Man charged with inciting a riot at Baton Rouge mall

Rufus Earl Rawhide Rusk (Source: EBRSO)
Rufus Earl Rawhide Rusk (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police arrested a man Sunday and charged him with inciting a riot.

A BRPD detective was working extra duty at Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge when he was dispatched to the Shoe Lovers store. A man, now identified as 21-year-old Rufus Earl Rawhide Rusk, was "obviously upset," according to the probable cause report.

Rusk told the detective that he and seven of his cousins were at the mall together when one of his cousins and a woman that worked at the shoe store got into an argument. The group was asked to leave the store by a security guard. Rusk told the detective that as he was leaving he felt he was being harassed by the security guard. Rusk told the detective that he "became upset and started cussing."

An off duty deputy says he witnessed the incident and said that Rusk incited the confrontation between his cousin and the store employee. According to the report, Rusk told someone in the group to video the incident.

Inciting a riot, according to police, means the endeavor by any person to incite or procure any other person to create or participate in a riot. The video recorded and witness statements were grounds for the charges against Rusk.

Rusk was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is being held on a $4,000 bond.

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