Police arrest one for domestic abuse with child endangerment

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A 911 hang-up call alerted Minden Police to a domestic incident at 1401 Lewisville Rd., Saturday.

Bruce Sterling Jr., 45, of the 900 block of Waterman St., Minden, was arrested and charged with domestic abuse battery with child endangerment and strangulation, domestic abuse aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Chief Steve Cropper said Off. Kayla Little was dispatched to the apartment complex where she discovered Sterling in the parking lot.

“He (Sterling) admitted being involved in the incident,” Cropper said.

Sgt. Mitch Hackett and Lt. Spencer Tippen arrived on scene and talked with Sterling while Little reportedly went to the apartment to talk to the female complainant.

“The victim said Sterling woke her up yelling and cussing at her,” Cropper said. “He attacked her while she was holding her 4-week-old baby. He slammed her against the wall, choked her and pulled a gun on her, telling her he was going to blow her head off – while she was holding the infant.”

The female reportedly told Off. Little she tried to hide in the bathroom with her baby, but he broke the door and entered, continuing to strike her.

“Sterling grabbed her by the hair and threw her across the room, tearing her clothes to keep her from leaving the apartment,” said the chief. “She did eventually get out of the apartment and went to a neighbor, yelling for someone to help her.”

Officers reportedly retrieved the firearm, located under the seat of Sterling’s vehicle.

He was charged at Minden PD and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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