Arrest warrant issued in Friday stabbing
Baton Rouge police received an arrest warrant for a local man accused of stabbing a man in the back Friday evening.
Eric W. Ballard Jr., 25, 1084 Monet Drive, Apt. 8, is wanted on counts of attempted second-degree murder and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The stabbing happened about 7 p.m. at Ballard’s residence.
The 63-year-old victim was sitting on a couch when Ballard walked out of the kitchen with a knife and stabbed him, according to a warrant. Ballard left the knife in the man’s back, the warrant says, then fled the residence in his grandmother’s Honda Accord.
The victim “sustained two punctured lungs before the blade of the knife came to a rest against the victim’s heart/aorta,” the warrant says. “The victim underwent life-saving surgery and is now recovering from his injuries.”
Accused LSU rapist returning to state
A man accused of raping a woman inside a portable toilet on LSU’s campus during a Nov. 23 football game waived his right to an extradition hearing and was en route to Baton Rouge from Atlanta on Wednesday.
Albert Carlos Ford, 32, of Atlanta, is expected to be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of aggravated rape, said Capt. Cory Lalonde, an LSU Police spokesman.
Ford is accused of following a 21-year-old woman into a portable toilet off South Campus Drive, threatening to snap her neck if she screamed, then raping her during the school’s football game against Texas A&M, according to a warrant for his arrest.
Police say man beats, chokes, rapes woman
A Baton Rouge man is accused of beating, choking and raping a woman at his residence Tuesday in front of a 2-year-old child.
Police issued a warrant for Tyrone Wayne Hadley Jr., 34, on counts of aggravated rape and domestic abuse child endangerment.
Hadley is accused of slapping the woman across the face and threatening her with a pair of electric clippers before binding her wrists and ankles.
After raping the woman, Hadley threatened to kill her if she left while he slept.
Search of home finds 4 pounds of cocaine
Authorities arrested a known drug trafficker Wednesday after seizing four pounds of cocaine, numerous other drugs and more than $71,000 in cash from the man’s Oak View Drive home, police said.
Police booked Bruce Causey, 40, 7933 Oak View Drive, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine in excess of 400 grams, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, hydrocodone, MDMA and promethazine with codeine, possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substances, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and obstruction of justice, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
In addition to the cocaine, authorities seized a handgun, a half-ounce of marijuana, a half-pound of promethazine with codeine cough syrup, 116 hydrocodone pills and 10 MDMA pills, McKneely said.
Lance, a drug-sniffing dog, helped officers find the narcotics, which had a combined value of about $200,000, police said.
O’Neal Lane apartment fire investigated
No one was injured when a kitchen fire spread to the rest of an apartment in the Ole London Towne Apartment complex on O’Neal Lane shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and the unit is considered destroyed, said Keith Smith, assistant chief of the Eastside Fire Department
Firefighters arrived at the building at 4:06 p.m. after being dispatched to investigate smoke coming out of the apartment, Smith said.
Firefighters evacuated the residents of the other 15 units in the building as a precaution, he said.
Firefighters had the fire under control after about 20 minutes and were able to keep it contained to the one unit, Smith said.
The residents, one adult and one child were not home at the time of the fire, he said.
Authorities book three on suspicion of 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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- Jason Hayden, 23, 262 W. State St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failing to change address on a driver’s license, driving without a license, unauthorized use of a horn and following too close.
- Juanita Jones, 29, 3145 Elgin St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and speeding.
- Rachel Linzay, 18, 1968 Beaver Road, Ville Platte, first-offense DWI, disobeying a red light, improper lane usage and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.