Disturbance call leads to charges

A Coushatta man was arrested Sunday evening after Ruston Police responded to a disturbance at the USA Travel Plaza on Highway 33. 

The alleged victim told officers her boyfriend of several months kicked her on the left side of her body during the incident in the parking lot. The boyfriend, Derenzo Jefferson, 31, said he was driving down the road and received a text message on his phone. Jefferson said the victim felt threatened and wanted him to pull over, so he stopped at the travel plaza. Jefferson said he never kicked the victim at any time.

Officer H. Laborde viewed the store video which showed Jefferson kicking the victim. He was placed under arrest for battery of a dating partner and work at the Lincoln Parish detention Center.

Bail amount was not immediately available.

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