Police and fire briefs for January 5, 2013

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Man accused of robbery after sex

A Vacherie man has been booked on charges he robbed a woman at a Baton Rouge hotel after soliciting her for sex, according to an arrest warrant.

Russell Engham, 21, 3234 Harrison St., was booked Thursday on one count of armed robbery, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

Engham allegedly contacted the woman through a website and met her at the Radisson Hotel on South Acadian Thruway, according to the arrest warrant.

“After they finished their sexual encounter, the defendant raised his shirt and showed the victim what she described as a black handgun,” the warrant says.

Engham then took the woman’s purse, which contained her iPhone, and fled, the warrant says. The woman didn’t call police, the warrant says, but got into a vehicle with another man and chased Engham into St. James Parish.

The warrant says Engham and the victim both were stopped and detained by sheriff’s deputies. Engham allegedly admitted to paying the woman for sex but denied robbing her, the warrant says.

Man, 34, suspect in rape of teenage girl

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man wanted on two counts each of simple rape and sex crimes against a child, a police spokesman said.

Eric Jason Atwell, 34, 11935 Sage Drive, allegedly raped a girl between Feb. 1 and Nov. 30, 2010, spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release. The girl was between the ages of 13 and 14 at the time, according to an affidavit warrant.

Atwell is considered armed and dangerous, the release said.

Anyone with information on Atwell’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Juvenile\Sex Crimes Division at (225) 389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man, 24, booked
in thefts from LSU

LSU Campus police Thursday arrested a 24-year-old Baton Rouge man who is accused of burglarizing the LSU Football Operations Building three times in October and November, stealing more than $3,000 in football gear, a police spokesman said.

Police booked Justin Aaron Miller, 3145 Juban Ave., into Parish Prison on three counts of simple burglary, LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonda said in a news release.

In November, members of the football operations staff alerted police to missing shoulder pads, jerseys, cleats, helmets and other items belonging to the team, and police were able to generate Miller’s photo from surveillance camera images, the release said.

On Jan. 2, two football operations employees recognized Miller at the Mall of Louisiana from the security camera photo and sheriff’s deputies detained Miller until campus police arrived, the release says.

Police recovered the stolen items at Miller’s house and he admitted to the robberies, the release said.

Lalonde said police believe Miller was not alone and they are looking for others who may have been involved in the robberies.

Police links fingernail to robbery suspect

A 25-year-old Baton Rouge man landed in Parish Prison on Friday after sheriff’s deputies connected him to an armed robbery from a fingernail that was recovered in the victim’s pants, an affidavit warrant says.

Deputies booked Kirklin Noelle Pierson, 8216 Ned Ave., Apt. A, on one count each of armed robbery and felon in possession of a firearm, prison records show.

On Oct. 26, the victim was loading items into his work van when Pierson shoved him to the ground, pulled a black handgun and searched his pockets, the warrant says.

Pierson took a cellphone and wallet containing a debit card and an uncashed $800 check, but left a piece of his fingernail that deputies sent to the State Crime Lab, the warrant says.

Deputies ran Pierson’s name and found his last known address was about two blocks from where the robbery occurred, the warrant says.

Three arrested
on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.