WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Crime Crime en-us Copyright 2022, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 28 May 2022 HH:05:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ https://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Home invasion reported in upscale Denham Springs neighborhood; homeowner beaten, robbed in apparent setup https://www.wbrz.com/news/homeowner-beaten-robbed-in-apparent-home-invasion-plot/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/homeowner-beaten-robbed-in-apparent-home-invasion-plot/ Crime Fri, 27 May 2022 1:01:41 PM Jeremy Krail Home invasion reported in upscale Denham Springs neighborhood; homeowner beaten, robbed in apparent setup

DENHAM SPRINGS - A man was robbed at gunpoint at his own home by a pair of attackers, one of them a woman he willingly let inside.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said the home invasion happened May 25 on Crooked Creek Lane. According to the sheriff's office, the victim was in his home with a "female acquaintance" when Robert Benson snuck in through a back door.

Once Benson was inside, the woman—identified as Alyssa Dennis—turned on the homeowner. Both Benson and Dennis then armed themselves with victim's own guns and robbed him.

The pair fled with the victim's belongings, including his cell phone, and the man went to a neighbor's home to call for help. The victim was later taken to a hospital and treated for a fractured nose and other head injuries he suffered in the attack. 

Sheriff's deputies are still looking for Benson and Dennis.

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4-year-old shot with unsecured gun, police make arrest https://www.wbrz.com/news/4-year-old-shot-with-unsecured-gun-police-make-arrest/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/4-year-old-shot-with-unsecured-gun-police-make-arrest/ Crime Thu, 26 May 2022 8:47:30 PM Trey Schmaltz 4-year-old shot with unsecured gun, police make arrest

BATON ROUGE - Police said a man left a gun unattended, leading to two kids finding the gun and playing with it.  While they were playing with it, it was fired, hitting a 4-year-old.

The shooting happened around 6:30 Thursday evening on Erie Street in Baton Rouge.  The child was driven to the hospital.  Police were notified about the shooting when the child was brought to the hospital. 

Police arrested Kiante Hawkins.  Hawkins is charged with negligent injury.  Police said he left the gun unattended. 

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Police: Man tried to rape guard dogs after breaking into Baton Rouge business https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-man-tried-to-rape-guard-dogs-after-breaking-into-baton-rouge-business/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-man-tried-to-rape-guard-dogs-after-breaking-into-baton-rouge-business/ Crime Fri, 27 May 2022 11:21:33 AM WBRZ Staff Police: Man tried to rape guard dogs after breaking into Baton Rouge business

BATON ROUGE - Police are looking for a man who forced his way onto a business's property and tried to sexually abuse two dogs.

An arrest warrant said Rage Hewitt, 28, was seen on surveillance footage dated May 20, removing boards from a wooden fence at the property on Cedarcrest Avenue. Once he got past the fence, Hewitt was seen removing his clothes and chasing around two guard dogs while fondling himself, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.  

At some point in the roughly 15-minute affair, police said Hewitt was able to briefly corner one of the dogs off camera, where the animal is heard yelping. He was also seen tying a shirt around one dog's mouth and holding his genitalia near the animal's face with his back to the camera.

"After approximately 15 minutes of chasing the animals around the yard unclothed, the defendant eventually gives up, gathers his [loose] clothing, and exits the property through the previously removed fence panels," one officer wrote.

Police said it was unclear what he exactly he did to either animal off camera, but one of the dogs was treated for a cut to its leg after it was seen limping.

Authorities posted photos of the attacker on social media Friday, later saying that detectives had identified the man but that he had not yet been arrested. Hewitt is wanted on charges of cruelty to animals, sexual abuse of an animal and unauthorized entry of a place of business.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact authorities at (225)344-7867.

