Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Man looking for personal items enters home uninvited

Derrick LathanA Minden woman experienced a rude awakening in the early morning hours, when she realized someone was in her residence uninvited.

Derrick Lathan, 29, of the 100 block of Timothy Drive, was arrested by Minden Police on charges of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and domestic battery abuse.

Chief Steve Cropper said the victim was asleep, when she was awakened around 1:30 a.m. by noises in her residence.

"She discovered Lathan going through her clothing, looking for money," Cropper said. "The victim notified police. When Officer 1st Class Chris McClaran and Officer Jonathan Odom arrived, it was unclear whether Lathan was on the residence's lease, so Lathan was told to leave and not return."

Reportedly, around 4:30 a.m. the same day, the victim again telephoned the police department, indicating Lathan had returned.

"The victim said Lathan had attacked her and held her down, attempting to get the phone from her," Cropper said. "When officers arrived the second time, they discovered Lathan's vehicle at the residence with Lathan's clothing and hygiene products inside."

Lathan reportedly was unable to locate a key to the residence.

He was arrested, booked at the Minden Police Department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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