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Derrick Caracter faces multiple charges after allegedly striking cashier in New Orleans [Updated]

April 25, 2011 |  9:40 am


This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.

Laker reserve Derrick Caracter was arrested early Sunday morning in New Orleans for allegedly striking a cashier at a pancake restaurant, police told the Times-Picayune on Monday.

The arrest was first reported by the Los Angeles Times on Sunday night. Police declined to comment then and referred the matter to the department's public information department.

A police spokeswoman told the Times-Picayune that Caracter started "grabbing and pulling" at the cashier.

[Updated at 11:25 a.m.: Caracter, 22, reportedly grabbed and shoved a cashier at an IHOP restaurant on Canal Street, according to New Orleans police. The account, issued in a police news release Monday morning, said the Lakers rookie forward had been refused service at the IHOP because he was "obviously drunk, unruly."

A police officer was summoned to try to defuse the situation, and backup also arrived after Caracter would not cooperate.]

He was detained and booked under several charges: one count of battery for hitting the employee, one count of public intoxication and one for resisting arrest. He was later released from jail after bond was posted.

For the record, 11:40 a.m. April 25: Earlier versions of this post referred to a pregnant waitress and a pregnant cashier. New information from police indicates the alleged victim, a cashier, was not pregnant.

-- Lisa Dillman

Photo: Derrick Caracter, left, battles Nuggets' Arron Afflalo and Eric Boateng. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times