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Suspect arrested in France

Thursday, November 20, 2003

On Sunday morning November 16, 2003 French Police arrested Ben Meaux at his residence in Marcielle, France. He is wanted for the October 31, 2002 shooting of two employees at Don’s Sports and Imports Auto Dealership located at 2520 Ambassador Caffery. Shortly after the shooting Detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office obtained two warrants for Ben Meaux, both for Attempted First Degree Murder. Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office and the FBI discovered that Mr. Meaux had flown into Houston, Tx. the day before the shooting from France where he was living. It is believed he had fled back to France after the shooting. Sheriff’s Detectives began working with The State Department and Interpol to notify French Authorities of the warrants and to attempt to locate his whereabouts.
Ben Meaux is presently being held by French Authorities on the warrants issued by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office for Attempted First Degree Murder and Unlawful Flight to avoid Prosecution. Sheriff’s Office Detectives are currently working with The State Department and the French Government to extradite Ben Meaux back to Lafayette to face

Lt. Craig Stansbury
Public Information Officer
Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office