Baton Rouge Police arrested a 20-year-old man accused of trying to rob another man at gunpoint — after officers traced the suspect through his Instagram account.
The robbery took place on Jan. 15, when Creshawn Odell pretended to be selling a phone on Instagram, and the victim used the social media website to meet up with Odell at 1300 Napoleon St., according to the arrest warrant.
But when the victim arrived, he was met with a gun pressed to his head while still sitting in his car, as Odell shouted at him and demanded money, the warrant says.
Despite those threats, the man managed to speed away without giving up any valuables, the report says. He later told police he knew his assailant as “Creshawn” through Instagram — and officers used that info to obtain Odell’s photo and information, the report says.
Odell, of 2847 Congress Blvd., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on a count of attempted armed robbery.
Police investigate shooting on 16th Street
Baton Rouge Police investigated a drive-by shooting Tuesday on North 16th Street that left one man wounded and two vehicles damaged by bullets.
The incident began when shots were fired from a vehicle driving in the 2100 block of North 16th Street at around 1 p.m., said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
One man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to his torso, and two vehicles in nearby yards were struck by gunfire, McKneely said.
The injured man refused on Tuesday to cooperate with police, and further details of the shooting were not clear, McKneely said. No arrests have been made.
Authorities book 4 on suspicion of DWI
Authorities arrested at least four 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:
Timothy Bui, 19, 9443 Cuyhanga Parkway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and headlights required.
Paul Davis, 24, 5982 Fore Clarke Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, expired motor vehicle inspection, and possession of schedule 1 drugs.
Joshua Nabors, 18, 9932 Beaver Creek Drive, Shreveport, underage DWI, driving over the median and reckless operation.
James Williams, 63, 11502 Knighten Lane, Clinton, first-offense DWI, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and careless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.