Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Man tries to escape on motorized scooter

smithAn unruly customer is now spending time at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center where he's being held on a number of charges relating to a weekend confrontation at a local discount store.

Karl Dennis Smith, a 57-year-old Homer resident, reportedly was asked to leave the store Saturday afternoon after causing a disturbance. According to the Minden Police Department booking report, when Smith was ordered out of the store, he attempted to leave in an electric riding shopping cart. Store employees managed to stop him from leaving with the cart.

A short time later, Smith reportedly returned to the store, retrieved a push-type shopping cart, then left again when he spotted an MPD patrol unit responding to a call from store personnel. He was detained near the intersection of La. Hwy. 531 and the Homer Road by a Webster Parish deputy.

Smith's disruptive behavior didn't end with his arrest, however. Minden officers said once inside the city's holding cell, Smith removed his clothes and shoved them into the toilet.

He then flushed the toilet until the cell area was completely flooded.

Smith is currently being held at BDCC facing charges of disturbing the peace, remaining after forbidden, unauthorized use of a shopping cart and misrepresentation during booking.

holcombIn a separate incident, a 21-year-old Minden man is sitting in a cell at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center facing several charges relating to a physical confrontation involving a juvenile relative.

Police say Najajuan Laron Holcomb, of the 1000 block of Brenda Circle, has been charged with cruelty to juveniles, simple assault, resisting an officer, simple criminal damage to property and public intimidation as a result of the weekend incident.

According to the booking report, Holcomb apparently struck a 14-year-old female relative multiple times during an argument over a television set's remote control. When police officers arrived at the scene and determined Holcomb needed to be placed in custody, he reportedly resisted arrest.






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