Baton Rouge police Thursday arrested a 25-year-old man in the fatal shooting of a woman in January after they matched his DNA to some found on the victim and reconstructed text messages and a photograph on his cellphone that he thought he deleted, police said.
Rajeski Ford had sex with Brooke Crawford on Jan. 23 and then shot her multiple times, according to a Baton Rouge police report. Authorities found Crawford’s body Jan. 24 in an open field in the 1600 block of Gracie Street, the report says. Crawford was 30.
DNA evidence taken from the scene and processed at the State Police Crime Lab matched Ford’s profile in its database, police said. With Ford’s consent, investigators searched his cellphone and learned he had deleted all his text messages and call history from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, police said.
They recovered the deleted texts and found a photo of Crawford at the crime scene and a message Ford sent to his girlfriend instructing her to delete her text history, the report says.
They also found a text message Ford sent to his boss, saying he needed a few days off.
“Remember when that situation with that girl happen,” he wrote to his boss in the text message, according to police. “Really got me tripping.”
Ford, 937 N. 20th St., Baton Rouge, was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder.
Teenager dies from injuries in car crash
A 17-year-old involved in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on La. 37 has died from his injuries, State Police said Sunday.
Khalil D. Hawkins, of Baton Rouge, was driving west on Monticello Boulevard just before 9 p.m. when he was involved in a crash with Lawrence G. Bottoms, 25, of Denham Springs, Trooper 1st Class Jared Sandifer said in a news release.
While Hawkins was headed west on Monticello Boulevard, Bottoms was headed north on La. 37. As the two approached the intersection, they both disregarded traffic lights and continued through the intersection where they crashed, Sandifer said.
Hawkins was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and died Saturday morning.
It is not known whether Hawkins was wearing his seat belt, but Bottoms was wearing his, Sandifer said.
Sandifer said Bottoms is not suspected of being impaired, but a toxicology test is still pending for Hawkins.
Bottoms suffered only minor injuries in the crash, Sandifer said. He was cited for disregarding a traffic signal and additional charges may be pending, Sandifer said.
Toxicology results are pending, Sandifer said.
Man accused of exposing AIDS
East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies Friday arrested a 21-year-old man accused of exposing a man to AIDS during unprotected sex in January.
Kelton Lamar Riley met the victim on a social media site, according to an arrest report.
The victim confronted Riley after a mutual friend told him the accused was HIV-positive, deputies said. Riley denied the accusation, but eventually admitted that he has the disease, the report says.
Riley, 650 N. Ardenwood Drive, Apt. 309, Baton Rouge, was booked Friday into Parish Prison on counts of intentional exposure to AIDS. A judge ordered him held on $50,000 bail, booking records show.
10 suspected of driving while intoxicated
Authorities arrested at least 10 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:
Chino Ambrosia, 38, 3700 Victoria Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, motor vehicle inspection required, disobeying red light, drinking in motor vehicle and driver’s license not in possession.
Louis Barfield, 21, 7657 Claret Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and improper lane usage.
Hayden Dugas, 23, 520 Sullivan St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
Jonathan Hayes, 25, 600 Eugene St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.
Larry Hayes, 57, 1011 ½ Ave B, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, driving over median and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
Shawn Kaiser, 28, 2427 Broussard St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, and license plate required.
Jonathan Lightell, 26, 329 Driftwood Circle, Slidell, first-offense DWI.
Lisa McGee, 49, 385 Old Highway 13 South, Prentiss, Mississippi, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.
Jacob Schoen, 21, 32826 E. Lakeview Drive, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, possession of alcohol in vehicle, reckless operation and refusal to submit to chemical test.
Chad Woest, 30, 18130 Willow Trail Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.