Baton Rouge man, 24, accused in girl’s rape
A Baton Rouge man accused of raping an 8-year-old girl in February was arrested Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant.
Gary Sheppard, 24, 6625 Vineyard Drive, was booked by police with aggravated rape, Parish Prison records show.
According to the warrant, Sheppard raped the girl in the bedroom of her father’s home while she cried, screamed and told him to stop.
The victim told police Sheppard threatened to kill her and her parents if she told anyone, according to the warrant.
Police: Craigslist ads part of theft scheme
Police arrested a 32-year-old man accused of running a scam on Craigslist, according to a news release.
Police said Charles Hilliard had, on at least two occasions, advertised his services on Craigslist as “To Hire a Mover,” then stole some of his customers’ possessions while helping them move, the release says.
Hilliard, 11311 S. Walker Court, will be booked on two counts of felony theft, police said.
Investigators believe there may be other victims in the Baton Rouge area.
Anyone who thinks they may have fallen victim to this scam can call the Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824.
Police seek help to ID person of interest
Detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in the Monday shooting death of a man found dead in a car, according to an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office news release.
Dederick Droze, 24, 5434 Winter Ave., was found dead inside a car in the 6000 block of Oak Park Drive. A second victim was transported to a hospital with serious gunshot wounds, spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said. A man was seen running from the scene, according to the release.
Anyone with information concerning the shootings or the identity of the person pictured can contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Authorities book 2 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least two people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Kathryn Miles, 21, 1720 Nicholson Drive, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless driving.
- John Mundinger, 30, 1751 Potwin Drive, second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and improper lane usage.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225)388-0369.