Second man booked in SU armed robbery

Southern University police on Tuesday arrested a second suspect in a March 2 home invasion and armed robbery of four people in a campus apartment.

Nathaniel V. Cummings, 20, 1113 Forest St., Franklin, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of home invasion, aggravated assault with a firearm, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, armed robbery and carrying a weapon on school property.

Police had previously arrested one other suspect, Gregory Chase Boykin, 23, in the robbery.

Cummings was visiting the victim’s apartment, and when he opened the door to leave, three other men dressed in black with masks and armed with guns rushed in, the arrest warrant says.

The four men forced the victim and three other people to sit by the sink in the kitchen while the robbers left, the warrant says.

Surveillance camera footage from earlier that day shows the four robbers without masks on; the victims identified the robbers from that footage, the warrant says.

University spokesman Ed Pratt said neither Cummings nor Boykin were students at Southern.

Shooting suspect hides in home, traps juveniles

A Baker man suspected of firing four to five shots at a man on a bicycle Tuesday hid in an apartment, keeping three juveniles inside from leaving, while repeatedly pacing and hitting himself on the head with the gun, saying he was not going back to prison, police documents show.

Police were able to coax Marquis Square, 19, 2423 McHugh Road, out of the apartment and booked him into Parish Prison on three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and one count each of home invasion, illegal carrying and discharge of a firearm, and illegal possession of a stolen firearm.

Witnesses say Square ran into their apartment uninvited after he shot at a man riding a bicycle in the 1100 block of Shilo Street on Tuesday afternoon, the affidavit of probable cause says.

He locked the apartment door and kept the three juveniles from leaving, the affidavit says.

The juveniles told police Square repeatedly hit himself on the head with the gun, saying he was not going back to prison.

Square walked into the back bedroom to hide under some clothes, at which time one of the juveniles opened the door to let police in, the affidavit says.

The children ran out, and police persuaded Square to surrender.

Police located the handgun, which was reported stolen in May by a witness at the address where Square hid from police and which had not, until Tuesday, been recovered, the affidavit says.

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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Alex Dent, 44, 601 Sinbad St., Baker, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Holly Rogers, 33, 8714 Sullivan Road, Baton Rouge first-offense DWI, reckless operation and failure to maintain control.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.