A man accused of beating and burning to death a 26-year-old man during a string of armed robberies in Baton Rouge was transferred to Parish Prison Friday night after serving a sentence from a shootout with police officers in Las Vegas.
Kentro Taylor, 42, had fled to Las Vegas after allegedly killing one man in Baton Rouge in 2004 and the following year shooting someone else in front of witnesses at an apartment, according to Baton Rouge police reports.
He was discovered in Las Vegas a month after the last shooting, when he and his girlfriend tried to escape law enforcement in a high-speed chase, when shots were fired at officers pursuing them, according to a Las Vegas Sun report of the incident.
After serving time in Las Vegas, Taylor was transferred to Baton Rouge police custody for crimes he’s accused of committing here, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Saturday.
Taylor is accused of a string of robberies in 2004 in Baton Rouge that ended in a killing.
According to the police report, he and three others tied up and beat a man in Spanish Town, to gain information on where he could find money and drugs, then went to another home, tied up those inside with phone and extension cords and stole cash, drugs and a handgun.
The group continued its spree by invading one last home, where a man was last seen alive with his hands bound behind his back, according to the report. Two hours later, police responded to a vehicle on fire and discovered the man dead, from injuries later determined to be due to the beating and fire, the report says.
Taylor is also accused of walking into a Baton Rouge apartment with another man in 2005 and shooting a person multiple times after an argument involving a woman inside, according to accounts multiple witnesses gave to police. Taylor and the other man left after the shots were fired, the police report says.
The victim of that shooting survived, McKneely said Saturday.
Taylor was booked on counts of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection to the first incident; and attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a dangerous instrument or dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection to the second incident.