Man leaps from top of building to death

A 28-year-old man jumped to his death Saturday night from the top of the Shaw Center in downtown Baton Rouge, police said.

Gordon Mason, 2905 Tradition Ave., was found just before midnight Saturday on the west side of the building at 100 Lafayette St.

Video surveillance shows Mason jumped from a terrace connected to the Tsunami restaurant on the building’s sixth floor, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

According to Mason’s family, he had shown signs of depression recently following the death of friends in the military serving overseas, McKneely said.

McKneely said the restaurant was open when Mason jumped, but he was unsure how many people were on the terrace at the time.

Mason was not an employee of Tsunami, McKneely said.

The Shaw Center has six floors, including an open-air terrace on top of the building.

Arson suspected in Saturday house fire

Firefighters suspect arson in a house fire late Saturday on Iroquois Street, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.

The house was empty when firefighters arrived at 2429 Iroquois St., but the person who lived there returned home while the Fire Department was still on the scene, spokesman Barry Mounce said Sunday in a news release.

When firefighters arrived about 11 p.m., flames were shooting through multiple windows of the house, Mounce said.

The Fire Department estimated damage at $65,000, Mounce said.

The Red Cross is helping the person who lived in the house, he said.

The Fire Department is asking anyone with information about the fire to contact the Fire Department’s Investigation Division at (225) 354-1419.

2 homes damaged in early Sunday fire

A Sunday morning fire at a home on Sherwood Street gutted a bedroom and damaged the living room, authorities said.

The fire broke out at 6:45 a.m. at the house on 4546 Sherwood St., but the cause remains unknown, a spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department said in a news release.

No one was home at the time of the fire, the release says.

The house at 4544 Sherwood St., which is next door to the house that burned, also sustained damage because of the intense heat, the release says.

Authorities arrest 3 on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

• Alexis Booker, 27, 6462 San Juan Drive, first-offense DWI, headlights required, stop sign or yield sign violation and reckless operation of a vehicle.

e_SBlt Jason Joubert, 33, 3028 Wyoming St., first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and obstruction of a highway.

e_SBlt John Williams, 21, 4913 Wedgewood Drive, Bellaire, Texas, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and headlights required.

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