LSU Police on Monday announced the arrest of a man hired to help clean Tiger Stadium and accused him of beating and robbing a man in an arena bathroom.
Officers said Gary Ramses Walker, 19, of 350 Delphine St., Baton Rouge, worked for a crew contracted to clean the stadium after the Tigers' game against South Carolina on Saturday. Walker was arrested on a count of second-degree robbery.
Danny Dwyer had said in an interview with The Advocate on Sunday that he was beaten over the head and robbed after staying in the stadium following the game to listen to the Tigers' marching band. He said he was attacked in a restroom after three or four other men left the area.
The arrest warrant says the manager of the custodial company that cleans Tiger Stadium was contacted by several employees who said Walker was bragging about the robbery.
Walker had been assigned to that restroom for the entire game day, the arrest warrant said, and didn't show up for work the next day.
Dwyer had said Sunday that he always stayed after the game to listen to the band, and feared his attacker may have been emboldened by the small crowd size. Because of crowd limits imposed due to the coronavirus, Tiger Stadium has had crowds of around 25,000 people.
"Normally, there's 80,000 to 100,000 people at an LSU game. You're never alone," Dwyer said Sunday. "During these unfortunate times, with the lower number of people, there's more opportunity for a one-on-one encounter."
He said that when he entered the restroom after the game, there were three or four men, plus a young man with a broom and dustpan.
An LSU football fan who, as always, remained in Tiger Stadium to hear the Golden Band from Tigerland play following the game was bloodied duri…
Dwyer found state troopers nearby after the attack and was treated at the Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.
The LSU Police Department's arrest warrant says that one of the custodial company employees who contacted his manager about Walker's bragging was able to tell police where Walker threw the stolen wallet out of a vehicle he was riding in, confirmed later by police.
Tips from Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers also played an important part in identifying the suspect.