Female sent to hospital, boyfriend goes to jail

Late Monday night Ruston police officers responded to a Bond Street address regarding a battery. The victim told Officer Williams that her long-term boyfriend Richard Smith, 25, became angry and battered her. 

The victim confirmed she and Smith live together. She stated Smith pushed her against a wall and wrapped his hands around her neck, obstructing her airway. Officer Williams observed red marks and scratches on the victim’s neck. The victim also reported her 3-year-old daughter was present at the time of the battery. Smith fled the scene when he learned police had been called.

After officers left, the victim called back and reported Smith had returned to the residence. She stated she took her daughter and ran after Smith burst through the back door. She stated she made it to her vehicle and locked her daughter and the keys inside of it. She stated she was trying to leave Smith when attempted to pull her toward him and at one point she slammed the car door on Smith’s hand as she was attempting to escape. 

The victim stated she opened the door to release Smith’s hand, and he pulled her from the vehicle. Once out of the car, Smith struck allegedly struck her in the face with a closed fist three times. Officer Williams observed the victim’s nose and mouth swollen, bleeding and missing a tooth. The victim repeatedly stated Smith had knocked her teeth out. She was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

A short time later officers spotted Smith on West California Avenue, but upon seeing the police car fled on foot. About two hours later, Officer Williams saw Smith walking on W. California at Robert Street and placed him under arrest. Smith admitted to “lashing out” and striking the victim. He also said he “didn’t mean to knock her teeth out.”

Smith was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for domestic abuse battery with strangulation and child endangerment and also domestic abuse battery with serious bodily injury and child endangerment. 

No bail had been set as of Wednesday morning.

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