Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for June 7, 2014

BR man booked in North 35th St. shooting

Authorities on Friday arrested a 22-year-old man wanted in an April 2 fatal shooting on North 35th Street.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force arrested Christopher Jackson, 22, 11160 Susan St., and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of first-degree murder, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Jackson was apprehended at a home — not his — in the city after marshals received a tip about his location, McKneely said.

Police still have not pinned down a motive for the shooting, which killed Travis Mitchell, 25, and injured a woman. Both were inside a home in the 1400 block of North 35th Street shortly before midnight on April 2 when bullets ripped through the front of the home, striking them.

Witnesses previously told The Advocate that a number of men arrived at both the front and back of the home before several opened fire that night.

According to Jackson’s arrest warrant, he is accused of firing gunshots into the home that fatally struck Mitchell and injured the 38-year-old woman.

Police are still trying to identify and locate at least one other man who accompanied Jackson during the shooting, McKneely said.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to call them at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Two wanted in robbery on Wooddale Drive

Detectives are looking for two men involved in an April 26 robbery at 520 Wooddale Drive and the subsequent use of a debit card at various stores, according to a news release from Baton Rouge Police Department.

Anyone with information on the two men in the photo are asked to call the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Deputies seek man in south BR assault

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s detectives are looking for a man accused of battering another man at a business in south Baton Rouge on May 30.

According to the Sheriff's Office, an unknown man entered the business through an unauthorized area. The name and location of the business were not available Friday. When an employee confronted the man, he assaulted the employee, spraying him with pepper spray, and ran off toward the Gardere area.

The assailant is described as a dark-skinned black male, approximately 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet in height, weighing approximately 185 pounds, and wearing a black shirt, black skull cap, multi-colored shorts and athletic shoes.

Anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Five arrested Friday in hurricane benefits fraud

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office arrested five people Friday morning after an investigation indicated they fraudulently obtained public benefits following Hurricane Isaac in 2012 by underreporting their income and claiming deceased or incarcerated relatives lived with them.

Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services conducted the investigation and then forwarded warrants to the Sheriff's Office this week, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The public assistance benefits in question included the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP). The program is meant to provide temporary food help for households hit hard by natural disasters.

Those arrested were:

    Sarah Sonnier, 27, 1956 Christian St., Baton Rouge, felony theft, after allegedly claiming a deceased relative as part of the household and underreporting her income to obtain $526 in benefits.

    Louvanna Pope, 57, 2701 Honey Ave., Baker, felony theft, after allegedly claiming an incarcerated relative and a deceased relative as part of her household to obtain $526 in benefits.

    Juanita Russell, 55, 7075 Silverleaf Ave., Baton Rouge, felony theft, after allegedly claiming a deceased relative as part of her household and failing to report all available household income to obtain $668 in benefits.

    Flora Williams, 49, 994 W. McKinley St., Baton Rouge, felony theft, for allegedly claiming a deceased relative as part of her household and underreporting her income to obtain $526 in benefits.

    Demetria Ayio, 45, 4149 Monroe Ave., Baton Rouge, felony theft, for allegedly including two deceased relatives and her child’s father as household members, and underreporting the household income to obtain $668 in benefits.

Four booked 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:

  • Austin Deyoung, 19, 24925 Spiller Ranch, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, improper lane turns, license plate required, display of plate violation and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Corey Jackson, 26, 4658 Packard St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, improper lane use, license plate required, inspection sticker required, insurance required.
  • Ashleigh Keller, 20, 237 Terrio Drive, Reserve, second-offense DWI, license plate required and display of plate violation.
  • Emanuel Washington, 29, 7373 Rolling Acres Drive, Baker, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, seat belt violation and driver’s license required.

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