Police and fire briefs for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

Shooting suspect arrested by police

Baton Rouge police arrested one of the two men Tuesday accused of fatally shooting Rayjaun Martin on Sept. 4, shooting at another man who was with Martin and stealing drugs from their vehicle.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Curtis Howard, 18, was arrested and will be booked on first-degree murder.

The arrest warrant issued for Howard, 9588 Great Smokey, Baton Rouge, said he also will be booked on attempted first-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and armed robbery.

Police have said Martin and the other man were driving down Big Bend Avenue at 10:50 p.m. when they pulled into a driveway to turn around and were blocked by Howard and another man, Brian Nero, 22, 922 Chipley, Baker, who were in another vehicle.

The other victim disarmed Nero and ran, which is when Howard began firing, striking Martin, 20, 10090 Big Bend Ave., Baton Rouge, several times, police have said.

Second man arrested in air conditioner case

Baton Rouge police arrested a second man Tuesday allegedly involved in a recent string of air conditioning unit thefts.

Police booked Joseph Garoutte, 31, 1004 South St., Alexandria, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of theft of used building components.

Another suspect, Brent Ducote, was arrested Aug. 30 and told detectives Garoutte helped him steal parts from a unit at 9550 Interline Ave., some time on Sept. 2 or Sept. 3, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Detectives went to Southern Recycling and learned Garoutte sold the business about 130 pounds of materials from an air conditioning unit on Sept. 3 and was paid about $162 for the materials, the affidavit said.

The building manager on Interline estimated the cost to replace the unit was about $3,500, the affidavit said.

Police arrest BR man on obscenity counts

A man accused of exposing his genitals to a woman while sitting in a cafe at a Barnes and Noble bookstore on July 27 has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Hal M. Davis, 56, 1756 Blount Road, Baton Rouge, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Sept. 5 on counts of obscenity, prison records show.

The victim said she was sitting in the store in Citiplace Court when Davis, who was sitting across from her, pulled up his shorts and opened his legs to expose his genitals, according to an affidavit warrant.

The victim left the cafe to inform store management and when she returned to the cafe, she saw Davis about to expose himself to another woman, the affidavit said.

The first victim immediately took a picture of Davis, which she gave to detectives, the affidavit said.

Police arrest BR man in rape of woman

A 68-year-old man accused of raping a 20-year-old woman at his mobile home off Airline Highway on Sept. 7 has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Frank Hornsby, 8366 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Monday on a count of aggravated rape.

The victim said Hornsby grabbed her by the throat while they were on a bed, causing her to lose consciousness, and ripped off her nightclothes before raping her, according to an affidavit warrant.

When she threatened to call police, Hornsby agreed to take her home, the warrant said.

A St. Helena Parish sheriff’s deputy stopped the car, saw the two arguing and brought the victim to a hospital, the warrant said.

The deputy arrested Hornsby on an unrelated crime and when he was released, Baton Rouge police arrested him in the rape, police Cpl. Don Coppola said.

One person booked on DWI count in EBR

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked her into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Kelsi Wallin, 21, 17433 Chadsford Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked on counts of first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

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