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Battery charge sends Minden man to jail

by Minden Press-Herald


Minden Police arrested a man after they received a call that he’d tried to keep the victim from leaving his apartment.

Billy Pate, 46, of the 200 block of West Union Street, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 30, for false imprisonment, felony domestic abuse battery and disturbing the peace by drunkenness.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says on the above date, at around 7:40 p.m., Officer First Class Jesse Cutrer, Officers Brandon Curry and Terry Stephens were dispatched to the West Union Street address when Pate’s girlfriend called saying he would not allow her to leave the apartment.

“When they got there, they made contact with the victim, and she stated that Mr. Pate was extremely intoxicated and had fallen approximately three times in the last two or three hours,” he said. “At one point in time, she attempted to leave, and Mr. Pate took her belongings out of her hand and threw them across the room.”

Cropper went on to say she told police she tried to pick up her belongings while he cursed and yelled at her.

“When she got to the front door, Mr. Pate pushed her through the open doorway,” he said.
“Apparently she tried to leave before officers got there, and the last time she tried to leave, that’s when Mr. Pate pushed her through the doorway. And that’s when she got away from him and called 911.”

The chief says the three officers located Pate in the bedroom of the apartment. He was noted to have lacerations on his face and head, Cropper said.

He was placed under arrest and transported to Minden Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Upon release from the hospital, he was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center for booking.

Cropper says Pate has two prior arrests for domestic abuse with unknown dispositions.

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