Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baker man accused of ambushing and trying to kill his wife with a gun wrapped in a plastic bag.

The man’s wife defended herself by shoving the gun away just as her husband pulled the trigger, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sidney Kirk Pecora, 28, was hiding behind his front door while waiting for his wife to return from dropping off their kids at school, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. When she walked into the Centerra Court home, she found Pecora facing her with a gun to her head that had been wrapped in a plastic bag, the report says.

The woman “slapped the gun away” — just before Pecora fired, sending a bullet into the ceiling, the report says. Pecora aimed again — and again the woman struck the gun out of her way, as another bullet drilled into the ceiling, the report says.

Pecora then abandoned efforts to shoot at her, but refused to let her leave — until he decided to use the bathroom about an hour after the shots were fired, which was when the woman grabbed her car keys and drove to the Sheriff’s Office substation, according to the report.

When deputies arrested Pecora, he was wearing “concealable body armor,” which deputies removed after Pecora was in handcuffs, the report says. Pecora said he was innocent and that the bullet holes in the ceiling were from an earlier incident.

A search of the house yielded steroids and syringes, the report says.

Pecora, of 12706 Centerra Court, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, false imprisonment while armed with a weapon, illegal use of a weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, unlawful use or possession of body armor, domestic abuse battery, possession of a Schedule-III drug and possession of a firearm with a controlled and dangerous substance.

Arson suspected in 2 of 3 vacant house fires

Baton Rouge firefighters battled three vacant house fires in a 12-hour span — and investigators have determined at least two of those fires were intentionally set.

In the first blaze, at around 8 p.m. Monday, an arson ultimately destroyed a vacant home on St. Joseph St., said Mark Miles, a Fire Department spokesman

Firefighters arrived at 1448 St. Joseph St. to find the back of the house on fire, Miles said. By the time the flames were put out, the $75,000 building was considered a total loss. Investigators determined the fire started in two places, Miles said. The house had been boarded up for years.

Then at 1:30 a.m., a vacant house at 4353 Jefferson Ave. was destroyed in another fire that was set intentionally, Miles said. That house had an estimated value of $40,000.

At 7:30 a.m., firefighters arrived at a third vacant house at 5355½ Monarch Ave. and found light smoke emerging. They were able to extinguish the flames after only about $1,000 in damage — though the building was valued at around $20,000, Miles said. The cause of that fire is still not yet determined.

Investigators do not think the fires are related, Miles said.

Anyone with details about the fires can call the Baton Rouge Fire Department Arson Investigators at (225) 354-1419 or Crime Stoppers.

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:

  • Adam Bellocq, 21, 5230 Bright View Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and driving with a suspended license.
  • Miranda Church, 23, 3869 Chatelain Drive, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, improper lane use, failure to signal and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Jon White, 56, 4520 S. Sherwood Court, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane use.
  • Sylvia Wright, 56, 1107 La. 1042, Greensburg, first-offense DWI, careless operation, driver’s license suspended or revoked and insurance required.

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