Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre reported a 23-year-old male is in custody for a robbery and beating that left a 59-year-old Cut Off man with severe injuries to his head and face. Kane Collins (W/M, D.O.B. 09/25/89), also of Cut Off, turned himself in to deputies less than four hours after the incident.
At around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, deputies responded to Lady of the Sea Hospital in Galliano in reference to a man who had suffered a severe beating. The victim had several lacerations to his face, as well as the front and back side of his head. Deputies learned Kane Collins had repeatedly struck the man with an unknown object, and patrol deputies in the South Lafourche area immediately began searching for Collins.
Through investigation, detectives learned the victim was sitting on his couch with the front door of his Cut Off apartment open when he heard the door slam and felt something strike him in the back of the head. He was struck several more times before finally being able to face his assailant. The victim attempted to shield himself, but the attack allegedly continued with repeated blows to the face and head, even as the victim attempted to crawl to the door to escape. Finally, as the victim was able to shout for help, the assailant fled the scene. Neighbors arrived moments later to help the victim and called 9-1-1. The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated for his injuries and subsequently released.
Shortly before 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, Collins turned himself in at the South Lafourche Sub-station. Detectives later learned Collins allegedly stole the victims wallet, which was recovered Wednesday behind a shopping center in the Cut Off area. Detectives also learned Collins was armed with an unknown object which he allegedly used as a weapon to commit the battery.
Collins was booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center in Thibodaux. He is charged with aggravated second degree battery, armed robbery, home invasion and resisting an officer in the incident. He was also booked with contempt of court as per the outstanding warrant. He remains at the Detention Center, and his bond was set at $127,000 by Judge John Leblanc. He is also being held for the Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole.
The investigation into this case is continuing.