Baker police make arrest in attempted murder of 69-year-old man _lowres

Keddrick Augustus

Police have arrested a Baker man accused of knocking on his neighbor’s door, and pretending to be a UPS worker, shooting the resident twice Thursday in a robbery attempt that left the 69-year-old injured.

When the homeowner answered the door at his home in the 4500 block of Harding Street, he found Keddrick Augustus, 17, pointing a gun in his face while demanding money, said Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps.

The homeowner slammed the door shut, but then Augustus opened fire, and two bullets struck the homeowner in the torso after traveling through the door, Knaps added. The man’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Augustus then took off. He was apprehended five days later during a patrol of the area, and was found to have a gun with bullets that matched the type of .45-caliber bullets found at the crime scene, Knaps said.

Augustus, of 4604 Chapeau Drive, Baker, denied involvement in the shooting. His home on Chapeau Drive lies roughly 60 yards from the scene of the robbery on Harding Street, Knaps noted.

Augustus was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted armed robbery, aggravated criminal damage to property, and illegal use of a weapon.