3 attacked at gas station on Mother’s Day for ‘being in the wrong neighborhood’

Mug shot of Donald Dickerson provided by the EBR Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 11:03am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 4:07pm

Three people, including a teenager, were sent to the hospital on Mother’s Day after they were attacked at a local gas station. Officials say the incident was unprovoked and do not believe it was a robbery attempt.

Officials say a family - a 36-year-old male, a 41-year-old female and a 14-year-old female - stopped at a gas station located at the intersection of Scenic and Plank at roughly 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. As the man was waiting in line to pay for his gas, he was approached by the suspect.

Investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department say 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.

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.

Witnesses at the scene told NBC33 News that 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. Both Bessey and Simmons were charged with Simple Battery.

Dickerson was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Bessey and Simmons were both released at the scene with a criminal summons for their misdemeanor charge.

-NBC33's David Lippman contributed to this report.

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And this is why I conceal-carry

When will these people grow up? Stopping at a gas station is not a reason to start a turf war, or school yard fight. What's the threat? Infuriating. I would like to apologize to that family. I am very sorry this has happened, and i'm hoping for a quick, full recovery. At least make the offenders pay for the rest of their life. Someone could have died. It sounds ridiculous, but if i saw a sign that said "no whites", i would not stop there.

definitely a HATE crime! let white people tell back people that they are in the wrong neighborhood and they will never see freedom again. Secondly the 22 year old attacked a 14 year old minor how on earth do you not go to jail for that. Way to go for the Baton Rouge PD for letting your ignorance shine through!

Anyone shocked by this? Nope didn't think so. Move away from that awful town. I hate that I have to work there but let these savages just kill each other.

When will America finally wake up and do something about the black crime problem it has? FTFY

why is this not a hate crime? There is clearly a double standard, if this was the other way around, it would surely be classified as a hate crime.

Should be a hate crime and all should have been arrested and charged...this is also reason to uphold the 2nd amendment and to arm ourselves against attack. Who decided to issue a summons?

Where is Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson????? Oh,they don't come down here for white folk!

I'm so sick of our "leaders" walking on eggshells with the black community. It's not racial profiling, it's legitimate CRIMES in our city! It's out of control and needs to be stopped. Black, white, green, whatever....criminals need to have a reason to never commit a crime again. A slap on the wrist means nothing to these so called humans. I'm starting to think that we need to implement the same type of harsh punishments as they have in some other countries. An eye for an eye!

I was in the attack, I was the 14 year old girl, it was a hate crime to my dad and the two women were basically hookers he picked up. The lady punched me in the face and possibly broke my rib and my little sister was in the car the whole time.

But they weren't charged with a hate crime? Why not?

Missing from the story: Attackers race: all black. Victims race: All white.

This should be classified as a hate crime. Cuz if it was the OTHER way it would be...

When will Baton Rouge finally wake up and do something about the black crime problem it has?

Curious how the other two got away with just a summons??

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