Police and fire briefs for August 25, 2013

Man, 30, booked with assaulting son, 11

A man was arrested on a complaint that he allegedly assaulted his 11-year-old son outside their house after the son said he did not want to do his homework.

Baker police booked Bradley Thomas Jennings, 30, 2432 McHugh Road, Baker, into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to juveniles, prison records show.

Jennings’ wife said he tried to discipline their son while on prescription pain pills and after he had been drinking and the son ran outside, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Jennings said he did nothing but go outside, grab his son and carry him back inside while his son fought with him, the affidavit says.

A neighbor said Jennings stood over his son while yelling obscenities at him, dragged him across the yard “like a rag doll,” then tackled him when the boy got up and tried to walk away, the affidavit says.

Man arrested in iPhone, computer laptop thefts

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who tried buying electronics from people in a South Harrell’s Ferry Road apartment complex, then allegedly stole the items when the people turned down his request.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeremy Correll Clark, 28, 5455 Silverleaf Drive, Baton Rouge, and booked him into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and first-degree robbery, prison records show.

In two instances, Clark rode up to the victims on a green bicycle in the St. Jean complex and asked if he could buy their electronic devices, according to an affidavit warrant.

When they said no, he left and came back later to demanded the devices, the warrant says.

He allegedly stole an iPhone 4s on June 12 and a laptop on June 8, the warrant says.

One victim said Clark showed him a gun tucked in his pants, while the other said he was sure Clark had a gun, but did not see it, the warrant says.

Man accused of carnal knowledge of juvenile

Baker police arrested a 19-year-old man accused of forcing himself on a 13-year-old girl even though she asked him to stop several times.

Police booked Miquel Henderson, 2110 Curtis St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on Friday on counts of forcible rape, indecent behavior with a juvenile and felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, prison records show.

The victim admitted sexual contact with Henderson, but when she asked him to stop, he grabbed her arm and pulled her back onto the bed, the affidavit of probable cause says.

She asked him to stop about four or five more times before her grandmother arrived and Henderson dressed and left, the affidavit says.

Woman booked with setting her car afire

A 22-year-old woman was arrested Thursday afternoon after she confessed to Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators that she intentionally set her car on fire on June 2 in order to receive insurance money.

Tasheba Tianna Carter, 9523 Hyacinth Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of criminal conspiracy to commit arson, arson with intent to defraud and injuring public records, prison records show.

Carter said a man approached her about two weeks before the fire, saying if she set fire to her 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, then he could get rid of the car for a small percentage of the insurance payout, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Investigators learned she changed her insurance plan with Go Auto Insurance from liability coverage to full indemnity coverage about one month before the fire, the affidavit says.

Teen arrested in brass-knuckle assault

A teenager accused of assaulting a man with brass knuckles Thursday and stealing his phone as retaliation for theft of a video game console has been arrested.

Baker police booked Richard Phillips, 17, of 2111 E. Azalea St., Baker, into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles, prison records show.

The victim was riding his bicycle when Phillips, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy approached him and Phillips asked to use the victim’s Samsung Galaxy phone to make a personal phone call, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Phillips took the phone, then punched the victim three times while allegedly wearing brass knuckles, the affidavit says.

Phillips admitted to taking the phone, though he denied using brass knuckles, and said it was payback because he suspected the victim stole a Nintendo Wii from his house a year ago, the affidavit says.

Man arrested in battery on estranged wife

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 38-year-old man Saturday accused of breaking into his wife’s home, dragging her outside by her arm and punching her in the head while their four children looked on.

Deputies booked Christopher Deon Rayburn, 3956 Delaware St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of home invasion and domestic abuse battery/child endangerment, prison records show.

The victim and Rayburn have been separated for four years and the victim lives with their four children who are 6, 9, 12 and 14 years of age, respectively, an affidavit of probable cause says.

Rayburn denied hitting the victim, saying he only struggled with her and was “heartbroken that she would cheat on him” because the woman was with another man when the incident occurred, the affidavit says.

The children were in the kitchen and witnessed the incident, the affidavit says.

Man accused of stealing dad’s money

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 33-year-old Metairie man Thursday accused of exploiting his father’s memory loss for his own financial gain.

Deputies booked Joseph Carl Bonfiglio, 4424 N. Turnbull Drive, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of exploitation of the infirmed, distribution of Schedule II drugs and failure to yield, prison records show.

The victim told deputies a woman stole $200 from him and when they approached the woman with the allegations, she showed them text messages from Bonfiglio, the affidavit of probable cause says.

In those texts, Bonfiglio asked the woman to tell the victim that he owed her $20, the affidavit says.

In the affidavit, the deputy says the victim has memory loss problems that resulted in disturbances in the past.

The woman says Bonfiglio does that a lot because he knows the victim will not remember how much money he gives out, the affidavit says.

Bonfiglio also offered to give the woman drugs if she went along with the scam, the affidavit says.

Eight suspects arrested on DWI counts in EBR

Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Johnie Edwards, 67, 901 Chipley St., Baker, first-offense DWI and stop sign/yield sign violation.

Justin Hewitt, 23, 34922 Old La. 16, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended/revoked, insurance required and driver’s license not on person.

Roslyn Jack, 40, 5665 McClelland Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, insurance required and operating a vehicle while driver’s license suspended for prior offense.

Sharon Johnson, 55, 801 Swann St., Apt. 33, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.

Eric Jones, 22, 2506 S. Magnolia Court, Baker, second-offense DWI, insurance required, speeding and failing to register the vehicle.

James McCall, 68, 8622 Norfolk Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Jason Moody, 27, 3209 S. Interstate 35, Austin, Texas, first-offense DWI and careless operation.

Samantha Wall, 26, 13735 Briarlake Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to signal.

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