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Deputies: Juveniles facing hate crime charges after multiple armed robberies appearing to target Hispanic victims https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-juveniles-facing-hate-crime-charges-after-multiple-armed-robberies-appearing-to-target-hispanic-victims/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/deputies-juveniles-facing-hate-crime-charges-after-multiple-armed-robberies-appearing-to-target-hispanic-victims/ Crime Thu, 26 May 2022 8:30:06 PM Sarah Lawrence Deputies: Juveniles facing hate crime charges after multiple armed robberies appearing to target Hispanic victims

BATON ROUGE - Deputies made two arrests Wednesday of juveniles connected to several armed robberies on and around Gardere Lane throughout May.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office responded to reports of an armed robbery and gunfire on the 8500 block of Rush Avenue. Victims on the scene reported three men had tried to rob them before firing at them, and at least two vehicles in the area had bullet holes in them.

Deputies found the three suspects nearby. One escaped, but the EBRSO was able to arrest a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old. According to the sheriff's office, the two teenagers and the escaped suspect targeted Hispanic people in several armed robberies that took place throughout May.

The teenagers were booked into juvenile detention with several charges, including seven counts of armed robbery and seven counts of hate crime.

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Garden District neighborhood group says four suspects identified in recent attacks https://www.wbrz.com/news/multiple-juvenile-suspects-arrested-following-string-of-muggings-in-garden-district-neighborhood/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/multiple-juvenile-suspects-arrested-following-string-of-muggings-in-garden-district-neighborhood/ Crime Wed, 25 May 2022 2:17:27 PM WBRZ Staff Garden District neighborhood group says four suspects identified in recent attacks

BATON ROUGE -  The Garden District Civic Association said Friday, police told organizers detectives have at least four people identified as suspects in a series of muggings that rattled the usually quiet neighborhood over the last few weeks.

Police said late Friday, no one had been charged yet.

"This was a Tier 1 Top Priority for BRPD," the neighborhood group wrote.

The suspects were tied to seven different attacks in the last ten days, including ones featured on WBRZ this week: A terrifying mugging on St. Rose, another on S 22nd Street and Cherokee Street and on Park Boulevard and Terrace Avenue.

The neighborhood civic association said there were also reported attacks further down Government Street in both directions from the Garden District.

Earlier this week, police said they believed a wave of muggings in the area were connected.

"I basically was on my way home from work, and someone tried to run me off the road. I stopped the car, got out of the car, and four people got out of the car," one neighbor recalled, of a recent incident. 

Another attack was caught on video this week. That footage posted to social media shows a pair of hooded men armed with rifles blindsiding a man as he unloads groceries in his driveway.

The robbers forced the man to the ground, empty his pockets and appeared to punch him before taking off in the victim's car. 

One neighbor knew something wasn't right when she noticed something off about the driver. 

"He was wearing a ski mask around his neck, but it was like connected to his neck. I guess it was one that you could pull back easily, and that was one of the things to set me off to think this isn't right. It's hot outside and you have a ski mask around your neck that you can pull up easily," she said. 

Another post on social media said a resident in the area was tailed and then rear-ended by a suspicious vehicle on Cherokee Street last week. After the wreck, the person said three teenagers jumped out of the car and rifled through her vehicle, stealing her purse and keys. 

"I truly believe they were driving around waiting to find someone [to] hit and rob, but who knows," the victim said in a Facebook post. 

Police did not release names of the suspects. 

The Garden District civic group added, the community remains safe.

"BRPD also reviewed the past six months of activity in the Garden District and with the exception of the activities of the four arrested suspects, we remain a very safe neighborhood. They attribute this in part to it being a neighborhood where folks know their neighbors, and there are almost always eyes on the street."

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Man arrested in dating app meet-up that turned into shooting near Baton Rouge club https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-in-dating-app-meet-up-that-turned-into-shooting-near-baton-rouge-club/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-in-dating-app-meet-up-that-turned-into-shooting-near-baton-rouge-club/ Crime Thu, 26 May 2022 10:35:01 AM Jeremy Krail Man arrested in dating app meet-up that turned into shooting near Baton Rouge club

BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a man suspected of using a dating app to lure a person to a dead-end street where he then shot the victim.

