Baton Rouge police briefs for April 20, 2014

Man arrested in Spanish Town robbery

Baton Rouge police arrested a 19-year-old man Friday accused of walking into a home on Spanish Town Road with two handguns and robbing three people.

Police booked Brennon Ramon Armstrong, 2747 Huron St., Apt. 106, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, resisting an officer, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

Police arrived at the house as Armstrong fled and saw money falling from his pockets as he ran through yards and jumped fences, the affidavit of probable cause says. Once in custody, police traced back through his escape route and found two handguns and the money trail.

The three victims all identified him as the robber, the affidavit says.

Arson suspected in restaurant fire

Baton Rouge firefighters suspect someone tried to burn down the Wings and Things restaurant at 4506 Plank Road early Saturday morning.

Firefighters arrived at the restaurant about 12:25 a.m. and found the rear wall on fire, spokesman Curt Monte said. The fire spread to the kitchen before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze at 12:44 a.m.

The rest of the building has light smoke damage, Monte said.

Authorities book five on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Thomas Bolke, 56, 23227 Treakle St., Zachary, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Dustin Cutforth, 33, 17448 Newman Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.
  • Cody Neely, 22, 7019 La. 37, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Mychal Preston, 25, 91 Brent Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turn and stop sign or yield sign violation.
  • Anna Wilson, 43, 819 Costello Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to signal while turning.

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