On July 8 at approximately 8:19 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a fight on Lake Greeson in the “suicide rock” area near the Self Creek Marina, according to Pike County Detective Glen Hankins
The caller advised the dispatcher that there were nine men on a party barge and three of them had jumped onto another boat and started hitting the male subject who was later identified as Virgil Rhoden. Deputies George Donaldson, Richard Tomlinson and Robert Shelby responded.
Upon arrival, Deputy Donaldson approached the waterway to find that the subjects had already left the scene. As the deputy arrived back to his patrol car, the dispatcher advised him that they had received another 911 call stating that the subjects were all at the marina. Donaldson and Shelby went to the marina and were told by the marina manager that part of the parties were on a blue pontoon boat across the cove but the victims were at the marina. Deputy Donaldson relayed the message to Deputy Shelby and he then went across the cove where the parties were. Donaldson made contact with the victims and was told that they were on the lake when a party barge pulled up beside them and three men jumped onto their boat and started hitting Rhoden, causing his nose to bleed and that they had pushed one of the females. Deputy Shelby stated to Deputy Donaldson that he had spoken to two of the people involved and that they admitted that they had jumped onto the other vessel and were fighting. Deputy Donaldson then got written statements from the victims. When Donaldson arrived at their location, Deputy Shelby had the three men in custody.
Hankins said the three men – Michael D. Oglee, 30, of Sarepta, La., and Jacob R. Rhodes, 28, and Whitney C. Green, 31, both of Benton, La. – were transported to the Pike County Detention Center and were charged with misdemeanor third-degree battery and criminal trespassing.
There were no serious injuries as a result of this incident. Medics with Guardian EMS responded but the victims refused transport, Hankins added.