News Release

News Release

Suspect in Custody After Officer Dragged by Car

On May 19, an APD officer was working a security detail at a business in the Alexandria Mall. At around 4:00 pm, the officer was informed that an older man had taken a hat and left the store without paying. The officer went outside and located the suspect getting into a Honda truck.

The officer made contact with the suspect and could see the stolen hat inside the truck. When the officer told the suspect to return the hat, the suspect made a comment that he had something in the truck that the police did not need to see. The suspect then reached across the cab and behind the seat. The officer believed the suspect was attempting to retrieve a weapon and deployed his Taser, striking the suspect in the arm. The officer tried to reach the key in the ignition to turn off the truck, however the suspect pulled the Taser probes out of his arm and began accelerating rapidly in reverse. The officer was between the open door and the truck, and was hit by the door and dragged several feet while the suspect continued in reverse. The officer was able to move away from the truck and avoid getting run over, and the suspect fled in his vehicle.

Detectives assigned to the case were able to identify the suspect and obtained a warrant for his arrest. On May 23, APD Street Team officers located the suspect, Wendell Reed, 56, of Alexandria, and placed him under arrest. Reed was charged with Theft of Goods Under $500 and Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Wendell Reed

Suspect Arrested in May 20th Homicide

On May 20, a little after midnight, APD officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 4600 block of West Sandy Bayou. When officers arrived, they found an 18-year-old male lying in the street, unresponsive, who had apparently been shot. Emergency personnel were summoned, however the male was pronounced deceased on scene.

Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene and continued the investigation of the murder. They obtained information regarding the identity of the suspect, and later that day obtained a warrant for his arrest. On May 23, the suspect, Demetrice Welch, 18, of Alexandria, was arrested on this warrant. He was charged with Second Degree Murder and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

A booking photo was not available at the time of this release. No further details are available at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

Suspect Arrested for Multiple Burglaries

On May 20, APD officers responded to reports of burglaries in the area of McNutt Drive and Plantation Drive. At around 6:45 pm, a resident in the 5400 block of Downing Street had seen her car being burglarized. The suspect fled the scene on foot, but was later spotted by the victim's husband, who contacted police and directed officers to the suspect. Officers detained the suspect to investigate this burglary, and were approached by another resident in the same area, whose vehicle was also burglarized.

The suspect was identified as Braden Townsend, 31, who is apparently homeless, was arrested and placed into a patrol car. While officers attempted to transport him, he became violent and attempted to kick out the rear window of the car. When an officer opened the door and attempted to calm him, he kicked the door and charged at the officer before fleeing on foot. He was caught quickly and placed back into the car, although he continued to kick at doors and windows. Townsend was charged with two counts of Simple Burglary, Resisting an Officer, and Resisting an Officer with Force or Violence.

On May 22, APD detectives contacted Townsend to interview him in reference to other burglaries in the area. Following the interview, Townsend was charged with four more counts of Simple Burglary for incidents that occurred on May 20 on McNutt Drive and Canturbury Drive.

Braden Townsend

59-year-old Arrested for Third DWI

On May 21, at around 12:40 am, APD officers were patrolling Jackson Street, near Centre Court, when they witnessed a subject riding a motorcycle without a helmet. The officers followed the rider and initiated a traffic stop on Evarist Street, near Michiels Drive.

Upon stopping the motorcycle, the officers immediately detected signs of intoxication. The officers continued the DWI investigation, and ultimately the rider, Richard Nunnally, 59, of Alexandria, was arrested and charged with DWI-3rd Offense, No Motorcycle Helmet, Driving Left of Center, and No Insurance. Nunnally was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Richard Nunnally

25-year-old Arrested for Third DWI

On May 20, a little after 2:00 am, APD officers patrolling Jackson Street Extension witnessed a Ford truck traveling west-bound that failed to signal a lane change. As officers followed the vehicle down Jackson Street and onto Twin Bridges Road, they witnessed the driver commit several other violations. The officers initiated a traffic stop, making contact with the driver near Twin Bridges Road and Bocage Dr.

