Man arrested on violence charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Violence and an arson threat landed a local man in jail last week.

Artie Lee Brown III, 51, of the 100 block of Apple St., Minden, was arrested by Minden Police on charges of resisting arrest with force or violence, communication of an arson, resisting an officer with false information, improper telephone communication, simple battery and simple criminal damage to property.

Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Ben Sparks and Lt. Chris Hammontree were dispatched to Apple Street after receiving a call from a female resident who said Brown was at the residence without permission.

“When the female told Brown to leave, he became irate,” said Cropper. “He broke a window on the front of the house and threw a child’s bicycle at her, striking her in the leg.”

Brown reportedly threatened to burn down the house with the female and her daughter inside.

“She also showed officers text messages where Brown was cursing her and calling her profanities,” the chief said. “Then she gave officers an address where they could find Brown.”

En route to the residence, officers checked and found Brown to have active warrants through Webster Parish Sheriff’s office.

“When officers arrived, they found Brown in the side yard of the residence,” Cropper said. “He identified himself as someone else and told them (Brown) had gone to his uncle’s house. Then Brown went back in the house.”

As officers were leaving, the resident returned and reportedly told them Brown was in the house.

“Brown fled on foot, until officers convinced him to stop,” said the chief. “As officers attempted to arrest him, Brown fled again on foot. They took him to the ground and after a struggle, they were able to detain him.

“Then Brown threatened to kill the female victim, officers and the K9 officer,” Cropper added. “He was booked and transported directly to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center due to his high level of violence.”

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