A September 13th telephone call from Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton quickly caught the attention of the responding Sheriff’s deputy. Upon arrival at the hospital, Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Williams discovered a male with several injuries which were alleged to have been inflicted by his girlfriend, her father, her brother and a neighbor.
According to the victim, he was recovering from injuries received in an automobile accident, was partially immobilized and was taking prescription medication for pain. He stated that his girlfriend asked for his pain pills and he refused to give them to her. When he refused, she became irate and started slapping him in the face.
The victim claims he retreated to his bedroom and attempted to lie down but his girlfriend continued to beat him. She grabbed his hair, at which time he shoved her. He stated that she then went to her father’s residence and returned with her father, her brother and a neighbor, all of whom began to beat him, stomp on his legs and feet and strike him on the face and head with a flashlight. When the beating stopped, he asked his attackers to call an ambulance or to take him to the hospital. They refused.
Later in the day, the victim was able to call a friend who transported him to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. Once hospital personnel observed his injuries, they contacted the Sheriff’s Office.
After talking with the victim and investigating his claims, Deputy Jonathan Williams obtained arrest warrants for the following:
Ruben Stogner, 73, Otis Bickham Road
Ruben Earl Stogner, 24, Otis Bickham Road
Larry Duncan, 26, Otis Bickham Road
Mary A. Stogner, 44, also known as Mary Delong Voth, Otis Bickham Road
Each suspect was taken into custody and placed in the Washington Parish Jail charged with Aggravated Battery Second Degree. Bond for each was set at $10,000 and each remains in the Washington Parish Jail as of September 18. In addition, Mary Stogner had other outstanding warrants which increased her bond to $16,050. If convicted of Aggravated Battery Second Degree, each faces the possibility of being fined up to $2,000 dollars or imprisoned for up to five years or both.
“In this matter, the equation is simple,” said Sheriff Randy Seal. “The victim had a legitimate prescription for pain medication. His girlfriend wanted the medication for her own gratification. The victim refused to give it to her and suffered a severe beating as a result of his refusal. Deputy Williams did an excellent job in quickly investigating this matter, making arrests and putting all four suspects in jail. I commend him. Once again, I want to remind the criminal element in our parish that we will not tolerate incidents such as this. If you commit a crime against the good citizens of our parish, we will pursue you, arrest you and put you in jail. Our jail stays full most of the time but there is always room for one more.”