Witness leads deputies to arrest suspect

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A Union Parish resident, who noticed someone wondering around his neighbor’s house, called the sheriff’s office and it resulted in the stranger being arrested on six charges.

Jacob Charles Collie, 36, of 5930 Hwy. 549, Farmerville, was arrested about 8 p.m. Friday on two counts of resisting a police officer with force or violence, two counts of resisting an officer, simple escape and unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling. His total bond was set at $7,000.

Sheriff Dusty Gates said the unidentified witness kept the dispatch officers informed about where the suspect was at all times and the dispatchers relayed that information on the responding deputies.

“This kind of communication between the parties involved was really helpful in a quick arrest of this suspect,” Sheriff Dusty Gates said. “The witness gave the deputies a good description of the man and what he was wearing, which made it safer for our deputies.”

The first deputy arriving at the scene saw the described suspect walk to the side of the house where he was confronted and ordered to get on the ground. The suspect refused. A second deputy arrived, Gates said, demanding the suspect to get on the ground and he still refused.

The sheriff said the suspect was then forced to the ground and handcuffed. As one of the deputies escorted Collie to a patrol car, Gates said he was able to free one arm from the handcuffs and he attempted to run away and had to be forced to the ground again. He then broke away from deputies and fled before being tazed.

Deputies reported that Collie continued to resist by placing his arms in front of him on the ground and refusing to be handcuffed. When three other deputies arrived on the scene, the suspect was handcuffed and booked into the Union Parish Detention Center.

Gates said Collie was still fighting with deputies after they got him to the detention center.

Collie had been arrested in December on two felony drug counts, possession of methamphetamines and possession of Xanax. At that time his bond was set at $12,500 and a Third District judge order a mental evaluation.

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