Observant caller leads police to arrest one

By Bonnie Culverhouse

An Athens man is in a Webster Parish jail on drug and resistance charges.

Minden Police arrested Jermaine Jo Winzer, 35, of the 300 block of Mulnix Switch, Athens, La. For resisting an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony obstruction of justice.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Brandon Curry, assisted by Sgt. Shawn Griffith and Ofc. Reece Sewell, was dispatched to a Sheppard Street apartment complex around 6 p.m. Saturday in reference to a suspicious person.

“Upon arrival, officers made contact with the complainant who said she was dropping off her grandchild when she noticed a male subject  – later identified as Winzer – lying in in the hallway near the elevators,” Cropper said. “He had a dog with him. She spoke to him and said he began acting ‘strangely.’”

Cropper said Curry tried to speak with Winzer, asking him to walk to the front. Winzer reportedly insisted they go out the back door. When he reached the back door, Winzer began to flee on foot.

“Curry gave chase and the two ran down toward Sheppard Street Heights, where Winzer stopped running,” said the chief. “Lt. Curry removed his weapon and instructed Winzer to show his hands and to lie down on his stomach.  A search of Winzer produced a glass pipe with white residue inside.”

Winzer was booked at Minden Police Department and transferred to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.

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