Police and fire briefs for Feb. 12, 2014

Teen killed at BR apartment complex

An 18-year-old man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning at a north Baton Rouge apartment complex.

Baton Rouge police found Devonta Jenks, 18, 4417 Cannon St., shot once in the chest shortly before 2:30 a.m. in a breezeway at the Spanish Arms Apartments, 4343 Denham St., police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

He died at the scene, McKneely said.

So far, police have not found any witnesses to the shooting, McKneely said. Police also have not identified a motive.

The shooting appears to be the first in 2014 in the 70805 ZIP code, of which is one of the areas an anti-crime initiative, called the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination program, has focused.

BR man accused of lying on gaming permit

A man accused of lying on his gaming permit application to conceal more than 14 arrests in Louisiana and California between 1976 and 2001 has been arrested.

Troopers booked Willie O’Neal Griffin, 56, 12658 E. Millburn Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of making false statements related to gaming.

Griffin submitted his application on Oct. 2 and reviewed it with a State Police Gaming Enforcement agent, the arrest warrant said.

He did not mention any arrests on the application or in the review period, the warrant said.

In a subsequent investigation, troopers found four DWI arrests as well as arrests on counts of hit-and-run and impersonating a police officer, the warrant said.

Daughters miss school; warrant issued for mom

Baton Rouge police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a woman whose two children have allegedly missed a combined 137 days of school this school year.

Kenyatta Criss, 33, 9999 Gwenadale Drive, Apt. 131, Baton Rouge, is wanted for two counts of improper supervision of a minor.

Her 8-year-old has accumulated 73 unexcused absences from Broadmoor Elementary, while her 11-year-old has accumulated 64 unexcused absences from Broadmoor, according to the warrant.

In September, Criss entered into an Family Plan Agreement with officials from the Truancy Assessment Center to address the truancy issues, the warrant says.

But the absences piled up and she missed hearings with truancy officials on Nov. 8 and Feb. 5 to address the issues, the warrant says.

Man arrested after breaking into home

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Monday, eight days after allegedly barging into his ex-girlfriend’s home and punching her after he claimed she ignored his phone calls.

Naquael Tucker, 24, 3606 Ozark St., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of home invasion, simple battery and false imprisonment.

The victim told sheriff’s deputies that Tucker began knocking on her window and door at 4 a.m. Feb. 2 and when she opened the door to tell him to be quiet, he forced his way in, according to the arrest warrant.

She tried to run, but he jumped on top of her and took her keys and cellphone away, the warrant said.

He stayed for more than 10 hours and left only after she told him she would get back together with him, the warrant said.

Daughter left in rain; police arrest mother

Baton Rouge police arrested a 31-year-old woman Tuesday after she allegedly removed her 13-year-old daughter from a car on Airline Highway and left her standing in the rain on Friday.

Jessica Perry, 31, 8008 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of simple battery and cruelty to a juvenile.

The child only had shorts and a T-shirt on and was without shoes when she was being forced to stand in the rain, the affidavit of probable cause said.

The child suffered an infection in her foot that doctors said may be there about a year, the affidavit said.

One accused of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Christopher Moore, 51, 22356 Sutter Road, Zachary was booked on a first-offense DWI.

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