An LSU fan says he was brutally beaten and robbed inside a bathroom after a game at Tiger Stadium over the weekend.
Daniel Dwyer, a longtime LSU fan, told The Advocate he lingered inside the stadium Saturday after LSU’s 52-24 rout over South Carolina to hear the university’s marching band play, as he typically does.
“Normally, there’s 80,000 to 100,000 people at an LSU game,” Dwyer told the newspaper. “You’re never alone. During these unfortunate times, with the lower number of people, there’s more opportunity for a one-on-one encounter.”
But Dwyer’s typical postgame routine took a turn when he stopped inside a stadium bathroom while headed to his car, he recalled.
“There were three or four men and a young man who had a broom and a dustpan, and a bucket behind him,” Dwyer said. “Apparently, the three or four guys I saw were on the way out or had left, because the next thing I knew, there were two or three blows to the back of the head.”
Dwyer said restrooms at the Baton Rouge stadium are usually teeming with fans after a game, but the coronavirus pandemic has slashed attendance there by 75 percent, the newspaper reported.
“Everything was so quiet,” Dwyer said. “It forced me to kind of back up and go down on my knees. He continued to rain blows down on my head and the side of my head.”
At one point, Dwyer tried to put up his hands to stop the onslaught that lasted about 30 seconds, but his assailant reached down and grabbed his wallet, which contained a small amount of cash, he said.
Dwyer’s daughter-in-law, meanwhile, identified the suspect on Facebook as a man of around 18 to 25, who was wearing a face mask while “sweeping the bathroom floor” as Dwyer used a urinal in a bathroom on the lower level of the stadium’s south end zone.
“Once my [father-in-law] was the only remaining fan in the bathroom, the attacker locked the front entrance to the bathroom, hit my [father-in-law] over the head several times until he fell to the floor and then continued to beat him,” Anna Dunn Dwyer wrote.
The alleged attacker, who robbed Dwyer of less than $100, also yelled for him to “stay down, motherf–ker,” Dunn Dwyer’s post continued.
The attacker then fled the bathroom and Dwyer told state troopers about the robbery before he was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and later released for three cuts to his head, The Advocate reported.
LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard confirmed to The Post in an email Monday that the incident remains under investigation.
Dwyer, meanwhile, quipped that it was just par for the course this year.
“It was a typical 2020 night,” he told The Advocate. “If you have to wrap up the year 2020, this would fall right in place.”