Police: Man abandons 3 kids after armed burglary to run from cops

Michael Kirklin (Source: EBRSO)
Michael Kirklin (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - According to police reports, a Baton Rouge man is accused of armed robbery, aggravated assault and flight from an officer while three children were in the backseat, along for the ride.

Police were called to a burglary in progress at an apartment complex. When officers arrived, the two victims of the armed burglary yelled "that's him, he has a gun" and pointed to a man sitting in the driver's seat of a vehicle in the parking lot with three young children sitting and standing in the backseat.

When the man noticed the officers, reports say he backed out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed, nearly hitting the officers.

The man sped off and the police chase began. Reports say the driver reached speeds of more than 50 miles per hour in a residential area and ran two stop signs.

The man pulled into a parking lot of an apartment complex, got out of his vehicle and tried to run into his apartment. Police caught the man and took him into custody.

The man, now identified as 31-year-old Michael Kirklin, left the three children in the vehicle.

Officers saw one of the kids run into the man's apartment. When the officers went into the apartment, they found a digital scale with "a small quantity of crack cocaine on it." Reports say the scale and the narcotics were found on the kitchen table.

During a search of Kirklin's vehicle, officers found a small baggie of marijuana.

The victims' reports say Kirklin kicked in the door to their apartment and threatened the two inside with a gun.

Kirklin was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of two counts of aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, resisting an officer, child desertion, aggravated flight, possession of marijuana, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is being held on a $22,500 bond.

In February, Kirklin was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and resisting an officer. He was released that same day on a $5,000 bond.

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