tolerated."

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