Police and fire briefs for June 20, 2013

Police dog sniffs out hiding suspect

Baton Rouge police arrested a 47-year-old man Wednesday who is accused of robbing a man at gunpoint, then escaping police custody before a police dog found him in the back of a dump truck.

Police booked Kent Anders, 349 S. 20th St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, simple escape and resisting an officer, prison records show.

Anders walked up to a man with a handgun — later determined to be a BB gun — and demanded the victim’s property, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The police found Anders walking nearby shortly after 12:30 a.m. and an officer was in the process of handcuffing him when he broke free and ran off, the affidavit says.

Man, 37, booked on
child porn charges

A Bridge City man accused of downloading child pornography at his home in February was arrested Tuesday.

Troy Anthony Rodriguez, 37, 1113 Barnes St., was booked by officers with the state Department of the Attorney General with pornography involving juveniles, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

Rodriguez was arrested after agents used a search warrant to inspect his computer following an investigation.

Rodriguez admitted that he had downloaded the pornography in February and distributed it, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Duplex gutted
in early morning fire

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Wednesday morning blaze that gutted a duplex on Holt Drive, just east of South Flannery Road.

Firefighters were called to 753 Holt Drive at 3:11 a.m. and had the fire under control a little after 4 a.m.

The fire is suspected to have started in the common attic above the two units. A woman and her five children, residents of the duplex, escaped unharmed, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

One firefighter received a minor cut to his hand from broken glass. The duplex is considered a total loss. Foul play is not suspected, Monte said.

Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Paul Brumfield, 60, 10871 Cherry Hill St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Douglas Dixon, 47, 512 Springwood, Conroe, Texas, first-offense DWI, hit-and-run, simple obstruction of a public highway and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Brennon Gabriel, 31, 1437 Yorktown, LaPlace, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked and driving left of center.

Todd Vo, 33, 18184 Pine Ridge Drive, Prairieview, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked and headlight required.

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