June 25th, 2012 by edsel
According to police, ‘Swamp People’ star Joe LaFont allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with fists and a lit cigarette while the two of them were apparently drunk.
The Inquisitr reported that Trapper Joe got arrested early Wednesday morning after he allegedly assaulted and burned his girlfriend with a cigarette. LaFont was booked at a local police station in Orange County, Florida.
In the Orange County police report, a witness claimed to see Joe LaFont and his girlfriend arguing outside of the Buena Vista Hotel and Spa just after midnight. The witness believed that both the ‘Swamp People‘ star and his girlfriend appeared to be very drunk at the time of the attack.
According to The Inquisitr, the witness then saw LaFont deck his girlfriend in the cheek. He then grabbed her and repeatedly shook her hard.
In addition, LaFont’s girlfriend told Orange County police officers that the ‘Swamp People’ star received a call on his cell phone. LaFont’s girlfriend wanted to know who was calling. When she reached for the phone, Joe LaFont allegedly tried to burn her with his lit cigarette. He then allegedly went on to assault her.
The Inquisitr reported that Joe LaFont denied all of the accusations levied against him when the police arrived. The ‘Swamp People’ cast member was taken to a nearby police station and booked into custody after the cops obtained testimonies from eyewitnesses.
Webloid TMZ first obtained copies of the police report. No further information was provided at this time of The Inquisitr report.
Reps for ‘Swamp People’ and Joe LaFont did not issue any comments regarding LaFont’s.
June 22nd, 2012 by edsel
He may have miraculously escaped that insane 5-car pile-up almost two months ago. But alligator hunter Joe LaFont of ’Swamp People’ fame didn’t escape the long arm of California law when it came to alleged domestic violence.
TMZ reported that the man known as ‘Trapper Joe’ on his job/reality show was taken into custody by Orange County police on Wednesday morning on grounds of domestic violence.
According to sources close to the ‘Swamp People‘ star, Joe LaFont got embroiled in an argument with his girlfriend over an unknown matter. Details regarding the argument and arrest remained unclear; History, which airs the show, refused to comment. TMZ continues to follow the case.
TMZ earlier reported that Joe and his stepson Tommy Chauvin got involved in a 5-car pile-up near the Arkansas-Louisiana state line back in April.
“It was like a bomb went off,” Joe LaFont told the webloid. ”If it wasn’t for the boat,” he said of a truck-towed boat that deflected a tractor-trailer heading Joe’s way, “I would have been killed…”
‘Swamp People’ seemed to be having a bad year. Aside from the aforementioned multiple car pile-up, the History show also had to deal with the unexpected death of cast member Mitchell Guist.
The Hollywood Reporter stated that Mitchell Guist fell out of his boat after reportedly suffering a “seizure.” Coroners ruled that Guist died of natural causes. The ‘Swamp People’ episode ‘Vooodoo Bayou episode was dedicated in his memory.
Bail for Joe LaFont is currently set at $1,500.
May 4th, 2012 by edsel
The latest in a line of boats saved the life of ‘Swamp People’ star Joe LaFont- only this time, it was on an Arkansas highway instead of an alligator-infested marsh.
TMZ previously reported that LaFont and his gator-hunting stepson Tommy Chauvin were nearly killed on Monday in a 5-car pile-up near the Arkansas-Louisiana state border. The pile-up was caused by a tractor-trailer ramming the truck behind LaFont.
In a Wednesday interview, the reality star said that the truck behind him was towing a boat. That proved to be the ‘Swamp People‘ stars’ guardian angel.
Joe LaFont told TMZ that when the tractor-trailer hit the boat, it turned the towing truck sideways. That truck ended up T-boning Joe and Tommy Chauvin rather than barreling straight through them, which would have possibly killed them.
“If it wasn’t for the boat, I would have been killed,” LaFont observed. “It was like a bomb went off.”
According to the ‘Swamp People’ star, his F-150 and its attached cargo trailer were reduced to wreckage. Joe Lafont himself didn’t suffer any serious injuries. He did admit that his neck and shoulders have bothered him since the crash, so he planned to drop by a doctor later this Wednesday.
Joe LaFont says he has no plans to sue.