CLINTON — Police arrested a man Wednesday who is suspected of twice beating a man in a dispute about a cocaine debt, Police Chief Eddie Stewart said.

Stewart said a 59-year-old Clarence Street resident told officers a man broke into his house about 4 p.m. Tuesday to collect $130 for cocaine he had purchased with a promise to pay the intruder later.

When the Clarence Street man could not produce the money, the intruder beat him severely with his fists, then went outside. Apparently still agitated, the intruder came back into the residence and beat the victim some more, Stewart said.

“He was beaten severely. He lost all his teeth, and it was hard for him to tell us what happened,” the police chief said.

The victim, who was hospitalized after the attacks, told police he knew his assailant only by a nickname, but Stewart said police learned the alleged aggressor’s identity and began looking for him late Tuesday.

Stewart said Donald Ray Thompson, 28, 10432 Grant St., Clinton, surrendered Wednesday and was booked at the East Feliciana Parish Jail on two counts each of home invasion, aggravated burglary and second-degree battery and one count of distribution of cocaine.