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Lake Charles man arrested, accused of using his children as a shield

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Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies arrested a Lake Charles man on drug charges, and accuse him of using his little children as a shield.

Nathaniel Conner, 28, was booked with two counts of second degree kidnapping; resisting an officer, battery on a police officer, possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; illegal possession of a stolen firearm; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

The incident began Wednesday at about 5:30 a.m. with the sheriff's Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) along with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office ACT Team executed a search warrant at a home in the 1600 block of McNabb Street in Lake Charles.

After they broke in the door, they found Conner, holding his two children, ages 7 and 4 years, using them as a shield between himself and deputies. He allegedly told deputies they would have to kill him and his children because he was not going to jail, a spokeswoman said. Conner then allegedly barricaded himself in the bathroom with the children, and told deputies he had a gun. He wrapped a towel around his head, to protect himself from flash bangs, the spokeswoman said, and held his children against his body. 

A negotiator was called in, but Conner wouldn't let the children go, the spokeswoman said. Then a deputy was able to tackle Conner, and one child escaped. Deputies were able to wrestle the second child away from Conner, the spokeswoman said, and take the child to safety. 

In their search of the home, deputies found a Hi-Point rifle, that was reported stolen from Sulphur Police Department, synthetic marijuana, Promethazine-Codeine syrup, and drug paraphernalia. 

Also in the home at the time was Sierra R. Wilkerson, 19, Lake Charles, who was booked with with possession of CDS in the presence of juveniles; possession of a firearm in the presence of CDS, obstruction of justice; possession of CDS III; possession of synthetic marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; and illegal possession of a stolen firearm. 

Judge Robert Wyatt set a bond of $25,000 for Conner’s charges of kidnapping; the rest of Conner’s bond, as well as, Wilkerson’s bond is still pending.

CPSO Detective Jerod Abshire is the lead investigator on the kidnapping case. 

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