Police and fire briefs for Feb. 11, 2014

Boy, 12, booked in taking gun to school

A 12-year-old boy brought an unloaded handgun to Wedgewood Elementary School in Baton Rouge on Monday, landing him in juvenile detention, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from the school, 2330 Aspenwood Drive, at 1 p.m. Another student reported that the boy, a fifth-grader, had a gun.

Soon after, a .45-caliber weapon was found in the boy’s booksack, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The student took the gun from a relative’s home and carried it to school in order to look “cool,” Hicks said.

The student never made any threats while the gun was in his possession.

He’s been booked on one count of illegal possession of a firearm on a school campus.

Under Louisiana’s “Zero Tolerance” student disciplinary law, students in grades one to five who bring firearms to school can be expelled for up to two semesters.

Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the East Baton Rouge Parish school system, said simply that “appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

Bromery said the school system takes such incidents very seriously and students are reminded often to report such matters to adults.

“In this instance, a student followed that advice and reported the presence of the weapon to staff who took immediate action to disarm the individual with the weapon,” Bromery said.

Woman booked in June 10 stabbing

A Bogalusa woman was arrested Sunday, eight months after she allegedly stabbed a man in the face and side following an argument.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Vidalia Dixon, 31, last known address 1908 Bund St., into Parish Prison on a count of attempted second-degree murder.

On June 10, Dixon and the man argued and during the argument, Dixon motioned like she was going to punch him, according to the arrest warrant. Right as that happened, the man punched Dixon in the face.

Dixon then removed a steak knife from her shirt and stabbed him above his right eye and in the back, the warrant said.

The man corroborated a witness account, except the man denied punching Dixon, the warrant said.

Police: Man punched after exposing himself

Baton Rouge police arrested a man accused of dropping his pants and exposing himself to a family Sunday following an argument.

Police booked Mitchell Reado, 48, 3229 Sycamore St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of obscenity.

Police were called to the scene by Reado, who said he was punched by another man, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

During their investigation, police said the man who punched Reado did so after Reado exposed himself to the man’s girlfriend and 2-year-old girl following an argument, the affidavit said.

Man with knife robs computer repair store

Baton Rouge police are searching for the man who walked into a computer repair store on Government Street on Monday with a knife and walked out with money and computer merchandise.

The robbery occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m. at the Dot Calm Computer Repairs store,t 1101 Government, police spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The robber walked into the store to ask about buying a laptop, then left following a short conversation with an employee, Coppola said. The robber walked back in a few minutes later and asked about merchandise in a display case.

The robber then pulled out a knife and demanded money and merchandise before fleeing, Coppola said.

The robber is described as a skinny black man with a short haircut between 21 and 23 years old and standing about 5 feet, 9 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall. He wore a white hoodie and blue jeans, Coppola said.

Anyone with information on the robber’s identity is asked to contact the Armed Robbery Office at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Two accused of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Tracy Evans, 31, 12533 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license suspended/revoked.

Richard Williams, 46, 4856 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, reckless operation and seat belt violation.

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