Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Jan. 25, 2014

Woman recognizes alleged robber

Baton Rouge police arrested a 29-year-old man Wednesday accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in December near Coursey Boulevard.

Police booked Xavier Bazile, 29, 13675 Coursey Blvd., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of simple robbery, according to Parish Prison booking records.

The woman was sitting inside her vehicle near Coursey Boulevard about 9 p.m. Dec. 8, having just dropped off a passenger, when Bazile approached, opened the driver-side door and shoved her, according to an arrest warrant.

“ ‘We can do this the easy way or the hard way!’ ” Bazile allegedly said to the woman, the warrant says.

He’s accused of then grabbing the woman’s cellphone and some money before fleeing.

The woman, however, recognized Bazile from a rap music flyer she’d previously seen, and later identified him as “A1 Wissel” to investigators, the warrant says.

Deputies: Robber hid in car trunk

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 34-year-old man accused of robbing two people at gunpoint Wednesday night in Zachary after he hid in the trunk of their car then surprised them at gunpoint once the car started moving.

Deputies booked Nicholas Brown, 34, 4644 Richmond Drive, Ethel, into Parish Prison on a count of armed robbery, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Deputies also booked Jobaro D. Wilkerson, 34, 385 W. Flanacher Road, on a count of armed robbery, accusing him of borrowing the car earlier in the day and conspiring with Brown via text messages prior to the robbery about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday near Barnett Cut Off Road, affidavits say.

Brown hid inside the trunk of a Ford Fusion, then knocked out the back seat and held a man and a woman at gunpoint, ordering the man to drive or he would kill the woman, affidavits say.

The woman immediately fled, and the man drove away, although Brown later robbed the man of several hundred dollars and pushed him out of the car, affidavits say.

Detectives later found the vehicle running with the key in the ignition at the BREC Chamberlain Street Park. It was returned to the victims, affidavits say.

Four accused of driving while intoxicated

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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Tiran Clayton, 40, 3015 Newton St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, failure to signal while turning and drinking in a motor vehicle.
  • Thomas Harrison, 25, 1028 Camelia Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
  • Zachary Phillips, 19, 25720 Adams Lane, Jackson, first-offense DWI, possession of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, careless operation and a seat belt violation.
  • Eugene Stuart, 21, 9945 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning and driving over a median.

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