3 arrested when police tried to serve warrant, wanted man found hiding in dryer

3 arrested when police tried to serve warrant, wanted man found hiding in dryer

(As originally published with additional photos, Tue, January 23rd 2024)

MONROE, La. (TND) — Violence broke out and three people were arrested when police in Louisiana tried to serve an arrest warrant and a narcotics search warrant.

Saturday evening in Monroe, they reported knocking on the door of an apartment and speaking with the suspect’s girlfriend, who answered.

That’s when, according to one of the arrest reports, “I observed the shadow of the above-listed suspect, Chade Johnson, in the hallway across from the living room.”

Authorities were not looking for Johnson.

“I called out Johnson,” the report continued, “advising we were Monroe police and we had an active search. I told Johnson to come out of the residence.

“Johnson came to the front door but refused to come out and wanted to argue the validity of the search warrant.

“I reached for Johnson’s wrist at this point, to pull him through the front door, and Johnson jerked away and struck me with a clenched fist on the left side of my face near the temple area.

“Johnson then stepped back and took an aggressive fighting stance towards me and [another officer] with his fists up.

“At this point, I holstered my weapon and struck Johnson on the right side of his face, which knocked him to the ground.

“I then mounted Johnson on the living room floor where he continued trying to fight.

3 arrested when police tried to serve warrant, wanted man found hiding in dryer
Chade Johnson was charged with 2 counts of battery on a police officer, and one count each of resisting an officer and obstruction of court orders, Jan. 20, 2024. (Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office)

“I was able to subdue and apprehend Johnson on the floor while in the mounted position.”

So far, one down.

Police had arrived to arrest Darren Pittman after getting a tip he was selling narcotics from the apartment.

“Pittman was found in the dryer unit in the kitchen area, refusing to surrender to officers for arrest, and to prevent officers from locating him,” according to his arrest report.

Pittman was charged with six counts of failure to appear on a variety of charges: possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of resisting an officer, and domestic abuse battery.

But that wasn’t all.

The arrest report said, “Officers also located approximately one gram of marijuana, two digital scales, and multiple razor blades that contained white residue, in the master bedroom on the TV stand.”

Pittman, 26, was also charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute crack, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, and resisting an officer.

Police also arrested his girlfriend, Myshella Smith, who had answered the door.

“Smith yelled several times at Pittman was not in the residence and attempted to stop officers from entry into the residence, as well as the search the residence,” her arrest report said.

The 19-year-old was charged with obstruction of court orders.

As for Johnson, who allegedly fought police, he turned 18 just two weeks before the incident.

He was charged as an adult with two counts of battery on a police officer and one count each of resisting an officer and obstruction of court orders.

None of the three have been released from jail.

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