Police and fire briefs for Oct. 13, 2013

Police search for man in attack, rape

Baton Rouge police are searching for a man accused of choking a woman until she passed out and then raped her in mid-September.

Mark Harris, 52, 917 Myrtle Ave., Apt. 35, Baton Rouge, is wanted for at least one count of aggravated rape in the Sept. 17 incident, according to an arrest warrant.

The woman, 34, told investigators she had known Harris for several months but that their relationship had never been sexual, the warrant says.

On Sept. 17, the woman went over to Harris’ residence and when she got up to leave, he blocked the door. The two fought physically until Harris threw the woman onto a bed and choked her until she passed out, the warrant says.

The woman later regained consciousness, noticed some of her clothing had been removed and soon contacted police, the warrant says. Investigators collected bloody sheets from Harris’ apartment, and also noted Harris had scratches on his face and lower back, the warrant says.

Man accused in attack using cane

A 46-year-old man accused of hitting another man over the head with his cane on Aug. 23 because he was upset his girlfriend gave the man $1 to buy beer has been arrested.

Johnny Delmore, 820 Hurst St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Friday on counts of aggravated second-degree battery, prison records show.

Delmore and the victim argued in a Shell gas station on Plank Road and Delmore said he would “deal with him outside the store,” the warrant says.

Security camera footage shows the victim walked outside, and Delmore swung his cane at him several times, eventually landing a blow that left a two-inch cut on the victim’s head, the warrant says.

EBR tax preparer arrested in fraud case

A woman who prepares taxes in Baton Rouge was arrested Thursday on allegations that she created imaginary business losses for several of her clients, which resulted in fraudulently inflated tax returns for her clients worth nearly $70,000.

Alfreda Walker, 47, 4912 Longfellow Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of theft, filing or maintaining false public records, computer fraud and criminal penalty for tax evasion, according to a warrant for her arrest.

Walker, a tax preparer for Quick Tax Services in Baker and Baton Rouge, is accused of adding business losses to individual tax returns, which raises the amount of an individual’s tax return by lowering adjusted gross income, the warrant says.

“Most clients stated that they did in fact receive a higher tax refund than usual,” the warrant says.

Investigators with the state Attorney General’s office discovered indications of possible fraud while looking for tax infractions during a special examination of 2012 filings done by Quick Tax Services, the warrant says.

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s criminal investigation division estimated the losses to the state caused by the alleged fraud at $69,602, the warrant says.

5 arrested on suspicion of DWI in Baton Rouge

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

  • Clayton Alexander, 27, 2488 Riley Road, Pride, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, drinking in a motor vehicle and a one-way street violation.
  • Robert Gillespie, 55, 14134 Pinehurst St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to maintain control of a vehicle and careless driving.
  • Joshua Jarrell, 25, 6026 W. Fairlane Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and turns not allowed.
  • Marcos Rodriguez, 37, 1311 E. Park, Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
  • Yolanda Stills, 47, 2625 77th Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

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