A Baton Rouge police officer had to force his way into an apartment Saturday to arrest a 39-year-old man accused of choking and punching his live-in girlfriend during an argument, according to a police report.
The argument between James Rabb and his girlfriend at their Main Street apartment at about 4 p.m. became physical when he started to choke her, covering her face with his hands, according to a police report. He punched her in the face, knocking her unconscious, the report says.
Rabb locked himself in the apartment and would not come out when an officer called his name several times — causing the officer to force his way into the apartment, the report says.
The woman, who told police she had been living with Rabb since November, was taken to a hospital.
Rabb, of the 1300 block of Main St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery and resisting an officer.
Police identify 1 of 2 bodies found in field
One of the two people found dead in a field off Plank Road on Saturday night was a homeless man who died of natural causes, Baton Rouge police said Sunday.
Police found Henery Gray, 59, “face down in a puddle of water, surrounded by weeds” in a field in the 1300 block of Plank Road at Scenic Highway, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.
Gray’s body was the second found in the field Saturday. A man riding by in a car saw the partially nude body of a 30-year-old woman lying in a path surrounded by brush in another part of the field near the 1500 block of Gracie Street.
She had been shot multiple times in an attack that likely occurred Friday night, McKneely said.
Police continued on Sunday to withhold her identity pending notification of next of kin, he said.
Karl Moore, who lives near where the woman’s body was discovered, said he spotted her just feet from the road, lying on her back, while he was riding by in a car. When he called out to her, she did not respond.
Officials: Man steals car, leads wild chase
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 19-year-old man accused of stealing a car from a parking lot — and leading deputies on a brief but wild chase that ended with the stolen car crashing into a house Saturday night.
The incident began when a man came out of Silverleaf Grocery Store on Silverleaf Avenue and discovered his gray Honda Accord missing, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. He called deputies and was leading them to his home to provide them with papers for the stolen car when deputies spotted a gray Honda Accord headed down Oakside Drive in the wrong lane and without lights, the report says.
A deputy pulled the car over on Pontotoc Street and was walking up to it when the car suddenly drove off at a high speed, running two vehicles off the road, according to the report.
A brief chase followed, in which another deputy positioned his car in the path of the Accord near Maplewood Drive — but that deputy had to accelerate out of the way when the Accord did not slow down and almost crashed into the marked unit, the report says.
Moments later, the Accord crashed into a home’s front yard, through a fence and finally came to a stop, “seriously wrecked,” the report says. Four men jumped out of the car and started running. Three were captured and arrested, including 19-year-old Keondre Washington, who punched a deputy in the face when he was taking him into custody in the home’s backyard, according to the report.
Deputies also found Washington in possession of tramadol hydrochloride, a Schedule IV drug.
The report does not say what happened to the fourth suspect.
Washington, of 5659 Matthews St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, possession of a Schedule IV drug, resisting an officer with force or violence, battery of a police officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, aggravated criminal damage to property, no driver’s license and headlights required.
Authorities book 8 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least eight people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Vincent Brown, 23, 1860 Boulevard de Province, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.
Sy Gaudet, 22, 27577 Gaylord Road, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, drinking in a motor vehicle, license plate required and reckless operation.
Robert Judson, 54, 9760 Pride Port Hudson Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and license plate required.
Clarence Lanaute, 25, 2928 Main St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, driver’s license not in possession and license plate violation.
Ted McKeehan, 41, 9762 Highway, St. Francisville, first-offense DWI
Tewabetch Negatu, 26, 752 Van Buren St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, seat belt violation and unsafe backing.
Lawrence Roberts, 21, 10115 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of marijuana, reckless operation and disobeying a traffic control device.
Gregory Spears, 57, 1464 E. Sierra Vista Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, driver’s license not in possession and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.