Police and fire briefs for Dec. 15, 2013

BR police searching for man who robbed bank

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man who robbed the Chase Bank branch on Drusilla Lane Saturday morning.

The robber walked into the bank at 3428 Drusilla at 10:38 a.m., and handed the teller a note saying he had a gun, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman. No one actually saw a weapon.

The man passed over a red bag, which the teller filled with money. The robber then fled east to Interline Avenue where police believe he got into a black or dark-colored sport-utility vehicle, Coppola said.

The robber is described as a dark-skinned black man with facial hair between 40 to 45 years old. He reportedly stands about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs between 170 and 180 pounds.

He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans, a black shirt, white athletic shoes and sunglasses, Coppola said.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Scotlandville student arrested in threats

A 17-year-old Scotlandville High School Student was arrested Friday after verbally threatening a school official, then threatening the East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy who arrested him.

Raheem M. Howard, 6952 Caravel Court, Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of assault of a school teacher, assault of a police officer and possession of a legend drug.

A school official on Friday told Howard he would be suspended for having his pants sagging at his knees. Howard replied by threatening the teacher, according to an affidavit of probable cause for Howard’s arrest.

The sheriff’s deputy working at the school arrested Howard and found three Tramadol pills in his pocket, the affidavit says.

“Raheem began cursing … and stated to me; ‘You better not patrol my neighborhood. You better just pass up my house or you (won’t) be leaving,’ ” the deputy wrote in the affidavit, adding that Howard also threatened his children.

Denham Springs man arrested in repair dispute

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 41-year-old man Friday who is accused of taking $1,600 for home repair work, but not finishing it or returning the victim’s money.

Marland Joseph Hunter, 131 Brignac St., Denham Springs, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of misapplication of contractor payments.

Arrest made in Dec. 6 stabbing on Monet Drive

A 25-year-old man accused of stabbing a 63-year-old man in the back Dec. 6 and leaving the knife lodged in his back has been arrested.

Baker police booked Eric W. Ballard Jr., 1084 Monet Drive, Apt. 8, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a fugitive warrant.

The stabbing happened about 7 p.m. at Ballard’s residence, according to a warrant for Ballard’s arrest.

The 63-year-old victim was sitting on a couch when Ballard walked out of the kitchen with a knife and stabbed him, then fled the residence in his grandmother’s Honda Accord, the warrant says.

The victim “sustained two punctured lungs before the blade of the knife came to a rest against the victim’s heart/aorta,” the warrant says. “The victim underwent life-saving surgery and is now recovering from his injuries.”

11 booked in EBR on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Christopher Boudreaux, 27, 102 Maple Drive, Lafayette, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to maintain control.
  • Gilnei Dasilva, 27, 10465 Darryl Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and failure to signal.
  • Rodolfo Diaz, 48, 192 Dawson Road, Mercedes, Texas, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.
  • Jacob Harris, 25, 10721 Hidden Lake Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, second-degree battery and simple obstruction of a public highway.
  • Roslyn Jack, 41, 725 N. 47th Ave., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, improper lane usage and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Katherine Kellum, 28, 2293 Hollydale Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal, improper turn and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Jill Kennedy, 30, 10736 Oak St., Clinton, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
  • Teodoro Nolasco, 43, 7950 Hooper Road, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license required and improper lane usage.
  • Alfred Pack, 46, 4948 Dickens Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, insurance required, possession of alcohol in a vehicle, aggravated assault and other laws of the road.
  • Scarlett Renaud, 33, 13734 Kenner Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Samantha Southard, 20, 18344 Oaklane Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and improper turn.

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