A Livingston Parish trial jury convicted a Baton Rouge man in a Jan. 17 felony home invasion, 21st Judicial District prosecutors reported Thursday.
Dennis Ray Caruso Jr., 24, entered a home on Henry O’Neil Drive in Livingston, mistakenly believing a woman living there possessed prescription drugs, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said in a news release.
Armed with a club, Caruso demanded the woman give him the drugs, Perrilloux said.
When Caruso realized the victim didn’t have drugs to give him, Caruso began to beat her on the head and arms, breaking her arm, Perrilloux said.
Caruso then stole her money and fled. Perrilloux said the victim ran to a neighbor’s house and called the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The victim did not know the defendant, but identified him in a photo line-up, Perrilloux said.
“We are very happy that the jury took the time to evaluate the evidence and found the defendant guilty of the crime he is charged with. We take these things very seriously and intend to seek the maximum possible penalty,” said Assistant District Attorney David Guidry.
Caruso’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 5. He faces a sentence of five years to as many as 20 years in prison.
The 21st Judicial District is composed of Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes.