Man now suspected in more burglary cases

A 23-year-old man accused of burglarizing Gourmet Girls and Frankie’s Dawg House in August is now a suspect in 11 total burglaries in the Garden District area, Baton Rouge police said.

Richard Slang, 1322 Julia St., was named a suspect in the Gourmet Girls burglary earlier this month after police linked him to DNA found on a Minute Maid orange juice bottle that had been left behind at the scene, police have said.

He turned himself in about 7 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

More than $2,000 in electronic equipment and other items were taken from Gourmet Girls on Aug. 12, while Frankie’s Dawg House lost $300 in cash.

Slang also is suspected of breaking into several other businesses, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman. The businesses include Coyote Moon, City Pork, Welsh’s Cleaners, Fleur de Lis Pizza, Smokin Aces BBQ, La Carreta and Garden District Nursery. Not every business had items stolen and Slang is suspected in burglarizing some businesses more than once, McKneely said.

Two teens arrested in shootout after arguing

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two 19-year-old men accused of firing several shots at each other after an argument outside of a home early Monday.

Deputies say Clint Baldwin Jr. pulled up to a home in the 7500 block of Joor Road and was arguing with Justin Stoute, 19, when Stoute opened fire. Baldwin returned fire while still inside his car, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Baldwin told deputies he kept firing at Stoute until his ammunition clip was empty as he was driving away, then reloaded, circled back and opened fire at a group that had gathered outside the home, the affidavit says.

Baldwin and Stoute each described the shooting in detail to authorities, and Baldwin gave deputies his phone with text messages about events leading up to and following the shooting, the affidavit says.

Stoute, 7020 Gov. Sanders Drive, was booked into Parish Prison on Monday on counts of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon. Baldwin, 11158 Plank Road, was booked Thursday on counts of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault in a drive-by shooting and illegal use of a weapon.

EBR deputies probe Whitney bank robbery

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery Friday afternoon at the Whitney Bank on Coursey Boulevard, near the intersection of Coursey and Hickory Ridge Boulevard.

A man armed with a handgun walked into the bank about 4:20 p.m. and demanded money, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The robber walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash and entered a red car, then fled eastbound on Coursey Boulevard, Hicks said.

The man wore a white short-sleeved shirt over a long-sleeved black shirt. He also wore a black knit cap. The Sheriff’s Office posted photos taken from the bank on its Facebook page.

Deputies ask anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts to call them at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Six people booked on suspicion of DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least six people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Emory Belton, 49, 10602 Hillbrook Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, careless operation and failure to signal.
  • Sharon Bernard, 21, 8246 Lemon Road, Slaughter, first-offense DWI and reckless operation.
  • Daniel Forman, 29, 20051 Old Scenic Highway, Zachary, first-offense DWI.
  • Tommie Harris, 22, 1053 O’Neal Drive, Shreveport, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.
  • Gregory Nelson, 51, 1787 La Annie Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, insurance required, reckless operation, insurance required and failure to maintain control.
  • Codey Wise, 35, 1830 Jade Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and disobeying a red light.

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