Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 4, 2013

‘Family brawl’ arrest warrant issued

Police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a Baton Rouge man accused of knocking his father unconscious with a metal object during a “family brawl” New Year’s Day.

Michael Taylor II, 30, 12036 Troy St., is wanted on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault, illegal use of a dangerous weapon and felon in possession of a firearm. He is the fourth person to face criminal counts in the brawl, which occurred after 7:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Convention Street.

Taylor’s 53-year-old father suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack but is expected to survive, according to a warrant.

Taylor also is accused of firing several errant rounds into a vehicle during the fight before fleeing the scene, the warrant says. He previously has been convicted of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree battery, according to court records.

Previously booked with rioting in the brawl were Kimberly R. Dean and her adult sons, James and Devin Dean, all of Baton Rouge.

Police asked anyone with information about Taylor’s whereabouts to call (225) 389-4869.

Fires at vacant BR homes investigated

Investigators have not ruled out arson in two vacant house fires Thursday night in north Baton Rouge, but the fires don’t appear to be related and one doesn’t appear to have been ignited intentionally, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman said.

The first blaze began around 7:30 p.m. in the living room of a vacant home in the 4700 block of Jefferson Avenue, said Robert Combs, a Fire Department spokesman.

The home’s poor condition may have contributed to a rather swiftly acting and destructive fire, which resulted in the department labeling the home as a “total loss,” Combs said.

Investigators don’t believe the fire was started intentionally.

The second fire began about 20 minutes later in the 3500 block of Wayne Drive. Investigators haven’t determined a cause for the blaze, Combs said.

It took firefighters about an hour and 40 minutes to control the blaze, which destroyed the vacant home, Combs said.

No one was injured in either fire.

Police: Man shot woman in chest

Baton Rouge police arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of shooting a 28-year-old woman in the chest after an argument around 4 a.m. Friday in the Sherwood Forest area.

Roy Hayward, 38, 8832 Metairie Drive, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of attempted first degree murder, illegal use of a dangerous weapon and illegally carrying a weapon, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The woman was transported to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, McKneely said.

Multiple men were seen leaving the scene in the 12000 block of Province Place after the shooting, and police detained two of the men for questioning. Of those, only Hayward was arrested and no other arrests are anticipated, McKneely said.

Deputies say woman punched, robbed

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a 29-year-old man accused of punching a woman in the face and robbing her on a motel balcony in August.

Deputies booked Zane Joseph Marks, 29, 307 Vieux Orleans, Lafayette, into Parish Prison on a count of simple robbery, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Marks is accused of attacking the woman as she walked along the second-floor balcony of the Super 8 Hotel around 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, the affidavit says.

Marks snuck up behind her and punched her twice in the face, causing her to fall and drop several bags of groceries. He then snatched $30 from her bra, grabbed the groceries and took off, soon dropping the groceries before fleeing in a black car, the affidavit says.

The victim told deputies she was on her way to visit a friend at the hotel when she was robbed and that she knew Marks through Facebook, according to the affidavit.

Seven DWI suspects booked into prison

Authorities arrested at least seven 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. Friday, booking records show

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Marvin Canty, 50, 6940 Baytree Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Henry Grinner, 33, 1410 Johnston St., Baker, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to signal while turning and speeding.
  • Joseph Marva, 55, 252 Marion Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Ngan Nguyen, 20, 9915 Big Bend Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage, reckless operation and speeding.
  • Natalie Raff, 26, 2305 White Dove Pass, Austin, Texas, first-offense DWI, speeding and reckless operation.
  • James Roach, 43, 5617 Prescott Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, an equipment violation and a stop sign or yield sign violation.
  • John Young, 56, 3007 Jackson Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, license plate required, driver’s license required or expired and reckless operation.

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