One man is in jail and another man is recovering after a seemingly racially-charged attack happened on Saturday, October 14th. Shreveport Police say that 25 year old Derryon Houston repeatedly beat a man who was part of a construction crew with a shovel, after yelling racial slurs at the crew.
Here’s more from Shreveport Police:
On October 14, 2017 just before 2:00 pm, Shreveport Police Patrol officers responded to reporters of a man being beaten with a shovel in the 5300 block of Prentiss Avenue in west Shreveport. The victim was transported to University Health Hospital where he was treated for head injuries and a ruptured sinus cavity as a result of the battery.
Investigators with the Shreveport Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit launched their investigation and learned that the victim was part of a contracting crew that was working on a city project in the area.
The suspect, 25-year-old Derryon Houston of the 2800 block of Morningside Drive, began taunting the white employees with racial slurs and threatened them with bodily harm.
The contractors ignored the taunts but Houston would not leave the area. A short time later, Houston threw a ball of dirt at the victim’s heads and when the victim turned around he began repeatedly striking him in the head with a shovel knocking him unconscious. His co-workers came to his aid and wrestled the shovel from Houston’s hands and he fled the scene on foot.
Through evidence left at the scene and eyewitness statements, investigators were able to identify Houston as the alleged suspect and alerted neighborhood patrol officers. On October 17, 2017 just after 7:00 pm, officers spotted Houston who then led them on a brief foot pursuit before they captured him.
Houston was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on charges of 2nd Degree Battery, Hate Crimes, Resisting an Officer, and fugitive warrants out of Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office. Houston has prior arrests through Shreveport Police Department for narcotics related offenses and resisting an officer.