Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for Feb. 1, 2014

Police: Two shot in Friday night robbery

Baton Rouge police are investigating a Friday night robbery that resulted in two men being shot off North Sherwood Forest Drive.

The two men were taken to a hospital after suffering upped-body gunshot wounds and both are expected to survive, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. in the 11300 block of Bard Avenue, just off North Sherwood Forest Drive. The men were robbed at gunpoint and shot outside an apartment complex in the area, McKneely said.

The shooter or shooters fled the scene before police arrived, McKneely said.

Men responding to website ad robbed

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested two Baton Rouge men accused of robbing three men at gunpoint in the Gardere area Thursday night after the victims had responded to an ad on Backpage.com.

Deputies booked Terell Hayes, 22, 8069 Ned Ave., Apt. 20, and Ashton O’Neal, 20, 3436 Madison Drive, into Parish Prison on three counts each of armed robbery, according to affidavits of probable cause.

Deputies learned early Friday morning that three men had been robbed at gunpoint outside Hayes’ Ned Avenue residence.

The three men had gone to the apartment in response to an advertisement placed on Backpage.com, according to the sworn documents.

When deputies showed up at the apartment shortly after midnight, O’Neal jumped out of a second-story window. Deputies later caught him. They found Hayes and a woman inside the apartment, along with credit cards, cellphones and other identification belonging to the men who were robbed Thursday night, the affidavits say.

The woman, who is not identified in the documents, denied setting up the robbery to investigators.

Hayes refused to speak with detectives and O’Neal blamed the others for the robbery, according to one of the affidavits.

Both men remained jailed in the Parish Prison on Friday night in lieu of $75,000 bail.

DNA on cap leads to suspect’s arrest

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested a 37-year-old man accused of jumping into the car of an elderly woman a year ago and grabbing her by the arm before he fled in the 9800 block of Airline Highway.

A DNA match on a hat left in the vehicle during the incident allowed police to book Gregory Hill, 37, 11623 W. Sherwood Meadow Ave., into Parish Prison on counts of attempted simple kidnapping and simple battery, according to an arrest warrant.

The woman, in her early 70s, told police that on Jan. 31, 2013, a man jumped into her car, grabbed her by the arms and told her to drive off. She screamed and honked the horn, which prompted the man to jump out and flee, the affidavit says.

A cap left behind during the robbery was processed for DNA by crime lab analysts, which resulted in a match to Hill’s DNA, the warrant says.

Seven accused of driving while intoxicated

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Roderick Chase, 46, 1952 Maryland St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and reckless operation.

Rachael Hallack, 22, 8013 President Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.

Todd Henry, 37, 39075 Prairie North Drive, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, failure to signal while turning and improper lane usage.

Michael Soileau, 20, 122 Holly St., Pineville, underage DWI and careless operation.

Devin Stowers, 21, 5411 Stones River Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and an equipment violation.

Hung Thai, 46, 1319 Ashborne Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding and driving over a median.

Willard Thornton, 31, 10793 Hill Tree Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, a stop sign/yield sign violation, reckless operation and driving without a driver’s license.

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