Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Feb. 21, 2014

Deputies investigate Thursday night shooting

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting that occurred Thursday night in a neighborhood east of Gardere Lane.

One person was wounded in the shooting, which happened in the 1900 block of St. Croix Avenue about 7:30 p.m., said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

A ShotSpotter gunfire locator first tipped off deputies about the shooting, Hicks said.

LSU Police investigate attempted abduction

LSU Police were investigating an attempted abduction of a student Thursday night that happened about 7:30 p.m. in a parking lot off Nicholson Drive Extension, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU Police spokesman.

A 22-year-old woman was walking toward her vehicle in the parking lot across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall when a man exited a black van and grabbed her, Lalonde said.

The woman shook off the man, who then fled toward Nicholson Drive in the van, which had double-sided doors, Lalonde said.

The man is described as a black man with a receding hairline, who had parts cut into both his eyebrows. He was wearing black, baggy cargo shorts and a short-sleeve black-collared shirt Thursday, Lalonde said.

LSU Police ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (225) 578-3231.

Police: Man charges purchases to BRFD

The Baton Rouge Fire Department unknowingly paid for $5,000 worth of goodies — including a video game, a video game console and a touchscreen DVD player — allegedly bought by a 30-year-old Denham Springs man between September 2012 and December 2013.

Baton Rouge police arrested Corey Jerome Augillard, 30, on Thursday, accusing him of billing the Fire Department’s Carquest Auto Parts account for numerous purchases, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police booked Augillard into Parish Prison on 55 counts of access device fraud, as well as one count of felony theft and several counts of forgery, refund fraud and creating fraudulent sales receipts, the affidavit says.

Augillard, an employee of the Carquest store on Plank Road, racked up $5,235 worth of fraudulent charges on the Fire Department’s account over a 15-month period beginning Sept. 4, 2012, the affidavit says.

Augillard purchased items using the department’s information, then returned the items and pocketed the cash. He also ordered items on the company’s credit card and charged the items to the Fire Department, the affidavit says.

Some of the items include: a tablet computer, Sony Playstation 4, a “Call of Duty” video game, Blu-ray player and a touchscreen DVD player, according to the affidavit.

Suspected drug dealer wounded, arrested

A suspected drug dealer was shot and arrested Wednesday night after running his vehicle into a West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office deputy, who was treated on the scene for minor injuries, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office reported.

“In fear for his safety, the deputy discharged his duty weapon into the vehicle one time, striking (Larry) Hardesty in the upper right arm,” East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office’s Casey Rayborn Hicks said. “Hardesty continued a short distance before crashing his vehicle into a ditch.”

Hardesty, 38, 2525 73rd St., Baton Rouge, was arrested after selling crack cocaine to members of the Delta Drug Task Force around 9:30 p.m. at the Wood Acres Motel, 8227 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, Hicks said.

The suspect, who was treated for his gunshot wound at a hospital, was booked on attempted first degree murder, distribution of Schedule II controlled dangerous substance and resisting an officer with force, Hicks said.

Man accused in sexual assault of woman

Baton Rouge police arrested a 25-year-old man Thursday accused of forcing a woman to undress at gunpoint and groping her in late January.

Police booked Jestin Williams, 25, 3836 Chris Drive, Addis, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted aggravated rape, sexual battery and aggravated assault, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Williams is accused of threatening to kill the woman and himself, then forcing her to undress at gunpoint in the early morning hours of Jan. 31 at an apartment on Tigerland Avenue, the affidavit says.

When the woman began to scream, Williams told her to hide the gun and he fled, the affidavit says.

One accused of driving while intoxicated

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

Bridget Hiller, 22, 18814 Santa Maria Parkway, Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and driving while not in possession of a driver’s license.

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