The attack happened May 10 after the victim made contact with Keion Johnson, 23, on the Grindr app, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department.

The victim told police he left a friend's apartment at Red Stick Social that night and drove to the meet-up on S. 16th Street. Johnson then allegedly had the victim drive to the end of Spain Street, about a block away from the social club.

Once there, Johnson told the victim to get in the backseat of the car so he could "show him something," according to arrest documents. The victim heard Johnson—who was standing outside the car on the driver's side—make a phone call, and within minutes shots were fired into the side of the vehicle. 

The victim, who was shot three times, jumped out the passenger side door and ran back to Red Stick Social where he asked someone to call for help. He was taken to a hospital and expected to recover. 

Johnson was arrested Wednesday afternoon and booked on charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. 

Police noted that Johnson has a history of violent crimes, including charges of attempted murder and sexual battery. Johnson was previously booked in another 2018 shooting on S. 16th Street  that left a man paralyzed.

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Driver who sent bridge worker plummeting to his death gets 18-year prison sentence https://www.wbrz.com/news/driver-who-sent-bridge-worker-plummeting-to-his-death-gets-18-year-prison-sentence/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/driver-who-sent-bridge-worker-plummeting-to-his-death-gets-18-year-prison-sentence/ Crime Thu, 26 May 2022 1:16:26 PM WBRZ Staff Driver who sent bridge worker plummeting to his death gets 18-year prison sentence

LULING - A man who struck a bridge worker with his truck, knocking the Baton Rouge contractor into the Mississippi River below, was sentenced to nearly two decades in prison for the deadly hit-and-run crash. 

Investigators said 23-year-old Hunter Johnson smashed through a work zone on the Hale Boggs Bridge and sent 44-year-old Brady Ortego over the railing on Jan. 14, 2021. Ortego's body was never recovered.

Police arrived at the scene to find Johnson's mangled truck but no sign of the driver.

Troopers later determined that Johnson's mother picked him up from the crash scene and hid him from law enforcement with the help of his grandmother. Johnson was arrested in March 2021, and his mom and grandmother were booked later that summer.

Johnson pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and obstruction of justice in February. WWL-TV reported was sentenced this week to 18 years in prison with 12 years under supervision upon his release.

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Restaurant worker on the run after gunfight in parking lot of Ascension business https://www.wbrz.com/news/restaurant-worker-on-the-run-after-gunfight-in-parking-lot-of-ascension-business/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/restaurant-worker-on-the-run-after-gunfight-in-parking-lot-of-ascension-business/ Crime Thu, 26 May 2022 9:30:48 AM Jeremy Krail Restaurant worker on the run after gunfight in parking lot of Ascension business

PRAIRIEVILLE - An employee at a restaurant along Airline Highway is on the run from law enforcement after he got into a shootout with another man outside the business.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said deputies are now searching for James Sims of Baton Rouge. The sheriff's office said Sims got into an argument outside a Freddy's restaurant around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday with an acquaintance of his, 29-year-old Justin Boudreaux of Raceland. 

Boudreaux was treated at a hospital for injuries he suffered in the gunfight and later booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, and disturbing the peace.

Deputies are still looking for Sims, who faces charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, disturbing the peace, and seven counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.

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Restaurant receipt left at crime scene helped police catch suspected catalytic converter thief https://www.wbrz.com/news/restaurant-receipt-left-at-crime-scene-helped-police-catch-suspected-catalytic-converter-thief/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/restaurant-receipt-left-at-crime-scene-helped-police-catch-suspected-catalytic-converter-thief/ Crime Wed, 25 May 2022 10:05:38 AM Jeremy Krail Restaurant receipt left at crime scene helped police catch suspected catalytic converter thief

BATON ROUGE - A burglar who left his car behind at a crime scene made up a story about someone stealing it in an attempt to cover his tracks, but a receipt later helped investigators prove he was lying.

