Homeowner attacks, identifies robbery suspects
BATON ROUGE - The victim of a robbery in Baton Rouge was able to help authorities make several arrests with a key piece of information, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.
Major Lawrence McLeary said three juveniles and an adult, 30-year-old Latosha R. Wells, were arrested after a house in the Glen Oaks area was broken into Tuesday and several electronics were stolen.
McLeary said the victim told investigators was awakened by a loud noise and armed herself with a baseball bat, then found three males inside her home. She told detectives she recognized one of them to be her neighbor.
After a scuffle, the woman was able to hide in another part of her house and call deputies. She said the intruders left, and took two flat-screen TVs and an XBox 360.
McLeardy said deputies were able to develop leads based on the information they were given, and which led them to the three juveniles and Wells, who investigators believe drove the stolen items away. Detectives were also able to recover both televisions, but not the Xbox.
The three juveniles were booked into the Juvenile Detention Center and charged with Aggravated Burglary, Simple Criminal Damage to Property, and Felony Theft.
Wells was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail and charged with Illegal Possession of Stolen Things, Burglary of An Inhabited Dwelling and Simple Criminal Damage to Property.