Police and Fire briefs for Nov. 17, 2012

Two men arrested
in robbery case

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested two armed robbery suspects in the theft of an Apple computer, a cell phone and other items, affidavits say.

At 2:40 a.m. Thursday, two gunmen approached a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder outside Cypress Park Apartments, 10324 Celtic Drive, and tapped on the driver’s side window, affidavits say.

A third robber, who was in a maroon Toyota Camry nearby, walked up to the victim and took his wallet, as the victim stood outside while the others searched his vehicle, affidavits say.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, Baton Rouge police detectives, investigating unrelated burglaries, stopped a maroon Toyota Camry where they found Deonte Brumfield, 19, the stolen computer and two handguns.

The driver of the Camry, who was not identified and not arrested, said the property belonged to the car’s passenger, Brumfield, who was arrested, the affidavits say.

Jared Smart, 19, was arrested later that day and the owner of the Camry, who was not identified, said Smart had had the car since early Tuesday, affidavits say.

Detectives booked Brumfield, 16052 Derby Drive, Baton Rouge, on one count each of armed robbery, illegal use of a weapon, simple burglary and illegal possession of stolen things, and Smart, 9115 Avis Ave., Baton Rouge, on one count each of armed robbery and illegal possession of stolen things.

Officials investigate
blaze on Holt Drive

Baton Rouge firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire at a duplex late Thursday night.

Firefighters were called to 834 Holt Drive at 11:21 p.m. to extinguish a fire that started in a bedroom in one of the duplex homes, a news release says. No one was injured.

Fire damage was contained to that bedroom and a portion of the hall.

The rest of the home had smoke and heat damage and the other home in the duplex had minor smoke damage, the release says.

33 people arrested
in raid at Shady’s

Authorities on Thursday arrested 33 people in Shady’s Bar accused of multiple offenses including underage drinking, disturbing the peace and interfering with a police investigation, according to a Baton Rouge police news release.

The arrests occurred following a Baton Rouge police, Baton Rouge Fire Department and East Baton Rouge Parish Alcoholic Beverage Control operation to check alcohol compliance at the bar, the release says.

The check at bar, 623 E. Boyd Drive, occurred at 9 p.m.

Officers and agents arrested 12 people accused of being in the bar without identification, one accused of being under the age of 18, two for disturbing the peace by intoxication and interfering with a police investigation and 18 on counts of possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21, the release says.

The owners and operators of Shady’s Bar may face additional charges, the release says.

Four drivers booked
on EBR DWI counts

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

Jeffrey Henley, 20, 4009 Avenue, Austin, Texas, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and possession of alcoholic beverages in vehicle.

Emily Pedigo, 32, 887 Spanish Oak Drive, Brusly, first-offense DWI, driving over the median and failure to signal.

Rachel Pennington, 21, 10934 Ridge Road, Central, first-offense DWI, speeding, improper lane usage and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Zachary Staples, 24, 8418 Marcel Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and speeding.

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