Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Feb. 6, 2014

Fatal shooting suspect surrenders to police

The man suspected of fatally shooting Travis Harris on Nov. 7 in an armed robbery turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon without incident.

Authorities booked Demonte Foster, 20, 3250 Dalton St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of first-degree murder and armed robbery, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Harris was found shot to death near a stairwell outside an apartment at the King’s Court Apartments on Dougherty Drive at about 9 p.m. Nov. 7.

Police have said Harris’ pockets were empty and he died at the scene. Witnesses reported seeing Foster and at least one other person running from the scene after the shooting.

Second teen arrested in shooting, robbery

Police arrested a second Baton Rouge teenager accused in the Jan. 31 robbery and shooting of two people at an apartment on Bard Avenue just off North Sherwood Forest Drive.

Police booked Chankeith Hackett, 19, 5739 Saurage Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, according to a warrant for his arrest.

On Saturday, police arrested Derrick Lee, 19, in the shooting by using a cellphone stolen from one of the victims to track Lee’s location.

An anonymous tip led investigators to Hackett, who is accused of shooting at least one of the victims and participating in the robbery of their cellphones. Lee and Hackett “handed the gun off to each other so they could both shoot the victims” during the robbery, a detective wrote in the warrant.

As of Wednesday night, Hackett remained jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail, while Lee remained jailed in lieu of $274,000 bail, according to Parish Prison records.

Police say man admits to 7 BR area robberies

Baton Rouge police earlier this week picked up a New Orleans man from the Ascension Parish Jail who is wanted in an early January robbery at a Subway restaurant on South Sherwood Forest Boulevard.

Police booked Barney Bynum Jr., 35, 9722 W. Rockton Circle, New Orleans, into Parish Prison on counts of first-degree robbery, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Authorities will take Bynum back to the Ascension Parish Jail because he was arrested there in late January for his alleged role in a string of robberies in the Gonzales area, said Sgt. Steven Nethken, a Gonzales police spokesman.

During questioning by Gonzales detectives, Bynum confessed to at least seven robberies, including the Jan. 4 robbery of a Subway in the 1800 block of South Sherwood Forest Boulevard, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Bynum is accused of stealing more than $250 from the restaurant after holding a clerk at gunpoint with a BB gun, the warrant said.

Stabbing suspect booked in BR case

Baton Rouge police arrested a 28-year-old man accused of stabbing another man during a September fight in the 2600 block of Tecumseh Street.

Police booked Malcolm Baker, 3812 Canyon Road, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of second-degree aggravated battery and aggravated burglary, according to an arrest warrant issued in September.

Baker is accused of stabbing a man the night of Sept. 7 during a fight inside the victim’s residence.

Baker is accused of pushing his way into the residence without permission, inciting the fight, then stabbing the victim in the leg after being asked to leave the home three times, the warrant said.

Worker accused of stealing, pawning tools

Baton Rouge police arrested an Entergy employee accused of stealing tools from work trucks and selling them to area pawn shops over a three-month period.

Michael Todd Achord, 30, 12550 Sylvan Court, Denham Springs, was booked into Parish Prison on Tuesday on counts of theft of utilities, prison records show.

On Jan. 16, an off-duty officer who works security for Entergy opened an investigation after several workers complained of missing tools, the arrest warrant said.

One mentioned Achord as a possible suspect and when the officer checked a local pawn shop database, Achord’s name popped up showing he had pawned tools at the Pelican Pawn Shop in Denham Springs. The officer also saw Achord on surveillance footage trying to pawn items while wearing his Entergy work shirt, the warrant said.

Workers at the pawn shop confirmed Achord as the person who pawned the tools and Entergy officials identified the tools as the missing items by checking serial numbers and truck numbers, the warrant said.

Officers recovered 54 items valued at about $25,000, including eight chainsaws, 13 battery-powered drills and three sawzalls, the warrant says.

Entergy officials would not comment on Achord’s employment status Wednesday.

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