Officers were called to a used car lot on Florida Boulevard May 5 after two men cut through a chain-link fence and tried to steal catalytic converters from vehicles in the parking lot.

The two burglars reportedly fled when an employee confronted them, leaving behind a jack, saw blades, and the keys to a 2013 Infiniti M37 that was parked just outside the property.

Just hours after the break-in, police said Lawrence Ames, 42, called in to say that his vehicle—the Infiniti found at the scene—had been stolen the previous morning. Officers said in their report that Ames did not have much information, noting that Ames "stated he was high on drugs."

Inside Ames' car, police found two catalytic converters, more saw blades and a restaurant receipt dated the same day as the break-in. Investigators went to that restaurant and reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Ames grabbing lunch around the same time his car was allegedly was missing.

Ames was at the restaurant with another man, and both matched descriptions of the two suspects seen at the car shop.

Officers also learned that Ames has been arrested by "numerous" agencies for stealing catalytic converters in the past, and he had an active warrant for his arrest from the Carencro Police Department at the time of the Florida Boulevard burglary.

Ames was booked Tuesday on charges of burglary and simple criminal damage to property. He also faces charges for filing a false police report.

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Teen tied to murder case led police on high-speed chase through BR, crashed into trooper https://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-tied-to-murder-case-led-police-on-high-speed-chase-through-br-crashed-into-trooper/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/teen-tied-to-murder-case-led-police-on-high-speed-chase-through-br-crashed-into-trooper/ Crime Tue, 24 May 2022 5:50:05 PM WBRZ News Teen tied to murder case led police on high-speed chase through BR, crashed into trooper

BATON ROUGE - State troopers in Baton Rouge captured a teen "person of interest" in a New Orleans carjacking and homicide after a car chase Tuesday.

The Jeep Liberty reported to have been taken in the carjacking was spotted around 4:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish. Troopers tried to stop the Jeep, but the driver sped away, causing four separate wrecks on Siegen Lane before crashing into a trooper's police unit.

Troopers said the driver got on I-10 toward Siegen, drove the wrong way on Airline Highway back to Siegen, then tried to get on eastbound I-10 toward New Orleans. 

The 16-year-old suspect was arrested on a slew of traffic charges and with illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile. Police described him as a person of interest in a May 22 killing in Orleans Parish.

A passenger in the Jeep was taken to a hospital to be examined, police said.

Earlier, Baton Rouge Police chased a suspect in an unrelated pursuit.  It ended in a crash in Central.

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BRPD: Two injured after high-speed chase of stolen vehicle ends in crash https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-two-injured-after-high-speed-chase-of-stolen-vehicle-ends-in-crash/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-two-injured-after-high-speed-chase-of-stolen-vehicle-ends-in-crash/ Crime Tue, 24 May 2022 4:29:33 PM Logan Cullop BRPD: Two injured after high-speed chase of stolen vehicle ends in crash

CENTRAL - Police units were pursuing a stolen vehicle for seven miles before it crashed in Central Tuesday afternoon. 

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, units started following a red Mercedes that was stolen in a carjacking Sunday. The chase started on Plank Road near Sycamore around 3:46 p.m.

Officers pursued the vehicle for seven miles until it crashed on Joor Road near Lovett Road.

A male and a female were taken to a hospital with serious injuries. 

No more information is immediately available. 

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Man wanted for attempted murder captured after manhunt in Gonzales neighborhood https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-for-attempted-murder-captured-after-manhunt-in-gonzales-neighborhood/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-wanted-for-attempted-murder-captured-after-manhunt-in-gonzales-neighborhood/ Crime Sat, 21 May 2022 3:35:34 PM WBRZ Staff Man wanted for attempted murder captured after manhunt in Gonzales neighborhood

GONZALES - A man suspected of attempted murder was captured after deputies pursued him through an Ascension neighborhood Saturday afternoon.

