LaGrange Police has arrested a man on two violent charges after he apparently threatened another man with a toy gun over rent money.
Wednesday afternoon about 12:37 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to the Daniel Street Food Mart in reference to a disturbance, where a man had allegedly threatened and punched another subject in the face.
Police responded and found both subjects leaving the area, so officers first made contact with the victim. Additional officers then went after the suspect, later identified as Marcel Antoine Cotton, who cut between several houses, possibly trying to avoid police.
When police initially observed Cotton, he spun around quickly and was observed to have an unknown black item in his hand, but he then walked out of sight.
After officers finally made contact with Cotton, he had his hand in his pockets, so police instructed him to remove his hands, so they could question him regarding the incident on Daniel Street. Cotton later stuck his hands back in his pockets, so officers had him place his hands on the car and checked him for weapons.
Cotton was found to be unarmed, but additional officers, who saw the entire incident take place on camera, advised to detain him because a firearm was involved.
Police then checked the path Cotton had taken and located a toy gun, wrapped in black tape, which was made to look like a real gun.
Officers say Cotton claimed multiple times that he only confronted the victim about rent money and had never struck him or threatened to use a gun against him.
As a result of the investigation, Cotton was arrested for the incident.
Cotton, age 42, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Battery and Terroristic Threats.
As of press time, Cotton is being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer