Paris SWAT team is called in on alleged sexual assault early Sunday

A Paris SWAT team was called in to assist in the execution of a search warrant of a residence to gather evidence in the reported sexual assault about 2 a.m. Sunday of a 24-year-old woman by a 52-year-old man.

Police Department Car_sliderThe woman told officers she had been visiting friends at the time in the 1500 block of NE 17th Street.

“No arrest has been made and all names are being withheld due to the ongoing investigation,” said Curtis Garrett, spokesman for the Paris Police Department.

Paris police officers responded to 328 calls over the 72-hour weekend, resulting in the arrests of 28 individuals, Garrett said.

Police stopped a vehicle in the 400 block of Church Street shortly before 2 a.m. on Sunday and arrested Brian Eugene Simpson, 31, of Reno after determining he had an outstanding arrest warrant. An inventory of his vehicle turned up a black case containing methamphetamine, which led to him being charged with possession of a controlled substance.

About 10 p.m. Sunday, Erica Nicole Walker, 31, was arrested on a charge of making a false report to police. About an hour earlier, officers had responded to a reported narcotics violation in the 200 block of West Sherman Street and found the allegation to be false, Garrett said.

“Officers located Walker in the immediate area, and Walker admitted to making the call because she was upset because her boyfriend would not let her back inside the residence and he had another female in the house,” Garrett said. “Walker was later transferred to the Lamar County Jail.”

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.