By T. Scott Boatright
Brentavian Isreal, 28, remained in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Monday after being arrested Sunday morning on charges of Simple Criminal Damage to Property and Domestic Abuse Battery (Child Endangerment).
Isreal’s arrest affidavit reports that at approximately 10:13 a.m. Sunday, a Ruston Police Department officer patrolling the city was flagged down at the intersection of South Barnett Springs Street and Arthur Drive and told of a possible domestic incident in progress on Paul Avenue.
The officer reported that the motorist who flagged him down advised him that a black male wearing no shirt was hitting a car with a hammer as the motorist drove by.
That RPD officer said he immediately responded to Paul Avenue and located a vehicle in front of 3020 Paul Ave. with broken windows. The officer reported seeing the front door of the residence open with a shirtless black male standing inside.
Isreal’s arrest affidavit states the the officer requested the man, later identified as Isreal, to exit the residence and that as the officer talked to the suspect, he observed blood on Isreal’s arm and scratch marks on his neck.
The officer then reportedly advised Isreal of his Miranda rights and secured him in handcuffs.
Officers from another responding patrol unit then arrived and went inside the residence and made contact with Isreal’s girlfriend, Auset Champion, who was reported to be in need of medical attention due to a head laceration.
Isreal’s arrest affidavit said the arresting officer advised the couple had been dating for approximately three years and that Isreal had been living with Champion and had just moved in the residence on Paul Avenue with his sister.
The officer reported that he learned that when Champion arrived at the residence with her two children to pick Isreal up to attend an Easter gathering, Champion realized there was another woman inside the residence. That reported sparked an argument that the arrest affidavit indicates “quickly escalated.”
Isreal’s arrest affidavit says that Isreal used a claw hammer to break the driver’s side window and windshield of Champion’s vehicle while her children were in the back seat. Champion then reportedly used a rake to break an exterior window of the Paul Avenue residence and then ran inside.
The affidavit reports that Isreal allegedly followed Champion inside and began to “batter her about the head with his hands” an estimated 10 times.
Isreal was transported to the hospital by Ruston Ambulance Service per his request and after being medically cleared was transported to the LPDC for booking.
Champion was issued a criminal summons for damage to the Paul Avenue residence before being released with her children.