Police identify suspect accused of punching, verbally assaulting SU student-athlete

BRPD looking for man accused of punching, verbally assaulting SU student-athlete

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Baton Rouge police have identified a suspect in the case of a Southern University student who says she was assaulted near LSU, WAFB Lead Investigative Reporter Scottie Hunter reports. Detectives received multiple tips after the suspect’s photograph was released by police Tuesday, Nov. 10. As of around 6 p.m. Tuesday, the man had not been arrested and his name had not been released but he is a doctor with Our Lady of the Lake hospital.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department say they’re looking into an incident involving a Southern University student-athlete.

Officers say the woman was punched in the chest and verbally assaulted while walking around the lakes near LSU in the 2800 block of Dalrymple Drive around 6:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9. Police say the witness who gave them the photo of the attacker did not know the victim.

Authorities say the suspect quickly ran away from the area after the incident happened.

Police are asking for the public’s help finding the suspect in the photo below.

Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department say they are looking for this man who is accused of punching and verbally assaulting a woman in the 2800 block of Dalrymple Drive around 6:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.
Officials with the Baton Rouge Police Department say they are looking for this man who is accused of punching and verbally assaulting a woman in the 2800 block of Dalrymple Drive around 6:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Major Assaults Division at 225-389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 (STOP).

Southern University released a statement Tuesday, Nov. 10 about the incident saying it may have been racially motivated.

According to the university, there was some sort of verbal and physical altercation between a female student-athlete and a bystander.

“As a department, we call on the City of Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas to unite in creating change by communicating our beliefs and embracing our differences in order to eradicate racism and social injustice in our community,” said Roman Banks, SU athletic director.

The LSU Lakes are a perfect spot for people to go on a run, bike ride, jog or sight see.

“At least five times a week normally, so I’m always here,” said Grace Ahrens, who frequently visits the Lakes.

Southern University released the above statement Tuesday, Nov. 10.
Southern University released the above statement Tuesday, Nov. 10. (Source: SU)

Joggers WAFB spoke with had heard the news as well about what happened at the Lakes Monday, Nov. 9.

“I wasn’t necessarily surprised that it happened. There are like certain areas when I’m going around the lake, that I’m more hyper-aware when I’m going through,” said Ahrens.

It’s still unknown what exactly led up to this whole ordeal.

“It’s not unexpected, but at the same time it’s just a reminder that we can’t just feel like we’re always safe in this area,” said Ahrens.

Southern University has not released the name of the student-athlete.

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