Illegal immigrant accused of Baker rape and slashing, possibly tied to other rapes
BAKER - Baton Rouge Police confirmed to WBRZ's Investigative Unit on Friday that the man who was charged with raping and slashing a woman's throat in Baker on Thursday could possibly be tied to multiple other rapes in the area.
BRPD said the other rapes could possibly be connected to Manuel A Mejia of Baker, who was charged with attempted first-degree murder, second degree kidnapping and first-degree rape on Thursday.
It was also confirmed that Mejia has been in the country illegally for 12 years.
Investigators believe Mejia contacted a 38-year-old victim Thursday night in the 8400 block of Harry Drive around 11:30 p.m. and the two agreed to have sex. While at his home on Epperson Drive, police believe Mejia struck the victim in the head with a handgun, bound her arms and raped her for several hours.
BRPD said Mejia then gagged the victim and placed her on the floorboard of his vehicle and returned her to the area where he initially picked her up. While leaving her bound and gagged, he cut her throat with a sharp object and left her in the parking lot. The victim was found by a passerby who rendered aid until EMS arrived.
Police say the victim was transported to a local hospital where she is expected to survive.
SWAT teams searched a home in the 1000 block of Epperson Street around lunchtime, looking for evidence related to the incident. Epperson Street runs on to the east side of Hwy. 19 between Groom and Lavey.
Mejia was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Sources say Mejia was also involved in an armed robbery earlier this month at the Toritellria Convenience Store on Florida Blvd. Carlos Mejia was arrested in that incident. Read more HERE.
BRPD worked with Baker PD and EBRSO to make the arrest