Two men charged at loud party

Ruston Police arrested two men for resisting an officer after complaints of a loud party at The Heights Apartments.

Officers responded to the complex on West Alabama Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Sunday night to find a large crowd at an apartment. As police attempted to disperse the crowd in the parking lot, Keshawn M. Taylor, 22, of Grand Prairie, Texas approached an officer and made derogatory statements. He was told to leave the premises but instead began simulating a sex act on a female. Taylor was directed to stop or he would be arrested for indecent exposure. He stopped, but said he wasn’t scared of the police and the officer wasn’t going to do anything. 

As the officer attempted to arrest him, Taylor pulled away but was tasered and went to the ground. He was arrested and taken to a patrol car and the large crowd closed in around them. One in the crowd, Tyler D. Cross, 23, of Lake Providence told the officers he was going to have them fired.

Cross was told he was under arrest for public intimidation and he turned and ran. An officer pursued him and when Cross fell, he was also tasered and arrested.

As the two were being taken to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Cross apologized, stating he was scared officers would murder his friend. 

Officers decided not to book on felony charges but opted for resisting an officer only. Bail was set at $1,000 each.

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