Louisiana teen girls, held at gunpoint, force car crash to escape kidnapper


Two teen girls abducted at gunpoint in Louisiana were able to fight off their attacker by causing a car crash.

The unidentified girls, ages 14 and 15, were walking back from a Dollar General store in Springfield when a man in an SUV approached them on Friday evening, news station WBRZ reported.

The man — who cops later identified as 39-year-old Albert Lavigne —  allegedly forced them into the vehicle at gunpoint, where a struggle ensued as he drove away from the scene, the outlet reported.

The teens kept grabbing the steering wheel, eventually causing the car to crash a few miles away in Tangipahoa, the outlet reported.

“We did fight for the wheel for a while and I finally won and jerked it,” the 14-year-old girl told the news station.

“We did hit two cars in the process and me and my friend walked out, running for help and these two guys tackled the kidnapper.”

Both of the girls — and the accused kidnapper — were brought to the hospital for injuries, news station WWL-TV reported.

Lavigne was taken into custody on outstanding warrants after he was released from the hospital, the outlet reported.

He will be transferred to the Livingston Parish Detention Center, where he will be booked on two counts of second-degree kidnapping, according to The Advocate.

“This is an excellent outcome,” said the 14-year-old’s father, Phillip Pigott, told WBRZ. “I’m very proud, very proud that she was able to get out of that situation like she did.”

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