Iowa Police Treating Lachara Bordeaux As A Victim

The person of interest in a fatal shooting told police she was held at gunpoint

A murder investigation that started in Sioux Falls has moved across the border to Iowa.

Authorities in Le Mars arrested a woman believed to be connected to a fatal shooting that took place outside the Lucky Casino last Friday, April 22.

Twenty-six-year-old Lachara Bordeaux was a person of interest in the shooting death of Baptiste White Eyes.

Police say she left the scene with the murder suspect, 20-year-old Jared ‘Jay’ Stone.

But this time, Iowa police are treating Bordeaux as the victim.

A 911 call led Le Mars Police Officers to Le Mars Truck Stop where they found Bordeaux.

“She made a complaint or filed a report where she is alleging that she was held against her will at gunpoint at the truck stop parking lot in a vehicle,” says Le Mars Police Lt. Robert Bendlin. 

Bordeaux told law enforcement that it was Stone who held her at gunpoint, but she was able to get away and alert a stranger. 

“Since that time, we made contact with the Sioux Falls Police because we knew this had something to do with the homicide that they had previously,” says Plymouth County Sheriff Mike Van Otterloo. 

That homicide took place Friday night, where Stone allegedly shot 27-year-old Baptiste White Eyes twice.

Le Mars Police say they do not know where Stone fled to now. 

“We have no reason to think that the suspect, Stone, is still in the area,” says Lt. Bendlin. “But we can’t rule that out. We just ask that the citizens be vigilant, report anything unusual” 

This also includes any sightings of the vehicle Stone is expected to be traveling in: a dark blue 1998 Chevy Lumina, with four doors and a South Dakota License Plate.

But as for Bordeaux, “she is not under investigation for anything by the Le Mars Police Department; we’re treating her complaint to us as her being the victim,” says Lt. Bendlin.

Even though Bordeaux isn’t being charged in Le Mars, she is being held at the Plymouth County Jail for two counts of being an accessory in Minnehaha County.

She does have an extradition hearing Wednesday morning in Le Mars.

A “take back the site” prayer vigil has been organized for Wednesday night where the shooting took place.

Community members will be gathering at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Lucky Lady Casino at 11th and South Duluth.

Prayers for victims of violence, including Baptiste White Eyes, will be offered during the service.

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