Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for May 4, 2014

Man dies, boy injured after fall into pool

A 24-year-old man died and a 6-year-old boy was injured Saturday afternoon after the two fell into a pool at the Broadmoor Plantation apartments off Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge police said.

Mike Green, 39236 Violet St., was carrying his 6-year-old nephew on his shoulders around the pool when the two fell in about 2 p.m., said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

People in the area jumped in and pulled Green and the boy out of the pool to begin performing CPR, Coppola said.

Paramedics soon arrived and took both to a hospital, where Green later died, Coppola said. It wasn’t clear Saturday whether Green drowned or whether he died from other injuries suffered in the fall.

The boy is expected to survive, Coppola said.

A pair of men’s swim trunks sat at the bottom of the pool Saturday afternoon. Several witnesses declined to comment or provide their names.

BR man accused of injuring police dog

Baton Rouge police arrested a 36-year-old man Friday who they say body-slammed a police dog and punched and kicked officers trying to arrest him.

Police booked Antowine Ellis, 2812 North St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on three count of battery of a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer with violence and one count each of resisting an officer and injuring a police dog.

Officers patrolling the 800 block of North 38th Street saw Ellis look at them while standing in front of a home, then hop on a bicycle and try to flee the area, the affidavit of probable cause says.

One officer deployed his stun gun at Ellis, the affidavit says. Ellis was still able to fight off the officers and crawl underneath a home to try to elude the officers.

Backup arrived and the officers surrounded the home, the affidavit says. Ellis ran and jumped a fence, at which time a police dog and officer caught up to him.

Ellis slammed the dog but was handcuffed despite spirited resistance, the affidavit says.

BR man booked in rape of mentally ill man

Baton Rouge police arrested a 60-year-old man accused of raping a mentally ill man on April 25.

Larry Johnson, 6151 Lotus Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape and sexual battery of the infirm.

A neighbor told police she saw Johnson arrive at the victim’s home with a Dollar General bag of cookies, walk up to the victim, pull down his pants and begin engaging in a sexual act, the affidavit of probable cause says.

The victim’s caregivers called police after learning what happened, the affidavit says.

BR man accused of sex crime against child

A 37-year-old man accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl inside a recreational vehicle outside Tiger Stadium after the LSU/Auburn game on Sept. 21 was arrested, police said.

LSU police booked Jake Phillip Burr, 310 Granger Lane, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on Friday on counts of sex crimes against a child.

Burr told police he was so drunk that he does not remember anything from that night, the affidavit of probable cause says.

Shooting on I-10 leads to police chase, arrest

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Saturday after allegedly shooting at another vehicle on Interstate 10, then leading Baton Rouge police on a chase through side streets.

Police booked Joshua Magee, 4218 Salem Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of assault by drive-by shooting, obstruction of justice, flight from an officer, reckless operation and speeding.

An officer driving west on I-10 at 2:07 a.m. saw a black Dodge Charger speed by doing at least 80 mph, then heard several gunshots come from that car, the affidavit of probable cause says. The officer turned on his lights, but the car refused to stop.

The Charger slowed down briefly, then sped off down a side street and kept running until it reached a vacant parking lot, the affidavit says.

Magee told police he was involved in an altercation with some other people while leaving a club earlier that night and fired the shots at them to scare them, the affidavit says. He also admitted to throwing the gun out of the car when he saw the police lights behind him.

BRPD make arrest in restaurant robbery

Baton Rouge police arrested a 52-year-old man accused of robbing a Burger King restaurant on Friday night.

Police booked Merlin Daigre, 52, 3955 N. 38th St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of simple robbery, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

A customer was paying for a meal at the restaurant, 6244 Airline Highway, about 9:30 p.m. Friday when the register popped open. A different man — whom police later identified as Daigre — then reached over the counter and snatched a handful of cash from the register, Coppola said.

No one was injured in the robbery.

Police located Daigre Saturday afternoon after responding to a disturbance in the 6000 block of Airline Highway. Coppola said Daigre told police there that he had committed the Friday night robbery.

11 booked on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Andrew Ammons, 33, 6045 Arborwood Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Frederick Brown, 40, 5622 S. Allegheny Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
  • Patrick Brown, 37, 7816 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, reckless operation and driver’s license suspended/revoked.
  • Kevin Comeaux, 53, 5342 Hickory Ridge, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
  • Edward Conradi, 31, 13675 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
  • Luis Fuentes, 34, 1293 Harco Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, careless operation and driver’s license required.
  • Erin James, 47, 1329 Chopin Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Kennedy Johnson, 27, 17367 Autumn Drive, Prairieville, first-offense DWI and resisting an officer.
  • Doris Lovely, 67, 5625 Congress Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
  • Matthew Mooney, 21, 16352 Old Hammond Highway, second-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Joanne Saia, 52, 6117 Audusson, Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

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