Minden Police arrest man for occupying ‘vacant’ apartment

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A local man with no address has been arrested by Minden Police for occupying an apartment that doesn’t belong to him.

William Laronski Solomon, 33, was arrested Monday and charged with unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said Sgt. Jason Smith and Sgt. Mitchell Hackett were investigating a shooting and were told by a witness the alleged shooters regularly stayed in the vacant apartment.

“The witness said she could hear voices from the vacant apartment,” Cropper said. “The officers, along with Lt. Chris Hammontree and K9 Tigo surrounded the apartment. Sgt. Smith saw an unknown person move a curtain and informed officers at the front of the residence.”

Sgt. Hackett reportedly knocked on the door and announced the police, but there was no answer.

“A few moments later, a male, later identified as Solomon, exited the rear door of the apartment,” said the chief. “Sgt. Smith held him at gunpoint until Sgt. Hackett came to the rear of the building and secured Solomon’s hands and read his rights.”

Lt. Hammontree, K9 Tigo and Sgt. Hackett reportedly cleared the residence and found no other persons.

Cropper said Solomon refused to confirm or deny that he was living in the apartment, stating he stays at different houses on different days. An agent for the Minden Housing Authority verified the apartment should be unoccupied.

“Solomon was not involved in the alleged shooting incident,” Cropper said.

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