Destrehan teen charged in park scuffle

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 14, 2010



HAHNVILLE – St. Charles Parish authorities arrested an 18-year-old Destrehan man Thursday after he was accused of threatening another teenager with a shotgun during a scuffle at a Destrehan park.

Ollie Hull III of 25 Houmas Place was charged with aggravated assault, terrorizing and disturbing the peace for allegedly waving a gun in the air while threatening to shoot a 17-year-old James Compton of Norco at Ormond Boulevard Park Thursday afternoon, said Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange, a public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. LaGrange said investigators have also issued an arrest warrant for Compton, claiming he was the aggressor in the fight.

LaGrange said the incident, which began as a verbal altercation that escalated into a fistfight, occurred in the presence of several families who were attending a T-ball game at the park. He said the fistfight spilled out onto the field where the children were playing ball.

LaGrange said neither party was affiliated with the recreation league game. He said the fight shut the game down while authorities investigated. No one else was injured.

According to the release, authorities were called to the park around 4:30 p.m. in response to two men shouting obscenities at each other. The calls escalated when the fistfight broke out and Hull was overheard shouting he was going to get a gun.

LaGrange said Hull, who came to the park with a friend, grabbed an 870 Remington pump action shotgun from the back seat of his friend’s truck. LaGrange said Hull did not discharge the weapon and said his friend convinced him to put the gun away. Both men left the area before deputies arrived, LaGrange said.

Hull was arrested later that evening when a witness spotted a Ford F-250 truck that matched the description of the vehicle driven by Hull’s friend driving near the park around 8 p.m. LaGrange said deputies questioned both occupants of the vehicle and arrested Hull.

Hull was booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility in Killona on a $40,000 bond.

LaGrange said Compton, who was not arrested as of Tuesday, is wanted for disturbing the peace by fighting and simple battery. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Sheriff’s Office.