BR police accuse man in September rape case

Baton Rouge police arrested a 51-year-old man Thursday accused of raping a woman in September at his Myrtle Avenue home.

Police booked Mark Harris, 52, 917 Myrtle Ave., Baton Rouge, Apt. 35, into Parish Prison on a count of aggravated rape, booking records show.

The woman told detectives that Harris invited her to his home on Sept. 17, according to a warrant for Harris’ arrest.

Once inside, the two fought. The woman told detectives Harris choked her until she passed out.

Harris is accused of raping her sometime between then and when she regained consciousness, the warrant says.

Gunfire greets officers serving search warrant

For the second time this week, shots were fired Thursday at authorities trying to serve search warrants in Baton Rouge.

While two Baton Rouge police officers suffered minor gunshot wounds in last week’s search warrant shooting, no one was injured in the Thursday morning shooting in the 5400 block of Truman Street, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, a Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Authorities with the Delta Narcotics Task Force, made up of East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office SWAT personnel and Baker police, were serving a warrant about 6 a.m. when shots were fired at them from inside the home, Hicks said.

The accused shooter, Jonathan Lewis, 31, 5468 Truman St., was booked into Parish Prison on counts of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance.

Latarsha Lewis, 30, also was booked on counts of possession with intent to distribute Schedule II drugs, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and as a fugitive from the District Attorney’s Office.

Once the situation was under control, authorities searched the Lewis’ home and found a few ounces of cocaine, a bag of marijuana, an assault rifle and $1,000, Hicks said.

Authorities book two 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. Wednesday and 2:30 p.m. Thursday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Terrence Lockett, 39, 11070 Red Oak Drive, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, improper lane usage and failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
  • Brian Waters, 28, 2948 Claycut Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and reckless operation.

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