Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for July 8, 2014

Cops: Parents left kids alone to gamble

Baton Rouge police on Sunday arrested a man and woman accused of leaving their children alone in a hotel room for several hours while they were gambling.

Police were called to the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel and Casino at 10:15 p.m. Sunday when two young boys, under the age of 6, were found wandering the hallways looking for their mother and father, affidavits of probable cause say.

Hotel managers told police they knocked on the door of the room where they thought the boys were staying, but no one answered, the affidavits say. Officers found no one in the room.

The boys were taken to the Department’s Second District station on Highland Road, the affidavits say. Two people — Lisa Wynn, 33, and Michael Jackson, 59 — called police at 11:22 p.m. Sunday, looking for their children. The boys identified Wynn and Jackson as their parents.

Wynn and Jackson told police that they saw the children last at 6:30 p.m. Sunday when the children went to sleep, the affidavits say. They claimed to have stepped outside to smoke; however, police learned they had been gambling after leaving the children alone.

Wynn, 4747 Madison Ave., and Jackson, 4217 Norwich Drive, both of Baton Rouge, each were booked into Parish Prison on counts of child desertion.

3 tried to take casino payouts, cops say

State Police arrested three people over the weekend in two separate instances of people trying to cash fake payout slips at local casinos.

In the first incident, two women — Ashley Lewis, 23, and Zachary Jackson, 26 — were arrested at L’Auberge Hotel and Casino on Saturday after Lewis was caught trying to cash a payout ticket for $692.55 that she said Jackson made at work, the affidavits of probable cause say.

While casino officials were scrutinizing the ticket, Jackson left Lewis and went to the bathroom, the affidavits say. When investigators detained Lewis, they asked her to call Jackson to pick her up from the casino, which she did.

Jackson refused to answer any questions, the affidavits say.

In the other incident, troopers arrested Maria Mauricio, 44, after she tried cashing a fraudulent $810 ticket at L’Auberge on Sunday, the affidavit of probable cause says. The affidavit provided no other details.

Slot machines print out the tickets instead of issuing cash and players redeem the tickets at a kiosk or the casino cage, the affidavits say.

Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer, a State Police spokesman, said from what they know so far, the two incidents are not related. But the investigation is ongoing.

Lewis, 1328 N. 46th St.; Jackson, 2846 Lexington Drive; and Mauricio, 8271 Bayou Fountain Ave., Apt. 2, all of Baton Rouge, each were booked into Parish Prison on counts of manufacturing and use of illegal gaming materials and felony theft.

Cause of 12th Street fire still undetermined

Baton Rouge firefighters hadn’t determined yet what caused the fire Monday morning at a vacant house on South 12th Street.

When firefighters arrived at 5:37 a.m. at 230 S. 12th St., the fire was in the kitchen and attic. They had it under control by 5:55 a.m., department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release. The house, valued at $125,000, sustained $60,000 in damage, Miles said.

Though vacant, the house still had power.

Man suffers head wound in shooting

Baton Rouge police are investigating a shooting Monday afternoon that sent one man to a hospital with a bullet wound to the head.

Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa, a police spokesman, said police were called to the 5000 block of Enterprise Street shortly after 2:30 p.m. about a man injured in the street.

When they got there, they saw he was shot and called for paramedics, Godawa said.

The man has been uncooperative so far with police, but witnesses told investigators that the man was arguing with two people prior to the shooting, Godawa said. During the argument, one man pulled out a gun and fired at least one shot.

The injuries are considered non-life-threatening, Godawa said.

Police search for man in Chase Bank robbery

Authorities are looking for a man wanted in the Monday robbery of the Chase Bank on O’Neal Lane between Old Hammond Highway and Interstate 12.

A weapon was not seen in the man’s possession during the robbery, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The man, described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing between 180 and 190 pounds, entered the bank about noon and passed a note to a teller indicating he was armed and demanding money, Hicks said.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash in a silver or gray older-model Toyota Camry, Hicks said.

The robber was wearing a bright green, short-sleeved collared shirt with white splatter on it. He also wore a black long-sleeved shirt underneath and a black hat with a Fox Head symbol on it, Hicks said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Taylor Hurrelbrink, 21, 5929 Snowden Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Louise Kyle, 65, 3825 Churchill Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving left of center and improper turn.

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