Man arrested during alleged assault

Ruston Police arrested a man Sunday after he was accused of entering a female acquaintance’s apartment and attacking her.

At about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to Sanders Lane regarding a woman stating Gabriel B. Mayfield was inside her residence. Dispatch could hear Mayfield threatening the victim with a baseball bat and making statements such as “I’ll break your wrist.”

When officers arrived, they could hear the victim screaming for help and Mayfield yelling at her. When officers entered an open door into the apartment, they saw Mayfield with a baseball bat in his hands raised in a swinging motion. The victim was leaning back in a chair with all her arms up in a defensive manner. Mayfield was ordered to drop the bat and lay on the floor with his arms spread. He complied after the order was given several times. When he was handcuffed and searched, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage was detected.

Mayfield said he initially came to collect money from the victim and admitted opening the sliding glass door without permission before changing his statement. He then said the victim opened the door, then pushed him in the chest, and ran to grab the bat. Mayfield stated the victim bit him after he took the bat from her and that he did not strike her, but she fell and hit her head on a table.

The victim said she woke up to find Mayfield beating on her door. She said Mayfield grabbed a chair and attempted to smash the glass sliding door to gain entry. She said she ran to the bedroom and Mayfield came inside the residence. They wrestled with the bat before he took it from her and struck her in the head. The victim said she fell into the chair where she was when officers arrived.

The victim said Mayfield would not let her leave the bedroom and she asked for several minutes to leave and go to the bathroom. The 911 call recorded the victim pleading for Mayfield to let her leave and Mayfield’s response was only if she came with him.

Mayfield, 62, of Ruston, was arrested for aggravated battery of a dating partner, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

Bail was set at $40,000. In addition, Louisiana Department of Corrections Probation and Parole placed a hold on Mayfield to pursue additional action.

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