Louisiana State Troopers have arrested a man for burglary and various other charges following a roadside investigation on Interstate 20.
On April 20, 2016, at 11:15 p.m., Troopers observed a pedestrian walking along I-20 just west of Haughton. Troopers observed the man, later identified as 35-year-old Nicholas B. Latronico of Shreveport, stumbling along the roadside in and out of traffic.
Troopers immediately stopped Latronico to investigate the situation and found that he was impaired from drinking alcohol and consuming narcotics as well as being in possession of what appeared to be stolen property and tools. During the investigation, Latronico made threats toward the investigating Trooper and attempted to discard narcotics, burglary tools, and stolen property into the ditch.
Troopers immediately took Latronico into custody and recovered the items from the ditch.
As the investigation continued, Troopers identified the items recovered from the ditch as the following: one plastic bag of assorted US and foreign coins, two prescription bottles of medication, women’s jewelry, and some keys. In addition to the stolen property, Troopers discovered a multi-tool capable of prying open doors/windows and a flashlight.
After Troopers recovered all of the evidence, they contacted the Haughton Police Department and the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, to see if there had been any suspicious activity or burglaries reported in and around the area. At that time, they discovered that a home burglary had just been reported to the Haughton Police Department and with their assistance; Troopers were able to identify the items discovered on Latronico as the ones that were reported stolen during the Haughton Burglary.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Latronico was transported to the Bossier Parish Jail and booked on the following charges: Disturbing the Peace (Intoxication), Possession of Schedule II CDS, Possession of Schedule IV CDS, Public Intimidation, Obstruction of Justice, and Simple Burglary.
Louisiana State Troopers will continue to provide the citizens of Louisiana a safer community through proactive patrols and continue to maintain partnerships with local agencies to combat crimes such as these.