Police and fire briefs for March 1, 2013

Jontrel Major
Jontrel Major

Police probe fatal shooting on Spain St.

Baton Rouge police are investigating a fatal shooting Wednesday night in the 1500 block of Spain Street.

An unidentified man was shot and killed at 11 p.m. while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, authorities said.

Police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs, in a news release Thursday, said that detectives are still working to identify the victim.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact the police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Police arrest pair
in cellphone thefts

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested two men accused of robbing two women on Jan. 8 of their personal cellphones and four phones they intended to sell.

Police booked Jarven Jackson, 22, 3141 Anita St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on one count of principal to armed robbery and Ralph Griffin, 21, 5103 Shelley St., Baton Rouge, on one count of armed robbery, according to affidavit warrants.

The victims picked up Jackson so he could take them to a place where they could sell four iPhones, the warrants say, but before they could leave, Griffin showed up and expressed an interest in buying the phones. Jackson got out of the vehicle when Griffin, whom Jackson had vouched for, got in, the warrants say.

Griffin acted like he would buy the iPhones, pulled out an empty wallet, then pulled out a handgun and demanded the four phones plus the victims’ personal phones, the warrants say.

Ex-boyfriend accused
in break-in, assault

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of breaking into an ex-girlfriend’s trailer on Jan. 13, biting her hand and punching her in the head.

Anthony James Dunn Jr., 30, 7045 Meadow Park, Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of home invasion and simple battery, an affidavit warrant says.

The victim told police her child was in the bedroom with her when Dunn tried to climb into a bedroom window of her trailer. He bit her on the hand when she tried closing the window, grabbed her hair and punched her in the back of the head, the warrant says.

Two dogs perish
in Erie Street fire

Baton Rouge firefighters said a flammable object too close to a space heater ignited a house fire at 6:07 a.m. Thursday on Erie Street that killed two family dogs.

The heat from the fire was so intense that it melted the front end of a 2001 Pontiac parked in front of the home at 3045 Erie St., according to a Fire Department news release. The residents escaped unharmed, but the house is considered a total loss, the release states.

Parents booked with cruelty to juveniles

The parents of a 2-month-old girl hospitalized with multiple skull fractures and bleeding around the brain have each been booked into parish prison on one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

Baton Rouge police questioned the story that Jontrel Major, 23, and Jasmine Hastings, 22, both of 1900 Blount Road, No. 235, told about the girl’s injuries. Major said he was not watching the infant when she rolled off a sofa on Feb. 1, and that he waited to bring her to the hospital because he didn’t know what to do and wanted to wait until Hastings got home from school, the warrants say. Hastings put the date of the incident as Jan. 31, the affidavits state.

Major eventually brought his daughter to Our Lady of the Lake Pediatric Emergency Unit and said the doctors found nothing wrong, the warrants say. Major said he and Hastings were advised by the girl’s primary care physician on Feb. 8 to bring her back to the OLOL emergency room, where they learned the 2-month-old had multiple skull fractures and bleeding around the brain, the warrants say.

Seven arrested
on suspicion of DWI

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