Police and fire briefs for Oct. 5, 2013

Homeless man booked in fire at Wal-Mart

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies arrested a self-described homeless man accused of setting fire to a pallet of cardboard boxes outside the Wal-Mart Supercenter at Cortana Mall early Wednesday morning.

Deputies booked Michael Lee Hamner, 46, into Parish Prison on counts of simple arson and disturbing the peace, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Hamner walked into the store in the 9500 block of Cortana Place after it closed late Tuesday night and, when he was told to leave, yelled at store employees, the affidavit says.

Hamner is accused of then exiting the store, walking around to the side of the building and setting fire to the pallet using a small lighter. The pallet was next to the store, the affidavit says.

Hamner told authorities he did not set the fire, the affidavit says. He also told them he lived in some woods behind the Wal-Mart.

Police: Man ordered to strip, gets robbed

A 39-year-old man is accused of ordering a man who had just given him a car ride to strip down Thursday night, then stealing the clothes, which contained cash, debit cards and other valuables.

Baton Rouge police officers booked Charles Lamont Mason Jr., 1740 Wisteria St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and resisting an officer, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A police officer was flagged down Thursday night by a man wearing only underwear who told the officer that he had just been robbed, the affidavit says.

Mason accepted a car ride from the victim, and then told him to pull over in front of some abandoned apartments on Gayosa Street around 5 p.m. When Mason stepped out of the car, he is accused of pulling out a gun and ordering the victim to go inside one of the apartments, the affidavit says.

Mason then demanded the victim to take off all his clothes. Once the man did so, Mason scooped up the clothes and took off, the affidavit says.

Police officers soon located Mason nearby, and engaged in a short pursuit which ended with Mason being arrested, the affidavit says.

Police arrest man, 28, in July armed robbery

Baton Rouge police officers on Thursday arrested a 28-year-old man accused of hitting another man in the face with a shotgun and robbing that man of an iPhone and a debit card in late July.

Police booked Terrell Stewart, 1444 Jim Taylor Drive, Apt. 2, into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery, prison records show.

Stewart’s accomplice — who is not named in an arrest warrant — was at the Circle K at Lee Drive and Highland Road in the early morning hours of July 25 when he approached a man and asked to use his cellphone, the warrant says.

The accomplice then offered to take home the man whose cellphone he borrowed. Instead, he took him to a parking lot in the 1400 block of Jim Taylor Drive, the warrant says.

There, Stewart is accused of walking up to the car, striking the victim with the gun, and robbing him of his cellphone and debit card. The victim was then told to run away, which he did, the warrant says.

Man booked in rape of 15-year-old girl

Baton Rouge police officers arrested a 29-year-old man Wednesday accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in early May at a hotel in north Baton Rouge.

Police booked Justin Spears, 207 Old Rafe Mayer Road, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of forcible rape, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Spears is accused of raping the 15-year-old girl between May 1 and May 9 at the Days Inn hotel on Varsity Street near the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport. The two had gone to the hotel to go swimming with a small group, the warrant says, but they eventually ended up alone in a hotel room.

Spears is accused of asking the girl if she wanted to have sex, and when she responded negatively, he allegedly raped her, the warrant says.

The girl was not able to get away for about 30 minutes, the warrant says.

Wife wanted in alleged attack of husband

A 22-year-old woman is accused of firing several shots at her husband after an argument on Sept. 15 in the 2800 block of 68th Avenue.

Shaquayla Hickman, 21, of Central, drove up to her husband on Sept. 25 around noon as he was walking down the street, according to a warrant for Hickman’s arrest. The warrant says the husband recently moved in with his parents because of the violent nature of their relationship.

The couple began to argue, and when the victim heard Hickman rev the engine of her vehicle, he ran away. Hickman is accused of trying to run over him several times during the chase, and then attempting to shoot him once she stopped the car, the warrant says.

“He ran up in the house and she got out of the car and started shooting,” said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Shaquayla Hickman is wanted for attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, the warrant says.

Woman robbed while riding bicycle near LSU

LSU police officers arrested a 20-year-old man accused of robbing a woman early Monday morning while she rode a bicycle on Aster Street near the north side of LSU’s campus.

Jacob M. Washington, 20, 1900 Birch St., Baton Rouge, is accused of approaching the woman around 5:20 a.m. Monday and asking her for help, Capt. Cory Lalonde, a LSU police spokesman, said in an email. The woman kept riding, but Washington allegedly pulled her off the bicycle and stole her purse.

Washington was arrested on counts of second-degree robbery, burglary of a vehicle and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

In the same traffic stop that led to Jacob Washington’s arrest, police also arrested Breanna Peyton Vince, 18, and Eric Shane Washington, 22, also both of 1900 Birch St., Lalonde said.

Vince is accused of burglary of a vehicle and Eric Washington is accused of second-degree robbery and improper lane usage, Lalonde said. Vince and Jacob Washington are accused of being involved in a vehicular burglary that took place Thursday on State Street.

Eric Washington is accused of breaking into a residence in the 500 block of East State Street early Friday morning, said Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa, a Baton Rouge police spokeswoman.

He faces counts of unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling and aggravated assault, Godawa said.

One person booked into prison on DWI

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked him into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Cameron Campise, 20, 34 Oak Alley Blvd., Marrero, was booked with first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage and disobeying a red light.

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