Assailant breaks man’s ribs, steals wallet
Police have arrested a convicted felon on allegations he followed a 91-year-old man home from a gas station, robbed him of his wallet and knocked him to the ground, breaking his ribs.
Raynardo C. Mason, 23, 10546 Springbrook Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Thursday on one count of armed robbery. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.
The robbery happened about 9:40 p.m. Oct. 23 after the victim left the Circle K at 3536 Drusilla Lane, a convenience store near his home on Berkley Hills Avenue. The man said he had gone out to buy a newspaper.
Surveillance footage showed Mason hastily exiting the parking lot to follow the elderly man, cutting off another vehicle to get behind him, according to an arrest warrant.
The victim and Mason, who was driving a 2013 Chevy Camaro, were captured on neighborhood security cameras that photograph the license plates of passing vehicles. “The victim exits his vehicle in his garage and is confronted by (Mason), who points a handgun at the victim and demands his wallet,” the warrant says.
Mason then kicked the man to the ground and broke his ribs, the warrant says. In an interview, the victim said his assailant appeared to be agitated and may have been high.
“He just appeared out of nowhere all of a sudden,” he said. “He told me to give him the wallet. I was frightened to death.”
The victim said he nervously complied but was worried about his credit cards, which he quickly canceled.
Security cameras captured another shot of Mason leaving the dead end street.
The next day, the elderly man received his wallet back from someone claiming to have found it at the Burger King on Bluebonnet Boulevard near the Mall of Louisiana. “The only thing missing from the wallet was about $400,” the warrant says.
The victim said Friday morning that he was doing well “all things considered.”
“I didn’t get shot,” he said. “I didn’t think anything like this would happen in this neighborhood.”
Mason had been arrested in August driving the same vehicle in an unrelated case, the warrant says. Court documents show he has previously been convicted of cruelty to juveniles and aggravated criminal damage to property.