Man found in trunk of estranged wife’s car with zip ties, duct tape, toy gun

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6:03pm

GONZALES, LA (FOX44) — The Gonzales Police Department arrested a man after he violated a restraining order by hiding in the trunk of his estranged wife’s car. When discovered, investigators found the man with “zip” ties and duct tape in his pockets, which they believe he was going to use to kidnap the woman.

On Tuesday, Jan. 17, police were contacted by the local security guards at St. Elizabeth Hospital. After arriving at the scene, officers learned from the victim, Melissa Cotton, that she and her estranged husband, Talandis Cotton, have been separated since November 2011.

Mrs. Cotton claims that there have been numerous incidents of unauthorized entries into her home and physical attacks on her conducted by Talandis Cotton. Mrs. Cotton then produced a protection order issued by St John Court filed on Dec 15, 2011 alleging that on the evening of Dec. 14, 2011 she had been attacked and choked in her home by Talandis Cotton.

Out of fear for her safety, Mrs. Cotton asked security guards to walk her to her vehicle. The security guards noticed that the trunk lid of the vehicle was slightly open, and some items were scattered on the ground near the vehicle. When they opened the trunk, they found Talandis Cotton.

Officers search Talandis Cotton and found “zip” ties, which could be used to either bind someone’s hands or feet, a short length of duct tape, and a toy pistol, which appeared to be a real firearm to officers.

When asked by police why he was in the trunk, Talandis said that he was getting some hand tools from the trunk and the lid closed on him. He then denied any wrong doing.

Officers arrested Talandis Cotton, 45, of Metairie, and charged him for violating the protective order, as well as Attempted Aggravated Kidnapping. He is currently locked up in the Ascension Parish Prison.

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