'Fighting back': Woman kills convicted sex offender who tried to rape her, police say

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'Fighting back': Woman kills convicted sex offender who tried to rape her, police say​

Story by Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY

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Awoman stabbed a convicted sex offender to death over the weekend as police said the felon attempted to rape her inside a Louisiana business in broad daylight.

The attack took place at a laundromat in Lacombe, a small, rural community about a 50-mile drive northeast of New Orleans.

The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office reported deputies responded about 3:30 p.m. Sunday to a laundromat off U.S. 190 for a report of unresponsive man with an apparent stab wound.

While en route to the scene, deputies were also dispatched to a call in reference to a woman claiming she stabbed a man who had attacked her while she was at the same laundromat.

Arriving officers found 40-year-old Nicholas Tranchant at the business suffering from a stab wound, officials said.


Nicholas Tranchant, a convicted sex offender from Louisiana.

Nicholas Tranchant, a convicted sex offender from Louisiana.© United States Department of Justice

Tranchant was taken to a hospital where he died, according to a press release from the department.


Woman fatally stabs attempted rapist​

A preliminary investigation into the death determined Tranchant − a convicted sex offender − entered the business armed with what officials described as a sharp weapon, and attempted to sexually assault the woman.

But she fought back.

"The female was able to gain possession of the weapon, and used it to stab him before fleeing to safety," the department wrote in the release.




Sheriff praises woman for 'fighting back'​

The woman was also taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries suffered in the attack, the department said.

“I want to compliment this brave woman on the courage and strength she showed in fighting back against her attacker and ask for prayers for her continued recovery,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.

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Convicted sex offender Nicholas Tranchant's criminal history​

Court records show Tranchant was convicted in Louisiana in July 2003 on a felony charge of indecent behavior with juveniles.

Then in May 2008, records show, he was convicted of felony attempted aggravated rape and aggravated burglary.

Tranchant was released from jail on those charges on Dec, 21, 2023, the sheriff's office reported, and by law, required to register as a sex offender for life.



Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at nalund@usatoday.com and follow her on X @nataliealund.

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Love the fact that she fought back and a permanent end to this monster :wow:

reminds me of that lady who ended up killing a serial killer.

Woman who killed alleged serial killer recounts final fight​



By Mark Albert

July 26, 2015 / 6:52 PM EDT / CBS News

CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Police in West Virginia seem to have quite the case on their hands: a man killed by a woman he attacked in her home may have been a serial killer himself.

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Neals FallsCHARLESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT VIA KOIN-TV

Investigators now believe 45-year-old Neal Falls may be connected to murders in three states.

Falls was answering an online ad for an escort, police said, when he showed up to a Charleston, West Virginia, home.

The woman, who wants only to be known as "Heather," answered the door.

She said Falls, armed with a gun, asked her: "live or die?" Then he started choking her.

"When he strangled me, I grabbed my rake, and when he laid the gun down to get the rake out of my hands, I shot him," Heather said. "I grabbed the gun and shot behind me."

Heather ran out of the house and flagged down a neighbor, who called 911. The neighbor said she "had to defend herself," and she had "cuts and stuff all over her."

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Some of the items found in Neal Falls' car after he was killed by a woman police say he attacked on July 18, 2015, in Charleston, W.Va.CHARLESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Inside Falls' car, detectives found a machete, axes, knives, a shovel, a sledgehammer, bleach, plastic trash bags, bulletproof vests, and four sets of handcuffs.

Now, police are investigating whether he could be connected to the murder or disappearance of nine women across three states: Ohio, Illinois, and Nevada.

Evidence found with dismembered bodies outside of Las Vegas, where Falls used to live, is similar to an item found in his car. And all the women were escorts, most of whom advertised online.

"It's likely that Mr. Falls is a serial killer," said Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department Chief of Detectives. "I believe she saved lives by shooting Mr. Falls, based on what he did to her and based on the items found in his car."

Neal Falls Heather

A woman who wanted to be identified as "Heather," who killed suspected serial killer Neal Falls, after he attacked herCBS NEWS

Police are not charging Heather for the shooting, which they say was in self-defense.

"I knew he was there to kill me," Heather said.

Police in West Virginia have asked the FBI for help, and are entering Falls' name into a national DNA database to check for links to other crimes.

Falls was found with a list of names, ages, and phone numbers of 10 other women, but police found all are still alive.
 
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