Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputies jailed a Bayou Pigeon man Tuesday after he shoved a woman out the door of his bar over the weekend with enough force that she fell, landed on her head and suffered a serious injury, Sheriff Brett Stassi said.
Deputies arrested Caleb Thurman, 24, a co-owner of the Pigeon Coop bar, on Tuesday as the 24-year-old woman he’s accused of shoving remained in critical condition at a hospital with a head injury from the fall early Sunday, Stassi said.
As of Wednesday morning, the woman remained in an intensive care unit where she was breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, Stassi said.
Deputies booked Thurman into the Iberville Parish Jail on two counts of second-degree battery. He later posted bail of $75,000 and was released, Stassi said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the woman was causing trouble inside the bar Saturday night and early Sunday when bar employees decided to stop serving her alcohol. At some point, Thurman picked her up off the floor and shoved her outside the bar, Stassi said.
According to video surveillance obtained by deputies, almost as soon as the door opens, the woman can be seen falling backwards out the door, the sheriff said. She hit her head either on some concrete or on the tire of a vehicle parked nearby, Stassi said.
Another man standing outside saw what happened and attempted to defend the woman.
Thurman punched him, breaking his nose and another bone underneath his eye, Stassi said.
“He kind of took matters into his own hands to handle it when he probably should’ve called law enforcement to tell them they had to leave,” Stassi said.
The District Attorney’s Office asked the Sheriff’s Office to withhold the video footage of the incident while the woman remains in the hospital, Stassi said.
Sunday morning’s incident occurred on the same weekend that an Iberville Parish sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a suspect in a rape investigation in a patch of woods near La. 75. Stassi has said the suspect, Shaun Wilson Ramo, 36, pointed a rifle at deputies Friday night as they searched for him in the dark woods, at which point a deputy shot and killed Ramo.
“Bayou Pigeon is usually a quiet, serene area,” Stassi said Wednesday. “And to have two major incidents on the same week is highly unusual.”
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