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Deputies arrest suspect in Hanks Drive attempted murder, robbery

Justin Taylor (Source: EBRSO) Justin Taylor (Source: EBRSO)

Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office have arrested a man they believe is the gunman who stole $200 from the victim and also shot him in the leg.

When deputies arrived on the scene Monday evening, they found a man lying in the roadway who had been shot in the leg and was suffering injuries to his head.

Investigators learned the victim was meeting 29-year-old Justin Taylor to pay off a $100 debt. When the victim got into the vehicle and they drove off. Taylor, while driving, pulled out a handgun and demanded all of the victim's money. They began fighting over the gun when Taylor shot the victim and pushed him out of the car, according to the affidavit of probable cause from the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

A concerned citizen saw the vehicle swerving and called 911.

When deputies found Taylor, he said he denied shooting the victim, but said the same thing happened four days ago with an unknown person and it must have been a coincidence, according to the affidavit.

Taylor was convicted of robbery in 2013 and is prohibited from having a firearm. He is on probation until October 22, 2016.

Taylor was arrested and charged with armed robbery, attempted first degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, illegal use of a weapon, and two additional traffic bench warrants.

He is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $175,000 bond.

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