Threatening phone call heard by officer prompts arrest

A Ruston man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened a woman over the phone.

Ruston Police were called to an Eastland Avenue residence early Tuesday morning regarding a report of threats. The victim said Braxton R. Bonner, 38, had been threatening her. The woman showed a RPD officer texts allegedly sent by Bonner. The victim was advised to block Bonner on her phone.

A short time later, the victim called RPD again reporting Bonner had tried to kick in her door but had left the scene. As an officer returned to the residence, the victim said Bonner was calling her from another phone. The officer asked her to answer the call and listened in as Bonner reportedly threatened to kill the victim. When the officer took over the phone, Bonner hung up.

The victims said Bonner might be at his mother’s residence and other officers responded there. Bonner was found behind the house but ran from officers before being apprehended.

Bonner was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center and booked for unlawful telecommunications, simple assault, and resisting an officer. 

Bail was set at $3,000.

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