Police and fire briefs for Jan. 24, 2013

BR man accused
of stabbing relative

Baton Rouge police arrested a 26-year-old man Monday who is accused of stabbing a relative during a fight earlier that day.

Police were called around 1 a.m. about Lawrence James Ashford III getting into an argument with a relative at 2822 Lula Ave., according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Ashford threw an alcoholic beverage onto the relative, which instigated a fight, the affidavit says.

The relative left the room to de-escalate the situation, but Ashford threw an object through a dining room window and shattered it, the affidavit says.

Ashford then grabbed a knife and confronted the relative again, eventually stabbing him twice in the back, the affidavit says.

Family members broke up the fight. Ashford broke a TV in the home before being forced out, the affidavit says.

Ashford was taken to a hospital for minor injuries, and repeatedly forced himself to vomit in the ambulance transporting him in an attempt to contaminate it, the affidavit says.

Ashford, 2822 Lula Ave., was booked into Parish Prison upon his release from the hospital on one count each of attempted second-degree murder, simple criminal damage to property and simple battery.

Two suspects booked in armed robberies

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old man and a juvenile Sunday, accused in two separate armed robberies in January on Coy Avenue.

One victim told deputies he was walking in the north parking lot of an apartment at 8686 Coy on Jan. 18 when two men approached him and asked him for a cigarette, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The two men then pointed guns at the victim and stole his cash, cellphone and keys before running away toward Gardere Lane, the affidavit says.

Deputies were patrolling Coy on Jan. 20 when they saw two people walking down Seaboard Drive toward Coy matching the victim’s description, the affidavit says.

Deputies stopped the pair, Santana Johnson and an unidentified juvenile, and found semi-automatic BB gun pistols on both and a cellphone on Johnson that matched the description of the stolen phone, the affidavit says.

Deputies discovered a report of an armed robbery Jan. 11 at the same apartment complex in which the victim gave the same description of the two suspects involved, the affidavit says.

The juvenile told deputies he and Johnson committed the robbery Jan. 18, but he said he was only present and did not participate in the Jan. 11 robbery, the affidavit says.

Johnson told deputies that he and the juvenile committed both robberies on Jan. 11 and Jan. 18, the affidavit says.

Johnson, 8264 Keel Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of armed robbery. The juvenile, whose identity was not released, was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on similar counts.

Man, 23, accused
of robbery at store

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old man Tuesday accused in an armed robbery at a Plank Road convenience store.

The victim told deputies he parked his car in front of the Circle K at 12392 Plank Road and left it running as he went inside to buy a drink, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The victim said he saw Bryan Michael Shelmire and another man walk toward the Circle K as he was pulling into the parking lot, the affidavit says.

The victim saw Shelmire inside his car when he exited the store. The victim tried to enter the car, but Shelmire pointed a handgun at him, the affidavit says.

The victim ran inside the store and called the Sheriff’s Office, the affidavit says.

Shelmire was unable to drive off in the victim’s vehicle because he did not know how to operate a standard transmission, the affidavit says. Shelmire then ran away on Comite Drive.

Deputies eventually found Shelmire on Comite, the affidavit says.

Shelmire told deputies he had left his girlfriend’s home on Foster Road and was headed to the Circle K to get snacks before walking to work, the affidavit says.

Shelmire said he works at the McDonald’s on Florida Boulevard near Baton Rouge Community College, which a deputy noted in the affidavit was out of the way and about 20 miles from Comite Drive.

Deputies asked Shelmire about the other man with him, but Shelmire declined to answer any further questions, the affidavit says.

Shelmire, 5872 Grand St., was booked into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery.

Three booked in EBR
on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Courtney Elberling, 26, 30589 Weiss Road, Livingston, first-offense DWI, driving in a two-way left turn lane, and failure to obey a stop sign or yield sign.
  • Marquis Matthews, 29, 5061 Baker Blvd., Baker, second-offense DWI and simple obstruction of a public highway.
  • Kevin Simoneaux, 27, 15115 Woodlord Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper turns.

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