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said Toran Munson, 37, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. in the area of Southwood Avenue. A large law enforcement presence was spotted in the area as deputies searched for Munson. 

The sheriff's office said deputies were looking for Munson related to a reported shooting in Donaldsonville last week. Munson was accused of firing a weapon at a man who was standing outside a truck near the intersection of Oak Street and West 6th Street. 

Deputies said the vehicle was struck by gunfire, but the victim was not harmed.

Munson was wanted on charges of attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and aggravated damage to property.

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Waffle House shooting leaves teen dead, 2 others hurt in Ascension https://www.wbrz.com/news/waffle-house-shooting-leaves-teen-dead-2-others-hurt-in-ascension/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/waffle-house-shooting-leaves-teen-dead-2-others-hurt-in-ascension/ Crime Sat, 21 May 2022 11:28:04 AM WBRZ Waffle House shooting leaves teen dead, 2 others hurt in Ascension

GONZALES - Random people were shot in a feud between a person and a shooter outside the Waffle House on Hwy. 30 overnight.

Police said Saturday one person was killed in the triple shooting sometime after midnight, early Saturday morning.   

Willie Bridges, 19, of Metairie, was killed.

A surviving victim is a juvenile, police said, and is in stable condition at a hospital.  The third victim, also a juvenile, is in critical condition.  At least one of the surviving two victims is from LaPlace, police said. 

Police said the shooting happened in the parking lot and the shooter was targeting someone and ended up shooting three people.  One of the three people died.

The shooter ran from the scene and has not been caught.  As of Saturday afternoon, police did not have a suspect.

"For the past couple of weeks... the parking lot has been full with people," said Bernadette Johnson, who lives nearby. "Police been having to come disperse the crowds."

Two of the three victims were taken away by ambulance, including Bridges.  The third victim was taken to a hospital by someone from the scene of the shooting.

Video given to WBRZ shows a crowd gathered beside the two victims who were left at the scene before police showed up.  People were shouting and trying to shove the victims who were on the ground, apparently trying to see if they were alive.

The video appeared to have been recorded from the balcony of the hotel next to the restaurant. 

See the video here: Viewer discretion advised. 

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Days after husband's arrest, wife of Tiki Tubing owner also arrested on sex crimes charges https://www.wbrz.com/news/days-after-husband-s-arrest-wife-of-tiki-tubing-owner-also-arrested-on-sex-crimes-charges/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/days-after-husband-s-arrest-wife-of-tiki-tubing-owner-also-arrested-on-sex-crimes-charges/ Crime Fri, 20 May 2022 11:24:25 AM Trey Schmaltz Days after husband's arrest, wife of Tiki Tubing owner also arrested on sex crimes charges

DENHAM SPRINGS – Days after the owner of Tiki Tubing was arrested on molestation charges, his wife was arrested in another sex crimes investigation, sources told WBRZ.

Patricia Dianne Fore was booked into jail Friday morning on sexual battery charges.  According to arrest information, the crimes are related to “rubbing or touching.”

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Sources said her husband, John Fore, accompanied her to the jail when she surrendered earlier Friday. She was released on a $25,000 later that afternoon.

Sources told The WBRZ Investigative Unit that Patricia Fore's charges stemmed from a 2019 complaint that resurfaced in wake of her husband's arrest this week.

In statement released Friday evening, Sheriff Jason Ard admitted his department should have taken the case more seriously when it was first reported. 

"Following John Fore’s arrest, the 2019 case was brought to my attention. On review of that case, I realized that the case had not been pursued as diligently as it should have been. The family of the victim has been made aware of this action," Sheriff Ard said in a statement.

John Fore was released from jail on bond after being arrested Monday on sexual battery charges involving a juvenile.  Fore is accused of inappropriately touching a teenage boy earlier in the month at his home.

Sources told WBRZ, Patricia Fore’s arrest is tied to a separate investigation.

This is a breaking news story.  Watch WBRZ News 2 at Noon for live updates: Stream the news here.

