2 arrested after attempted home invasion, chase

An attempted home-invasion robbery in Geismar on Thursday night led to a chase from Dutchtown High School in Ascension Parish to Sherwood Forest Boulevard in East Baton Rouge Parish before the two men were captured, Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies said Friday.

A homeowner on Old Mill Drive heard a loud bang shortly before 9:30 p.m. and male voices saying, “Open the door,” deputies said in a news release.

The homeowner said she saw two men trying to kick in her door, but when a young girl screamed, the men fled in their sport utility vehicle, deputies said.

Based on the woman’s description of their vehicle and of one of the men, sheriff’s deputies found the white Ford Explorer headed north on La. 73 near Dutchtown High and tried to stop the SUV.

But the men sped onto Interstate 10 westbound. From there, they led Ascension deputies, and later Baton Rouge police, East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies and State Police troopers, on a chase into Baton Rouge that ended shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday, Ascension deputies said.

Deputies said the men abandoned the Ford at Sherwood Forest and Florida boulevards and tried to run away.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies gave chase and captured Thomodrick Johnson, 21, 11445 Bard Ave., Baton Rouge, finding him hiding behind a residence on Pamela Drive. When deputies approached Johnson, he hit a deputy several times in the chest, trying to escape, Ascension Parish deputies said.

The Ford’s driver, Alvin Lemon Jr., 32, 8320 Cecil Drive, Watson, was caught a short while later, hiding in a nearby apartment, Ascension deputies said.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Johnson with resisting an officer with force and being a fugitive from Ascension Parish. Lemon was also booked with being a fugitive from Ascension Parish, aggravated flight from officer, reckless operation of vehicle, damage to property and resisting an officer, Ascension deputies said.

Both men were being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison late Friday morning, Ascension deputies said.

In Ascension Parish, Lemon faces counts of home invasion, burglary, damage to property, trespassing, aggravated flight from officer and resisting an officer, deputies said.

Johnson faces counts of home invasion, burglary, damage to property, trespassing and resisting an officer, deputies said.