Man charged with sexual battery after fight with girlfriend
BATON ROUGE – Deputies say a Baton Rouge man was arrested Sunday after they say he was involved in a physical fight with his girlfriend Saturday.
Around 2 a.m. Sunday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies talked to a victim who said she was involved in a fight with her boyfriend, 28-year-old Joshua Totten.
The victim told deputies that Totten got angry with her after finding out she was cheating on him with another man. She said Totten asked her who she was texting and then grabbed her chest and buttocks and said, “This is mine.”
The victim said she pushed him away and he then put his hand over her nose and mouth preventing her from breathing. He then ripped off her panties and tried to spread her legs but he did not remove any of his clothing. She then pushed him away and went to take a shower with her 3-year-old son.
According to the victim, when she got out of the shower, she found out that Totten had broken her phone and tossed her car keys outside. She was finally able to leave after calling a friend.
EBRSO deputies say the victim had injuries around her eyes and lower neck as well as two scratches on her upper lip. Investigators also observed ripped underwear she said she was wearing at the time of the attack.
Investigators made contact with Totten who admitted to being involved in the fight.
Totten told deputies that he put his hands over the victim’s mouth because she was yelling obscenities during the fight. He said the victim also scratched and slapped him, tearing his v-neck t-shirt.
He also said that the victim threatened to leave the apartment and grabbed two pairs of underwear. He said he tried to grab the underwear from her hands to stop her, causing one pair to rip.
Deputies said Totten admitted to throwing the car keys out of the house and breaking the phone. However, he said he broke the phone because he was the one who bought it.
EBRSO said Totten had an active bench warrant for speeding and was placed under arrest. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for domestic abuse battery (strangulation) and misdemeanor sexual battery.