LPD arrests wanted man

Published 7:20 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A man wanted for aggravated assault by the Troup County Sheriff’s Office was found at  a residence on the 300 block of Park Hill Drive Sunday around 1 p.m. LaGrange Police were advised about Anthony Morris Duke, 46, residing at the house, according to a LPD report.

Officers found Duke hiding in a bedroom closet under some clothing and told him to get out of the closet. He exited it, but refused to follow other officer instructions, according to the police report.

Duke started yelling at officers and tried pulling away from them while they tried to place him in custody. Duke was placed on the ground and officers put him in custody, according to the police report.

Duke became wanted after he hit his partner with parts of plastic Christmas tree on Dec. 23. Children were present when the incident happened, said Cpt. Kelli Ellington of the TCSO.

Duke is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, interfering with call for emergency service, three counts of cruelty to child 3rd degree, false imprisonment, parole violation and resisting officer/arrest, according to the Troup County Jail arrest release reports.

Sgt. Stewart Smith of the TCSO said its common for law enforcement agencies to arrest people who are wanted by other agencies.

“It’s quite often (to find wanted persons),” Smith said. “It could be [the TCSO] finding somebody else that [another agency] is looking for or vice versa.”