Police arrest suspect in robbery-kidnap
Police reported they arrested a man Tuesday in the kidnapping of another man who was forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from an automated teller machince.
Jonathan Batteau, 22, and two accomplices approached the victim about 4 a.m. on Boyd Drive near Highland Road, Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.
Batteau and his accomplices held the man at gunpoint, robbed him and forced him to drive to an ATM and withdraw money, Stubbs said.
The men then made the victim drive back to the residence on East Boyd Drive, which they burglarized, he said.
Batteau fled in the victim’s vehicle while his accomplices fled in another vehicle, Stubbs said.
Police spotted Batteau driving the victim’s vehicle and tried to pull him over, he said.
Batteau fled and led police on a short chase before he was caught, Stubbs said.
Batteau, 3422 Conrad St., was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping. His accomplices are still on the loose, he said.
2 shootings reported in adjacent streets
Police are investigating two shootings Tuesday evening that occurred about a block apart on North 15th Street and North 16th Street, a police spokesman said.
Officers found a woman shot in a foot in the 2000 block of North 15th Street and a man shot in a leg in the 2000 block of North 16th Street shortly after 6 p.m., Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.
The pair were taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, Stubbs said.
It is not known if the shootings are related, he said.
Police do not have motives or suspects at this time, Stubbs said.
North Acadian fire investigated as arson
Firefighters are investigating a suspected arson that destroyed a storage shed on North Acadian Thruway West early Tuesday, a Fire Department spokesman said.
Firefighters were called to 1308 N. Acadian Thruway West at 2:25 a.m. to respond to the blaze, spokesman Barry Mounce said in a news release.
When firefighters arrived, the shed, which was being used to repair vehicles in, was engulfed in flames, Mounce said.
Anyone with information about the fire can contact fire investigators at (225) 354-1419.
Authorities book 2 on counts of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Jennifer Anselmo, 18, 1626 Dahlia St., first-offense DWI, improper backing, possession of drug paraphernalia and driver’s license required.
- Jenna Hand, 26, 809 Summer Breeze Drive, first-offense DWI and improper turn.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.