A local man and two teenagers, arrested for second degree battery, could find their charges upgraded if the Minden man they allegedly beat expires from his injuries.
Roshun Huey, 23, of the 100 block of Millard Fuller Drive and two 16-year-old unidentified males are currently housed at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center and the Ware Detention Center in Coushatta respectively.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said the victim, Cedric Kingsby, is in the Intensive Care Unit of LSUHSC in Shreveport.
"He is in critical condition with head injuries," Cropper said. "If he dies from those injuries, we are talking to the district attorney about upgrading the charge to homicide and charging the juveniles as adults."
Cropper said the incident took place Saturday around 11 p.m. on Columbia Street.
"We first knew of it when officers were dispatched to Minden Medical Center where there was a subject who appeared to have been beaten in the head," Cropper said. "Officer Clint Smith and Sgt. Ryan Barnette responded.
"Apparently, Kingsby had several wounds to his face and head and became very combative in the emergency room because of those injuries and had to be restrained," the chief continued.
Due to the severity of those injuries, Kingsby was reportedly transferred to the Shreveport hospital.
"He was bleeding from the back of his head and under his chin," said Cropper. "He was unable to talk to any of the police officers before he was transferred."
Off. Smith reportedly interviewed a female who was at Minden Medical Center with Kingsby.
"She indicated that another person had brought him to her house after he had been beaten and she, in turn, took him to the emergency room," Cropper said.
Over the next 24 hours, the chief said Off. Smith received phone calls and heard "street talk" naming the alleged suspects.
"They spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday looking for these people, but they were unable to locate any of them," he said.
Monday, the investigation was turned over to Sgt. Keith King, Jr. and Sgt. Chris Cheatham.
"They began interviewing people and collecting information," Cropper said. "By Tuesday, we had all three suspects indentified – the two juveniles were arrested on the charge of second degree battery and were sent to Ware Detention Center in Coushatta."
Cropper said Huey was indentified as the third suspect, and a warrant was obtained, also on a charge of second degree battery.
"Officers searched for him all night Tuesday," said the chief. "Apparently, the heat was turned up so bad that at six o'clock this morning (Wednesday), he walked into the police department and turned himself in."
Cropper said there were indications that Huey and Wiggins had fought in the past, possibly over a female.
"Whether that was the basis for what happened Saturday night, I'm not sure," he said.