Man accused of placing pipe bomb in pickup

Baton Rouge police arrested a Port Allen man accused of placing a pipe bomb in the fuel tank filler neck of a pickup Sunday right after setting a towel doused in accelerant on fire in the bed of the same pickup.

A witness told police that Robert Roberts, 54, threw the towel into the truck bed, set it on fire and then ran around to the side of the truck on Sunday near Blount Road, just west of Plank Road, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A search of the truck turned up a pipe bomb with a partially burned fuse inside the vehicle’s fuel tank filler neck.

“Bomb technicians advised that had the device functioned as designed, it would have been capable of causing serious bodily injury and or death to any persons nearby,” a detective wrote in the affidavit.

Police booked Roberts, 4333 Greenleaf Ave., into Parish Prison on counts of simple arson and manufacturing and possessing a bomb.

Woman booked on assault, obscenity

A Baton Rouge woman allegedly threatened to kill someone early Monday morning before pulling down her pants in a roadway and shaking her buttocks at a group of people, including children, standing nearby, according to Baton Rouge police.

Witnesses told police it wasn’t the first time Nicole Brown, 28, threatened to kill the person, nor was it the first time she exposed her buttocks, or “mooned,” people while standing on Monte Sano Drive near the Huey P. Long Bridge, according to a probable cause affidavit.

At some point during the tirade, the affidavit says, Brown yelled at a woman, “I am gonna kill you if you keep calling the police. Don’t you know that snitches get stitches!!!”

The woman, according to the affidavit, had threatened to report Brown to police for selling drugs in the street.

Police arrested Brown, 2895 Valley St., Baton Rouge, and booked her into Parish Prison on counts of simple assault and obscenity.

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. Sunday and 2:30 p.m. Monday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Bart Marks, 28, 13486 Williamsburg Drive, Walker, first-offense DWI, negligent vehicular injuring, hit-and-run and driving left of center.
  • Osmar Torbio, 25, 843 Brentwood Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and reckless operation.

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