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Police: Man allegedly beaten, robbed

VIDALIA A local musician allegedly was beaten and robbed after he left a Vidalia bar to continue partying with the wrong crowd, a Vidalia police officer said.

The Vidalia Police Department arrested two individuals Monday and one Tuesday in connection with the armed robbery which occurred around 3 a.m. Friday, March 20.

VPD Sgt. Clint Robinson said the alleged robbery happened after three individuals — Candice Baxter, 25, 1632 Azalea St., Vidalia; Michael Wayne Parker, 21, 1036 Louisiana Highway 922, Jonesville and the victim — left a nearby bar to continue socializing at Baxter’s residence.

“The victim was a white male and local musician who, for lack of better words, was suckered into hanging out with these people from a local bar,” Robinson said.

Once arriving at Baxter’s house, Robinson said a fourth individual arrived with an automatic pistol, which he used to strike the victim in the back of the head, and then steal the victim’s car keys, cell phone and wallet.

Robinson said the victim suffered minor injuries, and did not go to the hospital.

“He had a small bump on the back of his head, and his face was scuffed up from where (the attacker) kicked him,” Robinson said.

After being “knocked out,” Robinson said the victim asked for a ride home from Baxter and Parker.

The victim later reported the attack and the car theft some time around 5:30 a.m. the same day.

At about 10:30 a.m. that day, an employee of Comfort Suites came across suspicious activity on its surveillance video. Robinson said the Comfort Suites video allegedly shows Parker, Baxter and a third individual stripping the victim’s car of its license plate and other forms of identification.

“After investigating the incident, we were able to arrest Baxter and Parker Monday,” Robinson said. “The third guy we arrested today, and he’s been giving several different identities — but we think he is from Pearl, and has some gang ties.”

Both Baxter and Parker were charged with armed robbery and vehicle theft. No bond has been set for either.

Robinson said the investigation is ongoing.

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