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Thomas Conley

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Saturday in the home invasion and attempted murder of a 65-year-old man, Baton Rouge Police reported.  

Thomas Conley, 28, of 1231 Laurel Street, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for attempted first-degree murder, home invasion, simple criminal damage to property and disturbing the peace. 

The invasion took place on April 12 at a private residence in the 2600 block of Lydia Street near LSU's campus. 

According to the police report, Conley broke into the home and repeatedly attacked the man residing there with a metal pole.

The victim said he tried to defend himself with a bat but was quickly disarmed. Another person at the scene struck Conley with a pole, but the intruder didn't stop his attack and flee until a third person arrived and threatened him with a handgun.

The assault left the wounded man with multiple injuries on his head and body, including a fractured nose, the police report said. 

Police located Conley Friday night at the Holiday Inn near College Drive after receiving a call about a disturbance. The person who made the complaint said Conley was beating on guest doors and yelling, and when he was asked to leave he began to harass guests in the lobby. 


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