East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies on Thursday arrested a man accused of kidnapping a man at gunpoint and beating him with a baseball bat.

Eldin Noel Ovellana Rodriguez, 19, and two other men broke into the victim’s home on Thursday, according to the arrest report. They stole cell phones from the home before taking the victim into a vehicle, the report says.

Rodriguez threatened to kill the victim’s roommate if he called the police, the report says. The men then beat the victim with a baseball bat — causing a partially collapsed lung, among other injuries — and dumped him out of their vehicle, investigators said.

Multiple witnesses identified Rodriguez, detectives said.

Rodriguez, 8686 Coy Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery, aggravated kidnapping, home invasion and armed robbery. His bail was set at $285,000, booking records show.

Man booked in rape of intoxicated woman

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested a man accused in the Dec. 6 rape of a 21-year-old woman while she was intoxicated.

James Zachary Davis, 23, raped the woman after the pair had been out drinking, according to the arrest report. The victim told police she could not remember getting home and woke up naked the next morning in a bed with Davis, the report says.

Davis later admitted he raped her while she was passed out, police said.

Davis, 3030 Congress Blvd., was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on a count of simple rape.

A judge set his bail at $25,000, booking records show.

Youngsville man booked on DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least one person suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday and booked him into Parish Prison, booking records show.

Chet Ardoin, 30, 122 E. Weeks Drive, Youngsville, was booked on second-offense DWI, marijuana possession and reckless operation of vehicle.


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