A self-storage employee in Baton Rouge, La., has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 73-year-old male tenant on June 1 inside the facility’s office. According to a police report, Christian Eugene Gill, 51, yelled at and assaulted the customer when he entered the office around 3:30 p.m. to pay his bill at Baton Rouge Mini Storage, 7649 Airline Highway.
The victim told police Gill shouted obscenities at him and said, “Look at the sign, only one person at a time.” He approached the victim and threw a clear liquid in his eyes, which temporarily blinded him, according to the police report. Gill then pushed the victim, who fell to the ground, and began to punch him with his fist in the face and body.
The victim told police he lost consciousness during the attack and suffered multiple cuts on his arms and a large wound on his forehead. The police report doesn’t state when or how the assault ended, but does note the victim refused to be taken to the hospital, the source reported. Several witnesses corroborated the victim’s accounting of the assault, according to the police report.
The victim later positively identified Gill as his attacker in a six-person lineup, the source reported. Gill was arrested on July 16 and charged with second-degree battery and crimes against the elderly. He posted the $12,500 bond and was subsequently released from the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
A representative of Baton Rouge Mini Storage declined to comment when contacted by WAFB 9 News.