Manhunt continues for suspect in beatings, rape


The Iberville Sheriff's Office has called in the U. S. Marshal's Service to assist in the hunt for a Plaquemine man wanted in the beatings of a middle aged couple and the rape and beating of a young teen Thursday night, Chief Criminal Deputy Stephen Engolio said.

Engolio said the Sheriff's Office has arrest warrants for Stevenson Lee Marshall, 28, who is wanted on three counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated rape. Marshall's last known address was 23929 Harmason Street, Plaquemine.

The three victims remain hospitalized in Baton Rouge, the chief deputy said Monday.

Marshall is accused of beating the couple at their home on La. 405 in the Dorseyville area. The beatings resulted in broken bones, bleeding in the brain and “a lot of blood loss,” Engolio said.

He said witnesses told deputies they saw the suspect in the area around 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

About an hour later, deputies found Marshall's truck, which broke down, on the side of La. 988 (River Road in north Plaquemine), with the rape victim, bound hand and foot, in the cab, Engolio said.

“Thank God, it broke down because I don't know what his intentions were,” he said.

The rape victim, who also was badly beaten, knew her attacker, the chief deputy said. He would describe her only as an Iberville Parish girl in her early teens.

The Sheriff's Office put out a call over the weekend for help in locating Marshall, who is described as a black man, six feet one in height and weighing 195 pounds. He is considered dangerous, Engolio said.

He said the office received several calls, but none panned out.

“Anybody who knows where he's at, please call,” Engolio said.

Anyone with information on Marshall's whereabouts can call the Sheriff's Office at (225) 687-3553 or 687-5100.