Man, 18, found shot dead near City Park
An 18-year-old man was found shot to death early Friday evening on a street a few blocks northwest of BREC’s City Park, Baton Rouge police said.
Marvin Thomas, 18, 390 Bayou Paul Lane, St. Gabriel, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead shortly before 5 p.m. at the scene in the 1300 block of South 15th Street, just off Terrace Avenue and west of Park Boulevard, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
No other details were available Friday night and the shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Police: Man borrows gun, robs its owner
A 21-year-old man arrested Thursday is accused of asking to hold a friend’s gun in July, then turning the gun on his friend and robbing him of a cellphone and $10 cash.
Baton Rouge police booked Lekendrix Dremon Lanus, 21, 6705 Sandy Creek Lane, Zachary, into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery, according to a warrant issued for his arrest.
The victim, whose age wasn’t included in the warrant, told detectives that he took out his Glock handgun inside his vehicle on July 14 to show it to an “old friend,” who police identified as Lanus, the warrant says.
But as soon as Lanus had the gun, he turned it on his friend and demanded his belongings, which included an iPhone 4 and $10 cash, the warrant says.
Lanus is accused of fleeing from the car, which was in the 3200 block of Victoria Drive, with the victim’s gun, money and cash, the warrant says.
Police book victim of robbery on drug counts
A woman whose house was robbed by three men claiming to be police Wednesday morning was arrested Friday and accused of possessing marijuana with the intention of selling it in the presence of her 6-year-old daughter.
Baton Rouge police booked Jacqueline Bridgers, 31, 410 St. Rose Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a child under 17, cruelty to juveniles and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
Three men were arrested Wednesday and accused of burglarizing Bridgers’ home while armed with dangerous weapons.
According to Bridgers’ probable cause affidavit, the men did so in an attempt to take a quart-sized bag of marijuana and $400 cash because Bridgers allegedly owed them money.
Bridgers told detectives the marijuana was hers, but she was only going to bake brownies with it.
Two of the three men arrested, Miles Moreno, 22, of Lafayette and Clayton Dugan, 22, of Baton Rouge, have since been released from Parish Prison after posting bail. The third, Joel Scales, 21, of Baton Rouge, remained in Parish Prison on Friday night in lieu of $115,000 bail.
Seven booked in prison on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Joseph Byrd, 42, 665 N. 38th St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, simple highway obstruction and careless driving.
- Erik Davis, 32, 161 Lakewood Lane, Amite, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and parking where prohibited.
- Wendi Hooper, 44, 18639 Perkins Road, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, driving without a driver’s license, reckless operation and improper lane usage.
- Patrick Lawrence, 40, 4722 Sherwood St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, improper lane usage and possession of marijuana.
- Natalie Lorena, 19, 9825 Loblolly Pines Lane, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and headlights required.
- Roderick Seurattan, 28, 550 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
- Laurence Smith, 40, 8391 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.