Day goes from bad to worse for suspect

Published 8:16 am Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On April 21, things became increasingly worse for Mount Hermon’s Shekeil Ratliff.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a residence in Mount Hermon after Jessie Williams Jr. called to complain about Ratliff being at his residence despite his protective order against her. Ratliff was not allowed at his residence or be within 100 yards of Williams.

But when deputies arrived, Ratliff was sitting in Williams’ car. Williams told deputies she was there to ask about clothing she had left after she moved out of the residence.

Williams told deputies he asked Ratliff to leave the premises upon her arrival. Her answer to the request was to allegedly push the door open and enter the home. Ratliff then allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen area and chased after Williams.

That was when the Sheriff’s Office was called.

Charges at that point included protective order violation and aggravated assault.

Ratliff was handcuffed and placed in the car for transport to the Sheriff’s Office. After deputies finished paperwork with Williams, Ratliff apparently worked her way out of one handcuff while sitting in the back of a patrol car, so that action added an attempted escape charge to her rap sheet.

Upon arrival at the jail, it was learned Ratliff had an outstanding warrant for her arrest from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office for felony theft over $10,000. A charge of being a fugitive from another jurisdiction was added to her list of charges.

But Ratliff was not through being charged. Jailers discovered a number of pieces of drug paraphernalia in Ratliff’s purse, including two crack pipes, a push rod and wad of Chore Boy scrubbing pads, which are used as a filter in crack pipes. She was then charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

Ratliff also has a charge of misdemeanor failure to appear.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Ratliff remained in the Washington Parish Jail with bond set at $7,500.