One of three suspects arrested in kidnapping, torture attack
BATON ROUGE - Police have one suspect in custody in connection to a disturbing and violent attack that occurred in early August.
According to an affidavit, Samuel Josea Smith Jr., was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, sexual battery, second degree battery and second degree kidnapping.
On August 3, Smith and two other male suspects identified as Almoine Powell and Damar Coleman, had a dispute with the victim over stolen merchandise. The victim was then kidnapped, held for ransom and tortured multiple times by the attackers.
In the police documents, the victim says his hands and legs were tied up as he was pepper-sprayed, waterboarded and burned. Records obtained by WBRZ state the victim was also sodomized with a screwdriver before being locked in the trunk of a car.
While in the trunk, the man was able to break free and escape to a nearby convenience store.
Detectives identified the scene of the attack as a home on Underwood Avenue. The Baton Rouge Police Department discovered this was the shared residence of the three suspects. The items used to abuse the victim were found at the home.
The victim says that Smith did not physically attack him, but did assist in the kidnapping and was a witness to the rest of the graphic crime.
Smith was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Police are still searching for Powell and Coleman.