Domestic situation leads to home intrusion, assault

A Ruston man is facing numerous felony charges after he kicked down a door in an apparent effort to reach his estranged wife.

On Saturday, Ruston police officers responded to a Pinecrest Drive residence regarding a home invasion in progress. Responding officers found the residence door open and damage to the door jamb. Just inside the door, officers saw Wesley Scott Craig, 42, of Ruston on top of another man on the floor. 

Officer E. Williams reported pulled Craig off the man and handcuffed him. The victim, who was bleeding from his mouth, nose, and left eye, complained he was having difficulty seeing out of the eye.

Upon questioning, Craig said he went to the residence after learning it was where his estranged wife was hiding from him. When he was refused admittance, he said he kicked the door in. Craig said the victim “wrapped him up” and the two fought.

The victim told officers he was trying to hold Craig to keep him from entering the house to harm Craig’s wife who was hiding in a bedroom. He said Craig struck him with a closed fist numerous times.

Craig was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for home invasion, simple criminal damage to property, and second degree battery. Later in the day, after further investigation of the incident, Craig was additionally charged by warrant with domestic abuse battery by strangulation and domestic abuse aggravated assault. 

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