Four arrested in Ascension battery-for-hire scheme

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested four men in a planned battery-for-hire scheme that turned into an attempted armed robbery.

Tate Adkins, 20, 36278 La. 74, Geismar, told deputies he was trying to hire Kenneth Ray Troy Cox, 24, 16478 Ashley Lane, Prairieville, to beat up a person who was harassing him, sheriff’s Maj. Ward Webb said.

Adkins rode with Cox and two other men shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday to an ATM to pay Cox $300, Webb said. When Cox pulled out a 12-gauge shotgun, Adkins ran away and was chased by Cox.

Cox was booked on attempted first-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit a simple battery. Adkins was booked on principal to attempted first-degree robbery and criminal conspiracy to commit a simple battery, as were the other two men: Damon Dalferes, no age or hometown available; and Shane Borer, 21, no address available.