BRPD: Hit-and-run suspect turns himself in for crash near LSU's campus

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 4:03pm

Three days after the incident happened, a 24-year-old man turned himself in for causing a hit-and-run crash near LSU’s campus.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reports that John Baus, III, turned himself in shortly after 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. He is charged with Felony Hit-and-Run, Careless Operation and Red Light Violation.

“He turned himself in to traffic investigators and he did not make any statements regarding the incident,” Cpl. Don Coppola, Baton Rouge Police Department, said.

The incident happened at roughly 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the intersection of East State Street and Dalrymple. The victim, Matt Tugwell, 28, has open fractures to his leg and experienced bleeding on his brain.

“He was out tailgating when he called me and told me that he was going to walk home,” Ellen Ogden, Tugwell’s girlfriend, said. “We live in Capital Heights, so I drove out there to pick him up. I called him when I was driving around looking for him, and that’s when a fireman answered the phone.”

A day after the story was released in the media, an anonymous tipster provided information to Crime Stoppers regarding the location of the vehicle.

“We rely on the public’s input to assist us in solving not only cases like this, but cases in general,” Cpl. Coppola said. “With the tip, it expedited the investigative process.”

Although Baus turned himself in, Police tell us it was only a matter of time before they identified him as a suspect.

“The vehicle we recovered is registered to his name and the evidence observed to the vehicle coincides with the incident,” Cpl. Coppola said.

With a suspect in custody, the victim’s family can focus on the healing process.

“He’s a really active, hard-working guy,” Ogden said. “He does high rigging for concerts and arenas and works on movie sets. He needs his body for everything he does.” 


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