POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 2:04pm
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA — A suspect is behind bars on attempted murder charges after he punched a woman in the face and tried to stab her with a knife during a home invasion.
On November 11 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies patrolling in the area of Enterprise Blvd. and Broad Street observed a female running down the street screaming for help.
When deputies spoke with the female, she advised Larry W. Loya, 54, 759 Louisiana Avenue, Apt. # 2, Lake Charles, an acquaintance, forced his way into her home armed with a large kitchen knife. Once inside, Loya pushed the victim to the ground, struck her several times in the face and attempted to stab her several times as she attempted to flee.
The victim was able to escape out of a door of her home and flag down deputies for help.
Deputies quickly located and apprehended Loya at the victim’s home. Loya, who has a violent criminal history which includes a 1987 conviction of forcible rape in Calcasieu Parish and a September 2011 arrest for aggravated 2nd degree battery, was booked into Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with home invasion; attempted 2nd degree murder; aggravated assault; and criminal damage to property over $500.
Judge Michael Canaday set his bond at $775,000.