Domestic incident leads to arrest

A Ruston woman was arrested Saturday after she allegedly attacked her boyfriend and then resisted officers attempting to take her into custody.

Ruston Police officers responded to any recorded domestic fight in progress at a East Line Avenue residence about 11 p.m. Saturday night. A man told officers his girlfriend, Latonya Y. Underwood, 39, and her son had attacked him. While officers attempted to talk with the man, Underwood exited the residence and verbally threatened him. An officer instructed Underwood to move away but she refused. When the officer attempted to guide Underwood away from the man, she pulled away. She was taken into custody and placed in a patrol car. 

While officers talked with the man, Underwood began kicking and hitting the patrol car window after having pulled a hand free of her handcuffs. When an officer opened the patrol car door, Underwood attempted to get out and attack the man. She was handcuffed again and taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.

Ruston Ambulance Service transported the man to Northern Louisiana Medical Center for treatment of severe lacerations to the arm and head injuries. He said Underwood caused the injuries by striking him with a glass picture frame.

Underwood was booked for domestic abuse battery, resisting an officer, and six warrants from Ruston City Court was failure to appear on charges of speeding, two counts of driving under suspension, no child restraint, hit and run, and DWI. Bail on the warrants totaled $19,000. The bail amount for the other offenses was not available. 

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