Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 3, 2014

Police: Toddler dies after dad’s car hits her

A 1-year-old toddler died Tuesday night after she was accidentally run over by her father in the driveway of their home, Baton Rouge police said.

Chyna Mays, 1645 N. 17th St., was pronounced dead at a hospital from injuries suffered after her head hit the concrete from the impact, Cpl. Don Coppola said.

“This is just a pure accident,” Coppola said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., family members exited the vehicle after returning home and the father, thinking everyone was clear, went to back out of the driveway when he hit his daughter, Coppola said.

Coppola said while the accident is still under investigation, police do not expect to make any arrests.

Burglar nabbed after tussle with U.S. attorney

A Baton Rouge man accused of attempting to break into an East Lakeshore Drive home Sunday morning only to be foiled by the acting U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, has been arrested.

U.S. marshals arrested Sidney J. Parker, 58, 1215 Dare St., early Wednesday on an arrest warrant for attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and simple battery, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

On Sunday, Green was walking his two English bulldogs, Haus and Tulip, shortly after 5 a.m. when he noticed a person trying to pry open the door to his aunt’s house on East Lakeshore Drive.

Green, a former U.S. Marine, confronted Parker and a tussle ensued.

Parker punched Green and tried to run, but Green tackled Parker in the middle of the street and the altercation moved to nearby City Park.

Using holds he learned in the Marine Corps, Green subdued Parker, but released him so Green could run home and call the police.

“It’s a great outcome,” Green said Wednesday.

Man threatens woman in restaurant bathroom

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man who threatened a woman with a knife on Wednesday afternoon inside a restroom at the McDonald’s restaurant on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard near Interstate 12.

A man wearing blue jean shorts, a racing jacket with white lettering and a brown wig entered the women’s restroom about 3 p.m. and forced a 36-year-old woman into a stall, where he threatened her with a knife, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

When the woman screamed, the man left the restroom and fled the McDonald’s, 2220 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., on foot while being chased by a restaurant employee, McKneely said.

The man, described as light-skinned black man about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a thin moustache, escaped into the Magnolia Trace Apartments on North Harrell’s Ferry Road, McKneely said.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at (225) 389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Parish authorities accuse one 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.

Derrick Davis, 28, 73021 La. 41, Pearl River, was booked on counts of first-offense DWI, speeding, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.

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