Bond increased for suspect in family attack
BATON ROUGE - A judge increased the bond for a man accused in an attack this past weekend in which police say he told the victim they were in the "wrong neighborhood."
Judge Lou Daniel increased the bond for Donald Dickerson to $55,000 after he was given an additional charge of failing to register as a sex offender or failing to register a new address with authorities.
According to court documents, Dickerson was convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 1990 and given a 7-year suspended sentence. His probation was revoked in 1991 after an arrest for armed robbery, and he served 10 years in prison for that crime. In 2001 he was arrested again for being a felon in possession of a firearm, and sentenced to 10 more years with three years supervised probation at the end of the sentence.
Police said Dickerson attacked a man at a Baton Rouge gas station Sunday night, telling him he was in the "wrong neighborhood" and wouldn't be leaving it. Investigators said the victim's wife and daughter were also attacked by other people at the station when they tried to intervene.
Police arrested Dickerson and cited two other people for misdemeanor simple battery. No additional arrest warrants have been filed in the case, though police said they asked the FBI to look into the matter for possible federal hate crimes since the victims were white and their attackers black.
News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more on this investigation and the public outcry surrounding it tonight.