Electrical malfunction causes house fire

An electrical malfunction sparked a house fire Tuesday afternoon on North 37th Street that Baton Rouge firefighters had under control seven minutes after they arrived.

Firefighters arrived at 2:26 p.m. to a home in the 1100 block of N. 37th Street to find flames coming from a rear bedroom of the home, Mark Miles, a Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman, said in a news release.

The fire was under control by 2:33 p.m. Outside of the bedroom, most of the home received light smoke and water damage, Miles said.

Deputies searching for attempted robber

Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man who tried, but failed, to rob a man early Tuesday at an apartment complex on Jefferson Highway, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

The robber walked up to the victim at 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the complex at 10446 Jefferson Highway, as the victim was leaving his vehicle, Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, said.

The robber pointed something, possibly a handgun, at the victim and said, “Give it up.” The victim then ran from the robber, Hicks said.

The robber is described as a thin black man with dreadlocks, 17 to 22 years old and weighing between 130 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, khaki shorts and dark shoes, Hicks said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Two men arrested in April burglary, shooting

DNA evidence collected at a Progress Street home in April following a burglary led to the arrest of two men Monday afternoon, bringing the total to four men arrested in the crime.

Baton Rouge police booked Joshua Kendrique Daigre, 21, 1926 St. Croix Ave., Baton Rouge, into Parish Prison on two counts of attempted first degree-murder and one count each of aggravated burglary and illegal use of a weapon, and Frederick Ike, 24, 4206 Prescott Road, Baton Rouge, on two counts of principal to attempted first-degree murder and one count each of principal to aggravated burglary and principal to illegal use of a weapon.

Kevin Wayne Guillory Jr., 22, and Desmond Johnson, 20, were previously arrested in the burglary, and police are still looking for one more person involved in the incident.

On April 18, several men forced their way into a home at 920 Progress St., at 5:20 a.m. and began shooting at a woman and her child as they tried to run for cover, police said. Three guns were used in the crime.

DNA evidence collected from one of the guns led police to one suspect, who in turn identified others he said were involved in the crime, arrest warrants say.

Ike was arrested because he let the others use his vehicle to drive to the home while Daigle was one of the shooters, the warrants say.

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. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Tyler Bates, 19, 2121 Metairie Heights Ave., Metairie, first-offense DWI, headlights required and reckless operation.
  • Albert Handy, 51, 1744 Madison Ave., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, drinking in a motor vehicle and reckless operation.

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