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Victim alleges he was tied, strangled in barn; 6 arrested in Belle Chasse

Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office
Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Source: Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office

While waiting for deputies to arrive, a Belle Chasse man was allegedly forced into a barn where he was tied to a chair, strangled and left unconscious. According to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, a deputy found the victim in the barn and an investigation was launched.

Six Belle Chasse residents have been arrested on kidnapping, beating, weapons and meth lab charges following the incident on September 17.

The victim alleges that he was confronted by his uncle, 37-year-old Gregory Blanchard, and two other men in the 400 block of Walker Road in Belle Chasse. Blanchard, along with 30-year-old Michael Hahn and 38-year-old David Bruce, allegedly confronted the victim about being under the influence of drugs.

During the confrontation, the victim tells police that he was punched by his uncle and beaten by Hahn. The victim states he was then forced into a barn where he was tied to a chair and strangled by Bruce until he was left unconscious.

Prior to the kidnapping, police say the victim contacted the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office reporting that he feared for his safety. Police believe the victim was waiting on deputies to arrive when he was confronted by the trio.

When a responding deputy arrived at the scene, police say David Bruce informed the deputy that he was in the wrong place. Police say that Bruce sent the deputy to another location. However, police say the deputy was persistent and eventually found the victim unconscious in the barn.

The trio told deputies that the victim had a drug-induced seizure. The victim was treated by EMS and transported to a local hospital.  

On September 18, officers returned to the scene to launch an investigation. Police say that a search warrant was obtained for Blanchard's residence on September 19 after finding possible evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing.

During the search, investigators seized several items commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. Agents say they also seized four firearms, including two pistols and two rifles.

Investigators also learned that the residence was occupied by Gregory Blanchard and Michael Hahn. Police say Lyndey Fannin, 33, Brandon Franklin, 19, and Amanda Blanchard, 33, were also common occupants of the home.

All six individuals were arrested on September 19.

Gregory Blanchard has been charged with simple kidnapping, false imprisonment, second degree battery, operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab and possession of firearms with a controlled dangerous substance. His bond has been set at $82,500.

Michael Hahn has been charged with simple kidnapping, false imprisonment, second degree battery, operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a sawed-off rifle. His bond has been set at $92,500.

David Bruce was arrested on second degree battery charges. His bond has been set at $10,000.

Lyndsey Fannin was charged with operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab, possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding NOPD warrant. Her bond has been set at $27,500.

Brandon Franklin and Amanda Blanchard were booked and both have been charged with operating a clandestine methamphetamine lab. Both of their bonds were set at $10,000.

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