Baton Rouge man, said to be a third-degree black belt, accused of battery and strangulation of his wife _lowres

Perry Whybrew

A 54-year-old man with a third-degree black belt was arrested Monday, accused of barricading his wife in her room and then head locking and choking her with his leg, in an attempt to make her swallow a pill.

The victim, who was later hospitalized, told East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies that when she woke up at 10 p.m. Sunday, her door was barricaded by furniture. After pushing her way out, she confronted Perry Whybrew.

She began slapping him in the face, Whybrew then pinned her to the ground and tried to force her to swallow an Ativan anti-anxiety pill, which can cause disorientation, she told deputies, in an attempt to make her appear intoxicated so authorities wouldn’t believe her.

Whybrew wrapped his leg around her neck and choked her trying to make her swallow, the report says, then pulled her to her feet by her hair, went outside and sat in the driveway with a gun in his lap.

The victim told deputies Whybrew had recently lost his job and was suffering from depression.

Deputies arrested Whybrew at 3 a.m. Monday at his residence, where he told them he had been drinking rum that evening before he took an Ambien, a sedative. He confirmed his wife slapped him and that he restrained her, but he denied pinning her to the ground or striking her.

The wife told deputies Whybrew is a third-degree black belt, and he later said he had studied Jiu Jitsu.

Whybrew, 14859 Kingsland Way, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of battery domestic abuse and strangulation.