Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of punching his girlfriend in the stomach and face two years ago, when she was four months pregnant with their child.
Lequinton Johnson, now 24, got into an argument with his girlfriend outside a home in the 1900 block of Helm Drive on Dec. 17, 2012, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
His girlfriend had told him a day earlier that she did not want to be with him, and they were arguing in front of the home when Johnson became irate and punched her once in the jaw and once in the stomach, then walked away, the affidavit says.
Johnson’s whereabouts were unknown when the warrant was issued.
Johnson, of 8029 Ned Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked Monday into Parish Prison on counts of domestic abuse battery.
The affidavit does not indicate whether the attack affected the girlfriend’s pregnancy.
Man booked in assault on two women
Baton Rouge Police say a man robbed two women at knife point after confronting one of the women in the parking lot outside her apartment early Tuesday morning.
Travis Davis, 35, approached the first woman in a parking lot at a Highland Road apartment complex at around 2:30 a.m., according to the affidavit of probable cause. With a knife drawn, Davis ordered her to lead him into her apartment, where a second woman was inside, the affidavit says.
Davis ordered both woman to lie on the floor, stole various electronics while threatening to “blow their heads off,” and briefly fondled one of the woman after forcing her to pull her pants down, the affidavit says.
He then had one of the women drive him a short distance, but within an hour police spotted and arrested him while he was riding in a car, according to the affidavit.
Davis, of 9115 Dancy Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison Tuesday on counts of armed robbery, false imprisonment, second-degree kidnapping and simple battery.
Maurepas man booked in rape of acquaintance
Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 23-year-old Maurepas man accused of raping a female acquaintance of his in her home early Saturday morning.
Justin Rheams showed up at the home at around 1 a.m. Saturday smelling of alcohol, and when they went to smoke cigarettes in a bedroom he forced the victim onto the bed and raped her, according to the arrest warrant.
Afterwards Rheams told the victim not to tell anyone about the incident “because he did not want any ‘drama,’” the warrant says.
The warrant does not specify how old the victim was.
Rheams, of 15974 Gunboat Landing Road, Maurepas, was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on a count of forcible rape.
Light switch short causes house fire
A shorted light switch in the kitchen of a home on North 39th Street caused a fire that torched the home’s attic Tuesday afternoon and caused smoke damage throughout the structure, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said.
Firefighters arrived to 1036 N. 39th at around 6:30 p.m. and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes, but the blaze badly damaged the attic and smoke damage spread to the rest of the house, said Curt Monte, a BRFD spokesman.
The home’s total damage was $50,000, while the home was worth about $75,000, he said.
There were five people in the home but no one was injured, Monte said.
Electrical short sparks duplex fire
An electrical short in the attic of a duplex sparked a fire that caused $15,000 in damage on Tuesday afternoon, the Baton Rouge Fire Department announced.
When firefighters arrived at the duplex at 12389 Warfield Ave. at about 3 p.m., fire was coming from the back of the building, said Curt Monte, a BRFD spokesman.
No one was injured, and firefighters managed to stop the fire from spreading to the rest of the building, Monte said.
Authorities book 2 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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
Anthony Bates, 54, 953 Baranco St., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation and stop-sign violation.
Thea Fjerstad, 19, 13606 Pinerock, Houston, Texas, first-offense DWI and careless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.