Shreveport Bondsmen accused of beating man in their custody

Darren Cawthorn/ Valandor Cawthorn
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 12:18pm

Two Shreveport bondsmen were arrested after a man in their custody was brought to jail with injuries earlier this month.

Gregory Johnson told deputies that on November 2, he was picked up by bondsman Darren Cowthorn and another man for failing to make a $400 payment. After an argument, Cowthorn handcuffed Johnson behind his back and put him in the rear seat of his truck. On the way to jail, Johnson said the other man, who was the front seat passenger, began hitting him several times in the face and head. The victim claims Cowthorn did nothing to stop it.

When they arrived at the jail, Cowthorn took Johnson inside. Deputies noticed Johnson’s injuries and told Cowthorn that Johsnon needed a medical evaluation before he could be booked. Cowthorn left, taking Johnson with him. Johnson was returned home and sought medical treatment the following day.

An investigation revealed the second suspect to be Cowthorn’s cousin, Valandor Cawthorn, 30, of Shreveport. Both men turned themselves in Wednesday on warrants.

Valandor Cawthorn was booked into Caddo Correctional Center for second-degree battery. Darren Cowthorn, 41, of Shreveport, was arrested for being an accessory to second-degree battery.


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