CHAUVIN, LA—Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's deputies have made an arrest in the beating death of a 57 year-old man.
Philbert Vincent was arrested and charged with second degree murder, following the early morning attack.
Around 2:00 Saturday morning, deputies responded to a 9-11 call that someone was being beaten in the area of Smithridge on Bayouside Drive in Chauvin. Deputies responded to the area, but were unable to locate anyone at the scene.
Nearly two hours later, deputies found 57 year-old Earl Fry Jr. on St. Matt Street, where he was having trouble breathing. Deputies learned the victim was in the Smithridge area when he was attacked.
A witness stated, the suspect's girlfriend was traveling in a vehicle with Fry. Vincent flagged down the vehicle, telling his girlfriend to go home. The witness reported, the victim then told the suspect to stop yelling at his (Vincent) girlfriend. At that point, Vincent pulled Fry from the vehicle and began beating him, according to the witness.
Deputies say, someone later found the victim and drove him home, where he began having trouble breathing. The 57 year-old was transported to Leonard Chabert Medical Center suffering from a broken trachea, fractured ribs and facial injuries. Fry died from his injuries, just after 5:00 Saturday morning.
TPSO found the Philbert Vincent hiding behind a residence near 4900 La. Highway 56. Vincent was booked on charges of second degree murder.
Anyone having more information concerning this investigation is encouraged to call the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office detective bureau, (985) 876-2500. All calls can remain anonymous.