Is A Serial Rapist Loose In Baton Rouge?
The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating a reported rape this morning and a possibly related attack that occurred a week ago.
This morning’s incident occurred around 3:15 a.m. at an apartment on Stanford Avenue. The 26-year old victim had just returned home when a man, who had possibly been following her, approached. As she was trying to get into her apartment the suspect asked her for a glass of water and if he could use the phone. She refused and was trying to close her door when he forced his way inside. He then pulled a knife and raped the victim. The suspect is described as an Hispanic male, broken English, mid-20’s, 5’6”, medium build, with short, dark hair, wearing all dark clothing. He may have been in an older model, maroon or red four-door car.
One week ago, on November 22nd, at about 2:45 a.m., a 20-year old female who had accidentally been locked out of her apartment on Lee Drive was sitting outside waiting for her roommates to return when a man walked up to her and asked if he could use her cell phone. She allowed him to and he then returned her phone and walked away. Several minutes later someone grabbed her from behind and choked her, threatening to kill her if she made a sound. He then reportedly began trying to drag the victim between two sets of stairs. She began screaming loudly and the suspect released her and fled. She described her assailant as the same man who borrowed her phone, an Hispanic male, 20-25, 5’5”-5’8” tall
It is not yet known whether these two incidents are related but there are obviously strong similarities.
The police department urges everyone, but especially young women in the LSU area, to take note of these events and take appropriate steps to protect themselves. Be cautious, be aware of your surroundings, and be wary of anyone approaching and asking to use your phone or making similar requests. Most important, try not to be outside alone during the late night or early morning hours and always make sure your doors and windows are locked. Report any suspicious behavior to your local law enforcement agency immediately.
Anyone with any information on the identity of the suspect(s) is urged to contact the Sex Crimes Division at 225-389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.