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RPSO arrests fourth man in dog fighting investigation

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Police have arrested a fourth man in a multi-state dog-fighting investigation.

According to Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office, they have arrested 27- year- old Otis Cassanova Harris of Baker for allegedly being linked to a dog-fighting ring.

Detectives said when Harris came to retrieve his vehicle that had been impounded by authorities, after it was found at a dog-fighting ring, he was taken into custody.  Detectives also said they found narcotics in his vehicle and that Harris admitted the drugs were his.

He was taken into custody and charged with criminal trespassing, criminal conspiracy, possession of cds iii and dog fighting.  

The third man arrested and charged was 32-year-old Troy Joseph Day of Alexandria. He is charged with criminal trespassing, dog fighting, cruelty to animals, resisting arrest by flight and criminal conspiracy.

John Marshall Daniels Jr., 34 of Beaumont, Texas and Frank Williams, 30 of Alexandria, have also been charged with criminal trespassing and dog fighting.

On October 5, around 10:59 p.m., RPSO said they received a call in reference to suspicious activity, and a possible burglary at an abandoned residence on Gene Ball Drive in Alexandria.  RPSO said deputies observed three male subjects running into a field behind the residence. Deputies stood by for additional back-up. Officers with the Alexandria Police Department, Pineville Police Department and Louisiana State Police also responded to the scene.

RPSO said deputies found 16 vehicles, some from Mississippi and Texas, parked behind the residence. Deputies conducted a search of property and located a subject lying on the ground.  He was allegedly attempting to hide, according to RPSO. The subject was later identified as Daniels. He was placed into custody.  

Deputies located three pit pulls in various vehicles, and one on a chain. A large dog fighting ring was located in an area next to the residence. It was constructed with poles, a black tarp made into a 10 feet high wall, with a ring made from plywood, and grass carpet, according to RPSO.  Flood lights and a generator were also located.

 Detectives were called to the scene to further the investigation.  All of the vehicles and equipment were seized. The dogs were taken into custody by RPSO and APD Animal Control.

At approximately one hour into the investigation, the Alexandria Police Department responded to Essie Street in Alexandria to take a report of a possible carjacking. The complainant, Williams reported he pulled over to check on his vehicle and was shortly confronted by two unknown black males who allegedly carjacked him.  RPSO said detectives, along with APD officers, contacted Williams about the carjacking.  Williams later confessed his vehicle was one of the vehicles seized. He also confessed to being at the dog fighting ring and to filing a false police report, according to RPSO. 

Both Daniel and Williams were arrested and later released on a $17,500 bond.

RPSO said they believe this discovery implicates a possible multi-state dog fighting ring. The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.

"Dog fighting is not only cruelty, but it is against the law.  This type of criminal activity will not be tolerated in our parish.  Our detectives are going to follow every lead they can to get to the bottom of this," said Sheriff William Earl Hilton.  "I also want to commend the Alexandria Police Department, the Pineville Police Department and the Louisiana State Police for their assistance in this investigation"

Anyone with information regarding this dog fighting ring on Gene Ball Drive are encouraged to contact Detective James Owens or Detective Winston Bell Jr. at 318-473-6727.


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