Baton Rouge’s foray into the digital media and video gaming industry moved forward Wednesday…
LSU police: EA Sports employee arrested after man found at LSU Digital Media Center suffering from heroin overdose – The Advocate
An Electronic Arts employee was arrested on an attempted murder count after a 25-year-old man was found unresponsive at LSU’s Digital Media Center, suffering from a heroin overdose, according to arrest records.
Joshua Brian, 33, of Greenwell Springs, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Saturday on one count each of attempted second-degree murder and attempted crime.
In an affidavit for arrest warrant, LSU police allege that Brian gave a 25-year-old man heroin and made no attempt to aid the victim after he overdosed. Brian was identified as an employee of EA Sports, a division of video game giant Electronic Arts, which operates its Baton Rouge location on the top floor of the LSU Digital Media Center.
Brian is no longer employed by the company, according to the affidavit.
On Friday, LSU police officers responded to a report of a man unresponsive in the men’s restroom at the LSU Digital Media Center. EMS and officers found the man in a stall with a syringe in his arm, along with a spoon and a lighter in the stall.
The man was not breathing, but EMS managed to resuscitate him, according to the affidavit. He was transported to an area hospital for further treatment.
LSU police detectives later spoke with the victim, who said he met with a man named “John” at the Digital Media Center, where John gave him an “unknown amount of heroin free of charge.” The victim said they both used heroin in the restroom and that he could only remember waking up on the floor and being treated by EMS.
LSU detectives reviewed surveillance footage that showed the victim and Brian enter the Digital Media Center and head toward the restrooms. About 10 minutes later, Brian could be seen leaving the restroom “in a frantic state,” LSU police said in the affidavit. He appeared “to have a lost sense of direction” and went outside before coming back and going up the stairs toward the area used by EA Sports employees.
LSU police said in the affidavit that Brian did not attempt to notify staff or emergency responders of the situation and that he made no attempt to aid the victim, since the bathroom stall door was closed when the victim was found.
Electronic Arts, which includes its EA Sports division, established a presence on the LSU South Campus in 2008 and later moved to the LSU Digital Media Center. The company does quality assurance, project management, data analytics and software engineering at its Baton Rouge location on the top floor of the Digital Media Center, according to its website.