Gonzales man accused of holding elderly parents captive for 5 days

Richard Miley Show caption
Richard Miley

An elderly Gonzales couple’s son is accused of holding them captive in their own home for five days until their granddaughter came to their rescue.

Richard Miley, 44, was arrested Monday and booked on counts of false imprisonment, domestic abuse battery, simple criminal damage to property and parole violation, according to Maj. Ward Webb of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

They were freed after the couple’s granddaughter talked Miley into letting her take her grandparents to lunch, promising to bring them back afterward, Webb said.

She alerted authorities after talking to her grandparents about what was happening inside the home.

The victims told deputies that Miley had held them captive in their home over a period of five days, from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, and had also damaged the interior of the home, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The victims also told deputies that Miley had been living with them for the past eight months and seemed normal during that time, with the exception of the five days they were held against their will, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Miley told deputies he had stopped taking his medicine during that time and that caused his actions.

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said the granddaughter’s concerns about the welfare of her grandparents led her to come up with a plan to help them escape.

“A granddaughter who had concerns arranged to take them to lunch. It was a ruse; she wanted to get them out of the house,” Wiley said.

An effort to reach the grandparents for comment was unsuccessful. No one responded to a knock on the door on Friday. Miley is being held without bond in the Ascension Parish Jail.