Baton Rouge Police: Tip leads to arrest of man wanted in two home invasions _lowres

Joseph Carroll, 30

A CrimeStoppers tip led Baton Rouge Police to a 30-year-old man wanted in two home invasions, including one in which he allegedly tried to shoot a woman.

Joseph Peter Carroll II, 1680 O’Neal Lane, Apt. 430, was arrested by Baton Rouge Police’s SWAT team at a location off Sherwood Forest Boulevard Wednesday, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

Police had been seeking Carroll on a pair of warrants for violent home invasions that occurred in August and October.

In an Oct. 17 incident, Carroll smashed through a window at his ex-girlfriend’s home on Rembrandt Drive, pointed a loaded handgun at the woman and pulled the trigger, a Baton Rouge Police report says. When the weapon didn’t fire, Carroll struck her on the head with the pistol, the report says.

During an Aug. 2 incident, Carroll showed up in the early morning hours at an apartment in the 1100 block of North Ardenwood Drive after “a long night of drinking,” another Baton Rouge Police report says, and began pounding on the door and demanding money from one of the residents.

After those in the apartment refused to open the door and told Carroll to leave, Carroll punched through a window and climbed inside, slicing open his hand in the process, the report says.

Bleeding heavily, Carroll “contaminated the residence with his blood” and got in a brief argument with a woman in the apartment, the report says, after which he “left of his own accord, but not before breaking another window with a closed fist,” according to the report.

Carroll was booked into Parish Prison Wednesday on counts of attempted second-degree murder, home invasion, aggravated battery, domestic abuse battery, child endangerment, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling and criminal damage to property.