Charles James

Baton Rouge police arrested a 29-year-old man on Thursday who is accused of hitting his wife and then attacking a 76-year-old man who heard her screams and tried to help.

Charles James, 16020 Nehru Ave., Apt. C, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery, domestic abuse battery and cruelty to the infirm. He remains jailed in lieu of a $34,000 bond.

James’ wife told police the incident took place on Monday as her husband grabbed her while they were in the car. When the car stopped, according to the affidavit of probable cause, she jumped out and began running down the street with James chasing after her.

A 76-year-old man heard the screams, saw James allegedly running after his wife and told James to “leave her alone,” the affidavit says.

James and the elderly man fought over the elderly man’s cane before James struck the victim, causing him to fall and hit his head on a concrete parking block, knocking him unconscious, the affidavit says.

The 76-year-old man was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, but the affidavit did not specify his condition.

When questioned by police on Wednesday, James denied grabbing his wife and harming her, the affidavit says. He admitted to punching the 76-year-old man, but said he did so after the man hit him twice with his cane.