BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — An officer employed by the Baton Rouge Police Department has been arrested after allegedly being involved in a domestic battery incident that occurred on Thursday, May 6.
Officer Brandon Taylor, 35, is accused of using violence against his girlfriend of approximately three years, as well as stealing birthday gifts her friends gave her on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office began investigating a complaint from Taylor’s girlfriend. She alleged that, after celebrating her birthday at a restaurant last Thursday, Taylor took her birthday gifts and refused to give them back to her, according to an affidavit.
Taylor allegedly loaded the victim’s gifts in his car, still refusing to give them to her. The victim told EBRSO that her friends had given her the gifts, which she said were valued at approximately $1,370.
She also alleged that, on Tuesday, Taylor stole a piece of jewelry worth $250 from her apartment.
After she hadn’t gotten her gifts back, the victim said she went to Taylor’s father’s house, where Taylor was. Upon arriving, she knocked on the door, and Taylor allegedly aggressively charged at her, according to the affidavit.
She was on the phone with law enforcement at the time, and she reported that when Taylor realized that, he began fighting her and took her cellphone. Taylor allegedly grabbed the victim’s shirt, scratched her chest and right hand, and broke one of her nails.
The victim further alleged that Taylor tried to push her off the steps and spat on her face twice. He then allegedly threw the victim’s phone at her face, the affidavit reveals.
The deputy who responded to the incident observed minor scratches on the victim’s chest and right hand, as well as a broken nail, just as the victim had reported.
That deputy called Taylor, who said he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident. Taylor said because he was under the influence, it was not fitting for him to undergo an interrogation, according to the affidavit.
But, according to the affidavit, the victim said Taylor got into his vehicle and left the scene after fighting her. Taylor told the same deputy who prepared the affidavit that he was under the influence of alcoholic beverages at that time.
Taylor has worked in BRPD’s Uniform Patrol Division for 5 years. He’ll be on paid administrative leave upon leaving the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, according to BRPD spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely Jr.
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