Late in the evening of May 18, while on patrol in the Bogue Chitto Heights area west of Franklinton, detectives assigned to the Washington Parish Drug Task Force observed a suspicious male outside of a residence shining a flashlight into parked vehicles. Detectives stopped and encountered the man, at which time they discovered he had various illegal drugs on his person. As detectives were searching him, the male begin to resist and fight with officers before being subdued.
Detectives arrested James E. Graves, 29, a resident of North Deforest Drive, and booked him into the Washington Parish Jail on charges of three counts of possession of illegal drugs, assault on an officer and an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court.
"I'm not certain what Mr. Graves was doing at that time of night," stated Sheriff Randy Seal, "but it seems obvious that he was not being a good neighbor. I appreciate our narcotics detectives being alert and possibly preventing a vehicle burglary. The fact that Mr. Graves chose to resist was not a good choice and I am glad he was subdued without injury to anyone."