Baker man booked on kidnap, rape counts
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old man and accused him of jumping into the backseat of a woman’s car with a knife Saturday, making her drive behind a building where he raped her and then stole her debit card.
Deputies booked James Hunter Wells, 3413 Grant St., Baker, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping, prison records show.
The victim told deputies she did what Wells said because she was afraid he would stab or cut her, the affidavit of probable cause says.
When Baker police found Wells, they discovered items belonging to the victim in his wallet, the affidavit says.
Wells said the sex was consensual and his knife may have been out when they were crushing and snorting pills, and he denied stealing the victim’s debit card, the affidavit says.
Police officer attacked, three teens arrested
Police arrested three Baton Rouge teenagers late Saturday, accused of punching and kicking a Baton Rouge police officer during a fight at Chili’s Grill and Bar on Constitution Avenue.
According to arrest affidavits, the officer, Cpl. L. Mitchell, was near the front door at about midnight, talking to a customer who had cursed at an employee. That’s when someone hit Mitchell from behind, knocking him to the ground.
While down, the attackers punched and kicked Mitchell, the affidavits say. Police said based on video surveillance they identified the attackers as Rineisha D. Smith, Dequincy D. Mccray, and Rodney D. Lee, all 17 years old.
Mitchell, who was working extra duty at the restaurant at 4550 Constitution Ave., required stitches to close a cut on his chin.
Smith and Mccray told other officers that they attacked Mitchell because he was following the woman who used foul language out of the restaurant, the affidavits say. But officers didn’t say what the relationship is between the woman and the three suspects.
Smith, 1650 Elvin Drive, Lee, 1735 N. 44th St., and Mccray, 6281 Bluegrass Drive, were each booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery, disturbing the peace and resisting an officer with violence, prison records show.
Shots fired at car on I-10; 3 people injured
Three people in a car on Interstate 10 were shot early Sunday when someone fired at them from another vehicle, causing life-threatening wounds to two of the victims, police said.
Five people were in the car, which was headed east from the Mississippi River Bridge near the I-10/I-110 split about 4:30 a.m., when a white Honda Accord pulled near them, Lt. Joseph Colar, of the Baton Rouge Police, said in a news release.
Someone in the Honda started shooting at the victims’ 2002 silver Toyota Sequoia, seriously wounding a man and a woman. Colar did not provide the condition of the third victim, a man.
The other two people in the car escaped injury, Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. said Sunday.
Police learned about the shootings when they were called to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City.
The Homicide Division of the Police Department is investigating.
Group of young people beat man unconscious
A group of five young people, possibly juveniles, jumped a 37-year-old man in the 6600 block of Greenwell Springs Road on Saturday night, beat him unconscious and lit him on fire, Baton Rouge police said.
Officers said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening. After the assault, the victim was robbed of loose change and a cigarette lighter as he lay unconscious in an alley near Greenwell Springs Road and Choctaw Drive, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
The man told authorities that a group of young people walked up to him around 10 p.m. Saturday and asked him for a cigarette. When he revealed that he didn’t have one, the small group jumped him and beat him unconscious, Coppola said.
When the man regained consciousness, he noticed that his pants were on fire, he told investigators.
The man quickly patted out the flames and realized he was missing some coins and a lighter, Coppola said.
He flagged down a motorist and contacted East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, which dispatched an ambulance to take him to a hospital, Coppola said.
Authorities book 8 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least eight 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:
- Orlando Bowman, 31, 10926 Alco Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and negligent vehicle injuring.
- Michael Gavin, 27, 7 Flossmore Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and reckless operation.
- Brian Hartwell, 24, 12235 Wickwood Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, operating a vehicle with a suspended/revoked license, and stop lamps and turn signals required.
- Kelly Hill, 29, 6765 Corporate Blvd., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and failure to signal.
- Jamie Lanier, 55, 241 Beaupre Drive, Luling, first-offense DWI and failure to signal.
- Joshua Law, 29, 7122 Frontier Drive, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI, speeding, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and driving license not on person.
- Catina Menville, 40, 3225 Victoria Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
- Willie Thornton, 62, 707 Shirly Drive, Gulfport, Miss., first-offense DWI and improper turn.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.