SBSO BOOKS NEW ORLEANS MAN AFTER INCIDENT IN CHALMETTE LEFT DEPUTY AND ADULT MALE INJURED
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office booked a New Orleans man on various charges following an early Monday morning incident at a Chalmette business that left a deputy and an adult male victim injured, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Bruce Walton Jr., 21, of the 4400 block of Skyview Drive in New Orleans, was booked on multiple charges, including carjacking, aggravated criminal damage, aggravated battery on a police officer, resisting an officer, aggravated battery and two counts of shoplifting.
On Monday, at approximately 8:30 a.m., Sheriff Pohlmann said, deputies with the Field Operations Bureau Patrol Division responded to a call for service in reference to a disturbance involving an uncooperative customer at a business in the 8100 block of West Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they came into contact with a male suspect, later identified as Walton, who refused to cooperate with deputies and led them on a foot chase through the business. In the process of fleeing the store, Walton knocked a deputy to the ground, causing her to strike her head on the ground and a nearby shelf.
As Walton fled the business, with items he did not pay for, he approached a gray Ford F-150 pickup truck in the parking lot and pulled an adult male driver from inside, causing the victim to strike his head. Once inside the truck Walton accelerated forward, ramming into an occupied white Ford F-150 pickup truck. Walton then abandoned the wrecked truck and fled on foot again.
As he was fleeing, Walton then entered the passenger side of a red Dodge Dakota pickup truck, grabbed the adult male driver’s cellphone and attempted to force him out of the vehicle. Deputies quickly surrounded the truck and apprehended Walton after a brief struggle.
During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau and FOB deputies learned Walton had shoplifted several items from the business he fled from, as well as items from a business in the 7600 block of West Judge Perez Drive in Arabi during a separate incident that occurred earlier that morning.
Sheriff Pohlmann said the male victim from the Ford F-150 and the injured deputy were both transported to an area hospital where they both were treated for non-life threatening head injuries.
Walton was transported to St. Bernard Parish Prison to be booked.