Baton Rouge police arrest teen accused of holding man at gunpoint stripping him of clothes _lowres

Zephorn Benoit

Baton Rouge police arrested a teenager Friday accused of stripping a man of his clothes at gunpoint and causing a standoff when police chased after him.

The victim told police he was walking in the 1800 block of North 18th Street when two males approached him on bicycles, a Baton Rouge police report says.

Zephorn Benoit, 17, produced a black semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine and pointed it at the victim, demanding his coat and pants, the report states His accomplice, who has yet to be identified, took the jacket and pants off the victim, and both rode away on their bicycles, the report says.

The victim gave detectives a description of Benoit, and officers found him and his alleged accomplice at a home at 2010 Bay Street, according to the report. The two ran inside the residence when police arrived, the report says.

Benoit’s alleged accomplice came outside shortly after and surrendered, but Benoit was found hiding inside after detectives received a warrant to search the home.

The victim could not positively identify the person with Benoit as his accomplice but said Benoit was the one who robbed him at gunpoint.

Benoit told detectives he was responsible, the report says.

Benoit, 6457 Nelli St., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery.