Police and fire briefs for June 12, 2013

Police arrest man
in carjacking incident

A man accused of pulling a woman out of her vehicle and stealing it May 23 was arrested Monday.

Baton Rouge police booked Joshua James Cain, 27, 5021 McClelland Drive, with carjacking, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

According to an affidavit warrant, the incident occurred at 10 p.m. at 4929 McClelland Drive.

The victim told police Cain continuously asked her for a ride to a friend’s home but she refused, the warrant says. Cain then grabbed the woman by the shirt, pulled her out of her vehicle and drove away, the warrant says.

BR man booked
in attempted rape

A man accused of trying to rape a woman Monday was arrested later that day.

Baton Rouge police booked Terrance Carter, 25, 6336 Laca Drive, with attempted forcible rape, East Baton Rouge Parish Prison records show.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Carter, who knows the victim and was with her at the time, physically picked her up, brought her to a room, ripped her clothes off and tried to rape her.

Two house fires start in storage rooms

Baton Rouge firefighters battled two blazes Tuesday afternoon that both appear to have started in storage rooms attached to the houses.

No injuries were reported for either fire and the causes of the fires are still undetermined, Fire Department spokesman Robert Combs said in news releases.

Firefighters arrived at 3525 Redlands Ave., at 1:55 p.m., six minutes after receiving the call, to find fire in the storage room and attic, Combs said.

The fire caused significant damage to the home and vehicle parked in the carport before it was extinguished at 2:25 p.m., Combs said.

An adjacent home received about $15,000 in fire, smoke and heat damage, Combs said.

The second fire was called in at 2:21 p.m. and firefighters arrived four minutes later to 4755 Peerless St. to find half of the house engulfed in flames, Combs said.

Firefighters reported the blaze extinguished at 2:48 p.m., Combs said.

The house is considered a total loss, Combs said.

3 people booked
on DWI in EBR

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Hoai Nguyen, 30, 555 Glenwild Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and disobeying a control device.
  • Richard Swisher, 55, 521 Pooke Road, Stoneboro, Pa., second-offense DWI and headlights required.
  • Karl Weaver, 28, 9771 Jefferson Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.

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