Ruston man charged with domestic abuse

A 34-year-old Ruston man was charged June 11 with domestic abuse aggravated assault after Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Officers investigated a complaint.

The victim stated that she and her boyfriend, Benjamin Saunders, had argued after coming home from a concert. She said they were still in the car at their residence when Saunders took a knife out and threatened her. 

The victim stated she was afraid of Saunders but was able to later leave the residence and come to the LPSO, where she made the complaint. She said Saunders had abused her in the past but had never pulled a knife on her.

Deputies made contact with Saunders, who stated he never abused the victim. He stated they got in a verbal argument in the car, but she left and he went inside their residence. He did tell deputies that he pulled a knife but it was because he wanted his knife out of the car, so he had grabbed it when he exited the car. He said the knife had been in a sheath the whole time.

A LPSO sergeant found a six-inch knife in the front yard. When the sergeant asked Saunders again what he did with the knife, he said the victim had charged him when he exited the car. When the sergeant asked Saunders why the knife was out of the sheath, Saunders had no answer. 

Saunders was placed under arrest for the charge mentioned above. After placing him in handcuffs, the sergeant located a sheath on a chair on the front porch. 

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