Senator talks about finding intruder in apartment
BATON ROUGE- A state senator said he was puzzled about the state of a man who broke into his posh downtown apartment last week.
Charles Johnson, 55, was arrested and charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing after an altercation with Senator Gerald Long and his wife. Johnson was found inside the Long's Pentagon Barracks apartment Thursday night.
According to arrest documents, authorities said the Longs called 911 after finding Johnson in the apartment and broken glass around the front door. Johnson said he had permission to be there from an unknown person.
"I asked him to leave at once and he started telling me he had permission to be there and that 'they' knew he was there," Long said about the situation in an email to WBRZ Monday morning. "I have no idea who 'they' are."
Long, a republican from Winnfield, was in Baton Rouge outside of the legislative session for business at the Capitol Friday.
He said he and his wife waited in the courtyard of the apartment complex, a set of historic pentagon-shaped former barracks downtown, until police arrived.
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