Police arrest suspect in drug slaying on Hollywood Street

Investigators tracked down and arrested a man Saturday in Lafayette Parish who is suspected of killing Brannon Counts during a drug dispute Thursday night in Baton Rouge, Broussard Police Chief Brannon Decou said.

Ruben Van Dyke, 30, 425 Wilson St., Alexandria, was arrested about 7:30 a.m. after an all-night joint search by the Broussard Police Department, Youngsville Police Department, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force, Decou said.

Van Dyke, after getting into a traffic accident Friday at the corner of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and La. 89 in Lafayette Parish, fled from the scene, Decou said.

A witness who saw Van Dyke walking along Ambassador Caffery Saturday morning notified authorities. Van Dyke offered no resistance when he was arrested, Decou said.

Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Van Dyke was arrested in the 6500 block of Ambassador Caffery.

Van Dyke allegedly shot Counts about 5:10 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot at 5701 Hollywood St. in Baton Rouge. The shooting took place during a fight over a drug transaction, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

Counts, wounded by gunfire, sped in a car about 80 to 100 yards through a grassy field at the corner of Hollywood-Greenwell Crossover and McClelland Avenue, McKneely has said.

After Counts’ vehicle crashed into a back yard fence of a nearby home, he died at the scene, McKneely said.

Authorities booked Van Dyke into Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility on a fugitive warrant, Decou said.

Authorities planned to transport Van Dyke to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and book him on one count each of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a dangerous weapon, Stubbs said.