Oak Park shooting leaves 1 dead, 1 hurt
One man was killed and another wounded Monday night when they were shot while sitting in their car on Oak Park Drive in North Merrydale, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
The shootings occurred in the 6000 block of Oak Park Drive near Sumrall Drive at 11:30 p.m., spokesman Casey Rayborn Hicks said in a news release.
Dederick Droze, 24, 5434 Winter Ave., was found dead inside the car and the second victim was transported to a hospital with serious injuries, Hicks said.
A man, only described as black, was seen running from the scene, she said.
Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.
Police arrest man, 17, in robbery, shooting
Police arrested a 17-year-old Monday in an armed robbery at an apartment complex and for firing a gun at his girlfriend’s home on La Margie Avenue, according to a warrant.
Sheldon Jason, 15578 E. Riverdale Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to prison records.
Jason and another unidentified man are accused of following one of the victims into his upstairs apartment at 12254 La Margie Ave., about 12:45 a.m. Monday and robbing several people inside at gunpoint, police said.
Jason also is accused of shooting a 22-year-old man in the buttocks, the police said.
The man the robbers had initially followed to the apartment tried to escape through a window, but fell to the ground and hurt his back, police said. He and the shooting victim were taken to a hospital.
Jason and his accomplice took computers, cash and car keys from the victims, and used the keys to steal one of the victims’ vehicles to flee, the warrant said.
About a block away, the robbers abandoned that vehicle and returned to the apartment to steal another car using another set of keys they took from the victims, the warrant said. Police recovered both vehicles.
Police said they believe Jason also shot at his girlfriend’s residence a block from the La Margie apartment complex about 30 minutes before the home invasion, the warrant said.
Jason also is accused in an armed robbery on April 18 in which he allegedly stole a car, wallet and cellphone from a man at Marque Ann Drive, according to another warrant.
Jason was booked on one count each of armed robbery and access device fraud for that incident, booking records show.
Police arrest pair
in man’s shooting
A man and woman accused in the May 3 shooting of the woman’s ex-boyfriend were arrested Monday, according to affidavits of probable cause.
Robert White, 29, 2888 Dougherty Drive, Apt. 145, was booked with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and felon in possession of a firearm, and Brittini Chavis, 25, same address, was booked with principal to attempted second-degree murder and obstruction of justice, Parish Prison records show.
Chavis told police she shot the victim because he had assaulted her in the past, according to the court documents.
The victim told police White shot him, the affidavit said.
Deputies book man on three sex counts
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 34-year-old man Tuesday accused in the rape of one girl and the molestation of two other girls, according to an arrest warrant.
Louis Kevin Ringo, whose address was listed as a mobile home park on Kleinpeter Road, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of aggravated rape and two counts of molestation of a juvenile, according to the document.
The incidents occurred over several years, the warrant said.
The rape victim told deputies she was raped multiple times beginning when she was 5 years old until she was 11, the warrant said.
Authorities book five on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Jordan Arcuri, 25, 9028 Roundour Ave., second-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and driving over the median.
- Caroll Bryant, 24, 1102 Apple St., Vidalia, second-offense DWI and failure to obey a stop sign or yield sign.
- David Contreras, 49, 656 Jennifer Jean Drive, first-offense DWI and speeding.
- Falon Grace, 27, 10575 Mayfair Drive, third-offense DWI, hit-and-run, and failure to maintain control.
- Nuel Thomas, 54, 424 Fernwood Drive, second-offense DWI, hit-and-run, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to maintain control and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.