Jonesboro woman charged after threatening Ruston Police Officer

(reprint from Lincoln Parish Journal) At about 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Ruston Police responded to the E-Z Mart at 1500 S. Vienna Street regarding a woman with a knife.

Responding officers found a woman sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. The tires on the passenger side of the vehicle were flat with punctures in the side walls.

The woman, Ranita Harrell, 42, of Jonesboro, became belligerent and extremely loud. She was told numerous times to quieten down but became aggressive and was handcuffed. She was arrested for disturbing the peace by appearing intoxicated in public.

On the way to the detention center, Harrell threatened numerous times to kill the officer and his family because she was “in a gang.” At the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, Harrell made several statements about harming the officer. When she was unhandcuffed, she slapped the officer and had to be restrained by officials and resecured with handcuffs.

Harrell was booked for disturbing the peace, threatening a public official, battery of an officer, and resisting an officer.

Bail was set at $25,500.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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