Man arrested after struggle at accident scene

A man who walked up to a traffic accident on the North Service Road was arrested Thursday after he allegedly attempted to steal a wallet from one of the parties involved in the crash.

The victim told Ruston Police officers responding the accident that a man approached him and asked for five dollars to buy gas. When the victim pulled out his wallet to get the money, the suspect grabbed the wallet. The two fought over the wallet before suspect left the scene.

A witness approached officers and reported a man had jumped in her car and asked for a ride to the Cooktown Road area. The woman stated the man had a wallet she suspected he had stolen.

Police went to a Kavanaugh Road address and spotted Deoderick Russell leaving out the back door of the apartment. He was stopped and questioned. Russell stated he stopped at the accident to help and asked the man involved in the accident for five dollars but did not fight the man and did not try to take his wallet.

Russell was arrested for purse snatching, theft less than $1000, simple battery, and three warrants for failure to appear in Ruston City Court for no driver’s license, no child restraint seat, and no vehicle registration. 

Bail was set at $48,500.

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