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Police arrest man accused of trying to drown teen and man who allegedly beat him

Max Cordova (Source: Morgan City Police Department) Max Cordova (Source: Morgan City Police Department)
Dusty Rineheart (Source: Morgan City Police Department) Dusty Rineheart (Source: Morgan City Police Department)
MORGAN CITY, LA (WAFB) - Police said a man who allegedly tried to drown and sexually assault a teen girl was beaten by a man who saw the incident, resulting in both of them getting arrested.

The Morgan City Police Department said Max Cordova, 39, of Morgan City, was booked on charges of molestation of a juvenile and simple battery. MCPD reported Dusty Rineheart, 31, of Plaquemine, faces a charge of second-degree battery.

Authorities said the incident happened in the Lake End Park area, which is right on Lake Palourde in Morgan City, on Sunday. According to investigators, witnesses said a man, who was later identified as Cordova, held a 16-year-old girl's head underwater and then tried to remove her swimsuit top.

According to reports, witnesses told police the teen got away and when Cordova got out of the water, he was confronted by another man, later identified as Rineheart, who allegedly began to hit Cordova.

Officers said Cordova needed medical attention for the injuries he suffered. He was taken to Teche Regional Hospital for treatment. 

Rineheart was arrested on the battery charge and Cordova was taken to jail after being released from the hospital.

Investigators said the girl was not injured.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

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