Local motel scene of domestic violence 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An alleged domestic dispute at a local motel has led to the arrest of a Minden man.

Wiley Powell III, 36, of the 1100 block of Shreveport Road, was arrested Sunday by Minden Police and charged with domestic abuse battery, battery of a police officer, resisting by force or violence and fugitive from an outside agency.

Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Chris Cayer was dispatched to a specific room at the motel around mid-afternoon in reference to a domestic incident in progress.

“Dispatch advised that the caller said a male and female could be heard actively fighting in their room,” Cropper said. “When the officer arrived, he approached the room with two Webster Parish deputies as back-up.”

Cropper said the officer could hear the disturbance and sounds that made him believe someone or some things were being thrown across a room.

“There was a lot of screaming and banging as impacts on the walls could be heard,” said the chief. “The officer knocked loudly and announced himself. The male opened the door, and the officer and deputies called him out at gun point.”

Once the male, identified as Powell, was secured, Ofc. Cayer reportedly entered the room.

“It (the room) was totally destroyed,” Cropper said. “The female was sitting on the bed, and the officer could see visible marks all over her face, arms, legs, back and her hair had been pulled out. The officer said there was hair all over the room.”

The victim reportedly denied medical help and said she did not wish to pursue charges.

“Ofc. Cayer stepped out of the room when he heard Powell arguing loudly with the deputies,” Cropper continued. “He became irate when the officer informed him that he was under arrest for domestic abuse battery.”

Due to active resistance, deputies and the officer reportedly were forced to drag the suspect to the city patrol unit.

“Powell somehow used a tire to try and break free from the officers’ grip on him,” Cropper said. “He continued several times until the officer was forced to use a closed fist to his face in an attempt to get pain compliance.”

Once Powell was in the back of the patrol unit, the chief said he kicked the officer and twice struck Cayer in the face with his feet.

“It took the officer and both deputies to get him under control and in the unit,” said the chief.

Powell was taken to the Minden Police Department for booking and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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