- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

LECOMPTE, La. (AP) - State police say the police chief of the town of Lecompte (leh-COUNT’) and an officer who works for him have been booked on felony charges including false imprisonment. They allegedly handcuffed and took into custody a man who didn’t pay off a loan to the chief.

State police say the 53-year-old police chief, Mikel White, and 45-year-old officer Gregory Armstead were arrested Thursday.

The arrests came after state police detectives checked out a complaint from a man who said White threatened him with bodily harm — and arrest — if he didn’t pay off money he owed the chief. Armstead allegedly arrested the man later on orders from the chief.

The Lecompte chief faces an extortion charge. Both men face charges of malfeasance in office and false imprisonment.

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