Inconsistent stories lead police to arrest in stabbing

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Inconsistent stories concerning an altercation eventually led Minden Police to arrest a local woman on felony charges.

Tiara Sims, 23, of the 800 block of Carolina St., Minden, was arrested for aggravated second degree battery with domestic abuse, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon and criminal damage to property (misdemeanor).

Chief Steve Cropper said Ofc. Chris Cayer was dispatched to Minden Medical Center’s emergency room around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a stabbing victim.

“When Cayer arrived, he talked with a male victim who had 2 severe lacerations to his right arm and 1 severe laceration to his left shoulder blade,” Cropper said. “At first, the victim claimed an unknown person stabbed him in the parking lot behind the Carolina St. apartments.”

His injuries reportedly were inconsistent with his story, and he had scratch marks on his chest and back.

“The victim finally admitted his girlfriend – Sims – had stabbed him,” said the chief. “He told the officer he was attempting to leave the residence after an argument, and Sims was trying to force him to stay.”

According to the report, the victim pushed his way out of the apartment  and Sims followed him into the parking lot. During a struggle, Sims reportedly stabbed the victim and scratched his torso.

Lt. Brandon Curry, Lt. Kenneth James and Sgt. Shane Griffith travelled to Sims’ residence, along with Ofc. Cayer.

“They knocked on the door several times, but there was no answer,” Cropper said. “Sims’ mother showed up and began trying to make contact with her.”

Cropper said the Housing Authority was also on scene with a master key to Sims’ apartment. Officers received permission from the mother to open the door after a citizen passed, saying a witness reported Sims was struck in the head with a hammer.

Around 10 a.m., officers gained entrance but reportedly did not find Sims.

“At 11:43 a.m., Minden Medical Center notified us that Sims was in the emergency room, stating she had head trauma from being hit in the head with a hammer,” Cropper said. “Sims told officers, ‘he hit me in the head with a hammer and I guess I stabbed him.’”

According to the report, Sims said the altercation took place inside her apartment, however, officers found no signs of a disturbance or blood. Sims reportedly told the officer that a cousin helped her clean it “and the hammer’s in the trash can.”

“Officers said there was no coagulation of blood on her wound, so they don’t believe it happened three hours before Sims arrived at the hospital,” said the chief. “It happened more recently than that.”

Due to the conflicting stories between Sims and the victim, officers handed over the case to Det. Lt. Keith King Jr. Sims was reportedly discharged from MMC and transported to the police department and then Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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