Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Dec. 26, 2013

One man stabbed in Christmas Eve fight

A 37-year-old man was stabbed in the neck on Christmas Eve during an argument a few blocks north of LSU after he had prepared to strike an acquaintance with a candy cane yard ornament.

An argument between the two men began Tuesday night inside a house in the 200 block of East Garfield Street, just east of Highland Road, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

When the altercation migrated outside around 9 p.m., the 37-year-old man picked up the candy cane yard ornament and was about to swing it at the other man when the other man, 26, pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim, McKneely said.

The 37-year-old man was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, but he is expected to survive, McKneely said.

Police have not yet issued a warrant for the arrest of the 26-year-old man, McKneely said.

Police did not release the identity of either man.

Man booked in rape of 12-year-old girl

Baton Rouge police on Tuesday arrested a 17-year-old man accused of having sex with a 12-year-old girl early Saturday morning inside a hotel room.

Police booked Prinston Devon Gautreaux, 17, 12353 N. Yorkdale Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated rape, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Authorities found the girl around 1 a.m. Saturday at the Sleep Inn South on Plaza Americana Drive after she had been reported missing, the affidavit says.

The girl told investigators Gautreaux and “several other males” picked her up near her house earlier that night and took her to the hotel, where she had sex with Gautreaux, the affidavit says.

BR man booked in Tuesday holdup

Authorities booked Terry Casey Jr., 36, on first-degree robbery in the Tuesday heist at the Chevron at 510 St. Ferdinand Street, Baton Rouge Police reported.

Casey, 220 St. Vincent de Paul, is accused of robbing the gas station convenience store in downtown Baton Rouge and then fleeing on a mountain bike with an undisclosed amount of money.

The robbery occurred around 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. Police say the robber walked in, demanded money and had his hand inside a green bag as if he were holding a weapon, but never revealed a weapon. The clerk closed and locked the register and threw away the key, prompting the robber to grab the register and smash it on the ground until the cash drawer opened.

One booked on DWI in East Baton Rouge

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

Joshua Stewart, 21, 10825 Timberlane Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI and careless operation.

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