Man arrested in Baker shooting, two others booked in retaliatory battery

An 18-year-old man accused of firing errant shots at three people and a vehicle with a child inside Thursday morning in Baker was arrested in Bunkie this weekend after allegedly punching a 14-year-old boy who had just left church.

Meanwhile, two of the people in that vehicle were booked on battery counts, accused of accosting the teenage girl who had been walking with the accused shooter.

Stevon Jones, no address available, was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail on Sunday on counts of aggravated second-degree battery and will be transferred to East Baton Rouge Parish, though authorities do not know when that will occur.

“He has a grandfather who lives in Bunkie,” said Susie Lacassine, a Bunkie assistant police chief and detective. “He evidently came over here to spend a few weeks with his grandfather.”

Jones will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count each of illegal use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, the arrest warrant said.

Jones was convicted on Aug. 5 for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and sentencing was set for Nov. 20, online court records show.

According to the arrest warrant, Jones was walking a 16-year-old girl to school at about 7:50 a.m. Thursday when a sport utility vehicle drove past them on Harding Street and stopped at the end of the street.

When two of the three adults in the vehicle got out of the SUV, Jones pushed the 16-year-old girl behind him and fired about three shots from a handgun, but none of the rounds hit any people or the vehicle, the warrant said.

The girl is the mother of Jones’ child, the warrant said.

After Jones ran from the scene, two of the adults, Arthur Alexander and Miesha Batholomew, walked up to the girl and confronted her about the shooting, the warrant said.

Bartholomew then shot pepper spray into the girl’s eyes and she and Alexander battered the girl in retaliation for the shooting, the warrant said.

Alexander and Bartholomew told authorities they were bringing their 4-year-old daughter to school, the warrant said.

They said they were unarmed, did not provoke Jones and did not know either him or the girl, the warrant said.

Bartholomew, 22, and Alexander, 28, both of 1021 Sinbad St., Baker, were booked into Parish Prison on Thursday on counts of simple battery and aggravated battery, the warrant says.