Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 10, 2014

Two men arrested in LSU package incident

LSU Police arrested two men Wednesday, neither of them students, accused of placing two suspicious packages on a campus sidewalk Monday, prompting a building evacuation and a controlled detonation of what turned out to be boxes filled with coffee.

Police arrested Roy Anthony Chavalitlekakha, 19, of Baton Rouge, and Justin Adley Brocato, 17, of Prairieville, and booked them into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of communicating of false information of a planned bombing on a school property, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU Police spokesman, in a news release.

Police received reports Monday afternoon about the packages, found on a sidewalk outside Thomas Boyd Hall near the Memorial Tower.

Officials evacuated the building, sent out an emergency text message and cordoned off the area with caution tape.

Chavalitlekakha, 14202 Tickfaw Drive, Baton Rouge, and Brocato, 40142 Patty Jo Lane, Prairieville, admitted to writing notes on the boxes that indicated the possibility of explosives inside, Lalonde said, adding they also admitted to placing the boxes on the sidewalk.

Wednesday night fire displaces family of four

A family of four was displaced by a Wednesday evening fire that heavily damaged the family’s home just north of Hoo Shoo Too Road.

St. George Fire Department firefighters responded to the Vignes Lake subdivision shortly after 7 p.m. and found a portion of the Vouvray Drive home engulfed in flames, said Eldon Ledoux, a department spokesman, in a news release.

None of the family members was home at the time of the fire, which firefighters had under control in about 20 minutes, Ledoux said.

BR man booked on sex crimes against 2 girls

Baton Rouge police arrested a 56-year-old man Wednesday accused of inappropriately touching two girls more than 20 years ago and trying to have sex with one when she was about 10 years old.

Elijah Bridges, 4045 S. Barrow Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery.

In one case, Bridges told the girl, who was 8 or 9 years old at the time, that he wanted to show her something in an encyclopedia, then pulled her pants down and touched her, one arrest warrant says.

In the other case, Bridges began touching the girl inappropriately when she was 7 years old, then tried having sex with her when she was 10 or 11 years old, the other arrest warrant says.

In the warrants, police say Bridges was arrested in 1975 on carnal knowledge of a juvenile and in 2013 on simple battery after he allegedly touched a woman’s breasts.

Records of both incidents could not be found in online searches of Baton Rouge court records.

Police seek information on credit card thief

Baton Rouge police are trying to identify a man who stole a credit card from a vehicle on Monroe Avenue on Feb. 14, then went on a spending spree, using the card at several businesses, a police spokesman said.

The incident occurred at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 14 at 2432 Monroe Ave., Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said.

The thief may be driving a white Ford Mustang, Coppola said.

Anyone with information on the thief is asked to contact the Baton Rouge police burglary division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Lafayette man wanted in sex with minor girl

Baton Rouge police on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old Lafayette man accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl twice since January.

Jessie Joseph Citizen, 202 Belfast St., Apt. A, is wanted for counts of computer-aided solicitation of a minor, carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the arrest warrant says.

The girl told detectives she met Citizen after he tagged her on a smartphone app called “Tagged,” the warrant says. He told her he was 23 and eventually they began talking and texting each other.

They had sex in the bed of his pickup in January, then they had sex again when he took her to his apartment in Lafayette in February for three days, the warrant says.

Authorities book three on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

David Chauser, 59, 7061 Sevenoaks Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and improper left/right turns.

James Hampton, 37, 109 Dupont Drive, West Monroe, third-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage and speeding.

Asha Shines, 20, 6644 Kleinpeter Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turn and equipment violation.

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