Mugshots, like driver’s license photos, aren’t always the most flattering photographs, but this 42-year-old Baton Rouge man didn’t help matters any after Louisiana State Police Troopers arrested him for threatening them, along with a number of drug charges.
Melvin Amar Jr. was taken into custody following a harrowing traffic stop that began after LSP Troop A troopers noticed the truck he was driving had no license plate.
It began late Wednesday night when an LSP trooper patrolling Gardere Lane near Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge observed a Dodge Ram pickup truck with no license plate. Making matters worse, the driver, Amar, was not wearing a seat belt.
The trooper initiated a traffic stop and began speaking with Amar, who became agitated and made several verbal threats regarding the trooper’s safety.
Amar then made a hand gesture toward the arresting trooper depicting a gun and told the trooper that he would shoot him.
The verbal assault and threats continued after the trooper took Amar into custody and placed him under arrest. When Amar was placed in the trooper’s patrol vehicle, he continued directing threats and vulgar statements toward the trooper and his family.
In addition, as if his mouth hadn’t already gotten him in enough trouble, Amar also made threats to law enforcement referencing the 2016 Baton Rouge Police shooting that took the lives of three officers during an ambush.
Taken for booking to the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail, Amar’s troubles mounted as he was found to be in possession of marijuana and Xanax.
Amar was charged with 10 counts: Simple Assault, 2 counts of Public Intimidation, 2 counts of Introducing Contraband into a Penal Facility, Possession of Schedule I Drugs, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, No Seat Belt, No Inspection Sticker, and No Insurance.
Not to mention the mug shot that will never, ever go away.