65-year-old man arrested for two counts of obscenity on LSU’s campus

65-year-old man arrested for two counts of obscenity on LSU’s campus
Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 12:19pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 4:32pm

A 65-year-old man was arrested on two counts obscenity after he was witnessed masturbating on LSU’s campus.

The first complaint was filed by a student to the LSU Police Department on June 26. The female was on campus near Patrick Taylor Hall when she witnessed an older man sitting in an older model maroon vehicle. She told police he opened his door and exposed himself to her while he was in the middle of the compromising act.

Investigators managed to pull surveillance footage of the vehicle, but did not capture the license plate number.

On July 17, they received a similar complaint from a different female student.

The second witness was located on campus near South Stadium and East Parker. She saw the same thing as the first victim, but was also unable to get the license plate number.

Police issued an alert to area law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the suspect’s vehicle. On July 23, the Baton Rouge Police Department received a complaint of a suspicious vehicle that matched the description provided by LSU PD.

“The witness in that incident was able to provide a license plate number, which came back as being registered to Ronnie James Cousins,” Cpt. Corey Lalonde, LSU Police Department, explained. “At that point the Baton Rouge Police Department and LSU investigators were able to locate him at his residence.”

On Tuesday, July 23, one victim was able to positively identify Cousins’ as the man she witnessed masturbating on campus. When he was taken into custody, he began complaining of chest pains. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He was released the next day and subsequently booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Cousins’ is charged with two counts of Obscenity (felony). We’re told he does have prior arrests for similar charges from different agencies.

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