Man claiming to be crime-fighting vigilante arrested for battery

Armond Goudeau (Source: EBRSO)
Armond Goudeau (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man claiming to be a crime-fighting vigilante was arrested after allegedly attacking a man with a metal pole.

"Post Miranda, the defendant advised that he was trying to fight crime in the area and that the victim was a drug dealer," the investigating officer for the Baton Rouge Police Department wrote in the probable cause report.

According to the report, the incident happened on Monday, March 3 at roughly 11:00 p.m. When the officer arrived on scene, he located the victim and Armond Goudeau, 47. Both men were suffering from injuries.

"[I] spoke with several witnesses that advised that [Goudeau] struck the victim with a large metal pole several times causing a laceration to the victim's hand," the officer noted. "The victim's injuries were consistent with someone trying to defend themselves from an attacker during an assault."

After questioning, the officer searched Goudeau and located a Goudeau was also suffering from a laceration to the head. The officer did not note how Goudeau sustained his injury. Rather, the report notes that he was combative when EMS personnel attempted to provide treatment.

"EMS attempted to treat Goudeau's lacerations but he refused and began cussing and convulsing his body to avoid EMS. EMS was unable to treat [his] injuries and [I] had to transport [him] to BRG Midcity for medical treatment. While in the emergency room [Goudeau] continued to be combative and had to be restrained to a bed so that the nurses and doctors could treat his wounds."

Prior to receiving medical treatment, the arresting officer conducted a search of Goudeau. The officer located a pipe believed to be used for the purpose of smoking illegal drugs in his pocket.

According to the probable cause report, Goudeau was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison after receiving medical treatment. He is charged with aggravated battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and interfering with medical treatment (EMS). He is being held in lieu of an $11,500 bond.

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