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Are racially motivated attacks on the rise in Louisiana?

Mon, May 13, 2013

Who Got Busted?

Donald Ray Dickerson

Are racially motivated attacks on the rise in Louisiana?  You be the judge…

A white family of three were sent to the hospital on Mother’s Day after they were attacked at a Baton Rouge gas station, possibly because of their skin color.

Officials say the incident was unprovoked and do not believe it was a robbery attempt but have fell short of calling it a hate crime.

So if the motive was not robbery, what was it?

According to reports, a 36-year-old father, his 41-year-old wife  and their 14-year-old daughter stopped at a Chevron Food Mart located at the intersection of Scenic Hwy. and Plank at roughly 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12.

As the hard working law abiding father was waiting in line to pay for his gas, he was approached by a black male.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department reported to the media that the suspect, Donald Ray Dickerson, 41, walked up to the man and said “you’re in the wrong neighborhood and you’re not going to make it out.” Dickerson then began to punch the victim in the face.

Dickerson is listed as a registered sex offender according to He appears to have been convicted of carnal knowledge of a juvenile in 2001.

The 41-year-old female attempted to intervene and stop the attack. When she did, she was allegedly attacked and hit by Devin Bessey, 24.

The 14-year-old victim also attempted to intervene, but she was then hit by Ashley Simmons, 22.

According to NBC33 New, witnesses of the violent attack allege all of the victims were knocked to the ground and at least two of them were knocked unconscious during the attack.

The male victim sustained serious injuries, including broken bones in his face and a concussion. The severity of the injuries sustained by the females was not revealed.

The arrest report notes that the suspects had fled the scene before officers arrived. They were located a short distance away based on witness testimony. The report notes that Dickerson admitted to the battery against the male victim. Bessey and Simmons confirmed the information and also admitted to being part of the altercation.

Dickerson was arrested and charged with Second-Degree Battery which is a felony.

Bessey and Simmons were charged with Simple Battery an d released from the scene on a misdemeanor summons.

Dickerson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

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