Domestic incident ends in arrest

Ruston Police arrested a man early Sunday morning after investigating a report of domestic abuse.

Officers responded to an Adams Street residence shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday. The alleged victim said she had been struck with a cane multiple times by Carlos Stringfellow, 45, of Ruston. Officers saw a swollen area with a small laceration that was bleeding on the victim’s calf. She also had dried blood covering the front of her shirt. 

The victim alleged that the previous day, Stringfellow struck her in the back of the head with the cane. Officers found a laceration on her scalp along with dried blood matted in her hair. She also said Stringfellow abuses her when he is drunk.

Stringfellow told police the victim was his girlfriend and had approached him in a threatening manner and he used his cane to push her away. He denied striking her with the cane. He alleged the victim received the head injury elsewhere.

Stringfellow was arrested and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center for domestic abuse battery.

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