Two arrested in vicious armed robbery that sent elderly man to hospital
HOLDEN - Two men are facing charges after an 87-year-old man was ambushed on his property, robbed at gunpoint and left tied up.
The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the attack happened around 8 p.m. Monday along LA 441 in Holden. The victim, identified by family and friends as Lloyd Hutchinson, told investigators he was outside his home when a masked assailant confronted him.
Hutchinson was attacked and forced to hand over his money and valuables before being tied up. The attacker left the property in the victim's vehicle, described as a greenish/brown 2005 Ford Taurus.
On Friday, the sheriff's office announced two men were arrested in the attack. John Bailey, 49, of Baton Rouge was booked for armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder, and felon in possession of a firearm. Rauman Laurent, 39, of Denham Springs was arrested as an accessory after the fact to armed robbery.
The sheriff's office added that much of the stolen property has been recovered.
Hutchinson's family shared photos showing him badly bruised and cut in a hospital bed. He is expected to be OK and has since been released.
"This 87 year old man has lost his grandson, daughter and mother to his children in a short period of time and to now get tied up, beaten and held at gun point to have everything he has worked for stolen from him," Hutchinson's grandson said in the post.
Family members offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. An online fundraiser was also launched to help replace Hutchinson's stolen belongings.
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