Man arrested, punched for trying to take officer's Taser
BATON ROUGE – A Baton Rouge man was booked for resisting arrest after police said he tried to grab an officer's Taser during a struggle Wednesday night.
Baton Rouge Police said officers were sent to Jackson Avenue over a fight between 48-year-old Lonald Ray Blakes and his wife. The officer said Blakes came out of the residence, and smelled strongly of alcohol. Police said he also refused to remove his hands from his pockets when told to do so.
Police said when the officer attempted to pat down Blakes to search for weapons, Blakes screamed profanity at the officer. The officer tried to place Blakes under arrest for disturbing the peace, which is when police said Blakes pulled the officer’s radio from his gun belt. Police said Blakes continued to reach for the gun belt and was able to grab the officer’s Taser.
The officer punched Blakes in the face several times, and he let go of the belt.
Blakes was taken booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for disturbing the peace, disarming a police officer, resisting an officer with force or violence and battery on a police officer.
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