WPSO arrests Sibley man for simple assault

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A Sibley man is in trouble with the law after pointing what he said was a metal pipe toward another man.

Wastaskia D. Willis, 39, of the 200 block of Willis Rd., is charged with simple assault.

Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker said deputies Jacob Winiarski and Alec Edwards were dispatched to the Willis Road address after a caller accused Willis of pointing a gun at him.

“Upon arrival, they patrolled the area and were able to locate Willis,” Parker said. “He was cooperative and consented to a search of his person and vehicle.”

No firearms were located, the sheriff said.

“When asked what had taken place, Willis said he and the complainant had several altercations,” Parker said. “Then Willis said he did not have a gun but he had a metal pipe approximately three feet long.”

Willis reportedly claimed he pointed the pipe out the window as he drove past the complainant. The complainant told deputies he believed it to be a shotgun.

The Sheriff said the complainant reported Willis had driven past his workplace several times on previous occasions. He also claimed Willis followed him to a local dollar store in Sibley.

“Due to the confession from Willis and the written statement from the complainant, the deputies arrested Willis and booked him into Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center,” Parker said.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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