Police make presence known after 4th assault, invasion
BATON ROUGE - Friday night there was an obvious presence by Baton Rouge Police officers after a fourth home invasion and sexual assault was reported.
The latest attack happened earlier in the day, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. It was the third incident in the city this week. Others happened in the Tara, Goodwood, and Webb Park areas on Sunday and Tuesday.
Investigators said the most recent attack happened in the Sherwood Forest Subdivision near Goodwood Boulevard. They said a 70-year-old woman living there woke up to find a man crouched near her bed, and when she tried to run he grabbed her, blindfolded her, and sexually assaulted her. He then asked for money before fleeing the home.
Although the victims describe a similar attacker, BRPD Chief Carl Dabadie said the department can not say if the recent attacks are connected because there is no hard evidence to link them. He said the attacker was getting into the homes through unlocked doors and windows, and believed to be watching the victims to know when they would be alone.
In all four reports, the attacker was described as a male wearing black or dark clothing which covered his hands and face.
The attacks have people in Baton Rouge on edge.
"Everybody is talking about it. My sister is getting a gun," Donna Buchanan, a nearby resident, said. "It's crazy."
"It's a mind thing. This is not the way somebody look. It's mental. Something is wrong with the guy. He's got to have a history or something," concerned resident Donald Harrison said.
"I'm going to be looking over my shoulder every second of every hour. Keeping my doors locked and everything," nearby resident Kim Carter said.
Dabadie said BRPD would have patrols during the daytime and evenings, with K-9 units and the police helicopter also out at night. Investigators are also working with outside agencies like the Louisiana State Police to widen their search for the attacker.
"We don't want people to think that this is just a Baton Rouge problem. This individual or group of individuals can easily go outside the Baton Rouge area and commit those types of crimes. So with that other agencies are looking at their cases to see if there are some similarities to our cases to see if any of these things have possibly happened out there," Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said.