BR man accused of shooting at vehicle
Police on Wednesday arrested a man accused of firing several gunshots at a vehicle with at least two people inside while he was standing in the back of a moving pickup truck.
Police booked Antonio Switzer, 26, 446 E. Buchanan St., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated criminal damage to property and fugitive from justice, booking records show.
According to an arrest warrant, Switzer was riding in the back of a truck on May 5 when he fired four shots into a nearby vehicle in the 100 block of Taft Street, just east of Highland Road.
The warrant does not specify whether the gunshots struck anyone.
Off-duty cop jumps on truck to foil burglary
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrested two brothers Wednesday in an April 8 incident during which an off-duty Baton Rouge police officer found himself hanging onto a truck’s tailgate and then jumping onto the bed while attempting to stop two suspected burglars from escaping a trailer park.
Brothers Jeffrey A. Hankton, 45, and Michael A. Hankton, 47, both of 409 E. New River St., Gonzales, were booked into Parish Prison on counts of battery on a police officer, resisting an officer and burglary of an inhabited dwelling, booking records show.
According to arrest warrants, the officer, wearing plain clothes and accompanied by his mother, approached a home where three men were loading a stove and refrigerator onto a truck. Soon after, the men began to drive off, striking the officer.
That’s when he jumped into the back of the truck and clung to its tailgate as it drove away, the warrants say.
The officer then climbed onto the bed of the truck and struck the truck’s back window with the butt of his department-issued handgun in an attempt to get them to stop as the truck drove along Greenwell Springs Road. Eventually, the men pulled over, got out and tried to attack the officer, according to the warrants, and, in response, he pointed his gun at them.
At some point, the officer was able to get off the truck bed, but the three men fled the scene, the warrants say. The officer was not injured.
In addition to Jeffrey Hankton and Michael Hankton, an arrest warrant also was issued for Q’Darious Hankton, 19, a nephew of the Hankton brothers. It was unclear Thursday night whether he had been arrested.
Surveillance photos of robbers released
Baton Rouge Police released pictures Thursday night of two men wanted in the early Wednesday morning armed robbery of a Government Street McDonald’s restaurant.
Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a police spokesman, said one of the men held up an employee of the restaurant, 720 Government St., while another walked to the back and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone with any information concerning this robbery is asked to contact the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.