Police and fire briefs for Thursday, May 23, 2013

BR man arrested
in beating of son

Authorities have arrested a 40-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of beating his 11-year-old son with a belt on April 16 after he was late getting up for school and missed the bus.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Kumasi Sharif Mants, 15483 Patricia Dale Drive, into Parish Prison Tuesday with one count of cruelty to a juvenile.

The boy told investigators that Mants grabbed him by the arm, pulled him into the bedroom and started “beating him with the belt,” according to an affidavit warrant.

The boy tried crawling under the bed and sustained bruising to his back, left arm and buttocks from the belt, the warrant says. The boy was taken to the hospital, the warrant says.

Mants said he had already told his son he would get spanked because he lied about his progress report, the warrant says.

Brusly man arrested
in two BR robberies

A Brusly man accused of robbing the same people twice in 2012 has been arrested.

Baton Rouge police arrested Edward Michael Henderson, 28, 3150 Paul Lane, on Tuesday and booked him into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and aggravated burglary.

Sheriff’s deputies previously arrested Katie Anderson, 23, 15513 Forest Oak St., Prairieville, on two counts of armed robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary.

One victim told police after the second robbery he thought Anderson, his girlfriend at the time, may have coordinated the robberies and he identified Henderson and another suspect, Shawn Michael Vincent, from her Facebook page, an affidavit of probable cause says.

In the first robbery on June 24, Henderson and Vincent stole an XBox video game system and games, and in the second robbery on July 9, Henderson, Vincent and an unidentified man stole an XBox, cellphones and a TV, an affidavit says.

Vincent also beat one victim with a handgun during the second robbery, causing him to need five stitches on his head, an affidavit says.

BR man hits train,
breaks leg in crash

A pickup traveling west on Thomas Road in north Baton Rouge on Wednesday morning crashed into a train that was stopped on the tracks at 5 a.m., according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the 1994 Chevrolet truck, Eric Alexander, told deputies it was dark and he never saw the train, Sheriff’s Office Col. Lawrence McLeary said.

Alexander, 52, 12252 Arena Drive, Baton Rouge, didn’t yield at a railroad crossing sign, McLeary said.

Alexander, who was ticketed with failure to yield, was hospitalized with a broken leg, McLeary said.

Alexander’s son, a passenger, was not injured, McLeary said.

Two people booked
with DWI in EBR

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Brandon Harris, 28, 5133 St. Louis St., Zachary, first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation of a vehicle.

Adam Lafleur, 29, 716 Kennedy Ave., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, text messaging prohibited, possession of drug paraphernalia, driver’s license suspended/revoked, improper lane usage and reckless operation of a vehicle.

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