Police and fire briefs for Sept. 28, 2013

Accused robber, 20, arrested after chase

A 20-year-old man accused of robbing a man at gunpoint was arrested early Wednesday morning following a brief police chase on Harding Boulevard.

Baton Rouge police officers booked Carlis Sanders, 10666 Scotland Ave., Apt. 17, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, flight from an officer and resisting an officer, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Sanders is accused of demanding a wallet, cellphone and car from the victim on Rosenwald Road near Scotland Avenue late Tuesday night, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Several hours later, the victim — who had borrowed the vehicle from an acquaintance — saw Sanders at the Race Trac on Harding Boulevard and confronted him, Coppola said.

A police officer nearby then approached the vehicle, prompting Sanders to “speed off in a violent manner.” The officer pursued Sanders, who was driving without headlights “and almost caused several crashes,” the affidavit says. Sanders was eventually stopped and captured in the 2200 block of Harding Boulevard.

Police: Man uses plank to beat robbery victim

A man accused of beating another man with a two-by-four board and then robbing him of his cellphone in April was arrested Friday.

Baton Rouge police officers booked Tarzareo Jones, 23, 9810 Avenue G, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, aggravated battery, illegal carrying of a weapon, possession of drugs with a firearm, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, possession or distribution of Schedule I drugs, resisting an officer and being a fugitive, prison records show.

Jones, also known as “Taco,” is accused of chasing down the man in the 400 block of Woodcock Street on April 5, beating him with the board, sticks, and his hands and feet, and stealing a cell phone from the victim’s pocket, according to an arrest warrant.

Jones and several accomplices then fled the scene on foot, the warrant says.

Six displaced by house fire on N. 39th Street

An electrical malfunction sparked a fire at a fourplex on North 39th Street early Friday morning, injuring no one, but displacing six residents.

Firefighters arrived at 2:35 a.m. to find an upstairs unit of 639 N. 39th St. burning, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

“All residents escaped unharmed before firefighters arrived,” Monte said.

Fire damage was contained to the one apartment, which was occupied, but the unoccupied adjacent upstairs unit received smoke and water damage. The downstairs units — one of which was occupied — also received water damage, Monte said.

The department estimates the fire, which was under control by 2:52 a.m., caused $215,000 in damage — $200,000 to the building, $15,000 to contents.

Three booked in EBR on first-offense DWI

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. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Logan Crume, 21, 4005 Nicholson Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Travis Holmes, 34, 13765 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, speeding and reckless operation.

Willard Thornton, 31, 8798 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, driver’s license required or expired and drinking in a motor vehicle.

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