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Covington man arrested in parish

Timothy T. Rodosta, 43, a resident of Adolphus Road in Covington, has been in the Washington Parish Jail since his arrest on Friday.

Rodosta is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with illegal drugs present, attempted armed robbery, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and being a fugitive from St. Tammany Parish.

Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley said that the arrest was the result of an alert WPSO patrol sergeant, who spotted Rodosta behaving in a suspicious manner in the parking lot of a gasoline station south of Bogalusa.

When Sgt. Jay Dupre approached Rodosta to question him about his suspicious behavior, he observed drug paraphernalia in plain view inside Rodosta’s vehicle, Haley said.

“After obtaining permission from Rodosta to search his vehicle, Sgt. Dupre discovered a pistol and black gloves,” Haley said. “In addition, Rodosta was wearing a black stocking on his head, which seemed suspicious. Examination of the stocking revealed hand-cut holes for a person’s eyes and mouth.”

Rodosta was arrested and transported to the Washington Parish Jail, with his bond set at $150,000. If he is released on bond, he will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail to face charges there.

“Excellent, pro-active law enforcement,” Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal said. “It seems likely that Sgt. Dupre prevented a possible robbery. I congratulate him for being alert and for handling this matter.”