Man arrested in robbery, shooting while free on bail

A Baton Rouge man free on bail in a Gardere area burglary was arrested again Monday night in a June robbery and shooting that left one person wounded in the leg, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The arrest marks the second time Johron M. Segura, 19, was booked on felony counts while he was free on bail.

The first happened in June 2013 after Segura was arrested on counts of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

At that time, he was free on bail from a January 2013 arrest on counts of principal to attempted manslaughter and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, among others, according to affidavits of probable cause filed in court.

Segura eventually pleaded guilty to a count of criminal mischief in the January incident and was sentenced to five months in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Shortly after he completed his sentence, he posted a $15,000 bail on the burglary count and was released in October. He remained free on bail until his arrest Monday.

James Rothkamm, a Baton Rouge criminal defense attorney representing Segura in the previous two cases, said he did not have enough details about the recent arrest to comment.

Rothkamm said Segura had a relatively clean past when the attorney began representing him.

“There was nothing to indicate on his record that he was a high-risk defendant,” Rothkamm said.

Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said a judge set Segura’s current bail at $151,000 on counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of a firearm in the shooting.

Recently obtained DNA evidence connected Segura, 2018 General Adams Ave., to the robbery and subsequent shooting, which occurred June 28 in the 10800 block of Cherry Hill Avenue near Coursey Boulevard, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The genetic evidence came from a pistol collected from the scene of the shooting, the affidavit says, in which one person — a male whose age isn’t listed in the document — suffered a shattered femur when shot. The injured man is recovering from his injury, Hicks said.

Segura, along with an accomplice not identified in the affidavit, is accused of approaching two people near the Cherry Hill Avenue home and trying to sell them a handgun. When the potential buyers showed no interest, Segura and his accomplice pulled out handguns and demanded wallets and cellphones from the victims, an affidavit says.

At that time, a third victim exited the Cherry Hill Avenue home and began to shout that police were coming. The gunmen chased that person into a nearby yard off Libuse Drive. At some point, three shots were fired at the person, who was struck in the leg, an affidavit says.

In the end, the gunmen got away with a wallet containing three dollars.

Detectives are still looking for the second gunman, Hicks, the Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said.

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