By Bonnie Culverhouse
A Bienville Parish man is behind bars in Webster Parish after assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.
Nicholas Bryant, 31, of the 1700 block of Rhodes Rd., Gibsland, is charged with domestic abuse battery with strangulation, domestic abuse aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers were dispatched to a location in the 400 block of North Roosevelt, Minden, on November 30 after Ofc. Jason Lee talked with the victim at the police department.
“The victim told the officer she is six months pregnant and she and her boyfriend, Bryant, were in their first home together on Roosevelt Street when she found text messages between Bryant and a former girlfriend,” Cropper said. “They were conversing about ‘linking up’ and possibly rekindling their relationship.”
The victim reportedly confronted Bryant and he allegedly shoved her into a wall, damaging the sheetrock.
“Then he began striking her in the head and face with open and closed hands,” said the chief. “When the victim fell to the ground, Bryant wrapped his arm around her neck which prevented her from breathing normally. Then he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her across the floor, telling her to get out of the house.”
Cropper said Bryant’s cell phone was still in the victim’s hand. He reportedly attempted to take it from her and when she refused to give it to him, he allegedly “bent down and bit (her) on her back near the right shoulder blade.”
Bryant reportedly pulled off the victim’s shirt, “threw” her off the back steps of the residence and locked the door.
“She begged Bryant to let her in the house,” Cropper said. “When he did and she walked past him, he struck her on the back of the head with an unknown object.”
According to the report, Bryant walked outside the residence and retrieved a silver and black Smith and Wesson handgun and pointed it at the victim.
“Then he turned the gun to the ground and fired one round into the ground approximately six feet from where the victim was standing,” Cropper said. “Then Bryant entered his vehicle and drove away from the residence.”
Cropper said on December 7, Ofc. Chris Cayer contacted Det. Kenneth James in reference to a felony warrant for Bryant.
“Cayer and Off. Lita Hopkins located Bryant’s vehicle in Hinton Park private parking lot, and Det. James advised officers the victim was staying in a residence within walking distance of the park.”
Officers reportedly gained consent to enter the residence where the victim was supposedly staying and discovered Bryant in a back bedroom closet.
He was taken into custody without incident.
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