Assault leads to numerous charges

A man was arrested on 22 separate charges after he allegedly pulled a pistol on a woman Sunday afternoon.

Police were called to a residence on East California Avenue regarding a report Dontaveous M. Underwood, 30, of Ruston, had pointed a firearm at another person but fled the scene in a red Camaro. 

The victim told a Ruston officer Underwood had produced a handgun and pointed it toward at least two people in the presence of small children. 

The vehicle was located on Charles Street and Underwood was seen walking away with a backpack. Ordered to stop, Underwood fled on foot into a wooded area. An officer attempted to deploy a TASER but was unsuccessful. Hearing the TASER deploy, however, apparently caused Underwood to stop and surrender.

Underwood was taken into custody and approximately 3.5 grams of marijuana on him. Located in the backpack were a Beretta 9mm pistol, about 15.5 grams of suspected marijuana, and a large quantity of plastic bags consistent with packaging for narcotic sales.

Underwood acknowledged he was a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm. A search of his car revealed digital scales commonly used in the sale of illegal narcotics.

A records check indicated Underwood’s driver’s license was under suspension.

Underwood was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for aggravated assault with a firearm, resisting an officer, possession of a Schedule I controlled substance with intent to distribute (marijuana), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in the presence of controlled substances, and driving under suspension.

He was also booked on a warrant held by the Lincoln Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team for two counts of distribution of a Schedule I controlled substance, a Ruston PD warrant for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and 13 bench warrants for failure to appear in Third District Court on a variety of charges.

Bail was set at $133,000.

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