Police arrest man, 19, in armed robbery

Baton Rouge police arrested a 19-year-old man Wednesday accused in an armed robbery April 18 at a woman’s home on Bank Street.

Troy Bessard, 19, 5523 Prescott Road, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of armed robbery.

A woman was sitting in her home with her three children around 12:30 a.m. when Bessard knocked on the door, according to an affidavit warrant.

When the woman answered the door, Bessard asked to see her boyfriend, the warrant said.

The woman responded her boyfriend wasn’t home, at which point another person walked up and pulled a gun and both forced their way inside the woman’s home, the warrant said.

The other person held a gun to the woman’s head while Bessard took several electronic items and some cash from the home before fleeing, the warrant said.

Authorities book 4 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. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, booking records show. Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Leigh Anne Berry, 31, 260 Sharp Road, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI, improper lane usage and speeding.
  • Christopher Smith, 28, 7833 Palomar Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, motor vehicle inspection required, reckless operation of a vehicle, obstruction of a highway and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Carey Taylor, 46, 10666 Scotland Ave., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to maintain control, reckless operation of a vehicle and drinking in a motor vehicle.
  • Clifton Wascom, 51, 478 Wingate Drive, Baton Rouge, first-offense DWI and failure to maintain control.

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