Duo arrested for fighting outside of fried chicken restaurant

By Bonnie Culverhouse

The parking lot of a local fried chicken restaurant was the scene of a domestic squabble that eventually led to 2 arrests.

Taylor Roberson, 27, and John Woodard Jr. are charged with domestic abuse battery. Roberson has an added charge of reckless operation of a motor vehicle.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Chris Cayer was dispatched to the Homer Road restaurant location at around 6 p.m. last Wednesday. The caller advised a male and female, identified as Roberson and Woodard, were actively fighting in the restaurant parking lot.

“Just before the officer arrived, according to a witness, the male stepped outside of the vehicle in an attempt to flee, and the female attempted to strike him with her vehicle,” Cropper said. “As Cayer pulled up, the male  jumped back into the vehicle and headed toward Highway 531.”

The vehicle reportedly fled to Hillside Apartments at a high rate of speed.

“Roberson told the officer that she and Woodard began fighting over another female,” said the chief. “They began striking each other in the vehicle while driving down Homer Road.”

Woodard reportedly jumped out of the vehicle, as it was passing the fried chicken restaurant, and Roberson pursued him.

“Woodard jumped back into the vehicle and they fled to Hillside,” Cropper said. “Woodard told officers that Roberson struck him over his ‘baby mama,’ but he never struck her. However, Cayer noted a laceration to her head that was bleeding.”

Both subjects were transported to Minden Police Department for booking.

“Both were charged with domestic abuse battery due to being unable to determine the predominant aggressor,” Cropper said.

They were transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.