Upon making contact with the driver, the officers observed multiple signs of intoxication, and also determined that the driver was driving with a suspended license. Their investigation led to the driver, Matthew Tyler, 25, of Mora, being charged with DWI-3rd Offense, Fail to Signal, Improper Turning, Improper Lane Use, and Driving Under DWI Suspension. Tyler was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Matthew Tyler

Impaired Male Found with Drugs and Gun

On May 19, around 12:45 am, an APD officer was in the 2000 block of North Mall Drive and found a man apparently asleep inside a white Ford vehicle, with his hand next to a handgun. This man had been seen a few minutes earlier inside a nearby store, stumbling and apparently intoxicated. Other officers arrived to assist, and they were able to removed both the man and the gun from the vehicle safely.

Officers observed slurred speech and disorientation that continued for several minutes, indicating intoxication. The man was taken into custody for Disturbing the Peace by Public Intoxication. During the arrest, the officers found a baby bottle containing numerous pills, suspected to be hydrocodone and alprazolam. The man, identified as Kendall Allen, 20, of Alexandria, was also charged with Possession of CDS II, Possession of CDS IV, and Illegal Carrying of a Weapon with Drugs. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Kendall Allen

Robbery Suspect Arrested

On May 16, APD responded to a report of a robbery in the 1700 block of Jackson Street. The complainant informed officers that he had walked to the store and was walking home when he was robbed by an unknown male. The complainant had his wallet pulled out of his pocket, and also tried to punch the complainant. The suspect took money out, threw the wallet back at him, and fled on foot. The complainant informed officers that he had seen the suspect in the store with him, before the robbery.

On May 17, APD responded to the same area to a report that the suspect had returned to the store. Officers arrived and detained the man for identification; at this time, officers found him to be in possession of suspected crack cocaine. Officers continued the investigation, and ultimately were able to determine that this was the suspect who committed the robbery. During the course of the investigation, the suspect also provided false information about his identity.

The suspect, Fredrick James, 25, of Alexandria, was charged with Simple Robbery, Possession of CDS II, and Misrepresentation During Booking. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

Fredrick James

Shooting on Lee Street

On May 20, a few minutes before 5:00 am, APD officers responded to a report of a vehicle crash on a parking lot in the 3500 block of Lee Street. Officers arrived and found Alexandria Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance personnel on scene. They informed officers that the driver, a 36-year-old male, had wounds to the abdomen that appeared to be gunshot wounds, and he was unresponsive. The driver was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Detectives were called to the scene, along with Crime Scene Investigators, to continue the investigation. The identity of the victim is not being released at this time. No other details are available at this time.

Shot Fired on Monroe Street

On May 16, a few minutes after 11 am, APD officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 1900 block of Monroe Street. The report came from the School Resource Officer at Rosenthal Montessori Elementary School. The SRO, a Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy, quickly moved dozens of students inside from the playground area. No students were injured.

APD officers and detectives, and RPSO deputies, came to the scene to investigate. According to information they received, a male suspect fired one shot at another male, who was walking on Monroe Street. Rosenthal School, as well as Our Lady of Prompt Succor School, were both placed on lockdown as a precaution until the threat could be assessed. The lockdown was coordinated with the Rapides Parish School Board, and ended at approximately 12:15 pm.

The investigation is ongoing, and no further details are available at this time.

Suspect is Chased and Crashes Stolen Vehicle

On the morning of May 15, APD responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1700 block of Shannon Road, where a white Toyota SUV was stolen. Later the same day, at around 7:00 pm, the owner of the vehicle saw it on Masonic Drive, near the Alexandria Mall. The owner communicated with officers, who followed and were able to catch up to the stolen car. When the suspect driving the stolen vehicle saw officers following, he accelerated rapidly and began driving recklessly.

Officers pursued on MacArthur Drive northbound, until reaching the intersection of North MacArthur Drive and North Bolton Avenue. At that point, the driver crashed into the ditch, and the vehicle briefly became airborne. The driver exited the still-rolling vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was surrounded and taken into custody. The suspect was identified as Dhontori Owens, 17, of Alexandria. Owens was transported to an area hospital for injuries received in the crash before being arrested. Owens was charged with Possession of Stolen Goods Over $500 and Aggravated Flight from an Officer; this is his 4th booking this year.

Dhontori Owens


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