Woman grabs machete, claims self-defense

A wheelchair-bound woman in her 70s picked up a machete to defend herself, claiming a friend who was drunk slapped her on Fairfields Avenue just before 4 a.m. Friday, arrest records show.

The incident began when the friend, Willie Lee Hughes, 58, became frustrated when the woman wouldn’t take him home, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When he grabbed her arm and hit her across the face, she picked up a machete to defend herself, the affidavit says.

That’s when Hughes called police, the affidavit says. He denied ever having grabbed or slapped the woman.

It was unclear Friday whether the incident took place at the woman’s house.

Hughes, 3909 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, was booked into Parish Prison on counts of cruelty to the infirmed and entering or remaining after forbidden, booking records show.

Man booked in attack against brother-in-law

Sheriff’s deputies on Friday arrested a 43-year-old Denham Springs man accused of beating his brother-in-law in the head with a baseball bat.

Michael Harrington’s sister called him late Thursday night to pick her up from a house on Erin Avenue in Baton Rouge. Harrington later told police that when he arrived, he saw his sister locked in a dispute with her husband over house keys, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Harrington retrieved a baseball bat from the back of his truck and attacked his relative, the affidavit says.

Harrington then left the scene to avoid a return attack, but came back to speak to deputies. The brother-in-law was left with multiple large gashes on his head and a bloodied shirt, according to the affidavit.

Harrington, 446 Carrie Drive, was booked into Parish Prison early Friday on aggravated second-degree battery, booking records show.

Authorities book 2 on suspicion 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. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Friday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Elizabeth Perrault, 36, 7353 Vice President Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, possession of alcoholic beverage in vehicle, motor vehicle insurance required or expired, motor vehicle inspection expired, driver’s license suspended or revoked and simple battery.
  • Wayne Robins, 35, 6172 Perimeter Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, driving over a median, failure to maintain control and reckless operation of vehicle.

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