Police arrested one of three suspects accused of a Dec. 5 robbery at L’Auberge casino by a veteran who said he received a brain injury while deployed overseas.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested 25-year-old Clyde Ellis Levi of 11440 Bard Ave. on burglary and cruelty to the infirmed, a charge reserved for the mistreatment of someone with a disability or the elderly.
The alleged crimes began after the veteran arrived at the casino just before 2:00 a.m. He was later approached by the three men who he said robbed him at gunpoint.
The victim said he gave the men a few dollars after they asked him to give them money so they could continue using machines in the casino. Then, one of the men convinced the victim that they wanted him to tag along while they left the casino to “pick up some girls” at an undisclosed location, according to an affidavit.
The trio left the casino with the man around 2:40 a.m. and drove to a dark, secluded area on River Road. The victim said that was when he was punched in the face and robbed at gunpoint. The men took his cell phone, driver’s license, debit card, medical cards and wallet, which the victim said contained between $400 and $500.
Fearing that the men would kill him, the victim said he convinced the men to return to the casino with him and promised to provide them with a hotel room and female companions, according to the affidavit.
L’Auberge’s video surveillance showed the victim and the accused returning to the casino at 3:16 a.m., and it showed two of the men get into an elevator with the victim before having a verbal altercation with each other.
The victim was eventually able to get into an elevator alone, and he made a police report inside the casino, according to the affidavit.