Victims escape after robber’s gun misfires

An armed robbery on June 17 could have ended badly if not for a revolver misfiring, allowing the victims to escape and give sheriff’s deputies the identities of the robbers.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the 13700 block of Gentilly Lane to find three juveniles who said they were walking around the neighborhood when two robbers demanded all their belongings, an affidavit of probable cause says.

One victim refused to hand over his belongings, the affidavit says, and when one of the robbers pulled the trigger of his revolver, it didn’t fire, allowing the juveniles time to escape.

A 16-year-old suspect, who was not named, was arrested Thursday.

During the investigation, deputies learned the boy was seen walking with Troy Rhines II, 19, on Metairie Drive, the affidavit says. Rhines’ mother said he was supposed to be at working at Winn-Dixie, but he did not show up.

On Saturday, Rhines went to the Kleinpeter Substation to meet with investigators and admitted robbing the three juveniles, the affidavit says.

He sold the handgun because he was scared to be caught with it and also sold some pills he said he stole from the juveniles.

Rhines, 8949 Metairie Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of armed robbery.

One booked, three at large in beatings

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested the man accused of sitting in a car while three men beat a couple during a Feb. 26 robbery that netted two cellphones and $1,200 in cash.

The attack occurred after a white Chevrolet Impala blocked the victims as they and the woman’s infant son sat in a parked car in the parking lot at 1809 Jade Ave., the arrest warrant says.

The woman’s two brothers and one man jumped out of the Impala, walked up to the car and pulled out both adults as Darby Jerome Griffin Jr., 24, stayed in the Impala, the warrant says. The trio beat the man until he lost consciousness and attacked the woman.

During the incident, one of the assailants went back into the victims’ car and flipped over a car seat with the woman’s infant son still strapped in the seat, the warrants say. The warrant does not say whether the infant was harmed.

Griffin, 1312 Jasper Ave., Apt. C, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison early Monday on counts of second-degree battery, second-degree robbery, simple robbery, simple battery and cruelty to a juvenile.

The other three suspects — Courtney Lewis, 25, 33380 Bowie St., White Castle; Ervin Reed Marshall, 27, 1962 Rhodes Ave., Baton Rouge; and Christopher Kendall Marshall, 25, 8757 Granite Drive, Baton Rouge — are all still at large.

Driver booked in fatal New Year’s Eve crash

Armed with an arrest warrant after blood results came back from the State Crime Lab showing narcotics use, State Police on Sunday arrested the man accused of killing one person and wounding two in a New Year’s Eve crash on Plank Road.

Patricia W. Titus, 51, of Baton Rouge, died on Dec. 31 from injuries she suffered when her 2012 Toyota Camry was struck by a 2004 GMC Yukon driven by Christopher Price, 20, shortly after 10:30 p.m., State Police have said.

After the initial collision, Price’s SUV hit a 2010 Honda CRV driven by Cleola Muse, 71, of Baton Rouge, head-on, then overturned and slid into a 2003 Toyota Camry driven by Charmessia Venson, 24, of Baton Rouge.

Muse and Venson suffered moderate injuries, State Police have said.

Blood was drawn from Price, who was taken to a hospital with a serious injury, and toxicology testing showed he had opioids and marijuana in his system that night, according to his arrest warrant.

Price, 23877 Plank Road, Zachary, was booked into Parish Prison on one count each of vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, vehicular negligent injuring, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation.

Police seek man in Dollar General robbery

Baton Rouge police are looking for a man seen Sunday night robbing a Government Street Dollar General Store at gunpoint.

The robbery occurred about 8:50 p.m. at the store, which sits in the 5200 block of Government Street at its intersection with Rapides Street, Baton Rouge police said in a news release.

The robber entered the store through its front doors armed with a handgun, approached an employee and demanded money, police said.

He walked out of the store after collecting an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police described the suspect as a dark-skinned black man, thinly built, about 6 feet tall and believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s. During the robbery, he wore a black scarf over his mouth, a black T-shirt, dark pants and black shoes.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

BR man booked in rape of 10-year-old girl

Deputies arrested a Baton Rouge man Monday accused of raping a 10-year-old girl on multiple occasions.

The man, John McManus, 29, once undressed the girl as she watched TV before allegedly raping her, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The girl told investigators McManus also molested her on at least one other occasion, the affidavit says.

Deputies booked McManus, 6128 East Glen Court, Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated rape, booking records show.

Authorities book four on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least four 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:

  • Titus Atwood, 31, 8623 Rush Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driver’s license required and careless operation.
  • James Clough, 44, 10735 Durwood Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, stop sign/yield sign violation and reckless operation.
  • Vallery Givens, 39, 2608 Washington Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, insurance required, drinking in a motor vehicle and improper lane usage.
  • Darryl Powell, 47, 10646 Willowood Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, public intimidation, resisting an officer, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and careless operation.

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