Northshore homeowner arrested after TP confrontation

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 03, 2017 - 11:32 am
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A Mandeville man faces charges today after police say he got very angry that teens had covered his yard in toilet paper.  

Police Chief Gerald Sticker tells WWL First News that the homeowner got a gun and went searching for the TP wielding suspects.

"He had brandished a firearm and confronted these teens," the Chief explained. "He blocked off their exit from the subdivision."

Sticker says while he understands Craig Scott being angry, he says the end doesn't justify the means.

"There is, in our opinion, no justification for that level of confrontation."

Police arrested Craig Scott on charges of aggravated assault and obstruction of a roadway.  

One of the teens Scott was allegedly holding at gunpoint had called police.  

The chief says it was Scott who should have called the cops in the first place... instead of chasing down the teens, pointing a gun at them and demanding they call their parents.

None of the teens are facing charges now, but Sticker says the investigation continues.  He explained that rolling a home can lead to charges including vandalism and criminal mischief.

He added that while 99 percent of the time the tradition of toilet papering a home does not lead to criminal complaints, upset homeowners do have the right to peruse charges.

Here is the full release from Mandeville PD:

In the early morning hours on October 27th the Mandeville Police responded to the report of a disturbance in the Sanctuary Subdivision involving an irate homeowner and a group of local high school students who were taking part in their yearly ritual of “rolling or toilet papering” of homes of fellow students. Apparently this did not set well with one particular parent/homeowner, who got dressed, armed himself and proceeded to go out looking for the teens.

The homeowner, Mr. Craig Scott of #87 Cardinal Lane located the teens in another section of the neighborhood, blocked the street preventing their escape and confronted them with his semi-auto pistol. This ultimately led to his arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and Obstruction of a Roadway on November 2nd. After booking at the Mandeville Police Complex, Mr. Scott was transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail. 

“Though he had ample opportunity, Mr. Scott never once called 911 or requested police assistance. The end clearly did not justify the means this situation.”  This incident is still under investigation and additional charges could still be brought against those responsible for “rolling the house” which is technically considered criminal mischief by statute.     

 

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