BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man who has been arrested more than 50 times is wanted for a brutal attack that left the victim disabled, according to investigators.
Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers reported Kenneth Sheppard, 61, is wanted by the Baton Rouge Police Department. Authorities say Sheppard and a man got into a fight on Byron St. on March 3.
"We want to get him off the street. We feel he's dangerous and he just needs to face those charges and have his court date," said Sgt. L'Jean McKneely with BRPD.
The victim's friend says she is still in shock Thursday afternoon. She says the fight started as an argument over a dryer, but spiraled into her close friend losing his eyesight. "I'm still in disbelief," she said. "I really am still in disbelief that that happened."
The fight started in the middle of the street. The woman says everything went so fast. She turned her back for a second and says that's when the unthinkable happened. The victim's friend did not want to be identified, but says she saw the whole thing. At one point during the fight, she says Sheppard allegedly ran over to a nearby trash pile, picked up a piece of plywood with a nail in it, and hit the victim several times in the head.
"I heard something going 'bap, bap, bap'. It was a loud noise," the witness added.
She rushed over to help, but says the damage was already done. "All I wanted to do was just get him to the hospital because he was just bleeding from the eye. I mean it was just pouring out," she said.
The suspect took off, but police say it is not his first run-in with the law. According to police, Sheppard is a convicted felon who has been arrested 54 times since 1973, with charges ranging from drug possession to robbery and resisting an officer.
"I never expected that out of Kenny," the witness said.
The witness says she considered Sheppard a friend, but after seeing his anger that day, now not so much. "Yes. I see how he can go from zero to 100 real fast," she added.
Now, this woman hopes the 61-year-old will do the right thing. "Just turn yourself in," she said.
Anyone with information on Sheppard's whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867, text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637), or anonymously or go to www.crimestoppersbr.com.