EBR Police and Fire Briefs for Aug. 1, 2014

Robbery, shooting nets only $3, and an arrest

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old Baton Rouge man after a robbery that left a man shot in the thigh while trying to flee his home.

On June 28, Corey Willis and another assailant approached two men who were standing in a backyard at 10870 Cherry Hill Ave. and asked if they wanted to buy a gun, according to the arrest warrant. When the two refused, Willis and the other man demanded wallets and cell phones, but got only one of their wallets, which held $3, the affidavit says.

That was when a third man came outside the house and shouted from the front driveway that the police were coming. The robbers chased that man, who ran across the street. As the robbers ran after him, one of them slammed into a white, wooden column and dropped his handgun during the impact. Moments later, Willis apparently grabbed the gun because deputies say he fired three shots at the man he was chasing, shattering his femur bone.

The robbers ran away, and the victim suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Willis, of 9048 GSRI Ave., was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of a firearm.

Undercover agent drug buy leads to arrest

The purchase of heroin by undercover agents led to the arrest of a 37-year-old man on multiple drug charges Thursday evening, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

Rodney Jermaine Johnson, 37, of 9518 Meadowdale Drive, was arrested Thursday evening after detectives served a search warrant at his tattoo business on Harding Boulevard.

Detectives found 98.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 4.1 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of heroin, 699 pills of oxycodone, a digital scale and a semi-automatic pistol, according to the Sheriff’s Office. According to detectives, Johnson said he had marijuana and a second pistol at his house.

Detectives found an additional 265 pills of oxycodone, two digital scales and $60,000 in cash after searching the home and two cars, police said.

Johnson was booked into parish prison on possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, distribution of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Zachary man booked in July 14 fatal shooting

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 41-year-old Zachary man Wednesday evening in the July 14 fatal shooting of a homeless man.

Marlon Romaine Carter, of 9911 W. Plains Port Hudson Road, was arrested at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where he was being held on unrelated charges. It’s believed Carter and Charles Vincent, 59, got into an argument before Vincent was shot, according to a Police Department news release. Vincent was taken to a local hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Carter was booked on second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Faulty water heater sparks apartment fire

A water heater malfunction caused a fire Thursday night at an apartment complex on Longridge Avenue that damaged a storage area outside one of the apartments.

Baton Rouge Fire Department firefighters arrived at the Longridge Apartments, 11999 Longridge Ave., about 7 p.m. and had the fire under control by 7:30 p.m., with minimal water or smoke damage, said department spokesman Mark Miles.

Only one of eight units in the complex was affected. Damage was estimated at $2,300.

Officials seek man who used stolen debit card

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a person who was seen using a debit card reported stolen from a car at RaceTrac, 7102 Siegen Lane, at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

A woman reported that while she was in the store, someone opened her unlocked door and took her purse, which included her cell phone and debit card. When she contacted her bank, the woman learned her debit card had been used at the Midsouth Bank ATM on Siegen Lane.

The robber is described as a black man, about 25-30 years old, who was wearing a black skull cap, white T-shirt and an earring in his right ear.

Anyone with information is asked to call the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Crime Stoppers can be called anonymously at (225) 344-7867.

Authorities book five on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least five 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:

Jamie Gaines, 39, 34968 Quail Creek Drive, Denham Springs, second-offense DWI, operating a vehicle with an invalid driver’s license, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane use.

Jack Hanley, 44, 16432 London Ave., first-offense DWI and speeding.

Anthony Politz, 46, 2071 Cloverdale Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and careless driving.

Janet Secorsky, 60, 4607 Baskins Circle, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.

Jana Wayne, 20, 8825 Old Sappington Road, St. Louis, Missouri, first-offense DWI, careless driving and driver’s license not in possession.

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