Officials: Home set on fire to cover up burglary

While the occupants of a home on Tecumseh Street were out Saturday night, someone set fire to their house to try to cover up a burglary, a Baton Rouge Fire Department official said.

The fire at 3400 Tecumseh St. started about 11:35 p.m., Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman, said Sunday.

Investigators “determined that the house was burglarized and set on fire to cover up the crime,” Monte said in a news release.

The five people living in the home were out when firefighters arrived and found nearly half the home ablaze.

Fire damaged the living room, a front bedroom and the attic above those rooms, Monte said. Water and heavy smoke damaged the rest of the house.

Firefighters doused the blaze in about 20 minutes. Damage to the $45,000 home was estimated at $25,000, he said.

Police: Man assaults girlfriend after breakup

Baton Rouge police said that after a woman told her boyfriend their one-month relationship was finished, the 22-year-old man chased her down a street with a handgun, shouting that it wasn’t over between them.

Jeremy Donahue harassed and assaulted his girlfriend over a three-day period, beginning about June 12, according to the arrest warrant.

In one of the incidents, police said when the woman came outside to tell Donahue to leave, he hit her with his car, the warrant says. It was unclear whether the victim was injured.

Donahue also slapped and yelled at her, the warrant says.

Donahue, 1334 Roundhill Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Sunday for aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery, booking records show.

Seven suspected of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least seven 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:

  • Osman Alvarado, 31, 7424 Meadow Park Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession and failure to maintain control.
  • Clarence Anderson, 40, 4358 N. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
  • Mauricio Benavides, 24, 6921 Avenida Del Paseo St., Palmview, Texas, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Daniel Branch, 37, 13320 Greenview Ave., Baton Rouge, third-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.
  • Daniel Guient, 28, 6349 Ingram Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, headlights required and reckless operation.
  • Taylor Santos, 20, 11072 Garrett Drive, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, improper lane use and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Norberto Vasquez, 41, 2039 Jasper Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving left of center, reckless operation of a vehicle, driver’s license not in possession.

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