By Bonnie Culverhouse
Another case of domestic violence ended in the arrest of an Arkansas man, after Minden Police were called to a motel/apartment Saturday night.
Timothy Burdette, 30, of Shreveport Road Apartments, Minden, is charged with domestic violence with child endangerment, resisting an officer with force or violence, false imprisonment and as a fugitive from Stamps, Ark. police.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said officers were dispatched to the apartment in the early evening after receiving a call that Burdette was preventing a female from leaving the room.
“When officers arrived, they saw the female outside by her vehicle,” Cropper said. “As they approached, they could see her shirt had been ripped and her hair was in disarray. They could see and hear Burdette yelling at her, so one of the officers approached with a loud verbal command to put his hands behind his back.”
Burdette reportedly slammed the door in the officer’s face, but the officer forced his way into the room.
“He began fighting with Burdette, giving him commands to place his hands behind his back, but Burdette continued to pull his arm away with force,” Cropper said. “When Burdette wouldn’t stop fighting with him, the officer struck him twice with a closed fist to the face to affect the arrest. After delivering the strikes and commanding Burdette to allow the officer to handcuff him, Burdette complied.”
Once Burdette was under arrest, the officer reportedly spoke with the female victim who had a one-year-old child with her. Cropper said the woman told officers she and Burdette were arguing.
“When she attempted to leave the room, Burdette began grabbing at her open hand, ripping her clothes,” said the chief. “Once he was able to grab her, Burdette attempted to slam her into the wall and bed.”
Once the victim was able to create separation, she reportedly took the child and ran to her vehicle. She said the couple had been living together for two months.
Burdette was transported to a holding cell at Minden Police Department. The chief said once officers ran his name through National Crime Information Center (NCIC), they discovered a felony warrant through Stamps PD. Dispatch made contact with that agency, and they confirmed the warrant, advising they wanted to place a hold on Burdette. He was transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.