Two men arrested after mattress mishap
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Two Baton Rouge men were arrested Wednesday night after they were accused of beating and robbing a man who they believed stole their aunt's mattress.
The victim is a cable installer and received a call from an unknown person asking for an install. When he arrived, he and two men waiting for him walked behind the house to where he thought the cable needed to be installed.
While the man was looking at the the cable already in place, police reports say he was hit in the back of the head with a stick. The man who is accused of hitting the victim in the head, now identified as 29-year-old Travis Jackson, said "this is from what you did to my aunt yesterday."
While the victim was trying to walk away, police reports say T. Jackson asked for his money. The victim placed everything in his pockets on the hood of a truck parked outside of the home. The victim told police T. Jackson then pointed a small caliber pistol at him and he thought he was going to be shot.
Reports say the victim grabbed the pistol in an attempt to disarm T. Jackson. That is when he was attacked by T. Jackson and 31-year-old Maurice Jackson. The victim told police while Maurice Jackson was hitting him with a stick, the gun went off and both suspects ran off.
The victim told police did work for a woman Tuesday. The woman asked him to transport a mattress from Addis to Baton Rouge for $40. He agreed. During the transport, he claims the mattress flew out of his vehicle onto the interstate and a semi truck ran over it. The victim says he tried to give the woman her money and his own mattress, but she did not believe him and thought he was keeping her mattress.
Police were able to locate Travis and Maurice hiding in the attic and were arrested. Both have been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with armed robbery. They are being held on a $75,000 bond each.
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