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Call about loud music turns into hour long stand off with police

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 2:30pm

Thibodaux Police officers responded to simple nuisance call that turned into an hour long standoff with Police.

A resident called police because a neighbor was playing loud music on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 7:00 a.m. We’re told it was an ongoing problem, and the complainant finally decided to do something about it.

“The complainant was told to contact police if it continued to happen and to avoid all confrontation – that’s what we’re here for,” David Melancon, Thibodaux Police Department, explained. “Although he had turned down the music before police arrived there, they went to the door to talk to him about the problem.”

Rather than talking about the issue, officers say the man refused to open the door. That’s when they learned he had a warrant out for his arrest for Simple Battery.

“He refused to open the door because he kept insisting that they were going to arrest him because of the warrant,” Melancon explained. “They had to negotiate with him for an hour before he would open the door.”

Keneth McPhail, 49, opened the door slightly to give officers his identification. The officer then grabbed his arm and there was a struggle before McPhail was finally secured. We’re told no one was injured during the altercation.

McPhail was arrested and charged with Resisting an Officer as well as the prior Simple Battery charge. He was transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center where he is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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