Police and fire briefs for July 28, 2013

Man tries to rob doughnut shop

Baton Rouge police arrested a 23-year-old man accused of attempting to rob a doughnut shop early Saturday morning.

Police booked Dominic Thomas, 23, 1562 Fraternity St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted armed robbery and resisting arrest, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

Police responded to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at 5504 Plank Road shortly after 4 a.m. and witnessed Thomas attempting to flee the scene, McKneely said.

A doughnut shop employee had already left the store through a rear entrance by the time officers confronted Thomas inside the store and used a stun gun on him while he was resisting arrest, according to McKneely and an affidavit of probable cause.

Thomas later admitted to authorities that he attempted to rob the shop while armed with a handgun, the affidavit says.

Fugitive booked
with child desertion

A 35-year-old man accused of fleeing his vehicle on Thursday during a police chase and leaving three crying children behind was arrested by Baton Rouge police.

Earnest Williams, 447 Steele Blvd., Apt 1, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of child desertion, possession of marijuana, possession of controlled dangerous substances in presence of a juvenile, resisting an officer and being a fugitive in two states, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Following a traffic stop in the 800 block of North 40th Street, Williams fled from his vehicle and hid under a nearby house, where officers later found him, the affidavit says.

At the time, three children — 10, 3 and 2 years old —were left unrestrained in the back seat of the vehicle, the affidavit says.

Police also discovered a partially smoked marijuana cigarette on the vehicle’s floorboard, along with an odor of marijuana, the affidavit says.

Woman accused of driving getaway car

A Baton Rouge woman who allegedly drove the getaway car after her boyfriend shot a man over a dispute from a dice game was arrested.

Baton Rouge police booked Karen Schaffer, 53, 1615 N. 17th St., into Parish Prison with one count of accessory after the fact to attempted second-degree murder, prison records show.

According to an affidavit warrant, Schaffer’s boyfriend, Deangelo “Duke” Washington, got into a heated dispute with another man at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday stemming from an argument over a dice game, then got into a red car allegedly driven by Schaffer.

Police said Washington then got out of the car with a revolver after riding down the street, walked back down the street and fired several shots, hitting the victim in the chest.

The victim underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition.

Witnesses at the shooting told police that Schaffer is known to carry a revolver in her car.

18-year-old arrested in obscenity case

An 18-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of exposing himself while knocking on a woman’s door Tuesday has been arrested.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Tefari Trelon Thomas, 8909 Metairie Drive, into Parish Prison on two counts of obscenity.

Thomas knocked on the front door and when no one answered, he walked around the back of the house and knocked on the back door, while allegedly holding his penis, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

He told police he met the woman’s daughter at a gas station and she invited him to hang out at her house.

Eleven people booked with DWI

Authorities arrested at least 11 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Fredi Aleman, 30, 16041 Derby Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to report an accident, careless driving, and hit and run.
  • Angelle Bergeron, 26, 8693 Glaser St., Livonia, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Alexa Cruz, 22, 5149 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Warren Davis, 25, 3003 River Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation, improper lane usage and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • James Dawson, 46, 5962 Nashville Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Alexis Martin, 31, 8155 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding and reckless operation.
  • Madeline Marva, 17, 4313 Claycut Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Michael Spring, 34, 632 Finchley Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, fleeing or attempting to elude police, reckless operation and backing unsafely.
  • Daniel Sulbaran, 29, 7819 Blake Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
  • Dionne Tillotson, 19, 9962 Elliot Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, insurance required, motor vehicle registration required, driver’s license required, reckless operation and possession of alcohol in a vehicle.
  • Kinsey Vernon, 29, 13094 Harold Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI and failure to change address on a driver’s license.

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