Police: Homeless men beat, rob, kidnap man just released from hospital

Police: Homeless men beat, rob, kidnap man just released from hospital

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three homeless men were arrested Sunday after being accused of beating, robbing, and kidnapping a man who was just released from the hospital.

Just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning, police were called to the 5000 block of Essen Lane in reference to the armed robbery of an individual.

The victim told police he had just been released from the hospital and was walking north on Essen Ln. when he saw a man standing in the wood-line, sharpening a black folding knife with a black blade.

The victim said the man demanded his money and two more men came out of the woods and dragged him against his will into the woods. That is when the three men allegedly stole about $60 and a complimentary bus ticket the victim received from the hospital. The victim told police the men kicked and punched him repeatedly while he was laying on the ground.

The victim was able to escape and call for help from a nearby gas station.

According to the affidavit of probable cause from the Baton Rouge Police Department, while deputies were on scene with the victim, one of the suspects emerged from the woods. The victim saw the suspect and pointed him out as the one who was armed with a knife.

The suspect was taken into custody and police found the knife. They also found some cash in his pockets.

The first suspect, now identified as 48-year-old John Stanley, told officers there was a fight between the victim and one of the other people staying in a camp in the wooded area.

Deputies found a small tent camp and the two other men involved in the robbery, beating and kidnapping of the victim.

The other suspects have been identified as 51-year-old Stacey Iles, and 34-year-old Joseph Garrington.

Deputies searched the camp area and found the victim's bus ticket on the ground near the tent.

Stanley, Iles and Garrington were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where they were all charged with armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and simple battery. Each one is being held on a $255,000 bond.

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