Man accused of holding ex-girlfriend captive after break-up
BATON ROUGE - Police said they arrested a man accused of breaking into the apartment he once shared with an ex-girlfriend, stealing electronics and briefly holding her captive.
26-year-old Marquis Knox, of Baton Rouge, was booked on charges of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, criminal damage to property, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, cyberstalking, aggravated burglary, simple robbery and false imprisonment.
The BRPD arrest report documents three separate incidents at the apartment involving Knox in this month.
On June 18, the victim told officers that she had just broken up with Knox. She said the man was continually returning to the apartment on North Donmoor Avenue where they had briefly lived together and letting himself in at times when he knew she would not be at home. The victim contacted police after Knox allegedly broke into the apartment and stole an XBox and flatscreen TV. She told officers that he even fixed himself something to eat and took out the trash prior to exiting her residence.
On June 23, the victim reported she received several threatening text messages from Knox. In the texts, he said he was going to kill her and then kill himself. The victim said she feared for her life and contacted police again, telling them she believed Knox to be unstable and that he had been breaking into her residence.
On Monday, the victim said she woke up to find Knox standing over her bed. He had made forced entry through her son’s bedroom window by pushing it in, which was the method he usually used to gain access to the apartment unit before, according to the victim. Knox then allegedly grabbed the victim’s phone and began to go through it while accusing her of having sex with someone else.
The victim told officers that she began to yell for help and grabbed a can of pepper spray from under her bed to try to get away from Knox. It malfunctioned when she tried to use it though, and Knox took it from her before placing it in his pocket. Eventually, the victim said she was able to get her phone back and force her way out of the apartment to get to a waiting friend.