July 4 Ends on Sour Note for Minden Man

By Bonnie Culverhouse

It was not a happy Fourth of July for one Minden man who is behind bars because one beer was just not enough.

Shalmichael Kyles, 44, of the 700 block of Peach Street, was arrested on a warrant of second-degree battery for an incident that occurred early in June.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers were dispatched to Minden Medical Center on June 7 in reference to an assault.

“Officers made contact with a female victim who told them she had taken her boyfriend, Shalmichael Kyles to a convenience store on Sibley Rd. to get him a beer,” Cropper said. “The victim purchased a single beer and when she went back to the vehicle, Kyles became very angry and began hitting her in the face, while en route to a location on Peach St.”

The victim reportedly told officers that once they arrived on Peach St., Kyles grabbed her hair, dragged her out of the vehicle and began beating her in the face.

“Once Kyles stopped beating her, she went to a friend’s house and was taken to MMC for treatment for injuries that caused swelling and bruising in her facial area,” said the chief. “Officers obtained a warrant and on July 4, Kyles was located and arrested.”

Kyles was reportedly booked at Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center under a $50,000 bond.


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