Police and fire briefs for Dec. 4, 2013

Police seeking identity of Family Dollar burglar

Baton Rouge police are trying to identify the man who threw a rock through the front window of a Family Dollar store Friday, then burglarized the store.

The incident occurred at 3:30 a.m. at the store, 2875 Highland Road, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman.

The burglar took some merchandise and was seen on surveillance footage running south on Highland Road, Coppola said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers (255) 344-7867.

Police arrest man, 20, in armed robbery

Police arrested a 20-year-old man accused of robbing a man at gunpoint and firing a shot at him in north Baton Rouge.

Keydrick Moses, 2763 Hollywood St., was booked into Parish Prison on Tuesday on one count of armed robbery.

The robbery happened about 11:30 p.m. Sunday as the victim walked down Denham Street, authorities said.

The victim told investigators he dropped his cellphone and ran home after Moses confronted him. Moses fired a shot but the victim was not injured, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Court records show Moses was convicted of simple burglary last year.

4th suspect arrested in assault at casino

State Police arrested a fourth suspect in the assault of a Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel & Casino security guard Nov. 1.

Larry D. Spencer, 22, 1689 N. Pamela Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Monday on counts of second-degree battery and disturbing the peace.

State Police previously booked Louis Joseph Robertson, 23, and Jack Simon Robertson, 24, both of Baker, and Keith Henderson, 23, of Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery and disturbing the peace, according to arrest documents and prison booking records.

Authorities are still looking for two other men who may have been involved in the incident.

The six men had been asked to leave the casino for unruly behavior in the early morning hours of Nov. 1. As they were being escorted outside by security guards, Jack Robertson “started using verbal slurs toward (one of the security guard’s) sexuality,” a State Police detective wrote in an affidavit of probable cause.

Louis Robertson was the first one to hit the guard who, once on the ground, was kicked and punched by the others, the affidavit says. The guard suffered a separated shoulder during the beating, the affidavit said.

Armed robbers leave eatery empty-handed

Baton Rouge police are searching for two men who tried to rob employees at a McDonald’s restaurant early Tuesday.

The robbers entered the restaurant, 5224 Florida Blvd., at 12:20 a.m. armed with handguns and demanded personal items from the employees, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

They were unable to get any money and left empty-handed before police arrived, McKneely said.

The first robber is described as a slim, light-skinned black male, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall who wore black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana and black rectangular-rimmed prescription glasses, McKneely said.

The other robber is described as a slim, dark-skinned black male, about 6 feet tall who wore a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants, McKneely said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Baton Rouge police at 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (255) 344-7867.

Six arrested in parish on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Michael Butler, 34, 4319 Salem Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession and obstruction of public passage.
  • Nicole Dupre, 19, 108 Annette Drive, Slidell, first-offense DWI, disobeying a control device, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.
  • Tonya Gardner, 37, 5944 Morning Dove, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driving wrong way on one-way street.
  • Charles Grant, 57, 2262 S. Magnolia Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Erich Vaughn, 21, 12920 Deerpath Way, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal, driving with suspended/revoked license and reckless operation.
  • Craig Wodehouse, 20, 6004 Bridget St., Metairie, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and driving left of center.

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