A Baton Rouge man accused of pointing an assault rifle at a small group in a parking lot last month was arrested Sunday and admitted to his involvement in the incident, authorities said.
Wendell Johnson, 21, of 7051 St. Mary Ave., faces six counts of aggravated assault in the May 25 incident, according to an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s report.
The report says a group of people in a black Jeep were “doing burn outs” in the parking lot in front of Joash Ranch, an event space at 6225 Hooper Road, around 6:30 p.m.
When a groundskeeper confronted the group, a fight ensued between him and a man nicknamed “Scooter,” who had been in the vehicle, the report says.
Once the fight ended, the groundskeeper noticed that Johnson, whose nickname is “Duke,” had pulled out an assault weapon and was “pointing the weapon at everyone yelling and screaming,” the report says.
The small group in the lot consisted of six people, including two juveniles, the report says.
The man called “Scooter” hopped back into the Jeep and fled in the vehicle, according to the document.
On Sunday, authorities pulled over a Jeep matching the description of the one involved in the burn outs and began questioning Johnson, who admitted to pointing his 223-caliber AR-15 rifle “at everyone,” but said he did so after hearing the groundskeeper threaten, “I got something for y’all,” which he believed to indicate a weapon in the groundskeeper’s vehicle, the report says.
Johnson said he didn’t actually see the groundskeeper pull out a weapon, but knows he has one, the report says.
He also said that during the fight, employees at Joash Ranch locked the parking lot gate, so the vehicle would not be able to leave the property, the report says. Several employees threw rocks at his vehicle, hitting his windshield, Johnson alleged.
Johnson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and was assigned a bail of $30,000, according to jail records.