Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 6, 2014

Man accused of pushing pregnant woman

Baton Rouge police arrested a 32-year-old man accused of pushing a pregnant woman, then punching her friend in the mouth during an argument outside the Waffle House on College Drive early Tuesday morning.

Police booked Robert Leger Jr., 32, 216 W. Main St., Ames, Texas, into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery and disturbing the peace, booking records show.

Leger and the woman were arguing inside and outside the restaurant, in the 2300 block of College Drive, when he pushed and struck the woman, according to an affidavit of probably cause. The pregnant woman’s friend tried to intervene, only to get punched by Leger in the mouth, the affidavit says.

Three of the woman’s teeth had to be removed because of the punch, the document says.

Also, because of the fight, “patrons of the restaurant were not able to enjoy the meal in which they had paid …” a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Deputies seeking man for theft from ‘bait car’

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man seen stealing various valuables, including a laptop and a pink Dooney and Bourke purse, several weeks ago from a Sheriff’s Office bait vehicle off South Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

Video footage shows a black man with arm and hand tattoos, a beard and a Detroit Lions hat rummaging through the vehicle in the early morning hours of Feb. 16 in the 5200 block of South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The man took a Dell laptop, a Samsung Galaxy 4 smartphone, Nine West bag, Dillard’s bag, iPhone box and the Dooney and Bourke purse, Hicks said.

Detectives ask anyone with information about this incident to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-8767.

Blaze destroys home, burns vehicle, boat

The blaze that destroyed a home at 9450 Wild Valley Road Tuesday night became so hot that a neighbor’s vehicle and boat ignited, but firefighters managed to keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes, and no one was injured, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.

“During the initial attack, firefighters had to retreat from the home due to fear of roof collapse,” department spokesman Curt Monte said.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at 10:02 p.m., deploying four pumper trucks, one ladder truck and two support vehicles, and it took an hour to get the fire under control, he said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation, but it started in the carport with flames extending through the roof of the structure, Monte said.

The house and contents — valued at a combined $325,000 — are a loss, he said.

Authorities arrest one on suspicion of DWI

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

William Monceaux, 25, 2424 Drusilla Lane, Baton Rouge, was booked on first-offense DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and improper lane usage.

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