Arrest of a Gonzales man for threat towards judge, district attorney

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley reports the arrest of a Gonzales man after he allegedly made threats towards a local judge and the district attorney on Friday, September 19.

Paul Cleveland, 71, of 11295 Cornerview Road, Gonzales was arrested at his residence as a fugitive from Baton Rouge.  On September 19, Cleveland was in the First Circuit Court of Appeals in the city of Baton Rouge.  After an unsuccessful appeal of a previous DWI arrest, Cleveland left the court and allegedly made a comment that he was going back to Ascension Parish where he was going to kill the judge, the district attorney, and then kill himself.  His statements were made to a clerk of the court and eventually reported to court security and the Baton Rouge Police Department Violent Crimes Unit.  A warrant was issued by the Baton Rouge Police Department for Threatening a Public Official.

Ascension Parish deputies were notified and located Cleveland at his residence where he was detained and booked as a fugitive from Baton Rouge.  Cleveland is currently being held in the Ascension Parish Jail awaiting extradition to Baton Rouge.