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Raceland man charged with second degree murder following Tuesday incident

Raceland man charged with second degree murder following Tuesday incident

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office announced that Danny Breaux, 38, of Raceland will be charged with second degree murder in the death of Cuong Tran, 39, of Thibodaux following an altercation Tuesday. Breaux was arrested Tuesday night and is currently in custody in Jefferson Parish.

At around 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, deputies responded to a call of an unknown male subject lying on the side of Eauclair Drive in Thibodaux. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the man, later identified as Tran, to be breathing but unresponsive with severe trauma to his head. He was transported by ambulance to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was flown via helicopter to University Hospital in New Orleans.

Investigators learned Tran was at his residence with another man, Danny Breaux, when the two arranged for Breaux to purchase a dog from Tran. Breaux later left the residence with the dog without paying for it, and Tran contacted Breaux by telephone about the dog. Breaux returned to Tran’s street, called Tran to the street, and a verbal altercation ensued. At one point, Breaux allegedly punched Tran in the face, and Tran collapsed, striking his head on the roadway. Breaux allegedly continued to strike Tran in the face while Tran was lying motionless in the roadway.

Breaux fled the scene following the incident. Deputies made contact with him by telephone, but Breaux refused to meet with deputies. Following the investigation, a warrant for Breaux’s arrest was obtained for the charge of attempted second degree murder. Then, late Tuesday night, Breaux was taken into custody by the Westwego Police Department in Jefferson Parish.

At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, Cuong Tran succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital. Detectives obtained a new warrant for Breaux for the charge of second degree murder on Wednesday morning.

He will be transferred from Jefferson Parish to Lafourche Parish Wednesday afternoon, and his bond has been set at $500,000 per the warrant.