Last Modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:37 AM
A Lake Charles man with a lengthy criminal history of stalking charges was arrested again Tuesday for felony stalking, officials said.
Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said deputies were sent to a Lake Charles apartment complex Aug. 4 about a complaint that Gerald B. DeBarge, 47, 1330 W. McNeese St. Apt. 1102, had alledgedly made several harassing comments to a resident there since June. He also left notes on the victim’s vehicle.
Myers said Lake Charles Police, with a Sheriff’s Office warrant, found DeBarge Aug. 14 at his apartment, but he refused cooperate with police or leave his apartment so a police K-9 dog and his handler were sent in to get him.
DeBarge has faced nearly 40 charges in the past, including domestic abuse by strangulation, battery and stalking.
He was released in March and sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation by Judge David Ritchie after accepting a plea agreement, and prosecutor David Palay agreed to dismiss the charges when DeBarge pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating a protective order.
DeBarge is also known for his unruly behavior in court. He wracked up 24 months in jail for contempt of court after cursing Ritchie, but those charges were suspended when he apologized to Ritchie for his behavior.
Ritchie also ordered for DeBarge’s mouth to be taped shut on one instance, and on a separate occasion he was taken to a local hospital after falling to the floor of the courtroom.
DeBarge was arrested Aug. 14 and booked in the Calcasieu Correctional Center and was charged with felony stalking.
His bond was set at $100,000 by Judge Clayton Davis.
Posted By: Barbara On: 8/16/2012
Why isn't Debarge in jail if he has such a lenghthy criminal history. Laws must be too lax.