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Police: Man refused to leave man’s apartment

by Minden Press-Herald



A Minden man outstayed his welcome when police were called because he was inside a man’s apartment without permission.
Dattrail Washington, 31, of the 100 block of Stanley Street, was arrested Saturday, June 27, and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling. Bond was set at $20,000.

According to reports, Sgt. Ryan Barnette and Officer First Class Chris Hammontree were dispatched to the apartment in reference to an unwanted person being there. Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says while the officers were in route, dispatch notified them the suspect fled the scene on foot.

“As Sgt. Barnette was approaching the location, he spotted a subject fitting the description walking down Lee Street, and at that point in time, he made contact with the suspect,” Cropper said. “The suspect immediately lay face down on the ground, and Hammontree arrived to assist. They took him into custody, and he was later identified as Mr. Washington.”

Cropper says Washington didn’t take anything from the residence. During questioning, Washington stated he’d been inside the apartment, knew the victim and had permission to be there, the chief says.

“Once they placed Washington in handcuffs, they made contact with the victim who advised he knew Washington and believed he was homeless,” Cropper said. “He’d allowed Washington to stay with him in the past, but said Washington was not to be there without him being present. Apparently, Washington had been at this guy’s apartment earlier in the day and both left. When the victim returned home, that’s when he noticed someone inside and called the police.”

Washington was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on the above charge.

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