Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Dispute ends in arrest

Alford_Smith_3-6-82A Minden man is spending his holiday in jail after sending his wife to the hospital with multiple injuries from a domestic dispute.

Alford James Smith, Jr., 29, of the 1000 block of Louisiana Avenue was arrested Christmas day and charged with aggravated second degree battery and false imprisonment. A warrant check revealed he was also a fugitive from the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his officers were first dispatched to the residence around 4 a.m. December 25.

"There had been a verbal dispute between Smith and his wife," Cropper said. "Officers removed the female from the residence. They have three small children, but they remained at the residence with their father."

During the day, the woman reportedly returned to the residence, and officers were contacted around 1:30 p.m. by Emergency Room workers at Minden Medical Center regarding a female there who had been in an altercation with her husband.

"When the officers arrived at the hospital, they found it was the same victim they had removed from the residence earlier that day," Cropper said. "She had returned to the residence. She told officers the altercation took place about two hours before the emergency room visit."

According to reports, the couple had another argument when she returned.

"He (Smith) had roughed her up pretty good," Cropper said. "He took her head and struck it against a door frame. She had a large laceration on her forehead that required stitches. She also had a serious injury to her foot."

The victim reportedly told officers that every time she tried to call or leave, Smith would drag her away from the door.

"Officers went to the residence," Cropper said. "Smith's vehicle was in the driveway, so they knocked on the door."

When no one answered, officers allegedly called the victim and learned she was about to leave the emergency room. Cropper said the officers waited until she arrived and unlocked the door. They entered the residence and found Smith in a bed, covered with blankets, as if he were asleep.

"Officers removed the covers, and Smith had his hand under a pillow ... along with a small caliber firearm," Cropper said. "They took him into custody, booked him and tranferred him to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center."

According to the chief, the small children were allowed to stay at the residence with their mother.






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