Traffic stop leads to arrest of attempted murder suspect
A man confessed to setting his girlfriend’s house on fire and shooting her when police pulled him over to give him a ticket for driving recklessly earlier this week.
Traffic officers stopped 51-year-old Anthony K. White in Central City near the corner of Earhart Boulevard and Magnolia Street around 2:55 a.m. Monday. As authorities approached White, he began rattling off details about an attack in Baton Rouge on his 44-year-old girlfriend.
Police said White poured fuel in his girlfriend’s apartment in the 3300 block of Hollywood Street and lit a fire July 30th. Around 7 a.m. the next day, he returned to the home and threatened to kill her as she stood outside talking to a friend. Authorities said White pulled out a handgun and shot her in the right arm. She fled to her friend’s nearby truck, grabbed a gun from inside, shot back but missed. White fired several more times into the side of the truck, causing its windows to shatter. Glass poured onto the girlfriend’s face and cut her.
The girlfriend went to a hospital for help, and White fled. He resurfaced after his erratic driving drew police attention patrolling a New Orleans intersection about 85 miles away. White told police to remove a handgun from his passenger seat and a sawed-off shotgun from his trunk.
White is booked in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on counts of attempted murder, aggravated arson and violating a restraining order. His bail is set for $490,000.