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State senator, wife find burglar in downtown apartment

5 years 2 hours 1 minute ago Saturday, November 22 2014 Nov 22, 2014 November 22, 2014 9:41 AM November 22, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- State Senator Gerald Long and his wife walked in on a suspected burglar inside their posh, selectively-awarded capital apartment Thursday night.

According to documents obtained by WBRZ News 2, Long and his wife were surprised by Charles Johnson, 55, in the living room of their unit on the second floor of one of the Pentagon Barracks.  The Longs left the apartment and called police who alerted the Department of Public Safety.

Arrest records indicate Johnson told the Longs he was a state senator and also the president and had permission to be in the residence.

Broken glass was found on the door and investigators believe that may have been how Johnson gained access to the apartment, which faces the interior courtyard of the four-building complex that forms a pentagon along the Mississippi River under the Capitol. The Long's apartment is in the southeast building.

Long, a republican from Winnfield, did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Long was likely in Baton Rouge outside of the legislative session for business at the Capitol Friday. Long sits on a committee which met to discuss cuts to the state's budget.

State Police, which oversees DPS, said Friday, the burglary does not appear to have anything to do with politics. A spokesperson did not provide the senator's name, citing a policy to not reveal the name's of victims. However, Long's name was found in public records related to the crime report and Johnson's arrest.

State Police said its investigation continues.

The Pentagon Barracks are low-rent apartments for members of Louisiana's House and Senate and are viewed as rewards for leadership positions.

As of Friday night, Johnson remained in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on $20,000 bond.
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