July 07, 2012
2 suspects sought
in attack on woman
Two burglars broke into a 72-year-old woman’s home early Wednesday, tied her up and pistol-whipped her, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said.
Two men kicked in the front door of the woman’s house in the 2000 block of Carolina Street about 4 a.m., Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
They bound her mouth and wrists with duct tape before beating her in the head with a handgun, McKneely said.
The woman received medical attention for the cut on her head and bruises on her legs.
The men ransacked her home and stole cash before fleeing, McKneely said.
One man is described as 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build and wearing a black ski hat.
Police gave no description for the other assailant.
Teen arrested in acts with underage girls
A teen accused of having sex with two underage girls Wednesday has been arrested, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Eric Lollis, 17, 11445 Bard Ave., was booked with two counts of sexual battery by police, Parish Prison records show.
According to the affidavit, Lollis told police he had consensual sex with one of the girls and didn’t touch the other girl.
Both girls were 14 years old or younger, the affidavit states.
One of the victims told police that Lollis held her down on a bed and forced himself on her, the affidavit says.
The other victim told police she had consensual sex with Lollis, according to the affidavit.
Police identify man struck by vehicle
The pedestrian struck by a vehicle early Thursday morning in the 8400 block of Florida Boulevard has been identified by police as Thomas Hayes, 24, 404 Sharon St., Baker.
Hayes was taken to a hospital where his injuries turned out not to be as serious as first thought, and he is expected to make a full recovery, police spokesman Lt. Don Kelly said in a news release.
The driver of the Nissan Maxima that hit him, Ashley Phill, 18, 9627 Tams Drive, was treated at the scene for minor injuries, Kelly said.
No citations were issued and the investigation is continuing.
Authorities book 3
on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least three 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:
- Kewin Knighten, 26, 5263 Sherwood St., first-offense DWI, license plate switched, failure to register vehicle and seat belt violation.
- James Whitley, 26, 1624 Belmont Ave., first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
- Bryan Williams, 32, 1110 Huey St., Bastrop, first-offense DWI, reckless driving, driver’s license required, hit-and-run and possession of firearm with drugs.
Fire damages 2 units
in complex Thursday
Firefighters extinguished a fire that damaged two apartments in a fourplex Thursday, a Fire Department spokesman said.
The fire, which caused $175,000 in damage, started in the rear of one of the units at 5130 Brightside View around 3:35 p.m. and was under control within 30 minutes, spokesman Curt Monte said.
The Red Cross was called to assist the five residents displaced by the fire. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire was not determined, Monte said.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.