in Two men soughtrape, robbery

Baton Rouge police are searching for two men accused of raping a woman at gunpoint in the 1700 block of Stilt Street shortly after midnight Saturday.

One man also is accused of robbing the woman and the man who was with her at gunpoint before raping her, police Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said in a news release.

The second man approached the victims after the gunman robbed them and raped the woman, police said.

Police identified Tyrone Lentrell Pope, 20, 1431 Fraternity St., as a suspect, Stubbs said.

The other suspect is a black man in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds, Stubbs said.

Anyone with information on Pope’s whereabouts or the identity of his alleged accomplice is urged to contact the Sex Crimes Division at (225) 389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

in theft of vehicleBR man accused

Baton Rouge police Tuesday arrested a 34-year-old man accused of stealing a woman’s car on Plank Road and driving her to Groom Road in Baker where he left her.

Earl Brown, 1036 Baranco St., Baton Rouge, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count each of carjacking, simple kidnapping and flight from an officer.

The woman drove to the Circle K at 4536 Plank Road and began pumping gas into her car when Brown approached her and entered the car against her will, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Brown drove the car to Groom Road in Baker and forced the victim out, the affidavit says.

An officer saw Brown driving the vehicle west on East Mason Avenue, the affidavit says.

Brown sped away after he saw the officer and other police units approach him, the affidavit says.

The officers chased Brown, but he stopped after he drove over a hole at Baranco Street and Scenic Highway and blew out both driver’s side tires, the affidavit says.

Brown tried to run away, but he was subdued with a stun gun, the affidavit says.

Police: Man kicked in door, hit woman

Baton Rouge police Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old man accused of kicking in a door at a Hollywood Street home Feb. 15 and punching a woman in the head.

Allen Franklin, 3913 Washington Ave., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of home invasion and fugitive from justice.

Franklin was standing at the front door of the home and told the woman to open the door, according to an arrest warrant.

The woman refused, so Franklin kicked the door open, the warrant says.

Franklin then punched the woman in the head in the kitchen, the warrant says.

The woman lost consciousness and broke a tooth, the warrant says.

Man arrested in January shooting

A man accused of fatally shooting Keith Matthews on Jan. 5 outside an abandoned house on 2749 Erie St. was arrested by a U.S. Marshals Task Force on Wednesday night at a hotel in Lafayette.

Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said Shingo Edwards, 31, 669 Monet Drive, Baton Rouge, will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of second-degree murder.

Police have said Matthews was shot while sitting in a car outside the abandoned house.

Matthews’ killing was the first homicide reported by East Baton Rouge Parish authorities in 2013.

Authorities book 5 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least five 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:

  • Calvance Brumfield, 25, 12400 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, license plate required, and driver’s license required or expired.
  • Andrew Baer, 29, 17003 Abita Ave., Prairieville, third-offense DWI, failure to signal, improper turn, driver’s license expired and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Brian Mau, 26, 2000 Brightside Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and driving left of center.
  • Jonathan Munn, 29, 3998 North Row Ave., Zachary, second-offense DWI, reckless operation of a vehicle and failure to obey a stop sign or yield sign.
  • Christopher Waller, 23, 10935 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, hit and run, and careless driving.

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