The more questions he asked Brandon Scott Lavergne about the alleged attack on him in the New Orleans area, the less cooperative Lavergne became, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy says in his May 19 report.Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Hyer says when he arrived at Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Highway at about 10:16 p.m. May 19 to interview a man claiming to have been attacked outside of gas station, he was led to Brandon Scott Lavergne. At the time, Lavergne was in a hospital room and being held temporarily for observation, Hyer notes in the narrative report he filed the following day. “I asked [him] to provide me with as much details of the incident as he could at which time he stated that, at approximately [3 p.m.] on the reporting day, he was driving around in an unfamiliar area and that his G.P.S. in his vehicle was not working. [Lavergne] stated that he pulled his vehicle into an unknown gas station to ask for directions when he was approached by a white male wearing a New Orleans Saints football jersey (#24) and a black hat that covered his face.”
|This mug shot, from Lavergne's July 5 arrest for aggravated kidnapping and murder, reveals a scar on his neck. Lavergne claims he was attacked by an unknown assailant May 19, the same day Mickey Shunick went missing.
The convicted sex offender, who on July 5 was arrested for aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder in the case of 21-year-old UL Lafayette student Mickey Shunick, claims he was attacked by the white male without warning in the New Orleans area the same day Shunick went missing. According to Hyer’s account and the initial incident report, Lavergne was stabbed several times in the chest, back, neck and hand with a “knife/cutting instrument.” Lavergne also claimed the suspect stole his wallet, which contained his driver’s license (Lavergne, Lafayette police later confirmed, tried to alter his license to disguise the fact that he is sex offender) and $40. Lavergne told Hyer he drove around until he found Ocshner Hospital.
When the officer asked if he had any recollection of the area of the incident, Lavergne said he did not. No nearby street names, building shapes, landmarks/significant structures, “or any other identifiable features of his surroundings,” Hyer writes in the report. Lavergne told Hyer he was in town visiting a friend and was heading home after being released from the hospital. Hyer also notes that Lavergne told him he’d just spent two hours explaining to detectives with the New Orleans Police Department that he had no recollection of the area in which he was allegedly attacked. NOPD was also called to the hospital because Lavergne could not or would not tell anyone where the attack occurred.
“I attempted to gain further information from [him] in reference to him being attacked,” Hyer says. “However the more questions I asked, the less [Lavergne] began to provide.”
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