Shooting victim found in lawn chair dies

A man suffering from gunshot wounds and found under a Mission Drive carport late Saturday has died, Baton Rouge Police said Sunday.

Travis Denzel Polk, 21, 4808 Ritterman Ave., died at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said on Sunday.

Police responding to reports of a shooting about 11:30 p.m. Saturday found Polk sitting in a lawn chair at 3274 Mission Drive.

Darryl Gilmore lives at the Mission Drive home where police found Polk’s body. He said Sunday that he heard three shots in rapid succession between 11 p.m. and midnight.

Once he heard the shots, he ran outside to find Polk slumped in a plastic green chair, still breathing, Gilmore said. Polk was shot three times in the chest.

Gilmore called 911.

Gilmore said he did not know Polk personally, but had seen him walking around the neighborhood. Another person who lives inside the home said he knew Polk, but declined to comment on Polk or the shooting.

Forensics investigators with the Baton Rouge Police Department were at the home for several hours, Gilmore said. He said they found two bullet shells in the front yard.

Police urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP or the Violent Crime Unit at (225) 389-4869.

Police book teen wanted in shooting

A 17-year-old boy who police say fired bullets into a Wenonah Street home in May was booked into Parish Prison after he and his brother were spotted Saturday carrying stolen flat-screen televisions, according to arrest documents.

Kiante Stevenson was wanted in a series of crimes that began March 14, when police say Stevenson broke a sedan’s passenger seat window but did not take anything, according to the arrest warrant. The State Police Crime Lab matched drops of blood left on the window’s frame to Stevenson, the affidavit says.

Then on May 25, Kiante Stevenson drew a handgun while walking toward a man on Wenonah Street whom he had threatened several times before, according to the arrest warrant. As the man ran inside 2683 Wenonah Street, Stevenson fired at least four shots into the building where two people were sleeping, the affidavit says. No one was injured in the shooting.

On Saturday afternoon, Stevenson and his brother, Diante Stevenson, also 17, shattered a window at the rear of a home on St. Gerard Avenue before taking two flat-screen TVs, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Witnesses saw the brothers fleeing on foot with the TVs and called police, who found them hidden inside a home a few blocks away at 4178 Sycamore Street, the affidavit says.

Kiante Stevenson, 1824 Bay St., Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Saturday on several counts relating to all three incidents, including attempted second-degree murder, booking records show.

Diante Stevenson, same address, was booked for unauthorized entry into an inhabited dwelling, theft of a firearm, criminal damage to property, illegal carrying of a weapon, illegal possession of stolen firearms and burglary of an inhabited dwelling.

Arson suspected in fire on Braddock Street

Baton Rouge fire investigators say someone set fire to a vacant home on Braddock Street early Sunday, causing $45,000 in damage.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department was called to 1562 Braddock St. about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Curt Monte, a Fire Department spokesman.

Flames engulfed the back of the house by the time firefighters arrived. They tore through half the house before bringing the blaze under control, Monte said in a news release. The fire started on a back porch of the house.

The house was valued at $75,000 before the fire, the release says.

The Fire Department urged anyone with information to call fire investigators at (225) 354-1419.

Apartment fire blamed on unattended stove

An unattended pot left on a stove is suspected as the source of a fire at the Spanish Villa Apartments that caused minimal damage to the unit.

The tenant of Apt. 10 at Spanish Villa, 4380 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, was in the laundry room when the fire began shortly before 1:30 p.m., Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesman Curt Monte said.

Firefighters arrived to find the kitchen in flames, Monte said. They were able to keep the fire from spreading, but not before the kitchen was destroyed.

The rest of the apartment received smoke damage, Monte said.

No one was injured, Monte said.

Authorities book 10 on suspicion of DWI in EBR

Authorities arrested at least 10 people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Wesley Gonzales, 27, 41377 J. Evans Road., Prairieville, first-offense DWI, improper turns, failure to signal and speeding.
  • Justin Hebert, 19, 17909 Lighthouse Ave., Greenwell Springs, first-offense DWI and disobeying a traffic control device.
  • Jeffrey Henley, 21, Austin, Texas, second-offense DWI, disobeying a traffic control device and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Warren Jackson, 27, 4714 Oak Park Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and reckless operation of a vehicle.
  • Leah Kyser, 34, 8008 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper turn and failure to signal.
  • Ryan Lassus, 23, 1484 Rue Beauvais, Mandeville, first-offense DWI, improper turn, insurance required and reckless operation.
  • Malcolme Ray, 46, 10600 Lakes Boulevard, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane use and reckless operation of vehicle.
  • Donald Riley, 65, 1365 Avenue A, Port Allen, first-offense DWI, reckless operation, failure to maintain control and driver’s license required/expired.
  • Joseph Schenck, 22, 4600 Burbank Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, speeding, driving over the median and improper turn.
  • Joshua Spencer, 30, 6418 Chippendale Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and careless operation.

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