Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for March 21, 2014

Man, girlfriend arrested in beating, kidnapping

Baton Rouge police arrested a 32-year-old man Wednesday accused of beating, kidnapping and threatening to kill his estranged wife in January.

Police booked Christopher M. Boudreaux, 32, 13479 Wales St., New Orleans, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated burglary, aggravated second-degree battery and domestic abuse battery, booking records show.

Court and booking records also show Joaniffer Hamburg, 29, 13020 Maplewood Drive, New Orleans, was arrested and accused of driving a vehicle while Boudreaux stabbed and threatened his estranged wife in the back seat on Jan. 18.

Hamburg, Boudreaux’s girlfriend, was booked on principal to aggravated kidnapping, principal to armed robbery, principal to aggravated burglary and principal to aggravated second-degree battery.

According to a warrant for Boudreaux’s arrest, he broke into his wife’s house through a bathroom window and attacked her with a knife in front of their two children and at least two others. Boudreaux also is accused of punching her and robbing her of her purse and cellphone while armed with a knife.

The woman was dragged into a vehicle driven by Hamburg, the warrant says.

As the three drove around, Boudreaux continually stabbed his estranged wife and threatened to “kill her and dump her body where no one could find it,” the warrant says.

When the three returned to the victim’s residence, Boudreaux told his estranged wife “if she called the police, he was gonna come back and kill her,” the warrant says.

BR man, 20, arrested in kidnapping, rape

U.S. marshals in Alexandria arrested a 20-year-old man Thursday accused of raping and choking a woman in Baton Rouge about a week ago.

Tyrone Isaac, 20, of Baton Rouge, will be transported to Baton Rouge and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of forcible rape, simple kidnapping, false imprisonment and simple battery, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

Isaac is accused of choking a 21-year-old woman outside a Provost Street home and telling her “Your daddy can’t protect you” before he raped her, according to a warrant for his arrest.

Arson suspected in Maryland Street blaze

Firefighters suspect arson in the Thursday fire that destroyed a $200,000 Maryland Street home.

When the Baton Rouge Fire Department arrived at 12:23 a.m. at 2234 Maryland St., fire was already moving into the attic, department spokesman Robert Combs said.

Firefighters got the two occupants out safely and had the blaze under control by 12:41 a.m., but by then the house was a total loss, he said. “Nearly 75 percent of the structure was damaged by fire. The rest sustained significant heat, smoke and water damage.”

Investigators think the fire started in the rear of the home, Combs said. They may be contacted at (225) 354-1419 with information about this case.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

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. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

Phillip Gill, 19, 12101 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, first-offense DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage, possession of marijuana and not in possession of a driver’s license.

Joseph Layton, 26, 5447 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, improper lane usage, reckless operation and speeding.

Manuel Ruiz, 64, 9220 Loren Lane, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, obstruction of a public highway, possession of alcohol in vehicle and driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

George Wade, 45, 3149 O’Neal Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and driver’s license expired.

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