Police and fire briefs for June 2, 2014

Man arrested in attack on woman, 4 children

Baton Rouge police arrested a 27-year-old man and accused him of attacking a woman and her children with a knife, ordering his pit bull dog to attack the woman and punching a 12-year-old girl while he was at the woman’s house.

Justin Avery Williams, 27, 3621 Beechwood Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on four counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated battery and one count each of home invasion, domestic abuse battery, aggravated second-degree battery, cruelty to juveniles and criminal damage to property.

Williams went to a house in the 5100 block of Washington Street to visit his children, but began arguing with the woman he used to live with about a cellphone, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Williams began choking the woman, and when her 12-year-old daughter tried to help, Williams punched the child and cut her on her hip with a knife, the affidavit says.

When the pit bull was called to attack the woman, she and her four children, ages 7 months to 12 years old, tried to run outside to her vehicle, but were cut off by Williams, the affidavit says. Eventually, the children ran across the street and called police.

While officers were handcuffing Williams, the pit bull bit one of the officers, requiring several stitches to close the wound, the affidavit says.

Woman arrested in beatings of daughter, 2

Baton Rouge police early Saturday arrested a 26-year-old woman who admitted she beats her 2-year-old daughter when she gets angry and loses patience with the child.

Sophia Lira, 11479 Pamela Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree cruelty to juveniles.

The admission came after police questioned her about the myriad of bruises doctors noticed on the girl’s face, back, chest, ears and elbow as well as the pyramid-shaped bruise underneath the girl’s right eye, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Lira initially told investigators her daughter fell off of a truck, then said her daughter fell out of a bathtub and hit the toilet, the affidavit says.

Police arrest 11 people on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Ross Bouchereau, 21, 13497 Landry Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, equipment violation and improper lane usage.
  • Derek Creehan, 25, 5524 Lost Oak Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Mary Gonzales, 24, 14528 Brightview Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required and reckless operation.
  • David Jackson, 30, 4472 Dairy Barn Road, Hernando, Mississippi, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.
  • Ryan Kirby, 25, 2000 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, one-way street violation and reckless operation.
  • Lerone Martin, 39, 1862 Potwin Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.
  • Robert Munson, 25, 8544 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales, first-offense DWI, possession of Schedule II drugs, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Zachary Roddy, 23, 39023 Elliot Ave., Prairieville, third-offense DWI and driving with a suspended license.
  • Ryan Stelly, 20, 9601 Belle Place, Maurice, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and reckless operation.
  • Derrick Sterling, 41, 4935 Sycamore St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, speeding and disobeying a red light.
  • Donell Wallace, 40, 33806 N. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turn and reckless operation.

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