Jimmy R. Turner, 39, of Ruston, was arrested on Christmas Eve on three charges of resisting an officer, theft from a motor vehicle and criminal trespassing.
A Ruston Police officer was patrolling the area of Normay-Ray Drive due to a previous call of a prowler on Sherwood Drive. The prowler was caught on video and was wearing what looked to be light-colored shirt and black sweatpants with a camouflage neck gator covering his face.
While on Normay-Ray Drive, the officer observed a black sedan with the vehicle interior lights on, even though the vehicle did not appear to be running. The officer saw a single individual inside the vehicle and exited the patrol unit to contact the individual. The individual then fled from the vehicle on foot and was wearing the same clothing the prowler was wearing. The suspect, later identified as Turner, ran north onto Cooktown Road and was pursued to Cassidy Lane. Turner jumped the fence, and the officer lost sight of Turner at that point.
Other RPD officers were circulating the area and located a male on Chantily Drive who again began to flee on foot. One officer pursued Turner on foot. The officer attempted to taze Turner but was unsuccessful on the first attempt – though Turner was tazed on the second attempt. Turner was taken into custody after a brief struggle.
Turner was taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked on the aforementioned charges.
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