Police and fire briefs for Sept. 6, 2013

Three people arrested in nonfatal shooting

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested three people after shots were fired at three people at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 3000 block of Vancouver Drive.

Deputies booked Joyrie Knighton, 25, 4756 Enterprise St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on four counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of illegal use of a weapon, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Deputies also booked Raven Harris, 19, 3001 Toronto Drive, and Garrett Burton, 18, 3336 Laurel St., both of Baton Rouge, on four counts each of principal to attempted first-degree murder, Hicks said.

No one was injured and a 16-year-old boy remains at large in the shooting, Hicks said.

BR man, 21, accused of threatening woman

A 21-year-old man is accused of threatening a woman on Monday and then meeting up later with another man who allegedly fired 10 bullets at the woman and her 10-month-old child in the 4700 block of Tigerland Avenue.

Baton Rouge police booked Demarco Montreal Hayes, 2875 West Roosevelt Ave., Baton Rouge, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, the woman returned home and saw Hayes, along with two other men, standing near a stairwell in a nearby parking lot, the affidavit says.

After she got out of the vehicle, holding her 10-month-old child, one of the other two men — not Hayes — shot at her about 10 times, but did not hit her, the affidavit says.

BR police to forward case to EBR DA’s office

Baton Rouge police said Thursday that there is not enough evidence to support criminal charges against a 28-year-old man who fatally struck a 47-year-old man in the head with a wrench at 3:30 a.m. Aug. 29.

The case will now be forwarded to the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office for further review, police Lt. Don Kelly said.

Kelly said earlier this week that he couldn’t say whether the victim, Jerry Sheppard, 47, of Zachary, had broken into a woman’s vehicle or was attempting to burglarize it when the 28-year-old man confronted him in the 3000 block of Lorraine Street after being told by his girlfriend that someone appeared to be inside her vehicle.

BR man, 39, accused of sex crime on girl, 7

Baton Rouge police have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of inappropriately touching a 7-year-old girl about three years ago.

Police booked Edward Thomas III, 2184 North Ventura Drive, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of sex crimes with a juvenile, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The victim told police that Thomas would touch her inappropriately after she got off the school bus, and that it happened at least a few times, the affidavit says.

Livingston man booked on child porn counts

The Louisiana Attorney General’s Office has arrested a 41-year-old man accused of sharing child pornography files on at least two separate occasions last fall and once in February.

Gary M. Brooks Jr., 12414 Havenwood Drive, Denham Springs, was booked Tuesday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of pornography involving juveniles, according to an arrest warrant.

Investigators downloaded child pornography from at least two IP addresses matching ones for Brooks’ computer, the warrant says. On May 14, investigators searched Brooks’ home while he was away and did not find evidence of child pornography on his computer but did find a similar user name to a nickname he is accused of using on the file-sharing network.

Zachary man booked in juvenile sex case

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 22-year-old man accused of taking a 16-year-old girl to his residence, where he gave her beer, Xanax pills and cigarettes, and then having “consensual sex,” on Aug. 16.

Deputies booked Joshua Denzel Welch, 3528 Camelia St., Zachary, into Parish Prison on Wednesday on counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and as a fugitive from Baker police, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

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