Baton Rouge police busted up a large party on Northshore Avenue on Friday night and arrested two people who were accused of inciting others to riot.
Neighbors called police, complaining about the loud music and more than 300 people walking around the yards and street, the affidavits of probable cause for the arrests say.
When police tried to disperse the crowd, one woman, Paige Pennington, 22, told them police did not have a right to be there and could not make everyone leave, according to the affidavit of probable cause for her arrest.
When police handcuffed her, she said, “I can afford this, I have money,” the affidavit says.
Another man, Garrett Kopcso, 22, told officers he owned one of the properties where the party was being held and said police could not make him leave, according to the affidavit of probable cause for his arrest. But he later said he wasn’t the owner, the affidavit says.
Kopsco put up a fight when officers arrested and attempted to put him in the back of the patrol car and urged the 20 people who surrounded the car to swarm the officers, the affidavit says.
Pennington, 7349 Bocage Blvd., and Kopcso, 17385 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, both of Baton Rouge, were each booked into Parish Prison on counts of interfering with a law enforcement investigation, inciting to riot and resisting an officer. Pennington also was booked on entering and remaining after forbidden, and Kopcso was booked on battery of an officer.
Baker man accused of breaking into ex’s home
Baker police on Friday arrested a man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and pulling her out of bed so she could get dressed to take him to breakfast for his birthday.
The victim said she heard noises coming from her utility room just after 1:45 p.m., and a few minutes later, Christopher Toliver walked into her bedroom, according to the affidavit of probable cause. She ordered him to leave, and he did but got back into the house through an unlocked window in one of the bedrooms, the affidavit says.
Toliver told police she let him in the house, the affidavit says.
The victim had a restraining order against Toliver, but it was dismissed on July 25 at her request, online court records show.
Toliver, 31, 416 Chaleur Drive, Baker, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of home invasion, criminal trespass and simple criminal damage to property.
BR man accused of robbing ex-girlfriend
Baton Rouge police responding to a report of an armed robbery in the 3700 block of East Brookstown Drive early Saturday arrested Gerald Winn, 32, who is accused of pulling a handgun on his ex-girlfriend and stealing her purse.
The victim followed Winn to Prescott Road, where officers spotted him crossing the road, the affidavit says. A police dog and officer cornered him near an apartment complex, the affidavit says, and, after Winn pulled his handgun and pointed it at the officer, the dog leapt at Winn, disarming him.
Winn was treated at Baton Rouge General Medical Center- Mid City with several stitches and staples, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.
Winn, 3253 Wenonah St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault on a peace officer and resisting an officer with force or violence.
BR police arrest woman suspected in robberies
Baton Rouge police on Saturday arrested a woman accused in two robberies in June.
Danita Jones, 34, tried to stab her ex-roommate in the stomach with a kitchen knife when he caught Jones rifling through his pants for his wallet on June 3, according to an arrest warrant.
Two days later, Jones placed a metal object to the back of the head of a taxicab driver on Nicholson Drive and demanded money, according to another arrest warrant. The driver handed over $100, and Jones left the cab, leaving behind her cellphone in the back seat that police used to link her to the robbery.
Jones, 5629 Fairfields Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery and first-degree robbery.
Seven booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR
Authorities arrested at least seven people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, booking records show.
Those booked and the counts against them:
- James Cherry, 44, 1655 Southwest Cattail Court, Palm City, Florida, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
- Terry Goodman, 50, 8270 Violet St., Denham Springs, first-offense DWI and insurance required.
- Craig Norman, 27, 27268 Hagen Drive, Slaughter, first-offense DWI and improper lane usage.
- Cody Russell, 22, 2502 Turner Road, Ethel, first-offense DWI and hit-and-run.
- Gregory Strecker, 18, 5823 Kevin Drive, Metairie, first-offense DWI.
- Gary Vicknair, 23, 6103 Destrahan Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI and reckless operation.
- Gerrick Ware, 36, 3019 Fort Adams Pond Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, hit-and-run and careless operation.
Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.