Baton Rouge police briefs for Feb. 17, 2014

Three arrested in chase after BR armed robbery

Baton Rouge police captured three men Sunday accused of walking into the Papa John’s restaurant on Lee Drive near LSU and robbing the business and an employee at gunpoint.

Jeremy Ford, 23, 347 S. 17th St., and Terrance Venson, 20, 10530 Florida Blvd. No. 460, both of Baton Rouge, and Demarcus Mathews, 19, 38250 Kara Court, Gonzales, all were booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.

Mathews and Venson also were booked on counts of aggravated flight and resisting an officer.

The three men entered the business at 10:36 p.m. wearing masks, Coppola said, and Mathews and Venson, with handguns drawn, ordered the employees onto the ground.

Mathews stole an employee’s cellphone, then stole cash from the register, Coppola said. The men jumped into a black Honda Accord and drove away.

Mathews initially refused to stop for police, but later pulled over, jumped out and fled on foot, Coppola said.

Venson, in the passenger’s seat, grabbed the wheel and tried to flee, but hit a parked car on Glenmore Avenue and fled on foot, Coppola said.

Both suspects were arrested with the help of police dogs after short chases. Ford stayed in the car and was arrested, Coppola said.

Sometime during the chase, the suspects threw evidence from the car, Coppola said. He would not say what was thrown, but said officers were able to recover some of it.

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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Stanley Bienemy, 30, 514 Hadley Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding and violation of commercial vehicle registration.
  • Joseph Jones, 20, 16257 Madison St., Prairieville, first-offense DWI and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.

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