Police arrested a car salesman Wednesday accused of pointing a shotgun at another man and stealing the victim’s prescription pills on July 1 at the dealership on Airline Highway, according to an arrest warrant.
The victim met Matthew Abbott, 28, at the dealership — Alleman Auto Imports on 9253 Airline Highway — to work out a deal on a used car, the warrant says.
The victim was sitting in Abbott’s office when a bottle of prescription pills fell out of his pocket, the warrant says.
Abbott told the victim to let the pills stay on the floor and leave, the warrant says.
The victim refused to leave the pills. Abbott pulled out a shotgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded the pills, the warrant says.
Abbott and another man, David Allen Blanchard, then attacked the victim and pried the pills from his hands, the warrant says.
The warrant does not say why Blanchard was at the dealership.
Abbott and Blanchard fled the scene, the warrant says.
Abbott, 33893 Cane Market Road, Walker, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery.
A warrant has also been issued for Blanchard.
Arson suspected in two morning fires
Arson is suspected in two unrelated early morning fires Thursday, said Barry Mounce, Fire Department spokesman.
Firefighters arrived at a building fire at 2:47 a.m. at 3185 Balis Drive, Mounce said in a news release.
That fire gutted the building’s storage area and caused smoke damage to the office area, Mounce said. No one was injured.
The fire took several hours to extinguish because of large, combustible mats stored in the building, Mounce said.
Firefighters had to use heavy equipment to pull the mats out into the parking lot and douse them with water and foam, he said.
The fire caused about $500,000 in damage, the release says.
The second fire started at Scroggins Transmission on 1798 N. Foster Drive, Mounce said.
Baton Rouge police responded to a call around 3:30 a.m. about an alarm going off in the building, Mounce said.
Firefighters arrived at the scene at 3:49 a.m. and brought the blaze under control, the release says.
The fire caused $25,000 in damage to the building’s shop area, Mounce said.
Nobody was at the business when the fire started, Mounce said.
Authorities arrest 13 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least 13 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish — including a man for a fourth-offense DWI — and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
• Brian Arroyave, 25, 716 S. Tinley Drive, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• William Banick, 54, 4515 Moss Green Court, Houston, La., first-offense DWI.
• Chase Craven, 22, 10687 Goodwood Blvd., first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Jason Cross, 26, 10444 Kelly Lane, Waggaman, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Christopher Decesara, 21, 17534 General Forrest Ave., first-offense DWI.
• Ross Hollier, 20, 6923 Alden Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and headlights required.
• Allison Kreutz, 24, 204 Wales Road, Greensburg, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Bohdan Lozovyy, 22, 8909 Worthington Estates Ave., fourth-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Claire Mackay, 18, 19224 Green Heron Drive, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Ryan Olano, 21, 2647 Credear Lane, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, other laws of the road and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• Joshua Palmintier, 37, 7412 Seven Oaks Ave., first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required and reckless operation of a vehicle.
• George Popov, 42, 7655 Rienzi Blvd., first-offense DWI.
• Wayne Shelton, 34, 1626 Beechgrove Drive, first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession, reckless operation of a vehicle and license plate required.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.