Accused home invader faces kidnapping, robbery charges
BATON ROUGE - Police reported the arrest of a man after he was accused of invading a woman’s home and zip tying her to a chair before robbing her.
19-year-old Bryant Edwards was booked on charges of simple robbery, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling and aggravated kidnapping after he was arrested on Wednesday.
The victim told investigators she arrived at her home in the 5500 block of Howell Park at around noon on June 21 and was immediately confronted by three men who were hiding in the bushes of her backyard.
The suspects then forced their way into her home, forced her to sit in a chair and used zip ties on her hands and feet to bind her. The victim recalled for investigators that the suspect who tied her up was an albino man with reddish blond hair and light-colored eyes.
According to the victim, one of the suspects demanded to know where the safe was located and when she said she didn’t own one, they went to search the back of her house until they found a small lockbox. The suspects also took her purse before exiting her home through the back door.
When the victim met with detectives, she was able to identify Edwards because she recognized him from a release that said he was wanted for murder. She also recalled that Edwards had been hired to cut up a fallen tree in her backyard last month.