BRPD: Teen wanted in fatal hit-and-run surrenders

Elvin “Teddybear” Dunn Jr. called his mother every day to check in, and he always texted after visits to let her know he’d gotten back to his apartment safely. So when her messages went unanswered Monday night, Michelle Dunn sensed something amiss.

“He never did respond,” she said. “I just chalked it up to him being tired because he’d been at a workshop at his job all day.”

The family soon received devastating news: Minutes after Elvin Dunn Jr. left his parents’ Baton Rouge home, he died in a car crash, struck by a vehicle police were pursuing because it had no license plate. The impact ejected the 37-year-old security guard from his Lincoln Town Car at Fairfields Avenue and North 30th Street.

Three men bailed out of the fugitive’s vehicle, a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, and evaded arrest. Police found a stolen cellphone at the scene linking the wanted men to an armed robbery earlier in the day.

The alleged driver of the Crown Victoria, Melvin Morgan, surrendered to police Thursday morning. Morgan, 17, 1468 Port Drive, was booked on counts of manslaughter, armed robbery, aggravated flight and hit-and-run.

“We just want to make sure justice comes to him,” said Dunn’s father, Elvin Dunn Sr.

Michelle Dunn said she hopes the other two fugitives also would surrender.

“There are so many other people out there with children, and as long as they’re out there on the street, they can hurt someone else’s child,” she said.

A graduate of Istrouma High School, Elvin Dunn Jr. worked more than 13 years as a security guard for the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, a job he enjoyed and cherished.

He had lived for several years at an apartment complex at 844 Monet Drive.

His sister, Montana, describes him as fun loving and caring.

“He would help anybody that needed help,” she said. “He was loved by everyone.”

Michelle Dunn questioned the wisdom of the police chase, given the minor infraction that initiated it

“It’s so dangerous,” she said. “If it was somebody shooting out of the car, it would have been a totally different story.”

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, has said the department is conducting an internal review of the pursuit to check whether the officer complied with protocols.

McKneely said police are still looking for two other men in connection with the fatal crash.

Police have asked anyone with information to call (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.