Police Make Sterling Arrest

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A 32-year-old Minden man is in trouble with the law and his mother after showing up where he wasn’t wanted.

Lavancia Jamerel Sterling, of the 100 block of Lorex Rd., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police for remaining after being forbidden, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, possession of Sch. I synthetic Marijuana and possession of Sch. II Ecstasy.

Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Chris Hammontree and Off. Jason Lee answered the call at a Bayou Avenue apartment where police had been called the night before where Sterling was trying to beat down his mother’s door.

“When they arrived, the officers found Sterling walking away from the apartment,” Cropper said. “They asked Sterling if he knew he was banned from the property, and Sterling’s response was that he was homeless and had no other place to go.”

Officers reportedly Mirandized Sterling and placed him under arrest.

“During a search of Sterling’s person, they located three Ecstasy tablets in his left shorts pocket, along with a package of Cigarillos that only tobacco inside,” said the chief.

The officers then reportedly made contact with Sterling’s mother, who told them Sterling arrived at her house and came in her open front door.

“She told the officers she is scared of Sterling and has told him many times he is not welcome at her residence,” Cropper said. “Sterling entered anyway, and his mother told him to leave multiple times, reminding him that he was banned from the apartment complex by the manager.”

At that time, Lt. Hammontree went back to where he made original contact with Sterling because he reportedly noticed a balled-up piece of paper on the ground.

“He collected the paper and found less than a gram of synthetic Marijuana,” said the chief. “Once at the police department, a fourth Ecstasy tablet was located in Sterling’s pants.”

Cropper said Sterling was “adamant that the pants he was wearing were not his and that he got the pants from his mom’s house, so the Ecstasy was hers.”

“His mother described the pants Sterling had on when he entered her residence, and her description match the pants he was wearing – light blue women’s denim shorts,” Cropper said.

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