Police and fire briefs for Dec. 19, 2013

W oman arrested in beer bottle bashing

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 41-year-old woman Tuesday accused of bashing a woman over the head with a beer bottle on Nov. 14, lacerating an artery.

Deputies booked Shawnda Renee Allen, 1646 Jade Ave., Apt. B, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated second-degree battery.

Deputies found the victim lying in a pool of blood, unable to talk, according to an affidavit warrant.

Later, in a hospital, the victim told deputies she went to hang out with a friend when Allen began yelling at her, then hit her with a beer bottle, the warrant said.

When she fell to the ground, the victim said two other people began hitting and kicking her, the warrant said.

Cause of nursery school fire under investigation

Fire investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire at the Lil People Day Care and Learning Center on North Sherwood Forest Boulevard early Wednesday morning, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

Firefighters arrived at the business at 4157 N. Sherwood Forest at 3:17 a.m. and found an upstairs closet on fire, spokesman Curt Monte said.

The fire spread to a neighboring bathroom before firefighters extinguished the flames, Monte said.

No one was in the building at the time of the fire, Monte said. Calls to the day care Wednesday went unanswered.

Deputies accuse man of molesting girl, 12

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Tuesday accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl, with the last alleged incident occurring Dec. 11.

Donald Russell, 34, 3415 King Bradford Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of molestation of a juvenile, prison records show.

Russell was an acquaintance of the victim’s mother, according to the arrest warrant.

The victim told deputies Russell inappropriately touched her more than 20 times when she was 11 and 12 years old, and would also tell her she was sexy, the warrant said.

“When asked what she would like to happen to the accused, the child stated she wanted ‘him to go to jail so he can’t do that to no one else,’ ” the warrant said.

Police: Man struck woman with metal pipe

Baton Rouge police arrested a 48-year-old man Tuesday accused of hitting a woman in the face with a metal pipe following an argument.

John Heard Jr., 2905 Weller Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery/aggravated battery.

Heard told police the victim fell, then changed his story and said they had a fight, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police could not find the metal pipe, but the victim did have a swollen right eye and a cut on her face, the affidavit said.

BR woman booked in exploiting elderly

A 35-year-old woman accused of stealing more than $10,000 from a 93-year-old woman by taking her debit card, buying items from area stores and withdrawing cash from ATMs has been arrested.

Shameeka Andrea Duncan, 1073 South Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of exploitation of the infirmed, theft, theft of assets from aged/disabled person and unauthorized use of an access card.

Baton Rouge police subpoenaed business records that showed Duncan buying items using the victim’s debit card, according to the arrest warrant.

Records at St. James Place, where the victim lives, showed Duncan was assigned to work in the victim’s room during the months that the unauthorized purchases were made, the warrant said.

BR woman arrested in abuse of toddler

A 23-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after a 22-month-old boy with several cuts, bruises and swelling in his face, legs and genitals was admitted to a hospital after being in her care for several weeks.

Kandra M. Harmason, 3078 69th Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to juveniles.

Harmason told police her 3-year-old child caused some of the injuries by hitting the toddler with a brush, but she could not account for the other injuries, the affidavit of probable cause said.

The toddler’s mother told police Harmason texted her saying she “whooped” the boy after police interviewed her about the injuries, the affidavit said.

Accused getaway driver in robberies arrested

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Wednesday accused of being the getaway driver in the recent robberies of a bank branch and check-cashing business, as well as the suspect in the check-cashing robbery.

The driver, Felix Dupree, 19, 4765 Aldrich Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of first-degree robbery and armed robbery.

Meanwhile, Jason Paul Pitcher, 26, 650 N. Ardenwood Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on counts of armed robbery in the Nov. 23 robbery of a Check into Cash, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Pitcher walked into the business at 9230 Florida Blvd., on Nov. 23 with a handgun, walked behind the counter and told the clerk, “It’s a robbery, baby; give it up,” the affidavit said.

Authorities book six 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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • William Allen, 49, 1840 Cherokee St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Erin Banta, 33, 1680 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license expired.
  • Nicholas Foster, 29, 1951 Tulip St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and license plate required.
  • Frederick Polk, 29, 2079 Benedetto Lane, Port Allen, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Benjamin Revels, 22, 7615 Magnolia Beach Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, disobeying a control device and reckless operation.
  • Joseph Vantimmeren, 20, 10735 Hill Glen Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driving left of center.

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