Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced deputies arrested a Bayou Blue man on an outstanding warrant while responding to a complaint that he was trying to claim ownership of a neighbors dog. John Paul McCurry (W/M, D.O.B. 09/21/83) of 258 Hummingbird Drive was arrested on a warrant for Aggravated Second Degree Battery stemming from a January 13, 2012 incident where McCurry attacked a man outside a Bayou Blue truck stop.
On Monday afternoon, February 6, deputies responded to Hummingbird Drive in Bayou Blue where a woman was complaining that one of her neighbors was trying to claim ownership of her dog and take it from her. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the woman who said she had taken in a stray pit-bull last month that she found roaming the neighborhood. She stated the dog was in bad shape and that she had nursed it back to health at her own expense. Earlier in the day, she had sent the dog outside, and several minutes later it had returned with her neighbor, later identified as John Paul McCurry. McCurry insisted that the dog was his and demanded its return. After speaking to the woman, deputies then spoke to McCurry who gave inconsistent dates as to when the dog had gone missing. Deputies then asked McCurry for identification and learned that he had an active warrant for Aggravated Second Degree Battery. McCurry was placed under arrest for the warrant and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux for booking.
The warrant stemmed from a January 13th incident at a Bayou Blue truck stop. Deputies learned that at around 12:30 A.M. that morning, McCurry arrived at the store in his pickup truck and pulled up alongside another vehicle with three occupants. The driver and one passenger exited the vehicle and were followed inside by McCurry. When the two men were standing in line to check out, McCurry allegedly began harassing the driver which eventually led to a verbal argument between the two. Both men then exited the store and re-entered the other vehicle, followed by McCurry who then allegedly walked to his own truck, removed a club-like object from the truck bed, and then walked over to the driver and struck him several times with the object. When one of the passengers came to assist the driver, McCurry fled the scene.
The driver claimed he could not identify his assailant and therefore could only provide deputies with a physical description. Deputies were able to obtain the license plate number and surveillance footage and identified McCurry as the assailant. Deputies attempted to locate McCurry at the time, but were unable to do so, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
McCurry is currently being held at the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in lieu of $100,000.00 bond as per the warrant that had been issued by Judge F. Hugh Larose.