Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Homer man arrested on battery charge

Bernard_WebbA local man is in stable condition today after he was reportedly found bleeding in the parking lot of a local bank.

Bernard Webb, 23, of the 900 block of N. Main, Homer, is charged with second degree battery after his arrest Saturday by Minden Police.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said around 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 23, the department received a report that a man was lying in the drive-through at a branch bank on Homer Road.

"The subject was lying on the concrete, outside of the vehicle, bleeding," Cropper said. "He was taken to Minden Medical Center by ambulance with swelling to his head and bleeding from his head."

Because there was a check in his vehicle and the door was open, police believed robbery was not the motive. Det. Sgt. Keith King, Jr. reportedly made contact with the victim's family.

"The victim was incoherent, and they decided to transport him to LSU Medical Center," said the chief. "They put him in a chemically-induced coma."

According to reports, on Saturday Webb went to the police department and told officers that he was dating a woman who was the mother of the victim's child.

"Apparently, the child had come home to daddy and talked about Webb punishing him and spanking him," Cropper said. "The victim didn't like that."

When Webb, the female subject and the child were in Minden, visiting family for Thanksgiving, the child's father (victim) reportedly saw them and followed them to the bank.

According to Webb, the two men talked but when he (Webb) turned to enter his vehicle, he heard footsteps behind him.

"Webb claimed the victim was running toward him and there was an altercation between them where they struggled and fell off a curb," Cropper said. "According to Webb, the victim was on the bottom and his head struck the asphalt pretty hard. Of course, Webb was on top of him which added pressure."

Cropper said Webb claimed he was attacked first, "so he (Webb) began striking the victim in the head until he realized he was unconscious."

Cropper said Webb felt he had not hit the victim hard enough to render him unconscious.

"But instead of rendering aid and calling for help, he got in the car with the woman and child and went to Homer," said the chief. "He turned himself in, but he was charged with second degree battery, more so for just leaving him there without getting help."

Webb was booked at the police department and transported to Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.






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