2 wanted in brutal home invasion after putting gun to child's head

2 wanted in brutal home invasion after putting gun to child's head

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police have arrested one suspect accused of being involved in an armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping and second degree battery, but two other perpetrators are still wanted in the case.

On Feb. 9, 2015, just before midnight, police reports say two victims were asleep when two men and a woman kicked in the door to their apartment and began beating the male victim with metal pipes, demanding money, according to court documents. One of the suspects was identified by the victims as 29-year-old Brian Boatner.

The female suspect had a silver semi-automatic pistol, and according to reports, began hitting the female victim in the head with the gun, also demanding money.

When the victims refused, documents from the police department say Boatner told the female suspect to "get the boy." The female suspect grabbed the victims' 5-year-old son and put a gun to his head. Boatner stated "we're taking the kid" and grabbed the child by the shirt and drug him out of the apartment.

The female victim told police she began yelling for her son to run away from Boatner, who was dragging the child across the courtyard of the complex. It is unknown if Boatner released the child or the child broke free, but he ran back to his mother.

All three suspects left without getting any money.

The victims told police Boatner was at their apartment earlier in the day, "hanging out as he usually does." They also told police Boatner was asked to leave after getting into an argument with one of them.

Police reports say the victims have known Boatner for about nine months. He works with one of the victims and they say he comes over to their home all of the time. The victims say they did not know the other two suspects.

The male victim was taken to the hospital for his injuries.

Boatner was arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and second degree battery. He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $225,000 bond.

If anyone knows the identity or whereabouts of the other two suspects involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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