East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old Walker man Wednesday who is accused of secretly recording himself having sex with his girlfriend and then posting it on Facebook after the couple broke up.

Robert Howard and the victim were arguing about their relationship Jan. 21 at the victim’s apartment, according to an arrest warrant. The victim ordered Howard to leave, which he did, the warrant says.

But shortly afterward, the victim noticed Howard posted to Facebook a secretly recorded video of them having sex, the warrant says. The victim took a screenshot of the video and sent it to investigators, the warrant says.

Howard, 24494 Millican St., Walker, was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on counts of video voyeurism. A judge set his bail at $5,000, booking records show.

BR man accused in kidnapping, robbery try

Baton Rouge police on Thursday arrested a man accused of trying to rob his friends after an argument over borrowed money and kidnapping a 5-year-old boy as collateral.

Brian Boatner, 29, was visiting friends Monday at an apartment in the 1700 block of Harco Drive, victims told investigators, according to an arrest warrant, but was told to leave after he began arguing with the victims.

About 11:45 p.m., Boatner returned to the apartment with an unknown man and woman, the warrant says. He kicked open the door, waking up the victims, police said.

Boatner beat a male victim in the head with a metal pipe, “demanding his money,” as one of his accomplices beat a female victim with a gun, the warrant says. When the victims refused to give Boatner the money, the warrant says, he told them, “We’re taking the kid.”

He grabbed a 5-year-old boy and dragged him by his T-shirt from the apartment and across a courtyard, as his mother screamed, the warrant says. The boy broke loose and Boatner and his accomplices left without taking any money, the victims told investigators.

Boatner, 6820 Maplewood Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked Thursday into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated battery, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping.

Truck breakdown snarls traffic on interstate

A broken-down 18-wheeler carrying hazardous material snarled traffic for much of the afternoon Thursday, Baton Rouge police said.

Traffic was reduced to one lane near the Interstate 12/Interstate 10 merge for about five hours, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. Congestion stretched to Bluebonnet Boulevard for much of the afternoon, he said.

The truck was carrying ethylene glycol, a “syrupy” chemical used to make antifreeze, said Curt Monte, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman.

Hazardous materials teams worked to remove the chemical from the truck without incident, he said.

Authorities book two on suspicion of DWI

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

Jeffrey Gresse, 26, 10213 E. Groner Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.

Manuel Riley, 40, 9528 El Scott Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, headlights required, reckless operation and careless driving.

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