SHREVEPORT, Louisiana – A man from Shreveport, who for months dodged attempts to serve him with a stop-work order on his construction next to the freeway, now faces criminal charges after he allegedly assaulted a waiter private process, according to Caddo Parish Court records.
Nearly half a dozen court dates have been set for Olanza Sanders, who has been ordered by a Caddo District Judge to stop work on a four-story building alongside Bronze at 1019 Pickett St. off Interstate 20. The town of Shreveport obtained the temporary restraining order in March after finding Sanders had exceeded the scope of work for which he was authorized.
A court hearing on the case was scheduled to take place on April 7. But sheriff’s deputies were unable to serve the order on Sanders. The hearing was repeatedly postponed when Sanders could not be located.
So in May, the city hired Robert Jerry DeFatta and DeFatta & Associates as a private process server. The company made four attempts to serve Sanders and hours of surveillance. However, Sanders “once again escaped duty and fled inside the house,” according to a petition filed Friday by town attorney Joseph Woodley.
On May 4, the private process server saw Sanders come out of the house and walk towards an SUV. The server approached him, but Sanders ran for the front door, “turned around and assaulted the process server,” the motion reads.
The bailiff filed an assault complaint against Sanders. An arrest warrant has been issued against him.
Shreveport police came to Sanders’ home to arrest him, but he did not answer the door, the motion says.
On May 19, the court extended the temporary restraining order and set a new hearing for July 6. As of Friday, Sanders still had not received the order asking him to appear in court.
The court approved the appointment of another private server, Jeremy Homan of Homan and Associates.
The Sanders building has become the talk of the town because of its appearance. The windowless structure with shiny bronze cladding is visible from the busy Interstate 20.
The city has approved the construction of a three-story, 4,500 square foot residential structure. Instead, Sanders added a fourth floor – in violation of building codes – making it a commercial building.
He was first told to stop work on July 21. In January, he was given permission to install a roof and exterior moisture barrier to protect the exposed wood from further deterioration. But he was told not to put any siding on it until his revised commercial building plans were approved by the state fire marshal and all city departments.
Despite this, Sanders installed a partial coating.