Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 5, 2014

Man, 34, accused of charging at officers

Baton Rouge police officers responding to a domestic dispute found themselves dealing with an enraged 34-year-old man armed with a pistol, according to arrest records.

Apprampal Cheema charged at the officers who responded to a call Wednesday from a woman who said her husband was wielding a gun and threatening to kill her if she called police, an affidavit of probable cause says.

When officers arrived at the address in the 11000 block of North Harrell’s Ferry Road, the affidavit says, Cheema headed quickly toward them with his hand in his pocket.

He disregarded commands to stop, pulling out a small pistol as he drew closer to the officers, the affidavit says.

Cheema stuck the gun in officers’ faces, the affidavit says. One of the officers whacked the gun out of Cheema’s hand, causing the gun to fly into the passenger’s seat, and the officer nearest Cheema shoved a car door into him and put him in handcuffs on the ground, the affidavit says.

It was unclear Friday whether the gun was loaded, but the charge for threatening an officer with a firearm would be the same in either case, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

Police booked Cheema into Parish Prison for aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm, aggravated assault, resisting an officer and illegal carrying of a weapon, booking records show.

Baker man arrested in cruelty to juvenile

Baker police on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old man accused of squeezing and dropping an infant onto a couch to stop a tantrum.

The baby’s parents had dropped the infant off with a babysitter on Tuesday, but the babysitter then let her 20-year-old son, Jordan James, take care of the child for several hours, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

When the baby started a temper tantrum, James pinched both sides of the baby’s face and also dropped the baby face-down from the height of his shoulders onto a couch, the affidavit says. When the parents returned, they noticed bruising and a cut on the baby’s inner lip. James later admitted and even demonstrated to police how he caused the injuries, the affidavit says.

The affidavit blacked out the child’s age in number of months.

The baby was taken to a local hospital with what the affidavit described as “non-threatening injuries.”

James, of 309 Sherron Ave., Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on Wednesday for cruelty to juveniles, booking records show.

Authorities book 8 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least eight 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:

  • Tory Dearmond, 53, 18107 Billabong Crescent Court, Cypress, Texas, first-offense DWI.
  • Charles Gaspard, 45, 105 Judy St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Jessica Goldsmith, 28, 10233 Patricia Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Stacey James, 50, 7939 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Tra Pinion, 18, 2241 S. Woodcrest Ave., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Stefan Pitre, 27, 3935 Country Hill Drive, first-offense DWI, vehicle inspection required and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Micheal Thomas, 32, 7124 N. Meadow Park Ave., third-offense DWI, contraband in a penal institution, reckless operation of vehicle, operating vehicle while under suspension for a prior offense, possession of alcohol in vehicle and possession of Schedule II drugs.
  • Christopher Thompson, 41, 1887 Peck Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, improper child restraints, reckless operation of vehicle, possession of a firearm with drugs and distribution or manufacturing of a Schedule I drug.

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