Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 7, 2014

Deputies arrest man in Gardere area robbery

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old man Wednesday accused of grabbing some drugs during a planned robbery that ended with a 14-year-old being shot in the Gardere area in late February.

Deputies booked Tyrin Keith Perkins, 20, 9521 Langham St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and armed robbery.

Perkins was one of several people who went to the 1900 block of St. Croix Avenue on Feb. 20 with the intent to rob a man who has not been identified in affidavits of probable cause.

The robbery was disguised as a drug deal, but during the fake deal, Perkins is accused of grabbing the drugs and running away, an affidavit says.

The target of the robbery then wrestled away a handgun from Elijah Ross, 18, and shot a 14-year-old boy, also involved in the planning of the robbery, who was fleeing the scene, affidavits say.

Ross was initially booked into Parish Prison the day after the shooting on counts of illegal use of a weapon and armed robbery.

He has since been re-booked on a count of armed robbery, booking records show.

Duplex fire linked to broken water heater

The Baton Rouge Fire Department blames a malfunctioning water heater for starting a fire in one unit of a duplex at 2400 Hundred Oaks late Wednesday, causing heavy heat and smoke damage.

Firefighters arrived at 10:18 p.m. to find a bathroom and bedroom on fire, department spokesman Curt Monte said.

The fire was under control by 10:30 p.m., but not before the unit suffered an estimated $45,000 in damage, he said.

The estimated pre-fire value was $60,000.

The occupant of the unit was not home at the time of the fire and the adjacent unit was unoccupied, Monte said.

Intense house fire destroys home

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

“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 scene at 10:02 p.m. and it took an hour to get the fire under control, he said.

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 total loss.

Concealed handgun classes offered

The Baton Rouge Police Department will offer two concealed handgun permit classes in April at the Police Department Pistol Range, 999 W. Irene Road, Zachary.

The daylong class will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 and April 26. The class is open to anyone 21 years old or older and people only need to attend one day to become certified.

The cost is $100 and participants need to bring their own handgun and ammunition.

Class sizes are limited to 20 per day so it is recommended that interested people register early by calling the Police Department Training Academy at (225) 389-3886.

Store employee robbed at gunpoint by 2 men

Baton Rouge police are looking for two men who robbed the Smoking Tee Pee Shop, 2843 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5.

The black men in their early 20s walked into the store with handguns and demanded money and merchandise from an employee at the front counter before leaving, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman, in a news release.

One man is described as being about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 150 pounds. He wore a black hooded jacket with white trim and black gloves. The other man is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 220 pounds. He wore gloves and a dark hooded shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Armed Robbery Office at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

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

Allen Hawkins, 23, 3820 Tuscarora St., was booked on first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle, loud music from a vehicle and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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