Smoothie World Owner Remains In Hospital After Standoff At Lafayette Business
The owner of the Smoothie World at Verot School Road and Pinhook Road in Lafayette has been taken into custody after allegedly locking himself inside the store for the past hour.
Capt. Kip Judice with the Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office says there were hostages inside, but the suspect, Tai Nguyen, let them go. That’s when he locked himself inside with a knife and refused to communicate with police.
Judice says Nguyen “became combative and resisted the deputies” when they attempted to arrest him. He suffered minor injuries and was being treated at University Medical Center.
The investigation is ongoing, but police are awaiting the results of a psychiatric evaluation before pressing charges.
The hostage standoff was sparked after an employee alerted police that Nguyen was acting irrationally and was armed with knives and swords, which he still had on him.
We were able to obtain some Facebook postings believed to be from the suspect below. You can see a VIDEO Nguyen made during the standoff that he posted on Facebook.