Baton Rouge police and fire briefs for April 19, 2014

Officers shot had been using battering ram

Two police officers injured Wednesday night were in the process of busting through the front door of a north Baton Rouge home with a battering ram when bullets flew through the partially open door and a nearby wall, striking them.

According to an affidavit of probable cause for Patrick Lathan, 18, the man accused of shooting the Special Response Team members, five officers were on the porch of the North 36th Street residence when the shooting started about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A police spokesman said officers did not return gunfire.

One of the five officers witnessed Lathan fire gunshots through the door partially broken open by the battering ram, the affidavit says.

Officers found Lathan and seven other people inside the home when they entered to serve a high-risk search warrant at the suspected drug house.

However, once inside, police did not find any drugs, a police spokesman has said.

Police found a handgun behind a sofa during a search inside the home, the affidavit says.

Lathan told investigators he did not have a weapon when police entered the home, nor did he believe anyone else had a weapon, according to the affidavit.

Police: Woman robbed, kidnapped, raped

A woman was walking along Scenic Highway early Friday next to an armed man when she spotted a police car and sprinted for safety. She told police the man had just raped her at gunpoint, and officers ran after him and quickly caught him, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police booked the man, George Wright, 40, 2005 Fairchild St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, armed robbery, second-degree kidnapping, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm, booking records show.

The woman, 36, told investigators that Wright approached her as she was walking in the 1800 block of Scenic Highway shortly before 2 a.m. She said he pulled out a silver handgun and forced her into a wooded area behind a car wash, where he raped her at gunpoint, according to the affidavit.

Afterword, Wright allegedly stole the woman’s cellphone and food stamp card. Fearing she would be killed, the woman told Wright she could give him more money if he walked with her to a friend’s home nearby, the affidavit says.

On the way there, near Birch Street by Interstate 110, the woman saw the police car and ran toward it. Wright fled, but police soon caught him in possession of a stolen firearm, the affidavit says.

In 1997, Wright was convicted on first-degree robbery charges and sentenced to 20 years in prison, court records show.

Wright was on parole for a first-degree robbery conviction when he was arrested Saturday, according to the affidavit.

Man arrested in rape of 13-year-old girl

Police on Friday arrested a 33-year-old man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl on two occasions in Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge police booked Norman J. Coleman, 33, 8316 S. Bunker Hill, New Orleans, into Parish Prison on counts of forcible rape and sex crimes against a child, booking records show.

Coleman is accused of raping the girl on two separate occasions in February at a Bard Avenue home, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The girl told investigators Coleman once forced her to watch pornography before raping her, the affidavit says.

Groom-to-be booked in battery of fiancée

A Thursday night fight between a couple scheduled to be married Saturday ended with the groom-to-be in handcuffs.

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies booked Charles Anthony Lee, 38, of Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery and cruelty to a juvenile, booking records show.

The woman told detectives that during an argument at their home, Lee dumped a 12-pack of soda on her lap, and then began kicking a coffee table, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Lee is accused of then grabbing and shaking his fiancée and her daughter.

Afterword, Lee left the residence, and the woman locked the door behind him. But he soon returned, beating on the door and prompting the woman and her daughter to lock themselves inside an upstairs bedroom.

Eventually, Lee broke into the home and busted the bedroom door open, the woman told detectives, leading to another fight. At one point, they fell into a window, breaking it, the affidavit says.

Not long after that, the woman escaped and deputies arrived and arrested Lee.

One woman robbed, another escapes

Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of robbing one woman and attempting to rob another who fought him off by “chopping” him in the throat.

Baton Rouge police booked Jamon Cortez Hyeem Hannah, 18, 10530 Florida Blvd., Apt. 629, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, booking records show.

Hannah is accused of robbing a woman of her cellphone while armed with a handgun shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday near his apartment complex, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Hannah also is accused of approaching an elderly woman a few hours later with the same weapon and demanding a wallet. In defense, she “throat chopped” Hannah, which knocked him to the ground, the affidavit says.

Hannah allegedly ran away through some mud, and detectives later found the muddy shoes inside his apartment. Also, detectives found inside the apartment a gun that Hannah said he used in the robbery and attempted robbery, the affidavit says.

Man, 25, arrested in feticide attempt

Police on Thursday arrested a 25-year-old man accused of punching a pregnant woman in the stomach in December because he didn’t want the baby.

Baton Rouge police booked Marty Green, 5334 Hunters Park Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of attempted first-degree feticide, booking records show.

The woman told investigators Green previously asked her to get an abortion before he punched her in the stomach on Dec. 23 as she slept. Afterward, the woman reported Green said, “I am sorry but I am not ready for another baby,” according to a warrant for his arrest.

The woman, 20, was nine weeks pregnant at the time.

2 women arrested in separate stabbings

Baton Rouge police arrested two women Thursday, each accused of stabbing different men in separate incidents in north Baton Rouge on Wednesday night.

Police booked Briana Jones, 20, 2035 Madison Ave., and Lamonica Douglas, 45, 5875 Stearns St., both of Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, booking records show.

Douglas also was booked on a count of domestic abuse battery.

Douglas is accused of stabbing her husband, 46, during an argument.

Douglas initially denied stabbing him, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Under further questioning, she said her husband climbed on top of her during the fight and held a knife to her throat, which she was able to turn on him, stabbing him in the chest, the affidavit says.

A witness reported the husband pushed Douglas during the fight, prompting her to leave the room, return with a knife and stab her husband, the affidavit says.

Jones is accused of stabbing a man, 31, in the arm and stomach. She told detectives she stabbed the man only after he choked her and punched her in the face, although detectives said they found no evidence on her body to support her claims, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least two 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:

Natasha Parker, 41, 10528 Cassle Road, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and careless operation.

Marvin Vaughn, 46, 185 Vaughn Road, Melville, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, drinking in a motor vehicle, hit-and-run and reckless operation.

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