Gas station squabble ends in Norco man's arrest
BATON ROUGE - A Norco man was arrested at a College Dr. gas station after he asked to use the phone and violently disagreed when the attending employee told him his time was up.
Justin Joseph Stament, 27, was arrested just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday and booked on charges of first degree attempted murder, hate crimes, simple battery, aggravated criminal damage to property, criminal mischief and public intimidation/retaliation.
Police said they responded to the scene in the 2000 block of College Dr. when they received a call from inside a gas station reporting a man was there breaking glass and threatening them with a gun.
According to the owners, Stament entered the business and asked to use the phone. After about five minutes, the employee told the man his time was up and Stament disagreed. The police report says he became violent, pushing an employee and then throwing merchandise around the store.
Employees told police they forcefully removed Stament from the store after repeatedly asking him to leave. Reports indicate the man then yelled "go back to the country you came from" as he got into his car and drove toward one of the employees who had thrown him out.
The employee was saved from being hit by Stament's vehicle by a pole in front of the business that stopped the car. Witnesses said Stament then got out of the vehicle, grabbed a tire jack from the trunk and threw it at the front store window, shattering one of the windows and nearly breaking a second pane. Customers inside the store thought the man was firing a gun when they saw the glass break from inside the store.
As police were transporting Stament to the parish jail, he advised officers that he knew several judges and informed the officers that they wouldn't have their jobs much longer.