The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Slidell area man for terrorizing after he made threats against a local church.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19, an individual contacted the Sheriff’s Office in reference to someone threatening to kill members of the Slidell's Open Arms Ministry Church.
Sheriff's Office patrol deputies, along with members of the Crisis Intervention Team, began looking into the matter. Their efforts resulted in obtaining an Order of Protective Custody for Dusty Gerchow (DOB 2/24/1980; 373 Indian Village Road, Slidell), and he was taken into custody and transported to a facility in St. Charles Parish to be evaluated.
A subsequent criminal investigation by Sheriff's Office detectives into the threats led to obtaining an arrest warrant for Gerchow on the charge of LRS 14:40.1 Terrorizing, as well as a search warrant for his home. During the search of his home, a cache of weapons and ammo, along with body armor was located.
On Friday, Dec. 22, Gerchow was released from the facility in St. Charles Parish and booked into the St. Charles Parish Jail as a fugitive out of St. Tammany Parish.
He will be transported to the St. Tammany Parish Jail at a later date.
Gerchow was associated with the church and known by the congregation and the pastor. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has dealt with Gerchow in the past regarding disturbances and reports of erratic behavior on his part.
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is in communication with the Slidell Police Department on this case due to the church being located inside the city limits of Slidell.