Man lands in jail after police say he struck victim with 2-by-4, stole cellphone _lowres

Leroy Wells Jr.

Police arrested a man Wednesday after he struck another man with a 2-by-4 piece of wood and then took the victim’s cellphone with the help of two others on North 14th Street, Baton Rouge police said.

When police were called to the 200 block of North 14th Street, the victim told detectives he had been attacked by two males and a female while he was walking in the road, the police report says.

The victim told investigators a man struck him several times with a large 2-by-4 fence board, knocking him unconscious, according to the report. The victim said when he woke, his cellphone, which he’d been holding during the attack, was missing.

Officers canvassed the area and found Leroy Wells Jr., 51, nearby in the 1400 block of Convention Street, and took him into custody because he matched the victim’s description of one of the attackers.

The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken right leg and lacerations on his face and head, the report says.

Wells told investigators that he came to the scene of the crime after his girlfriend called him and told him that the victim had “disrespected her,” but he denied striking the victim or taking any of his property, according to the report.

Wells, 1328 Terrace St., was booked into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery.