Man arrested in rape of 11-year-old girl

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a man accused of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Johnathan Knight, 27, in June showed the girl a pornographic video before raping her, according to his arrest warrant. The victim told her mother, who contacted authorities, the warrant says.

Knight, 3681 La. 1 South, Port Allen, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of indecent behavior with juveniles and aggravated rape.

Children escape house fire unharmed

Three children who were home when a kitchen fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at their Tampa Drive home managed to escape unharmed, the Fire Department said.

Fire crews arrived at 9564 W. Tampa Drive about 12:20 p.m. and brought the blaze under control in about 20 minutes, Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Mark Miles said in a news release. The fire caused an estimated $175,000 worth of damage, he said.

2 sought in thefts of packages from porches

Baton Rouge Police are looking for two men suspected of stealing packages from front porches in Baton Rouge at various hours of the day and evening.

One man was wearing dark shorts and a light-colored jacket, is between 5 feet 3 inches and 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighs between 130 and 150 pounds. The second man is in his late teens, was wearing dark pants and a green hooded sweatshirt, and is between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Anyone with details on the robberies may call the Misdemeanor Follow-Up Division at (225) 389-4979 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Authorities book 5 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least five people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Jose Cruz Cortez, 27, 7150 Pecue Lane, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, improper lane usage, insurance required and driver’s license required.

Brian Johnston, 31, 2007 Ovid Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to change address on driver’s license, motor vehicle insurance required and license plate required.

Stefan Rutledge, 30, 4955 Sumrall Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to yield at private drive and reckless operation of vehicle.

Grant Shrader, 25, 2233 Lee Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, open-container violation, driving left of center and reckless operation of vehicle.

James Sterling, 37, 5206 Winbourne Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI.

To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.