Also this month, Tiki Tubing and Fore were sued over the death of an LSU baseball player’s father on the Amite River.

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Thieves loaded U-Haul truck with $420 worth of Red Bull https://www.wbrz.com/news/thieves-loaded-u-haul-truck-with-420-worth-of-red-bull/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/thieves-loaded-u-haul-truck-with-420-worth-of-red-bull/ Crime Wed, 18 May 2022 1:46:14 PM WBRZ Staff Thieves loaded U-Haul truck with $420 worth of Red Bull

PORT ALLEN - Deputies are looking for a pair of low-energy thieves who stole more than 140 cans of Red Bull from a gas station and then drove off in a moving truck.

The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office shared surveillance images from the April 4 heist, which showed two men walking into the LA Express on Lobdell Highway. 

The sheriff's office said the two grabbed a total of six cases of the energy drink, valued at about $70 a piece. After they walked out the store with the drinks, they were seen on surveillance cameras loading the cases into a U-Haul truck and taking off toward I-10.

Anyone with information on thieves or their whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement at (225)382-5200.

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Man arrested after he accidentally killed someone while 'playing' with gun, police say https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-he-accidentally-killed-someone-while-playing-with-gun-police-say/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-arrested-after-he-accidentally-killed-someone-while-playing-with-gun-police-say/ Crime Wed, 18 May 2022 5:27:17 AM WBRZ Staff Man arrested after he accidentally killed someone while 'playing' with gun, police say

BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested after he allegedly killed someone while mishandling a gun, police said. 

Police found the victim, 23-year-old Kendrick Wilson, shot to death on St. Gerard Avenue around midnight. Police believe Wilson was shot in the chest while another man, 26-year-old Deangelo Coleman, was "playing" with a handgun. 

Coleman was booked on a charge of negligent homicide.

Two other shootings were reported in Baton Rouge overnight, including a deadly drive-by on Florida Boulevard. 

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Police: 18-year-old killed in drive-by shooting on Florida Boulevard https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-18-year-old-killed-in-drive-by-shooting-on-florida-boulevard/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/police-18-year-old-killed-in-drive-by-shooting-on-florida-boulevard/ Crime Wed, 18 May 2022 10:42:40 AM WBRZ Staff Police: 18-year-old killed in drive-by shooting on Florida Boulevard

BATON ROUGE - A woman was killed while riding in a car on Florida Boulevard early Wednesday morning. 

The shooting happened shortly before 3 a.m. on Florida near Sharp Road. The Baton Rouge Police Department said the victim, 18-year-old Madison Brown, was in the passenger seat of a vehicle heading west when she was struck by gunfire

Police believe the shots came from an unidentified shooter in a white SUV. 

Two other people were riding in the victim's vehicle but were uninjured. 

The shooting remains under investigation.

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BRPD officer placed on leave after he allegedly pulled gun on utility workers outside his home https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-officer-placed-on-leave-after-he-allegedly-pulled-gun-on-utility-workers-outside-his-home/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/brpd-officer-placed-on-leave-after-he-allegedly-pulled-gun-on-utility-workers-outside-his-home/ Crime Tue, 17 May 2022 9:27:53 PM Logan Cullop BRPD officer placed on leave after he allegedly pulled gun on utility workers outside his home

BATON ROUGE - A police officer was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened utility workers who were digging holes for fiber optic cables in his backyard.

According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, four utility workers were at 55-year-old Donald Johnson's home on Old Hermitage Parkway Tuesday afternoon.

The workers told deputies that Johnson came out of his home and told them to re-fill the holes while pointing a gun at them. The workers did what Johnson asked and then called their supervisor.

According to arrest paperwork, two supervisors arrived to Johnson's home, and he pointed the gun at them while they were walking up the driveway.

Johnson later told deputies he did have a gun during the encounter but claimed it was holstered on his hip the whole time.

