Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a woman accused of setting fires outside her next-door neighbor’s apartment two times in the same night, on August 31, causing damage to the side of the victim’s unit.

The incident began when an apartment resident awoke on his living room couch to find fire coming through his front window, according to the arrest warrant. He told police that when he stepped outside he saw Shannon Veal, 35, standing on his porch next to his gas canister, which was on fire.

Veal told him she was trying to light his barbecue grill, the warrant says. The neighbor put out the flames and Veal walked away.

But only a few minutes later the neighbor saw fire outside his apartment again, and when he rushed outside found Veal had returned — and that this time some tools were on fire as well, the warrant says.

Police later tried several times but were unable to get in touch with Veal, according to the warrant. Veal, of 8562 Rush Avenue, was booked into Parish Prison Friday on a count of aggravated arson.

BR man booked in assault on girlfriend

A Baton Rouge man is accused of assaulting his live-in girlfriend at their apartment early Monday after accusing her of cheating on him, an altercation that spilled outside.

George Benavides, 34, accused the woman of cheating on him when she woman returned from Wal-Mart at around 2 a.m., according to the arrest warrant

The woman tried to go to sleep in the room belonging to her five- and six-year-old children, but Benavides followed her inside, putting his hands over her nose and mouth and dragging her outside when she stated to scream, the warrant says.

The woman eventually escaped by running down the street to a friend’s house. Benavides drove away in the woman’s Honda Accord. The warrant does not specify if their two children were present when the incident occurred.

Benavides, of 8114 Bayou Fountain Avenue, was booked into Parish Prison Friday on a count of domestic abuse battery.

Three booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Michael Byrd, 53, 935 Monet Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and headlights required.
  • Lionel Labrey, 50, 1839 Georgia St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, failure to signal and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Jeremy Mason, 19, 1172 1st Street, Arcadia, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle, purchase of alcohol by a juvenile, purchase of alcohol by a person under 21 and reckless operation of vehicle.

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