Man charged with allegedly kidnapping and robbing high school pal
UPDATE: Dondi Lee Jr. was booked Tuesday for armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.
BATON ROUGE- Authorities hope to arrest a man they say kidnapped and robbed a man he had known since high school.
The incident took place Wednesday.
Deputies from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office responded to the Woman's Hospital at 100 Woman's Way in regards to an armed robbery. At the scene, the victim told authorities he was outside the hospital smoking a cigarette when he was robbed at gunpoint.
According to an arrest warrant, the victim and his girlfriend recently had a baby. The victim said one of the suspects, Dondi Lee Jr., saw photos of the new child online and texted the victim to congratulate him. Lee and the victim have known each other for years, according to the victim.
The victim said Lee wanted to smoke a cigarette with him and was on his way to the hospital. The victim told authorities that Lee showed up to the hospital in a small gold or tan vehicle with two other unknown black males.
Once the vehicle arrived, one of the unknown males exited the driver's side of the vehicle and pointed a pistol at the victim's head. According to the victim, the unknown male yelled at him to get into the car, which he did and they drove off.
In the car Lee began shouting "where is the f***ing money?" at which time the victim told him he didn't have any money on him. He did, however, have money in his car which was back at the hospital.
The suspects had driven the victim away from the hospital to the traffic light at the intersection of Woman's Way and Airline Highway.
Authorities said that Lee and the two other suspects drove the victim back to Woman's Hospital to his car, which was parked near the front of the building.
While searching the victim's car, the suspects stole $5,000 in cash from his glove box and the victim's iPhone, according to the warrant. The suspects then left.
The victim said he had known Lee since their time at Woodlawn High School. Authorities said the victim described Lee as being disoriented and "spaced out."
DNA was collected from the victim's car. The victim also positively identified Lee from a photograph as one of the suspects.
Lee wanted for armed robbery and kidnapping.