Benjamin Blount

A Baton Rouge man arrested Sunday is accused of trying to drive over a woman and her three children after the woman refused to sleep with him, according to an arrest report.

The woman told police that Benjamin Blount Sr., 61, "wanted to have sex and she was not in the mood" around 1 a.m. Sunday. She said they argued before she started preparing to leave the apartment with her children. 

The argument became physical and Blount held her down by her throat in the kitchen, at which point the woman's 9-year-old daughter jumped on his back trying to stop him, according to the police report.

Eventually the woman and her children were able to leave the apartment.

They were standing in a restaurant parking lot in the 7800 block of Greenwell Springs Road when Blount drove his pickup truck toward them two different times while driving fast, the woman told police. She said she had to jump behind a dumpster to avoid being hit.

Blount later told police he did grab the woman in an attempt to stop her from leaving the apartment and taking the children outside in the cold. He changed his story several times during the investigation, but did tell police he drove aggressively toward the woman because he wanted to scare her into coming with him and getting the children out of the cold, according to the arrest report.

Blount, 3303 Lone Oak Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of second-degree kidnapping, battery of a dating partner, and related charges. 

Compiled from staff reports. To contact a crime reporter at The Advocate, email or call (225) 388-0369.