SHREVEPORT – A local man and woman now face burglary charges following their arrests in connection with a residential burglary in south Shreveport on Monday.
On January 14, at approximately 9:15 a.m., Shreveport Police patrol officers reportedly responded to a residential burglary at a home located in the 8700 block of South Emerald Loop.
"When officers arrived, contact was made with the home owner, who advised that while inside his residence, he heard someone knocking at his front door," said Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Marcus Hines.
The home owner advised authorities that moments later, he observed an unknown male kicking in the carport door of his home.
When the home owner exited the residence to investigate, the male assailant allegedly fled down the driveway and into an awaiting getaway car being driven by an unknown female.
"The home owner described the car as a maroon, four door Toyota Camry with fading paint," Hines said. "The home owner was also able to provided authorities with descriptions of both suspects."
On January 15, while patrolling their assigned beat, officers Rodney Medlin and Brutus Pouncy, reportedly observed a vehicle matching the description of the one provided to them by the victim of the residential burglary the previous day.
According to reports, officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, during which time they contacted the driver, 20-year-old Whakila Dixon. Dixon, of the 400 block of West 81st Street in Shreveport was subsequently arrested for driving under a suspended license.
Her passenger, 24-year-old Leon Stevenson was not immediately arrested; however during the course of a follow-up investigation, Shreveport Police Property Crimes detectives were able to identify Stevenson as the man who allegedly committed the residential burglary the previous day.
Stevenson, who was located Wednesday at a home in the 6300 block of Tulsa Avenue, was arrested and transported to police headquarters.
During interviews with Stevenson, it was learned that Whakila Dixon was the alleged driver of the getaway car used during the burglary.
Both Dixon and Stevenson have now been charged with burglary of an inhabited dwelling.