By Bonnie Culverhouse
A local man is behind bars after Minden Police arrested him, saving a young woman in the process.
Devontae Jackson, 21, of the 200 block of Virginia St., Minden, is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer by flight and simple criminal damage to property.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said OFC. Shane Griffith and Det. Chris Cheatham were investigating a female, possibly being held against her will.
“They received information that the suspect and victim were at a convenience store on Shreveport Road in a black Honda,” Cropper said. “They were also advised the suspect was armed.”
When Griffith arrived, he reportedly observed the Honda at the gas pump. He exited his vehicle and identified himself as a police officer.
“The male fled on foot, running out of the parking lot east on Shreveport Road,” Cropper said. “Griffith pursued him on foot, advising him to stop. He then jumped on the back of a vehicle parked at the intersection of Shreveport Road and Weston Street, causing damage to the right rear of the vehicle.”
Jackson then reportedly fled north on Weston Street with several officers in pursuit.
“He was taken into custody as he attempted to cross a fence in the rear of a dollar store on Shreveport Road,” said the chief. “He was found to be in possession of a Glock .40 caliber handgun in his right pants pocket, completely concealed.”
According to reports, the female victim told police Jackson threatened to shoot her in the face, and she felt he would have killed her if she didn’t comply.
Cropper said Jackson was booked at police headquarters without incident. A criminal history revealed he was convicted of illegal use of a weapon and off probation in October 2020.
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