Police and fire briefs for Jan. 10, 2013

Suspect arrested
in armed robbery

Police arrested a 21-year-old man Tuesday accused of holding up two men at gunpoint Dec. 9 at a Clayton Street home, according to an arrest warrant.

Travis Foster, 3250 Dalton St., was booked into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery.

Foster and another man confronted one of their victims in the backyard of a home at 4523 Clayton St., the warrant says.

The warrant says Foster and his accomplice, who was not identified in the warrant, were armed with handguns and ordered the victim to empty his pockets. Another victim opened the back door and saw the holdup taking place and was also ordered to empty his pockets.

Foster and his accomplice took four cellphones and a set of house keys from the two victims before fleeing, the warrant says.

Police book man, 22, in rape of girl, 12

A Baton Rouge man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in December has been arrested, according to an affidavit warrant.

Joshua J. Heard, 22, 2145 Carolina St. was booked by police Tuesday with aggravated rape, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

The warrant says Heard raped the victim while she was asleep.

Officials seek help
in dumping of horse

East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center officials are looking for the person who dumped a dead horse in a vacant lot Tuesday off Heck Young Road and drove away in a red, late-model pickup truck pulling a white horse trailer with an air conditioner on top, the center’s director said.

There was slight bloating, meaning the horse might have been dead for a short time, but no obvious signs of trauma and the horse otherwise looked relatively young and healthy, Director Hilton Cole said. The horse did not have an ID chip, Cole said.

Authorities are still working to identify a cause of death, Cole said.

The incident marks the second time this week a dead horse has been discovered dumped in the parish. On Monday, Metro Airport police officers found a malnourished, dead horse left in the middle of a portion of old Plank Road, which is now owned by the airport.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Animal Control and Rescue Center at (225) 774-7700.

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