Man arrested on sex offender, gun charges

A Campti man was arrested on sex offender and gun charges on Wednesday morning after he ran into a Campti store saying someone was shooting at him according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.
It all began on Wednesday morning, July 26 at approximately 5:16 am, when Deputies assigned to the NPSO Patrol Bureau responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a male reportedly entering the All-N-One Convenience Store located in the 3200 block of US-71 in Campti reporting that he was being shot at.
Deputies arrived on scene a short while later.
Deputies made contact with the alleged victim identified as Altavious D. Elam, 35 of the 200 block of LeBrum Street in Campti.
While speaking with Elam, deputies say he appeared nervous and he provided limited information to confirm that anyone was shooting at him.
No shots fired calls were made from the area.
Deputies also learned while speaking with witnesses at the store that Elam became very nervous when he learned law enforcement had been contacted to respond.
He allegedly appeared to be concealing something on his person and immediately entered a restroom then exited.
Deputies learned during a local warrants check that Elam was wanted by the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender after being convicted of a prior sex offense.
Elam was placed under arrest without incident. During a search of his person incidental to his arrest, deputies discovered several .22 caliber shot cartridges in his pocket.
Deputies checked the restroom area, discovering a loaded GB .22 caliber revolver hidden behind the toilet.
The gun was recovered for evidence.
Altavious D. Elam, 35, of Campti was transported and booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of a Felony.
Elam remains in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.
Cpl. J. Dranguet, Lt. M. Robertson, Deputy E. Fobb and Deputy S. Dieter responded to the call.