Man armed with pipe alarms people in building Friday night

Occupants of a Florida Boulevard building called police Friday night when a man armed with a length of pipe began smashing windows and making noises that sounded to some like gunfire, police said Saturday.

Baton Rouge police arrived at the Mid City Towers, 5700 Florida Blvd., about 8:30 p.m. after reports of shots being fired in the building, police spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Saturday.

Jason Lauck, 44, had entered the building with the pipe, threatened people with it and smashed windows, including a $1,500 glass door.

Many of the residents evacuated the building when the fire alarm sounded.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Lauck told people at the building he had a gun and told one of the officers that “if you were a real cop, you would have shot me.”

Police eventually arrested Lauck after they incapacitated him with a stun gun.

Lauck, 320 Lovers Lane, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated assault, simple burglary, simple criminal damage to property and resisting an officer, booking records show.