Man arrested following domestic assault investigation; Narcotics and weapon seized

Ross evidence --- NPSO photo


A domestic assault investigation has led to the arrest of a Natchitoches man on several charges including the seizure of a firearm and narcotics. Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s deputies were following up on a domestic assault complaint Tuesday, Nov. 15 shortly after 6 p.m. on La. Hwy 484 south of Natchez, when a property owner called NPSO reporting a suspicious black Ford F-150 parked on their property without any headlamps on. The complainant observed the vehicle leaving traveling westbound on La. Hwy 484 and provided that information to NATCOM 911 Center.

Responding deputies intercepted the pickup and stopped it near the intersections of La. Hwy 484 and La. Hwy 493 in Melrose. The operator was identified as Hunter Ross, 25, of Natchitoches. Ross was a subject of the investigation from the night before where he allegedly threatened a dating partner with a firearm in the presence of children.

Deputies say Ross was parked on private property near the dating partner’s home when the suspicious vehicle complaint was made to the Sheriff’s Office. The property owner wished to pursue trespassing charges.

Ross was placed under arrest without incident.

During an inventory of the vehicle, deputies discovered and seized suspected narcotics, drug paraphernalia and a Mossberg 12-gauge pump action shotgun. Ross was charged with Aggravated Assault of a Dating Partner Child Endangerment Law, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony, Possession of CDS Schedule II Narcotics, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Trespassing and Illegal Possession of a Firearm in the Presence of Narcotics. Ross was previously convicted of a felony and prohibited from a possessing a firearm.

He remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center awaiting bond.

The victim of the domestic assault was issued a LAVNS Form. LAVNS is an online resource and toll-free automated system that allows one to search for information regarding an adult offender’s current custody and case status. Through this system, one can also register to be notified automatically when an offender is released, transferred, or escapes from a Parish facility or has a change in case status.

Sgt. B. Dalme assisted by Lt. S. LaCaze made the arrest.

*All Persons are Presumed Innocent Until Proven Guilty by the Court of Law or Administrative Process*