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Police looking for suspect in Tigerland battery from January

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BATON ROUGE - Hours after the Baton Rouge Police Department announced the death of a man who was fatally injured outside of a Tigerland bar, police announced they are looking into a different assault two months prior. 

Tuesday evening, BRPD asked the public for help to identify a man who was at Mike's in Tigerland on Jan. 27. Police said he hit someone in the face while in the parking lot and took off in a dark colored high-lifted truck. The victim suffered serious injuries. Police said the man is possibly Hispanic and had tattoos on both arms. 

Earlier in the day, BRPD announced the death of Devin Repath — who was fatally injured in Tigerland during the early morning hours of March 23. He was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital where he was kept on life support for organ donation. Repath's death has been declared a homicide.

No information about a suspect has been released. 

Even with the highlighted violence, BRPD spokesperson L’Jean McKneely said the department's plan to have increased police presence in areas like Tigerland has been working. He said the initiative started last year.

The Tigerland bar owners pooled their money together to pay off-duty officers to sit in the median between the bars and patrol the parking lots during busy nights. Previously, BRPD patrolled the area, but officers would leave whenever there were calls for service. McKneely said having officers stationed in Tigerland helps response time.

"When we see an incident occurring, we respond in haste," McKneely said.

Anyone with information about the investigations can call BRPD at (225) 389-4869. 

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