On March 10, 2016 at approximately 8 A.M., deputies from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a welfare concern in the Pineville area.
Initial reports had originally came from a clerk at a local Pineville convenience store. The very alert clerk told deputies a male and female customer came into the store and after a while, the female communicated to the clerk secretly that she was being physically abused and being held against her will by her boyfriend at a residence on Booner Miller Road.
After they made their purchases, the victim and the suspect left the store.
The clerk promptly contacted the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and gave deputies the address that was given to her, and even gave deputies an accurate description of the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect was later identified as Russell Joseph “Joey” Riggs, 34 of Pineville. After deputies obtained this information, they responded to 633 Booner Miller Road, in Pineville where they located the suspect’s vehicle.
Deputies attempted to make contact with someone at the residence but no one would answer. After a short time and continuous attempts to get someone to the door, a female, later identified as the victim, ran out of the residence to the protection of the Deputies.
Another Deputy immediately made entry into the residence, located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. According to the victim, she and Riggs were involved in an argument where Riggs allegedly committed a battery on her, threatened her with a firearm and then held against her will. When they went to the store, she knew she had to get some help and fortunately the clerk responded and contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies observed marks on the victim that corroborated her story and also a loaded handgun was located in the residence.
Riggs was transported and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center for:
- False Imprisonment with a Firearm
- Simple Battery – Domestic
- Domestic Aggravated Assault
- Two counts – Contempt of Court through other agencies.
Riggs remains in jail being held without bond at this time.
“This is one of those incidents where being in the right place at the right time really paid off” said Sheriff William Earl Hilton. “The courage of these two women should really be commended; the victim for having the courage to tell the clerk she needed help and the clerk for having the courage to get involved. I am very proud of both of these citizens for standing up for what is right.”
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence or know someone who is and needs assistance, please call your local law enforcement agency or the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 888-411-1333.