BR mother, sons booked in New Year’s Day ‘riot’

Street brawl sends man to BR hospital

A Baton Rouge woman and her two adult sons have been arrested on accusations they engaged in a New Year’s Day riot — described by police as a “family feud” — that sent one man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Kimberly R. Dean, 40, 224 N. 11th St., who has been arrested on at least 17 prior occasions, was booked Wednesday on counts of rioting and inciting a riot, according to Parish Prison records. Her sons, James Dean, 22, 3754 Byron St., and Devin Dean, 21, 3754 Byron St., also face counts of rioting.

The brawl happened about 7:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Convention Street. Kimberly Dean, who was “intoxicated from alcohol,” called her sons and requested they “come help her fight because some people were jumping on her,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The sons met their mother and went together to the Convention Street address, where they “aggressively approached numerous people who were standing in front of a residence” and began fighting in the street, the affidavit said.

“At some point, another person armed himself with a handgun and gunshots were fired,” the affidavit said.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman, said a 53-year-old man received life-threatening injuries in the fracas and was taken to the hospital, where he remained Thursday.

James Dean is accused of arming himself with a metal tire tool and striking someone before fleeing the scene, according to an affidavit. One victim was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured skull, the affidavit said.

The Deans admitted their involvement in the riot, affidavits said. McKneely said additional arrests are expected.

Kimberly Dean previously has been convicted of simple battery and simple criminal damage to property, according to court records.

In a separate incident last month, she was accused of striking someone in the face with glass because he had been “playing with her and pulled the wig off her head,” according to an affidavit of probable cause. She was booked with aggravated second-degree battery in that case.