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Lecompte Chief of Police and police officer arrested

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Chief Mikel White Chief Mikel White
Officer Gregory Armstead Officer Gregory Armstead

LECOMPTE, La. (KALB NEWS Channel 5) - UPDATE 4/4/14: The Lecompte Police chief and an officer with the department are still behind bars Friday in the Rapides Parish jail.

The two were arrested Thursday after a man came forward with video evidence of the two men acting illegally.

News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has an update on the case and what residents have to say about the arrests.

"I suspected that they should have been arrested before," said Carolyn Brady, a Lecompte resident. "There's been some controversy in town. I wasn't surprised."

Some Lecompte residents say they weren't shocked to hear that police Chief Mikel White and officer Gregory Armstead were arrested by State Police Thursday.

"I heard stories in the past about Mikel White," said Bryan Case, another resident. "No, it didn't surprise me really."

State Police say a victim came forward this week with video of Chief White allegedly threatening to harm him if he didn't pay money that he owned for a personal loan. Detectives say the chief had the victim arrested by officer Armstead, but was released without being charged for a crime.

"It's pretty clear cut," said Scott Moreau, PIO with the Louisiana State Police Troop E. "These threats were made against this victim. He was placed under arrest. He was detained."

State Police tell us that this type of case is a bit out of the ordinary.

"This is an unusual case," said Moreau. "We don't see this type of criminal activity, especially from people of rank and somebody with authority like this."

While the Lecompte Police Department declined to comment, the town's mayor, Gregory Clark, gave us this statement, but didn't comment on the case either: "Lecompte is not going without police coverage. The citizens will be protected. The sheriff's department is helping."

Chief White and officer Armstead are being held on $500,000 bond each.

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LECOMPTE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations/Alexandria Field Office arrested Chief Mikel White, 53, and Officer Gregory Armstead, 45, earlier today. 

Several felony charges resulted from the investigation, according to LSP. 

Earlier this week, LSP detectives received a criminal complaint against Chief White and Officer Armstead.

LSP stated the complainant/victim alleged that in March 2014 Chief White and Officer Armstead made contact with him at his residence.  

During the encounter, Chief White allegedly threatened the victim with bodily harm if he didn't pay money owed to him for a personal loan.  The Chief also allegedly threaten to arrest him for theft.  

Shortly after these threats were made by Chief White, the victim was handcuffed and taken into custody by Officer Armstead at the order of the Chief.  

The entire incident was captured on video, according to LSP.  The victim was eventually released without being charged for any crime.

Based on the evidence/investigation, an arrest warrant was obtained for Chief White and Officer Armstead. 

The warrants were executed today and both were booked into the Rapides Parish Jail.  Chief White was charged with extortion, malfeasance in office, and false imprisonment. 

Officer Armstead was charged with malfeasance in office and false imprisonment. 

LSP Detectives were assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The Louisiana State Police on-line reporting system is available to the public through a secure reporting form that is submitted to investigators. Citizens can access the form by visiting www.lsp.org and clicking the suspicious activity link.

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