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DNA leads police to arrest in Tigerland armed robbery

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 5:07 PM by Rachel Frost and Russell Jones
Updated: Jun 15, 2011 5:07 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: DNA, Baton Rouge Police, arrest, Tigerland, armed robbery, sexual assault

BATON ROUGE - A man is behind bars and another is on the run after an armed robbery and sexual assault at a Tigerland apartment, according to Baton Rouge Police.

Sgt. Don Stone said Joseph Peter Morgan, 25, of Baton Rouge was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night. He's accused in the June 6 attack on a man and woman living on Jim Taylor Drive.

Stone said DNA taken from the scene led them to Morgan. They are still looking for the second person who victims said broke into the apartment and demanded money, beating the man with a handgun and sexually assaulting the woman.

"I heard a little bit of commotion, but I figured it was just normal Tigerland noise. Then I got a phone call from my friend saying there was six or seven police cars out here with an ambulance, so I opened up my window and cops were just swarming," Taylor Carrington told News 2.

The male victim was able to escape, and the attackers chased him while the female victim escaped through an apartment window and got help.

Morgan was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish jail in suspicion of aggravated second-degree battery, armed robbery, second-degree sexual battery and simple battery.

Despite the arrest, some people who live in Tigerland, say they're ready to move out.

"We're trying to move to where it's safe for us, because I don't want my baby to be in this environment," Shanice Thornton said while holding her two-year-old daughter in her arms.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the BRPD Armed Robbery Division at 389-3845. You will remain anonymous, and could be eligible for a cash reward.

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