Police and fire briefs for March 18

BR man arrested in hammer attacks

A Baton Rouge man said to have attacked two people with a hammer and fleeing the scene “covered in blood” Sunday also is accused of head-butting the arresting officer in the mouth en route to Parish Prison.

Baton Rouge police booked Omari Jordan, 29, 1272 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, second-degree battery and battery of a police officer.

He remained jailed as of 5:15 p.m. Monday in lieu of a $107,000 bail.

Police were dispatched to Jordan’s home for a reported assault and were told Jordan fled after the attack, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Police found him at 1253 Florida Blvd., with his clothes covered in blood.

He refused to give any information about himself, the affidavit said.

The two victims told police Jordan hit the first person in the face with a hammer and when the second victim tried to intervene, Jordan struck that person in the face and head several times before fleeing, the affidavit said.

Police did not say whether there was a motive in the attack.

Police took Jordan to Baton Rouge General Medical Center-Mid City to get his right thumb stitched, the affidavit said.

They did not say how he injured it. While leaving the hospital, Jordan head-butted the arresting officer in the mouth.

Police say social media post led to stabbing

Baton Rouge police arrested a 24-year-old woman late Sunday accused of stabbing an unidentified woman Friday following an argument over a social media post.

Police booked Tonya Dixon, 1084 Monet Drive, Apt. 26, into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery.

Police spokesman Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa said the stabbing occurred in the Sherwood Meadow Apartments.

Godawa said she was unable to tell from the police report whether the victim or suspect made the social media post that led to the argument.

On Sunday, the victim called police and said Dixon was back in the complex, the affidavit of probable cause said.

The victim told police she received several stitches on her face, arms and ring finger from the stabbing.

Dixon admitted she and the victim fought, but she denied using a knife, the affidavit said.

North Lark Street home destroyed by heater fire

Bed linens placed too close to a portable heater caught fire Monday morning, leading to a blaze that destroyed a home on North Lark Street, Baton Rouge firefighters said.

Firefighters responded to 2786 N. Lark St., at 11:02 a.m. and found the back of the home engulfed in flames, Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

The one person inside the home at the time of the fire was able to escape without injury, Monte said.

Firefighters kept the fire contained in the back of the home, but the rest of the structure sustained significant heat, smoke and water damage, Monte said.

The fire was extinguished at 11:42 a.m., he said.

The home is considered a total loss, Monte said.

The Red Cross was called to assist the displaced family.

Compiled from staff reports.