Police and fire briefs for Oct. 11, 2013

Deputies arrest man in Sept. 22 shooting

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old man Wednesday accused of robbing and shooting another man multiple times on Sept. 22 near the 4300 block of Denham Street.

Deputies booked Atheus Parker, 2929 Addison St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder and armed robbery, according to an arrest warrant.

Parker, also arrested as a Baton Rouge police fugitive, is accused of calling the victim and acting as if he wanted to buy incense — a type of synthetic marijuana, the warrant says.

Parker was buying the incense when he pulled out a gun and demanded the victim’s money, the warrant says. The vendor was shot in the arm and hip while trying to run away.

Parker eventually caught up with the victim, the warrant says, and a fight ensued, during which the victim passed out.

When the victim woke up, he was missing between $700 and $1,000 in cash, the warrant says.

Equipment stolen from refrigeration company

Police officers arrested one man and are looking for another in the theft of more than $60,000 of air conditioning equipment from Acme Refrigeration in north Baton Rouge.

Police booked John Ray Jackson, 47, 1819 N. Marque Ann Drive, into Parish Prison on counts of simple burglary and aggravated flight from an officer, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman.

Police conducting a surveillance operation on Tuesday observed Jackson retrieve coils from several of the units that had gone missing earlier this week, beginning on Sunday, Coppola said.

When officers approached him, Jackson fled in a pickup truck, but was soon captured by police in pursuit, Coppola said.

Police have identified Wayne Watson, 49, 1819 N. Marque Ann Drive, as a suspect in the theft who has not been arrested, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Police have asked anyone with information on Watson’s whereabouts to contact the Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man arrested, accused of stealing pet pit bull

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 44-year-old man on Wednesday accused of stealing another man’s pet pit bull.

Deputies booked Anthony C. McKinney, 7052 Hoover Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of theft of animals, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Surveillance video captured a man matching McKinney’s description unleash the dog from a tree on Oct. 4, play with the dog, then leave the victim’s yard with the dog without the consent of the dog’s owner, the affidavit says.

It was not clear late Thursday whether the dog had been returned to its owner, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Port Allen man booked on third-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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Jason Foreman, 32, 638 S. 12th St., Port Allen, third-offense DWI, reckless operation, refusal to take a chemical test, operating a vehicle with a suspended license and following too closely.
  • Gordon Murrill, 48, 926 Daventry Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • William Wall, 18, 107 Northlake Court, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, obstruction of a highway and reckless operation.

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