Local pair arrested on firearms charges

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Minden pair was arrested Sunday for aggravated assault with a firearm.

Domonic Markell Rasco, 24, of the 1300 block of Young St. and Keatavia Deaquanise Morris, 21, of the 1300 block of East St. were taken into custody around mid-afternoon.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Officers Kayla Little and Logan Clingan were dispatched to a Leary Street address in reference to a possible assault with a firearm.

“Upon Off. Little’s arrival, the suspect, identified as Rasco, was gone,” Cropper said. “The officer was approached by a female complainant who reported Rasco was texting threatening messages and videos on Snapchat. Then he was yelling and threatening her again through the window of his car.”

She told officers Rasco presented a black firearm through the car window as he made alleged threats to her life.

“The victim said Rasco was driving a green Camaro and was headed toward the ‘projects,’” said the chief. “Lt. (Chris) Hammontree, K9 officer Tigo and Off. Clingan located the Camaro in the driveway of the East Street residence. There were no occupants.”

Morris reportedly exited the residence and told officers Rasco was not there. While talking with Morris, Rasco reportedly attempted to leave the residence through a back door, where he was stopped by Lt. Hammontree and K9 officer Tigo.

“Rasco was arrested then,” Cropper said. “He was mirandized and told officers he owns a 9MM handgun matching the description given by the complainant. He admitted it was inside the residence in a dresser drawer.”

The chief said Morris refused to give them permission to search the home. A search warrant was obtained and executed, however, no firearm was found in the house.

“Off. Little spoke with Morris,” Cropper said. “It was later determined Morris knew Rasco was involved in a shooting earlier that day.”

Accessory after the fact was added to Morris’ charges.

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