Man accused in rape of nursing home resident

A St. Amant man is accused of walking into a Baton Rouge nursing home in the early morning hours Sunday and raping a woman who is intellectually disabled, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel R. Melancon, 54, was booked Monday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of aggravated rape, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant.

Melancon walked into Jefferson Manor Nursing Home at about 1:30 a.m. and woke the victim, a 40-year-old woman, a detective wrote in the affidavit.

The victim told deputies she recognized her attacker as an ex-boyfriend of her roommate.

“The victim advised she was petrified with fright, but uttered for him to ‘stop,’ where he replied, ‘Be quiet. It’s all right,’ ” the detective wrote.

Melancon was seen on surveillance tape leaving the victim’s room and the nursing home at 1:42 a.m., according to the affidavit.

Melancon’s bail has been set at $50,000.

Shootings leave two dead in Baton Rouge

Separate shootings this week left two men dead in north Baton Rouge.

Elbert Marshall, 29, 1737 La Annie Drive, was shot just after 2 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of 12254 La Margie Drive, said L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. McKneely said police don’t yet know the motive for the shooting.

In an earlier shooting, officers responded at 10:47 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a shooting at Scenic Highway and Mulberry Street, where they found a man with a head injury lying face down on the sidewalk.

The victim was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, Baton Rouge Police Capt. Ronald Norman said in a news release.

Police didn’t report any motive or suspect in the case.

Contact the Violent Crime Division at (225) 389-4869 or CrimeStoppers at (225) 344-7867 with information.

Man wanted in theft at barbecue business

Baton Rouge police detectives are looking for a man suspected in the burglary of Sonny’s BBQ, 12475 Florida Blvd., in the early morning of April 18.

The man went through a fence behind the business and broke into an industrial smoker. He took various meats from the smoker valued at several hundred dollars, police said. The man, about 6 feet tall, was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Those with information may call the Burglary Division at (225) 389-3824 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Seven booked on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Anthony Berthelot, 21, 1100 S. Foster Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage, headlights required and speeding.
  • Kelvin Brumfield, 47, 1622 Cedar Lake Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license, failure to signal and insurance required.
  • Barry Butler, 29, 18731 Eathern Marth Road, Livingston, first-offense DWI, proof of insurance required, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, seat belt violation and careless operation.
  • April Granier, 39, 11550 South Fork Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Aidaroos Muflahi, 37, 5657 Lumley St., Detroit, Michigan, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and speeding.
  • Melissa Sheets, 29, 15215 Amanda Drive, Gonzales, first-offense DWI, speeding, license plate required and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Craig Springmeyer, 22, 6231 Sugar Hill Drive, Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation of vehicle.

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