Police and fire briefs for July 6, 2014

BR woman reports fighting off rapist

A Baton Rouge woman told police she awoke in her apartment on Friday to find a man raping her and that she pushed him off and fought with him until police could arrive.

Christopher Wayne Scott, 46 was lying on top of the 32-year-old woman when she awoke, according to the affidavit of probable cause for his arrest.

The victim told police Scott was a friend she had known since moving into the apartment complex about a year ago but had never been intimate with him.

He had talked the woman’s 12-year-old daughter into letting him into the apartment, saying he wanted to check on her, the affidavit says.

The fight between the woman and Scott moved to her daughter’s bedroom, where Scott grabbed a trophy and started hitting her. She wrested the trophy from his hands and started beating him with it in return, causing gashes to his head that would later require multiple staples, the affidavit says.

The fight shifted outside to apartment complex courtyard, and then into Scott’s apartment. They were still fighting when police arrived. Police heard Scott shouting that he has AIDS, which the woman said she had never heard about before, according to the affidavit.

Scott, 4343 Denham St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison for forcible rape, intentional exposure to AIDS virus and aggravated battery.

Deli cashier arrested in shooting incident

A cashier at B’s Seafood and Deli on Plank Road fired a handgun at a customer July 4 after the two became irate while arguing, missing him and shattering glass.

A man walked into the store at around 7 p.m. and try to buy a bottle of alcohol and started arguing with the cashier, Hazem Obaid, 23, as two customers standing behind the man in line looked on, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

As the two screamed at each other, Obaid drew a pistol and starting shoving the man out of the store while still holding the gun, the affidavit says. Obaid then ran back behind the cashier’s counter, shouted at the two customers in line to “get down” and fired a round at the man, missing him and hitting the counter’s glass, according to the affidavit.

Poice booked Obaid, 8189 Winkelman St., Detroit, into Parish Prison late Friday on a count of attempted second-degree murder, booking records show.

BRFD busy with early morning arson fires

Two unrelated early morning arsons on Saturday kept Baton Rouge firefighters busy.

A family moving from its Casper Street home left for a while but returned about 4 a.m. to find the house on fire, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

When firefighters arrived, flames were coming from the rear of the house where about half the home was burning intensely, Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release.

Firefighters got the fire under control, but the house was a total loss. Damage to the building and contents amounted to about $42,000, the release says.

Shortly before the Casper Street fire, at about 3:30 a.m., firefighters responding to a blaze in an apartment building at 1300 North St. arrived to find flames shooting from a window on the second floor in the back of the building.

Firefighters quickly got the fire under control, Miles said, containing it to one room. Damage to the structure was estimated at $20,000.

Miles said investigators think the two fires and the arson fire of a shed on Kansas Street that also occurred Saturday are unrelated.

In the Casper Street fire, investigators suspect that a man who had a suspicious conversation Friday with the family moving out may have been involved, Miles said. He did not have any information about what the investigators suspect in the North Street fire.

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. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Dylan Blanchard, 21, 4000 Lake Beau Pre Boulevard, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Jacob Cange, 20, 922 Natchez Boulevard, Opelousas, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and improper lane use.
  • Karen Colley, 43, 10040 W. Brookside Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, disobeying a red light and drinking in a motor vehicle.
  • Michael Evans, 24, 2126 Marie St., Zachary, first-offense DWI, failure to signal and tail lamps required.
  • Faris Saleh, 24, 1984 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, no proof of insurance, driver’s license suspended or revoked and disobeying a stop or yield sign.
  • Landon Townsley, 21, 305 Pitchfork Lane, Canyon, Texas, first-offense DWI, careless operation and failure to maintain control.
  • John Warner, 24, 8944 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, hit and run, driver’s license required or expired, failure to maintain control and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • James Wilkens, 60, 123 Brookfield Drive, Natchez, Mississippi, second-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.

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