Man accused of West Chimes St. sexual assault arrested
BATON ROUGE - Police reported the arrest of a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a West Chimes Street apartment near LSU at the end of March.
18-year-old Matthew Adams, of Lafitte, was booked on one count of sexual battery after the victim was able to identify him in a six-person photographic lineup.
The victim told police that in the early morning hours of Mar. 19 Adams entered the apartment where she had fallen asleep on the couch and removed her shorts before touching her inappropriately without consent. She said she suddenly woke up to hear Adams saying he “isn’t the this type of guy” as she felt him continue to touch her.
The victim told investigators that she began to panic when she realized he had removed her shorts and underwear, leaving her in only a t-shirt after the sexual assault. She said she began crying for help in an attempt to awaken other tenants and guests in the apartment.
Police said a witness quickly entered the living room, causing Adams to stop the assault and flee the room. Several other tenants and house guests later came to the victim’s aid as she told them what had taken place. When a female witness confronted Adams, he said he was merely checking on the victim as she slept and had startled her, according to police.
Adams was arrested after the victim identified him and witnesses provided corroborating statements. He was booked into the EBR Parish Prison on the above charge.
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