Police: Drug deal ends in robbery attempt
Baton Rouge police are searching for a would-be-robber who shot another man in the arm Saturday night during a drug deal.
Police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said the victim, who had minor injuries, did not know the name of the man who shot him, just that he had just met him shortly before the shooting when the two arranged a deal for marijuana.
When both men arrived at the Chevron gas station on 501 St. Ferdinand St., at about 9:45 p.m. to complete the deal, the man selling marijuana pulled a gun and demanded the money the victim brought to buy the drugs, McKneely said.
The victim, who was still in his car, drove away but not before the shooter fired one shot that hit the victim in the arm, McKneely said.
Police are looking for a black man, 20 to 25 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, who weighed about 160 pounds and had teeth that were in very poor condition, McKneely said.
He is wanted for attempted first-degree murder and attempted armed robbery, McKneely said.
Police say man had two stolen weed eaters
A 40-year-old man is accused of possessing a crack pipe and stealing two weed eaters from a shed on Beech Street.
Baton Rouge police booked Antoine Domon Franklin, 6234 Buttonwood Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of simple burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
A witness told police that a man broke into the shed Saturday afternoon and stole two gas-powered weed eaters, the affidavit says.
Upon arresting Franklin, police found a crack pipe in one of his front pants pockets and “locking needle nose pliers” in his back pants pocket, the affidavit says.
Man accused of giving synthetic drug to teen
Baton Rouge police arrested a 51-year-old man Saturday and accused him of offering synthetic marijuana to a 16-year-old girl and then touching her inappropriately after she passed out from smoking the drugs.
Police booked Dung Dang, 8175 Magnolia Blvd., Denham Springs, into Parish Prison on counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The victim told police that Dang approached her and offered her synthetic marijuana as she walked her dog Saturday morning.
The marijuana caused her to become dizzy and pass out, at which time she remembers Dang touching her inappropriately, the affidavit says.
Dang told police that he did smoke marijuana at the residence in the 600 block of Nelson Drive, but not with the victim, adding that he could not say how the victim knew he was in possession of marijuana, the affidavit says.
Woman booked in multiple hit-and-runs
Baker police say a 46-year-old woman went on a hit-and-run spree Sunday morning, driving into at least three vehicles, including a Baker police car.
Janice J. Williams, 1120 Sherron Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of disturbing the peace, hit-and-run driving, simple assault, resisting a police officer with force or violence, aggravated assault with a vehicle and aggravated criminal damage to property, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Police first responded to a gas station in the 4900 block of Groom Road where the driver of a pickup said a woman driving a Chevrolet Impala pulled up behind his truck and yelled at him to pump gas into the car before rear-ending the truck and driving away, the affidavit says.
The police officer then drove to a nearby neighborhood and located a vehicle matching the description of the one that rammed the truck. There, the officer turned on the patrol car’s flashing lights and ordered the car to stop, the affidavit says.
Williams is accused of spinning the car’s tires, backing up the vehicle, turning around and driving her Chevrolet into the front of the police car despite repeated commands to stop from the officer over his public speakers, the affidavit says.
The officer ordered Williams out of the vehicle at gunpoint and placed her under arrest, the affidavit says.
While placing handcuffs on Williams, the affidavit says Williams swung at the officer with a closed fist.
Williams is also accused of threatening to kill a woman who lived inside a nearby residence and driving her Chevrolet into the woman’s Volkswagen Bug prior to rear-ending the truck at the gas station, the affidavit says.
Authorities arrest 7 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Eric Bopp, 22, 109 South Drive, Covington, first-offense DWI.
- Lamarc Brooks, 19, 4445 Glen Oaks Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, stop sign/yield sign violation, driver’s license required and headlights required.
- Paul Gaines, 46, 706 Daniels St., Baker, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.
- Whitney Ketchum, 21, 44272 Bella Lane, Hammond, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and failure to signal while turning.
- Philip Martin, 36, 10036 Avenue H Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, seat belt violation and reckless operation.
- Robert Schuster, 26, 10142 Springvalley Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and failure to maintain control of vehicle.
- Dyllan Swanson, 23, 23652 Edwards Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, expired motor vehicle inspection, insurance required and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.