Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 5, 2014

Unloaded gun found in fifth-grader’s backpack

A Capitol Elementary fifth-grader was in custody Friday afternoon after deputies found an unloaded stolen handgun in the student’s backpack.

School officials called authorities about 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a student told an administrator that a classmate had a gun, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

A deputy responded to the school on Gus Young Avenue and found an unloaded .45-caliber handgun inside a 10-year-old student’s backpack, Hicks said.

The student told investigators he found the gun, which didn’t have a clip, at home, Hicks said.

Authorities will book the child into the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Detention Center on a count of illegal possession of a firearm on a school campus, Hicks said.

The incident remains under investigation.

Deputies ask students with information about the incident to contact a school administrator or the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man arrested in College Drive bank robbery

Baton Rouge Police arrested a 56-year-old man in the robbery of Capital One Bank on College Drive on Thursday, police said.

Luther Smith, 2360 Balis Drive, was arrested and booked into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery around 11 p.m. Thursday after Crime Stoppers received a tip late in the evening.

The robbery occurred just before 2 p.m. Thursday when a man walked into the bank, handed a bank teller a note demanding money and showed a gun he had tucked into the waistband of his pants. He took an undisclosed amount of money before running out of the bank.

Fourth person arrested in armed robbery

Authorities arrested a fourth person accused in an August robbery in which a man was bound with duct tape, held at knife point and robbed of about $50,000 worth of valuables.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Maurice Johnson, 42, of Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary and armed robbery, booking records show.

In February, deputies arrested Brandon Hamilton, 23; Dennis Hamilton, 23; and Davelin George, 24, all of Baton Rouge, in the heist, which happened Aug. 25 at Millenium Apartments, in the 6800 block of Jefferson Highway.

BR man, 32, booked in aggravated rape

Police on Thursday arrested a 32-year-old man accused of beating and raping a woman at knife point earlier that day.

Baton Rouge police booked Terry Selvage Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, aggravated assault, aggravated battery and domestic abuse battery, booking records show.

Selvage is accused of pushing a 26-year-old woman into a bathtub, beating her, then pulling her into a bedroom at his home and poking her with a knife before raping her while holding the knife, according to an arrest warrant.

Selvage also is accused of telling the woman he would kill her, the warrant says.

Man arrested in woman’s stabbing

Police arrested a Baton Rouge man Thursday accused of pushing a woman who had a protective order against him down a flight of stairs, then stabbing her multiple times and threatening to kill her.

Baton Rouge police booked Trolando Richardson, 26, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, domestic abuse battery and violation of a protective order, booking records show.

Richardson is accused of confronting the woman, 18, outside a Florida Boulevard apartment after she had called some of his family members because she had to walk home from work on Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant.

During the confrontation, Richardson pushed her down some stairs before punching her and stabbing her in the face, back, chest, leg, hand and buttocks, the warrant says.

Richardson also is accused of saying during the beating, “someone is going to die here tonight.”

Arson said to have endangered two kids

A 35-year-old woman arrested Thursday is accused of setting a fire inside a storage room connected to her house while two children were inside the home.

Alice West, 35, 16713 Teneiya Ave., Greenwell Springs, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated arson, booking records show.

The fire happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday and was contained to a laundry shed connected to the house, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Neighbors saw West set the fire, which endangered the lives of her children, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Firefighters had responded to West’s home once before, after she lit a mattress on fire in her front yard, the affidavit says.

Firefighters with the Pride Fire Department handled the fire on Wednesday.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

  • Duane Batiste, 45, 355 Bon Crest Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, expired motor vehicle inspection and disobeying a red light.
  • Montrell Miller, 19, 3235 Shelley St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.
  • Steven Tucker, 29, 15422 S. Timberstone Drive, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, speeding and driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.
  • Blake Verret, 29, 41056 Lakeway Cove Ave., Gonzales, third-offense DWI and insurance required.

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