Man accused of raping woman at gunpoint

Baton Rouge police accused a man in the rape of a woman at gunpoint in her apartment early Saturday morning and said he stole two iPhones as he was leaving her apartment, according to court documents.

Kenny Davis, 27, arrived at the victim’s apartment on North Harrell’s Ferry Drive at 5 a.m., hours after he responded to an advertisement on Backpage, an Internet website, that was posted by the woman, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Once Davis entered the woman’s apartment, he pulled out a handgun, demanded money and raped her before taking the phones, the affidavit says.

Davis took off running when he was spotted by officers shortly after he left the woman’s apartment, and he briefly hid in a boat parked at a nearby home before officers arrested him on a residential side-street near Tara Boulevard, according to the affidavit.

Davis, 150 21st St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, armed robbery, resisting an officer and felon in possession of a firearm.

Man accused of trying to run over officer

Baton Rouge police say a man who had been driving a stolen car surprised an officer by suddenly reversing the car as the officer walked toward the vehicle from behind.

The officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The incident began when Matthew Pallazzotto, 24, stole a car at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Police tracked him to North Leo Street using the car owner’s phone, according to the affidavit. When the officer found the car, he got out of the patrol car and began walking toward the stolen car, according to the affidavit. Pallazotto put the car in reverse and “the officer had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck,” the affidavit says.

The ensuing chase ended on Lobelia Street when Pallazzotto fled from the car and officers found him hiding beneath a nearby house, the affidavit says.

Pallazzotto, 334 Upstream St., River Ridge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated flight from an officer, resisting an officer and auto theft.

Police identify victim of Saturday shooting

Baton Rouge police identified a man who was shot Saturday night on Plank Road and died later at a hospital.

Officers found Jeremy Costly, 24, on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Plank Road at about 9 p.m., police have said.

Costley, 675 Wooddale Blvd., Apt. 44, had been shot in the stomach. Emergency Medical Services took him to Baton Rouge General Medical Center where he died.

“The details surrounding the shooting are unclear as it is still an ongoing investigation at this time,” Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said Sunday.

Police asked anyone with information to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or CrimeStoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Two men accused in drive-by shooting

Baton Rouge police arrested two men in a drive-by shooting and attempted murder on Ontario Street on Saturday.

Deondre Wells, 19, and Demetrius Harris, 20, drove by a man in a black SUV in the 3600 block of Ontario Street about 4:45 p.m. Saturday, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

It is not clear in the affidavit who was driving, but the SUV came to a stop in the middle of the road and Wells fired a shot from inside the vehicle, the affidavit says. The vehicle left the area.

While officers were interviewing the victims, the black SUV used in the shooting returned, which led to the arrest of the two suspects, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police that the attack stemmed from an ongoing dispute between the victim and Wells that has lasted months.

Wells, 1132 Valcour Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked Saturday into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Harris, 3102 Jefferson Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked on a count of principal to attempted second-degree murder.

Arson likely cause of fire in vacant house

A vacant house on Alice Street worth $5,000 was dealt that much damage in a suspected arson Sunday morning, the Baton Rouge Fire Department reported.

The home, 644 Alice St., was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 9 a.m., said Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

The home had weeds growing around it and had been unoccupied for some time, Miles said.

Twelve suspected of driving while intoxicated

Authorities arrested at least 12 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:

  • Shane Hernandez, 30, 17086 Richmond Drive, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, license plate required, failure to yield and motor vehicle inspection required.
  • Morgan Hutchinson, 29, 8102 Fitzgerald Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Kevin Johnson, 27, 12419 Partridge Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation of the vehicle, improper lane use and disobeying other laws of the road.
  • Gretchen Kelson, 28, 6966 Menlo Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Thomas Kennedy, 15445 Milldale Road, Zachary, first-offense DWI and headlights required.
  • Meredith Maher, 22, 10600 Lakes Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and speeding.
  • Rogers Marshall, 47, 3700 E. Brookstown Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, reckless operation and driver’s license required, possession of marijuana and obstruction of a public highway.
  • Jacob Martinez, 20, 323 Marcia Drive, Luling, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Justin Neilson, 25, 9227 Orleans Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required and reckless operation.
  • Kendarion Odom, 28, 3036 Dougherty Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license not in possession, insurance required and reckless operation.
  • Brian Prioux, 35, 1717 Fairfax Ave., Metairie, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and reckless operation.
  • Kristin Tassin, 28, 2411 La. 457, Alexandria, first-offense DWI.

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