Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 29, 2014

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Man admits to 2011 armed robbery

A 25-year-old man on Wednesday showed up unannounced at a Baton Rouge police precinct and confessed to a 2011 armed robbery of an Airline Highway Family Dollar store.

Following the unprompted confession, police arrested the man, Harrison Christopher Coleman, 680 Sharp Lane, Apt. 413, and booked him into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery, booking records show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Coleman told police he entered the Family Dollar on Dec. 6, 2011, armed with a handgun and robbed the store of about $300 cash.

It wasn’t clear what prompted Coleman to come forward this week.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said it’s uncommon for people to show up unwarranted and confess to old crimes. But it has happened before, he said.

Four accused of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least four people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Bonnie Dupont, 23, 17116 E. Rockbridge Ave., first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Caroline Landry, 19, 57500 Augusta Road, White Castle, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and improper lane usage.
  • Tyrone Poray, 37, 1303 Ave. L, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Waylan Vickery, 43, 13485 Petite Drive, Maurepas, second-offense DWI, headlight required, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.

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