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On September 2, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of criminal damage to property on South Columbia Street in Bogalusa.  A female caller reported that Matthew Perry, 32, who resided at the same location, threw a framed photograph across the room and then attempted to argue with her.  She refused to engage in the argument, at which point he exited the house and used an aluminum baseball bat to break out a back passenger window and cargo window on her SUV.  Perry then left the property and began walking on South Columbia Street.

 When the WPSO deputy arrived in the area, he observed a person fitting Perry’s description walking down the driveway of the residence where the incident occurred.  The deputy ordered Perry to stop walking.  When Perry turned to him, the deputy noticed he was armed with a knife that was visible in a belt sheath.  Perry discarded the knife when ordered to do so.  The deputy then detained Perry and proceeded to the residence to take the statement of the victim. 

After taking the victim’s statement, the deputy placed Perry under arrest and transported him to the Washington Parish Jail where he is being held on a charge of Criminal Damage to Property.  Bond has been set at $3,500. 

Sheriff Randy Seal complimented the deputy on the manner in which he handled the complaint.  “Our deputy handled the complaint in a professional manner.  Even after realizing that Mr. Perry was armed with a knife, the deputy responded calmly and was able to take Mr. Perry into custody with no harm to anyone.  Mr. Perry’s action toward the victim’s vehicle seems to be a good example of someone allowing their anger to control their actions.  In this case, Mr. Perry’s inappropriate anger management earned him an arrest, a trip to jail and, eventually, an appearance before a judge.”  

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