Bloody golf club found after man attacked in Bayside Park

Brandon Huber
Brandon Huber

HANCOCK COUNTY -- The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is seeking information about the beating of a local man on Saturday in Bayside Park.

Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said authorities received a report of a man lying in the road near West Jones Street about 11:45 a.m. Saturday.

When deputies arrived, Bass said, they discovered Ronald "Steve" Ladner, who was bloody and showed signs of being severely beaten.

Ladner said he had gone to a trailer on West Jones Street to see a friend when he was attacked by a man wielding a golf club.

He said he was struck several times in the head and chest, but escaped the attacker and ran down the street.

He was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

Deputies then went to the trailer where Ladner said the assault occurred, and a man, identified as Branden Huber, 19, jumped out of a window and began running toward the woods, Bass said.

Huber was later taken into custody, Bass said.

Deputies found a man inside the trailer who had an outstanding warrant from Bay St. Louis, and he was taken into custody. Deputies retrieved a blood-stained putter outside the trailer, Bass said.

Huber was arrested on two counts of disorderly conduct and malicious mischief. Bass said Huber "kicked" the window out of a patrol car while he was in custody.

Huber has not been charged in the assault on Ladner, who was released from the hospital Monday.

Bass said the case is still under investigation and asked anyone with information on it to call the sheriff's office at 466-6910.