SLIDELL, La. — Authorities have captured a Louisiana businessman who may have orchestrated the kidnapping of his estranged wife.

Slidell Police spokesman Det. Daniel Seuzeneau says police and U.S. Marshals arrested Lawrence Michael Handley, 49, at a motel in that city Friday afternoon.

Handley’s wife was kidnapped from her Lafayette home Sunday by two men. She was found alive in the back of a van that two Jackson, Mississippi men abandoned Sunday in Port Allen after a police chase. The men ran into a swamp and were found drowned Monday in the nearby Intracoastal Waterway.

Handley faces charges in Lafayette including conspiracy to commit second-degree kidnapping, conspiracy to attempted second-degree kidnapping and violation of a protective order.

Seuzeneau says Handley was booked into jail in Slidell and will be returned to Lafayette.

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