Arrested man escapes, flees officers

A disturbance on Norton Street Saturday night led to the arrest of a Ruston man on numerous charges, including resisting an officer and escape.

Ruston police officers responded to a residence about 11:00 p.m. Saturday night where the victim said a suspect who had forced his way into her residence had already fled.

The victim said Timothy Gray, 40, forced his way into her home and a verbal altercation ensued. She said she went into her bedroom and locked the door, but Gray used a kitchen knife to force open the door, damaging the door frame. She said Gray had been banned from her residence previously.

The victim said Gray held her face with his right hand and struck her on the right side of her face with his left hand. Officers saw a large knot on the right side of the victim’s face.

Gray was located at an East Tennessee Ave. apartment and arrested. Gray reportedly fled officers into the woods where he received some small cuts on his body. Ruston Ambulance Service responded to the scene of Gray’s recapture, but he refused treatment. An officer transported him to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center emergency room. 

After discharge, Gray was booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for home invasion, criminal trespass, simple criminal damage to property, disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, and simple escape. Bail was set at $63,000.

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