Police and fire briefs for Dec. 5, 2013

Suspicious powder in envelope was talcum

Talcum powder was the suspicious substance found in the envelope Monday that also contained threats to District Attorney Hillar Moore III, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said Wednesday.

The substance was in an envelope in the mail processing area in the Clerk of Court’s Office on the third floor of the 300 North Blvd. building shortly after 10:40 a.m. The floor was evacuated and the Fire Department’s hazardous materials crew entered the room at about 11:40 a.m. and scooped up the envelope containing the powder.

Talcum powder was also the substance found in an envelope containing a bomb threat at the Russell B. Long Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Baton Rouge on Nov. 2, Monte said. The FBI is investigating.

Mary Beth Romig, a spokeswoman with the FBI field office in New Orleans, said Wednesday she could not release any details and could not confirm whether the cases were related.

BR man accused of child porn counts

The state Attorney General’s office arrested a Baton Rouge man Tuesday accused of possessing child pornography.

Jose Mendez Flores, 30, 15611 Rhonda Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of pornography involving juveniles.

While executing a search warrant Tuesday, agents found “20 images depicting the sexual abuse of juveniles between the age of 2-12 years old,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Flores admitted to searching for and downloading the images, the affidavit says.

Arrest made in 2008 rape, robbery case

Baton Rouge police on Tuesday arrested a man accused of raping a woman behind a trash container in 2008.

Jason Jackson, 32, 2100 N. 39th St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape and simple robbery.

According to the arrest warrant, the woman was standing outside her apartment complex near Cortana Mall between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on June 1, 2008, waiting for a taxi.

A man on a bicycle rode by, dismounted and asked the woman how much money she had.

“The suspect then began punching her in the face and body,” the warrant said. “She attempted to resist but was overpowered by him.”

The woman told the man she had $60, which the man took. He pulled her behind a trash container and sexually assaulted her, the warrant says.

Officers matched his DNA with DNA taken from the victim after the assault, the warrant says.

Man accused of raping 6-year-old girl

Baton Rouge police issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a man accused of raping a 6-year-old girl in September.

Devin Jhimar Carter, 27, 1680 74th St., Baton Rouge, is wanted on one count of aggravated rape, the warrant says.

Carter is accused of raping the girl in her home while her mother was away, the warrant says.

After he raped her, Carter asked the girl if she wanted Gatorade or some candy, the warrant says.

Five accused of driving while intoxicated

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Kendall Hopkins, 31, 1014 S. 18th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, stop sign/yield sign and improper turn.
  • Ryan Lejeune, 21, 43325 Black Bayou Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, improper turn and disobeying a red light.
  • Joseph Parker, 30, 4036 Uncas St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and trespassing at BREC parks.
  • James Shoemaker, 18, 3525 Palmisano Blvd., Chalmette, first-offense DWI, speeding, possession of alcohol in vehicle and disobeying a traffic control device.
  • Hylden Young, 67, 9360 Comite Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, careless operation, resisting an officer and possession of alcohol in vehicle.

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