Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 9, 2014

Man arrested in Christmas Eve stabbing

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Wednesday accused of stabbing a family member in the neck on Christmas Eve after that person hit him with a candy cane yard ornament.

Damon Demond Thomas, 26, 206 W. Garfield St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated second-degree battery, according to an arrest warrant.

According to the warrant, Thomas and the victim got into an altercation inside and it spilled outside into the street.

The victim grabbed the plastic candy cane and hit Thomas with it. Thomas pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the neck, the warrant says.

The victim is expected to survive, the warrant said.

Man, 51, arrested in molestation of girl, 15

Baton Rouge police arrested a man Tuesday accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl four times since Nov. 7.

Ronald J. Robinson, 51, 1775 N. 49th St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of sex crimes against a juvenile, according to an arrest warrant.

The latest incident occurred early Monday morning, the warrant said.

When the victim’s mother confronted Robinson about the allegations, he told her that she “would not live through the night,” the warrant said.

Fire destroys house on North 24th Street

A Wednesday afternoon house fire just east of Interstate 110 near Plank Road destroyed the residence but didn’t injure anyone.

Investigators haven’t determined what sparked the blaze in the 1700 block of North 24th Street, which began shortly after noon, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters arrived about 12:20 p.m. to find the home in flames, Monte said. The house is considered a loss.

The rear portion of the house was damaged heavily by the fire, and the rest of the home received considerable smoke and water damage.

It took firefighters about 20 minutes to control the blaze, Monte said.

A woman and her elderly mother lived in the home. The daughter was outside when she first noticed the flames, and her mother wasn’t home during the fire, Monte said.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the two women, Monte said.

One person arrested on suspicion of DWI

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.

Derek Maher, 34, 20035 Sallie Drive, Plaquemine, first-offense DWI and registration exemption on commercial vehicles violation.

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