Police and fire briefs for July 14, 2014

One person critically injured in shooting

One person was critically injured in a shooting Sunday night at an apartment complex at 5617 Prescott Road, police said.

The person was taken to a local hospital with injuries that could be life-threatening, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

No other information was available Sunday night.

Man accused of holding driver at gunpoint

As a man waited for a red light to change on Government Street at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Samuel Joseph Jr. forced the car door open while pointing a silver revolver at the victim and demanded oral sex from him, police say.

Joseph, 37, jumped into the car as it was stopped at a red light next to the I-110 freeway with the gun aimed at the victim, according to the arrest warrant. Joseph commanded the driver, with the gun still aimed at him, to drive to several different places before they stopped at McDonald’s at 720 Government St., when the driver jumped out of the car and ran inside to call police. Joseph fled, and when officers found him on Terrace Street, he started fighting the police. One of them fired a stun gun at him and arrested him, the warrant says. Joseph still had the gun, which turned out to be stolen.

Joseph, of 854 N. Donmoor Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted aggravated rape, second-degree kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting an officer by force, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm while a felon, illegal possession of a stolen firearm and illegal carrying of a weapon, booking records show.

Police: HIV-positive man spits on deputy

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man for intentional exposure to AIDS after he spit in a deputy’s face while being booked for a DWI.

The incident began when deputies on Sunday approached Ellis Wilson Jr., 48, who was drunkenly trying to get his car unstuck from a field in the 2000 block of Jasper Avenue, according to the arrest warrant. The truck’s rear wheels were spinning, but the truck stayed stuck. Deputies said in a warrant that when Wilson got out of the car, he had trouble standing or understanding what deputies were asking him. But while Wilson was driven to prison, he spat in a deputy’s face, and later told authorities that he was HIV-positive, the warrant says.

Wilson, of 2038 Jasper Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison for DWI and intentional exposure to AIDS.

Police search for man who stabbed victim

A homeless man walked up to a man several weeks ago asking for money, but when the victim said he did not have any, the homeless man stabbed him in the chest, Baton Rouge police say.

Now the homeless man, identified by a witness as Terrance Curtis, 52, is wanted by police on one count of attempted second-degree murder, according to an arrest warrant.

The victim told police he was walking by 1334 Florida Blvd., shortly after 1:50 a.m. May 31 when Curtis, with whom the victim was acquainted, walked up and asked for money, the warrant says.

When the victim said he did not have any, Curtis pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest, the warrant says.

A witness said she did not see the stabbing, but saw Curtis running from the scene, the warrant says.

Although police list him as homeless several times in the warrant, they also have an address of 227 N. 13th St., Baton Rouge, in the warrant.

Police: Man beat child with plastic hanger

While watching his girlfriend’s three children on Saturday night, a Baker man became furious and beat one of them with a plastic clothes hanger, leaving red welts on the child’s leg and arm, the Sheriff’s Office says.

Brandon Bernard, 29, was looking after the kids at 4000 block of Jefferson Street while his girlfriend was at work, according to the arrest warrant. But he became furious at the kids, and hit one of them several times with the plastic hanger, the warrant says. Bernard later told a deputy that he was trying to mete out discipline.

The warrant does not specify the age or gender of the children.

Deputies booked Bernard, of 4330 Jefferson St., Baker, into Parish Prison early Sunday for cruelty to a juvenile and second-degree battery, booking records show.

Electrical short may be cause of house fire

An electrical short likely sparked a fire Saturday night in the attic of a home on Andover Street, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

The fire at 2743 Andover St., started about 11:05 p.m. Saturday and forced three people from the home, Mike Miles, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said Sunday. There were no injuries.

When firefighters arrived at the home about 11:15 p.m., they saw smoke pouring from the attic, Miles said. They fought smoke inside the attic, but found little fire.

The fire caused $15,000 in damage, mostly from smoke and water, Miles said.

Nine booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least nine 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:

  • David Carver, 27, 350 Sunset Blvd., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to signal, backing up unsafely, reckless operation of vehicle and resisting an officer.
  • Dexter Fontenot, 28, 40393 Thomas Ave., Prairieville, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Terrell Jackson, 32, 3116 Garnet Drive, Baton Rouge, fourth-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Paige Mayeux, 22, 5221 Fort Gregg Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Brandon Myers, 19, 21346 Stonebridge Court, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and possession of alcohol in vehicle.
  • Gloria Nicholas, 33, 2037 General Adams Ave., first-offense DWI, improper motor vehicle registration, violation of a stop or yield sign, resisting an officer and license plate required.
  • Nicole Sergent, 21, 10031 Longmont Drive, Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and reckless operation.
  • Jeffrey Walley, 38, 660 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Ellis Wilson, 48, 2038 Jasper Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and intentional exposure to AIDS virus.

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