Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced the arrest of a Thibodaux man who had seven active warrants for his arrest. Lynes Anthony Ward (B/M, D.O.B. 11/19/84) of 200 Plymouth Street turned himself in to deputies on Monday, May 7. The Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office had issued information concerning Wards arrest warrants through a Fugitive Alert sent to the media on April 5, 2012.
We believe the pressure we put on Ward through the publicity of the case and increased patrols was a key factor in his decision to turn himself in, said Sheriff Webre. This shows how something as simple as public awareness can be a powerful tool in apprehending a fugitive.
Ward, also known as Peter Rabbit, was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center Monday on charges of Aggravated Assault, Domestic Abuse Battery by Strangulation, two counts of Domestic Abuse with Child Endangerment, False Imprisonment, Resisting an Officer, Violation of a Protective Order, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property. He is being held on $53,500.00 bond as set by the warrants.
The warrants for Wards arrest stemmed from an incident which occurred on Friday, March 30, 2012. As a Thibodaux woman was leaving her residence that day, Ward allegedly emerged from under the residence, pushed her back inside, and would not let her leave. He then allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and began strangling her. After releasing her, Ward grabbed a kitchen knife and attempted to stab the woman, who was holding one of her children at the time. The woman ran to a bathroom with her children and locked the door, but Ward kicked the door in, grabbed her by the hair, and struck her in the face causing her to bleed from the lip. The woman was able to calm Ward down, and a short time later, they left the home and Ward drove her to the Colonels Truck Plaza (Terrebonne Parish). Ward allowed the woman to enter the store, and while inside, she asked the store clerk to call 911. After returning to the car, the two drove off, but returned to the store a few minutes later. When they returned, they noticed a Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office deputy was on scene, and Ward got out of the car and fled on foot. The deputy notified the Lafourche Parish Sheriffs Office of the situation, and Lafourche deputies responded and tended to the victim.
Wards prior criminal history includes 5 prison stays and 12 arrests for a number of crimes including various battery charges, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Illegal Use of Weapons, Stalking, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, Home Invasion.