Johnson was booked on six counts of aggravated assault on a utility service employee with a firearm.

The Baton Rouge Police Department said Johnson is currently on administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident. 

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Good Samaritan killed after he tried to protect woman from drunken aggressor, police say https://www.wbrz.com/news/good-samaritan-killed-after-he-tried-to-protect-woman-from-drunken-attacker-police-say/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/good-samaritan-killed-after-he-tried-to-protect-woman-from-drunken-attacker-police-say/ Crime Tue, 17 May 2022 2:24:30 PM WBRZ Staff Good Samaritan killed after he tried to protect woman from drunken aggressor, police say

BATON ROUGE - An 18-year-old died in the hospital after he was beaten while trying to calm a drunken man who was picking fights outside a Baton Rouge club, according to police.

The coroner's office said Hayes Sellers passed away Sunday, a week after he was rushed to a hospital in critical condition on May 8. His death was ruled a homicide as a result of blunt-force injuries to his head. 

According to arrest documents, the confrontation broke out around 2 a.m. as people were leaving a nearby club. Investigators said one of the two suspects, 21-year-old Jayce Lambert, was drunk and "trying to fight every person that he came in contact with."

Lambert allegedly got into an argument with a woman in a nearby parking lot, despite onlookers—including his own friends—telling him to stop. Sellers reportedly stepped in to defuse the situation, causing Lambert to turn his attention toward him.

"Sellers was not trying to engage in a fight and was only trying to protect the female," police wrote in their report. 

A second aggressor, 20-year-old Edmond Revelle, then stepped out of a car and allegedly punched Sellers in the face, knocking him unconscious and causing Sellers to strike his head on concrete. 

Both suspects left the scene without rendering aid or calling for help.

Revelle was arrested last week for second-degree battery and later released on bond. Police said Wednesday Revelle was re-booked for second-degree murder. 

Lambert was arrested Tuesday as a principal to second-degree murder.  

Bonds for both men have been set at $175,000 each.

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Man escaped officers after wild chase in rental car; vehicle's camera helped ID him https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-escaped-officers-after-wild-chase-in-rental-car-vehicle-s-camera-helped-id-him/ https://www.wbrz.com/news/man-escaped-officers-after-wild-chase-in-rental-car-vehicle-s-camera-helped-id-him/ Crime Tue, 17 May 2022 8:32:43 AM Jeremy Krail Man escaped officers after wild chase in rental car; vehicle's camera helped ID him

BATON ROUGE - A man who allegedly evaded state troopers after leading them on a high-speed chase in a rental car has been arrested nearly seven months after his run-in with police thanks in part to an in-car camera. 

Marquie Mosely was booked into the East Baton Rouge jail Monday afternoon on charges related to the midday pursuit on Oct. 19, 2021.

State Police said in arrest documents that Mosely, 23, was initially pulled over after a trooper clocked him going 103 miles per hour on I-110 in a Nissan sedan. Mosely initially sped away from the trooper onto US 190, but abruptly came to a stop and began walking toward the officer's vehicle with his hands up, according to arrest records.

The trooper then drew his weapon and ordered Mosely to go back to his car. Moments later, as the officer was having Mosely walk backward toward his patrol vehicle, the passenger in Mosely's vehicle stepped out. The officer ordered the passenger to get back into the car, and Mosely reportedly seized on the opportunity to jump back into the car, taking off with the passenger door still open. 

The car headed west down US 190, veered off-road at an exit ramp and "briefly became airborne" before heading south into opposing traffic on Scenic Highway, police said.

Troopers lost sight of the vehicle shortly afterward.

Investigators were later able to determine that Mosely had rented the vehicle from Enterprise, and the business's in-car camera footage helped police identify Mosely as the driver who fled. 

Mosely was arrested Sunday in Terrebonne Parish and later booked in Baton Rouge for reckless operation, resisting arrest, aggravated flight from an officer, driving without a license and other traffic violations.

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