OPELOUSAS, La. (BRPROUD) – An Opelousas man is facing an attempted second-degree murder charge after hitting another man with an aluminum baseball bat on the side of a highway.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection of Lilac Road and Hwy 167 on July 25. Witnesses interviewed by deputies said they saw a white male covered in blood crawling out of the roadside ditch. A black jeep was seen leaving the area, according to deputies.
One of the witnesses told deputies he tried to follow the jeep but failed because of traffic, however, he took a picture of the vehicle’s license plate.
Further investigation by the sheriff’s office found that the victim was walking along Hwy 167 when the driver of the jeep stopped and exited the vehicle with an aluminum bat yelling, “I’m going to kill you!”
The suspect, identified as 53-year-old Leon Cassimere, Jr., hit the victim with the bat.
After questioning with deputies, Cassimere admitted his involvement in the altercation and claimed that the victim had stolen items from him several times in the past.
On July 26, Cassimere was booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail. He faces one count of attempted second-degree murder.
His bond was set at $75,000.