Zachary man arrested in Plank Road holdup

Baton Rouge police arrested a Zachary man Tuesday in the Monday robbery of a Dollar General store on Plank Road, a police spokesman said.

Billie Washington, 31, 21930 Samuel Road, was booked into Parish Prison on Tuesday morning on a count of armed robbery, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a police spokesman.

Washington was found through a Crimestoppers tip, Coppola said.

Coppola said Washington walked into the store at 4017 Plank Road at 1:50 p.m. Monday, appearing as though he was shopping, then showed the cashier a handgun, snatched money from the register and grabbed some items from the store’s shelves before running out.

Coppola said police recovered some stolen property from Washington when they arrested him.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Meghan Pisani, 20, 1645 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and simple obstruction of a public highway.
  • Johnny Wilson, 37, 6141 Callahan St., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI, driver’s license required and improper lane usage.

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