18-year-old arrested in armed robbery
An 18-year-old Baton Rouge man was arrested Monday and accused of robbing two people at gunpoint in the Glen Oaks area, an affidavit of probable cause says.
D’Markus Freeman approached several people standing in the driveway of a home on Arbor Vitae Drive at 7:15 p.m., the affidavit says. Freeman pulled a gun on the group, forced them to the ground and took two cellphones and $100 from two victims, the affidavit says.
Police found Freeman nearby walking along Buckeye Drive, the affidavit says. Freeman, 4736 Madison St., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery.
Fatal hit-and-run victim identified
The man killed in a hit-and- run Saturday on Airline Highway has been identified as Armando Bonilla, authorities said Tuesday.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said Bonilla, 26, died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Bonilla’s body was found at 10:50 p.m. Saturday in a ditch in the 7100 block of Airline Highway, said Capt. Joan Cage, police spokeswoman.
Officers were told at the scene that the victim had been struck by a vehicle, Cage said. Anyone with information about the incident can contact police at (225) 389-7819, or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP.
Four cats killed
in house fire
CENTRAL — Heavy smoke from a suspected electrical fire at a home Tuesday morning caused the death of four cats, according to a Central Fire Department news release.
The news release gives this account of the fire:
Neighbors called firefighters at 6:16 a.m. and said they saw smoke at 4133 Daytona Drive.
Neighbors told the firefighters that some residents were out of town but they were not sure if all the residents were gone.
Firefighters forced their way into the home with one crew attacking a kitchen fire and another crew searching the home.
No residents were home and the fire was quickly extinguished.
A fifth cat was found alive hiding in a closet.
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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Beo Calligan, 51, 1740 Sora St., New Orleans, first-offense DWI, speeding and improper lane usage.
- Phara Givens, 38, 19290 Jack Taylor Road, Livingston, first-offense DWI, possession of Schedule II and V drugs, driver’s license suspended or revoked and failure to maintain control.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.