Ammunition theft leads to high-speed chase
Police arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday accused of stealing ammunition from Academy Sports + Outdoors, then leading officers on a pursuit around the city with two young children inside his vehicle.
Baton Rouge police booked Otis Dunn III, N. 13th St., Port Allen, into Parish Prison on counts of child desertion, resisting an officer by force or violence, battery on a police officer, aggravated burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a felon and two other fugitive counts, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
After a confrontation with store loss-prevention officers, Dunn ran out to the parking lot of the Airline Highway store and jumped into his car. He is accused of running multiple red lights while fleeing police before crashing at Florida Boulevard and North Lobdell Boulevard. Dunn fled the crash scene on foot, leaving behind two children, 1 and 4 years old, and a 20-year-old woman, the affidavit said.
An officer chased Dunn into a backyard in the 100 block of Linda Street, where Dunn ignored verbal commands and punched the officer several times before he was handcuffed, the affidavit said.
Dunn remained jailed Thursday night in lieu of $93,000 bail, prison records show.
Police arrest woman in Wal-Mart threats
Deputies arrested a 57-year-old woman Wednesday night who is accused of attempting to steal $1,000 worth of goods from a Wal-Mart and telling a cashier she had a bomb.
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Paula Baggett, 57, 6245 Brownsfield Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of terrorizing, theft of goods, resisting an officer and simple assault, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
An extra-duty deputy stationed outside the Wal-Mart off Sullivan Road saw Baggett stroll out of the store Wednesday night pushing a buggy with more than $1,000 of goods, which a cashier said Baggett never bought, the affidavit said.
When the deputy confronted Baggett, she claimed she was mentally ill and began to curse him. “‘I didn’t do anything...I’m mentally ill. I just want to go home,’” Baggett said, according to the affidavit.
The cashier told investigators Baggett claimed to have a bomb while refusing to pay for the goods inside the store.
Baggett remained jailed in Parish Prison Thursday night in lieu of $12,000 bail, according to booking records.
BR police investigating Plank Road robbery
Baton Rouge police are looking for a young man who robbed a Plank Road clothing store Wednesday, then fled in a dark SUV.
A black man believed to in his mid-20s approached a sales clerk at The Real Deal clothing store about 7:20 p.m. Wednesday acting as if he wanted to buy something, said Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
The man, about 5-foot-10 and wearing a gray baseball cap, then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the store’s register, Coppola said.
He took an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise before fleeing the store in the 5100 block of Plank Road in a dark, older model SUV, Coppola said.
Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Deputies seek 3 more suspects in robbery
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are looking for three more suspects involved in an August robbery in which a man was bound with duct tape, held at knife point and robbed of about $50,000 worth of valuables.
On Wednesday, deputies arrested Davelin George, 24, of Baton Rouge, on counts of aggravated burglary and armed robbery in the heist, which happened on Aug. 25 at Millenium Apartments, in the 6800 block of Jefferson Highway, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Hicks said Thursday that detectives also are looking for three men wanted on counts of aggravated burglary and armed robbery: Brandon Hamilton, 23; Dennis Hamilton, 43; and Maurice Johnson, 42.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI
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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Jacqueline Fellows, 21, 1109 Eva St., Gonzales, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, speeding and reckless operation.
- Daryl Stevenson, 56, 6639 Bourgeois Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, resisting an officer, improper lane usage, failure to signal while turning and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.