By T. Scott Boatright
Clothing and a wallet left behind at the scene of the crime appears to have helped lead to two people remaining in the Lincoln Parish Detention Center Sunday evening on charges of simple burglary and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
On Thursday night the Ruston Police Department responded to a call of a possible that had occurred on East Arizona Avenue.
Upon arrival officers reported searching the inside of the residence while checking for any occupants and observed men’s clothing on the living room couch. The complainant, who said she was in the process of moving
in, allegedly told officers the clothing was not hers and upon further inspection officers found a piece of tin foil that contained suspected methamphetamine, a glass pipe and a black wallet next to the clothing.
After finding no one in the residence, officers were reportedly preparing to leave when one said he wanted to check an abandoned building located Vernon Street behind the burglarized residence.
Upon looking through the windows of that building, officers observed a white female standing inside. The female was reported to have complied with officers’ commands and got down on the ground. Officers said then they observed a black male appear from behind a wall, and that he did not respond to officers’ commands and would not get down on the ground.
Officers reported that after a short standoff, they entered the abandoned building and handcuffed post suspects
After officers said they read the male suspect his Miranda rights, which they said he replied that he understood, he admitted to being inside the residence the burglary call came from and to using illegal narcotics there before police arrived.
Officers reported that the man, identified as Medgar Lynell Morgan, 50, of Ruston, told them that once he saw officers arriving on the scene he and the female suspect, identified as Chelsey Jiles, 30, of Bienville, fled to the abandoned building.
Upon further investigation, officers determined Morgan was a sex offended who had not been registered as such since 2013, and that he found not to be in possession of a sex offender ID card.
After being medically cleared at the scene, Morgan was transported to the LPDC where he faces charges of simple burglary, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, possession of Schedule II narcotics (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, Failure to register as a sex offender and failing to possess a sex offender ID.
Bond was set for Morgan at $200,000.
Jiles also remained jailed on Sunday on charges of simple burglary and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling with bond set at $75,000.