A Baton Rouge man's bond on a 2015 sex-crime charge was revoked this week following his Sunday arrest for the alleged theft of guns in a local pawn shop burglary that occurred four days after Alton Sterling was fatally shot by city police, his federal court-appointed attorney said Friday.

Malik Deontre Bridgewater, 20, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Richard Bourgeois Jr. less than 24 hours after federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Thursday charging him with theft of firearms from federally licensed dealer Cash America Pawn on Government Street.

Bridgewater told investigators he stole guns to make money, according to the criminal complaint, but another alleged burglar, 17-year-old Antonio Thomas, told investigators they stole the handguns "to shoot police officers."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kleinpeter told Bourgeois the federal government was not seeking Bridgewater's detention on the federal charge because his bond in Baton Rouge state court on a 2015 charge was revoked this week.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Mark Upton, who was appointed by Bourgeois to represent Bridgewater, told reporters the 2015 state charge is a carnal knowledge of a juvenile charge.

Records at the 19th Judicial District Court show Bridgewater was charged in September by East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors with a felony count of carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old victim. The incident allegedly took place last July.

The pawn shop burglary occurred last Saturday, and Bridgewater surrendered to authorities the next day.

The 19th JDC records indicate Assistant District Attorney April Williams filed a motion Tuesday seeking to have Bridgewater's bond on the sex-crime charge revoked due to his arrest last weekend. She wrote that Bridgewater is "a danger to the safety of the community and a flight risk."

Upton said state District Judge Mike Erwin revoked Bridgewater's bond, and he is now being held without bond at Parish Prison.

Bridgewater — who appeared before Bourgeois with his wrists and ankles shackled and wearing a long green T-shirt, long gray shorts and black sneakers with black socks — was living with his mother when he was arrested, the magistrate stated Friday.

The federal criminal complaint says Bridgewater led detectives to three of the guns stolen from the pawn shop after police found "for sale" tags from the shop in his bedroom at his Hemlock Street home.

Upton told the magistrate that Bridgewater's grandmother in Baton Rouge has agreed to let her grandson live with her if he is released.

If Bridgewater is released on bond at some point in the state court case, Bourgeois imposed a host of special conditions that he would have to abide by, including a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, electronic location monitoring, travel restrictions, drug testing, and no firearms.

Baton Rouge state court records also show Bridgewater pleaded guilty in January 2015 to a misdemeanor charge of illegal possession of stolen things. He was sentenced to six months in Parish Prison.

   

        

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