A Minden man is incarcerated after trying to strangle a family member who refused to give him the keys to a vehicle.
Jacob Waltman, 26, of the 200 block of N. Middle Landing, has been charged with domestic abuse battery with strangulation, possession of CDS Sch. IV (Xanax) with intent to distribute and illegal carrying of a weapon.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Tim Morris, Off. Shawn Jenkins and Ofc. Danny Turner were dispatched Saturday to a residence on Middle Landing in reference to a subject threatening his grandmother.
"When the officers arrived, they were informed by a female at the residence that Waltman had left the scene after attacking their grandmother who was inside the residence," Cropper said.
Waltman reportedly had been incarcerated in Bossier Parish and the unidentified female had picked him up and transported him back to Minden.
"She was apparently driving Waltman's vehicle, and since he had been incarcerated for reckless operation, she wouldn't allow him to drive," said the chief. "That made him angry and they allegedly argued about that all the way back to Minden."
According to reports, later in the day, Waltman tried to take the keys to the vehicle from his grandmother who had possession.
"He began banging on his grandmother's door, demanding his truck keys," Cropper said. "The grandmother apparently cracked the door open and advised Waltman that he was not getting the keys. Waltman became very angry and reportedly started screaming at his grandmother, pushing open the door to her bedroom. He allegedly grabbed her by her throat, pulled her out of the bedroom and pushed her to the kitchen floor."
Cropper said an unidentified male subject entered from another room in the residence and attempted to separate Waltman from his grandmother.
"Waltman pushed that man away and grabbed his grandmother again by the throat," said the chief. "The others in the residence told Waltman they were going to call the police, and when the male subject got to the phone, Waltman reportedly jerked it away from him."
According to reports, the grandmother then told everyone on the premises to leave.
"She went with everyone else next door to another residence and called our office," Cropper said. "Waltman took the keys to his truck, some money that belonged to his grandmother – and possibly a firearm – then left the residence."
Once officers arrived, the chief said they were given a description of Waltman's vehicle and the department released a BOLO (Be On the Look Out). He was reportedly armed at that point.
"Right after they got that information to dispatch, Waltman drove up to the residence," Cropper said. "He reportedly had two handguns in the center console of his vehicle, and during a search following his arrest, officers located what they suspected were 24 Xanax pills in a small blue container in Waltman's pocket."
Waltman was booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.