A Baton Rouge man was arrested Saturday after he was accused of breaking into a home, attacking an occupant and exposing that person to HIV.

An officer responded to a home on Marcellious Lane, where the victim told him that Richard Covington, 48, came to talk about money the victim owed him, according to a Baton Rouge police report.

Covington banged on the front door but could not get in, so he ripped the screen and was able to force open the front door and enter without the owner’s permission, the report said.

Covington grabbed a pipe to arm himself and began attacking the victim with it, the report said. He also bit the victim on the left bicep and the left thumb while in front of witnesses and small children.

According to the report, Covington later admitted to having AIDS.

After police were called, Covington fled the scene in a blue SUV Chevrolet Trailblazer, the report said.

An officer located the vehicle and tried to pull Covington over, but he continued driving, the report said. The officer was soon able to stop the vehicle at 500 Eddie Robinson St.

Covington, of 3450 N. Acadian Thruway, told the officer he did go to the victim’s home but denied forcing his way in and attacking anyone.

Based on the victim’s injuries and evidence at the scene, however, Covington was arrested on counts of home invasion and intentional exposure to AIDS. He was transported and booked into Parish Prison.