Louisiana duo accused of beating, tying up 87-year-old man during armed home invasion
Two Louisiana men are accused of tying an 87-year-old man up during a violent home robbery attempt.
Around 8 p.m. on Jan. 17, deputies with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office were sent to a home in Holden, Louisiana, for an armed robbery report.
When police arrived, they spoke to the victim, who had a cut on his head. Detectives learned a "masked" suspect confronted the 87-year-old outside the home and then attacked him, Sheriff Jason Ard said in a statement.
The suspect demanded the victim's money and valuables. Inside the home, the suspect tied up the victim, police said. The attacker stole the victim's car and fled the home.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment for injuries to his head, including a gash near his eye. He has since been released, according to FOX 4 News.
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Authorities arrested 49-year-old John Bailey and 39-year-old Ruman Laurent on Jan. 21.
"I’m very proud to know that we’ve got these people in custody, in jail, where they belong," Ard said in a press conference. "It hurts my heart to know that this 87-year-old had to go through this. And I know there’s a lot of people in that area, in that subdivision that will sleep well tonight knowing that person is where they need to be."
Bailey was charged with armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm. Laurent is facing a charge of accessory after-the-fact to armed robbery.
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