WARRANT: Man shoots at, punches, strangles, and pistol-whips girlfriend in hotel room

WARRANT: Man shoots at, punches, strangles, and pistol-whips girlfriend in hotel room

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police reported the arrest of a man suspected of trying to kill his girlfriend at a Baton Rouge hotel.

According to court documents, Raynardo Mason, 28, is facing attempted murder and a slew of other charges in connection with the incident.

The arrest warrant states it happened at the Comfort Inn on Constitution Avenue on January 18.

According to the report, the victim told investigators she and Mason got into an argument that eventually led to him grabbing a handgun and firing at her, but missing her.

The report states Mason punched the victim in the face, strangled her, and pistol-whipped her on the side of the head. It added the woman told detectives Mason pointed the gun at her face again and fired several more times while they struggled over the weapon.

The warrant indicates Mason then smashed his girlfriend's cellphone and left the hotel.

Mason was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated battery, battery of a dating partner strangulation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated criminal damage to property, and simple criminal damage to property.

His bond is set at $310,000.

Another arrest warrant stated Mason is accused of offering a man a ride and then holding him at gunpoint against his will on January 8. It added he took the victim's phone and drove off. He is charged with aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in that incident.

Court officials reported Mason has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2008. He was convicted of accessory after the fact to armed robbery in 2016.

Other arrests include: aggravated criminal damage to property and assault by drive-by shooting (2008), battery of a correctional worker (2009), armed robbery (2013), aggravated assault and aggravated criminal damage to property (2014), simple burglary of inhabited dwelling (2014), and battery of a correctional worker (2015).

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