Man accused of striking woman with brick

On the run and out of breath, a shirtless Baton Rouge man called police for help Sunday afternoon, only to end up jailed on accusations that he beat an elderly woman on the head with a brick near Convention Street.

Responding to a 911 call, Baton Rouge police found Mandell Rogers, 40, in the 300 block of South 17th Street about 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Rogers, who was breathing heavily, apparently suffered a cut to his hand while running away from the 1700 block of Convention Street — where witnesses told police that Rogers beat a 65-year-old woman with a brick. The woman was taken to a hospital where she received stitches and staples to her head, the affidavit says.

Rogers, 2608 Washington Ave., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree battery and perpetration of violence against the elderly.

Arson suspected in fire at vacant house

Arson is suspected in a fire that heavily damaged a vacant house Monday morning on Riley Street, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department.

Firefighters arrived at 10:07 a.m. at 3131 Riley St. to find the middle to the back of the structure engulfed in flames. The fire destroyed about 60 percent of the home before it was brought under control at 11:14 a.m. Damage was estimated at $25,000.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the fire to call them at (225) 354-1419.

BR man accused in rape of 4-year-old boy

Baton Rouge police on Monday arrested a 41-year-old man accused in the rape of a boy in September at the man’s North 48th Street home.

The 4-year-old boy told his mother that the man, Reginald R. Holmes, molested him in early September, according to an affidavit of probable cause. The boy later recounted the same story to police, the affidavit says.

Holmes, 41, 1690 North 48th St., was booked into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated rape.

Man booked while on bail in domestic abuse

Police on Monday arrested a Baton Rouge man accused of firing several gunshots, wounding at least one person in the process, after an argument in late August just south of Winbourne Avenue.

The man’s latest arrest comes while he was out on bail following an arrest in May on aggravated assault with a firearm and domestic-abuse battery, court records show.

The argument that resulted in the most recent arrest occurred Aug. 26 between Frederick Lee Irvin and his ex-girlfriend at a home in the 4900 block of Jean Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

A witness told police that Irvin, 33, slapped his ex-girlfriend with enough force that she nearly dropped her 2-year-old son, whom she was holding during the fight, the affidavit says.

A witness told police that Irvin then went outside, where he was confronted by several men. There, Irvin pulled out a gun and fired several gunshots, striking one man in the elbow, leg and abdomen, the affidavit says.

Irvin was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted second-degree murder, simple battery and illegal discharge of a weapon. His bail was set at $395,000.

Irvin is due in court Tuesday for a hearing regarding the aggravated assault and domestic abuse battery charges. Irvin pleaded not guilty to both charges in June.

Authorities arrest two suspected 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:

  • Kenith Delucca, 29, 18125 Pinehurst Drive, Prairieville, first-offense DWI, public intimidation, resisting an officer and disobeying a red light.
  • George Wade, 45, 25125 Gasper St., Plaquemine, second-offense DWI, possession of Schedule I drugs, driving over a median and headlights required at night and during inclement weather.

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