Suspicious activity leads to arrest

A Minden man was arrested early Monday morning after his alleged suspicious behavior was spotted by Ruston Police.

About 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Day, the owner of a Farmerville Highway business reported a man had pulled open the doors to her closed business and stuck his head inside to look around. The owner said the business was obviously closed but was left unlocked while she left briefly.

Sergeant Kayla Loyd spotted the vehicle backed into a handicap parking space on Park Ave. across from Railroad Park about 1:30 a.m. Monday morning. The vehicle aroused suspicions since all the stores on Park Avenue were closed. The man in the driver’s seat, Fabian Weston, 32, said after he had a disagreement with his partner in Minden, he drove to Ruston to clear his head. Sergeant Loyd saw latex gloves and wipes on the ground directly beside Weston’s vehicle. A headlamp was seen on the center console of the car. When other officers arrived at the scene, the front door of one of the Park Ave. businesses was found open.

Weston was removed from the car and advised of his rights. Sergeant Loyd called the owner of the Farmerville Highway business who stated one of her friends had passed by and noticed a vehicle parked at the closed business and called her. The friend said the man pulled open the doors to her business, then went back to his vehicle. The owner said when she got to the business, the suspect was gone but she desired to press charges since he had no reason to be at the business at 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Day.

Weston was arrested and his vehicle was searched, revealing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and a smoking pipe, both zipped up in a Bible.

Weston was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for criminal trespass, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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