Houma man arrested for harassing young girls at a dance studio, threatening an officer

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 3:30pm

A Houma man was arrested after he allegedly verbally harassed young girls at a dance studio. Before authorities could place the cuffs on him, he allegedly pulled out a hammer and threatened an officer.

The Houma Police Department reports that the incident occurred on Friday, Oct. 18 at roughly 7:30 p.m. The studio, Innovative Dance located on Main Street, contacted police because the suspect was being highly inappropriate and continued to return after being asked to leave.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect, Cornell Wilkerson, 56, approached the studio window and began yelling at the students to lift up their skirts. They say they warned Wilkerson several times about looking through the window while classes were in session, however, he continued to return, thereby prompting the call to authorities.

Officers say they attempted to talk to Wilkerson about the incident, but when they attempted to place him in custody, he resisted. They say he pulled out a hammer and threatened harm. They say a brief standoff ensued, but he eventually surrendered.

Wilkerson was arrested and booked with one count Indecent Behavior with Juvenile, one count Remaining After Being Forbidden, one count Resisting Arrest and one count Aggravated Assault (Upon a Police Officer). He was transported to the Terrebonne Parish Criminal Justice Complex.


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