New: 911 tapes released in deadly kidnapping crash
PORT ALLEN - The West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office told WBRZ's Chief Investigator, Chris Nakamoto, that Albert Harris III kidnapped his girlfriend from a home they apparently shared on Maryland Drive in Baton Rouge.
Harris was killed in a crash Thursday morning; the woman who was being held, Rae Carrell, was found in the wreckage. Investigators said Harris was driving a car, going more than 100 miles per hour when the crash happened at the intersection of Rosedale Road and Bayou Poydras. Deputies said there was no pursuit.
911 tapes obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit reveal the terror in the voices of those who witnessed the crash.
"She's really bad off, she's in the car with a little fire going," One caller said.
Carrell was wearing a seat belt and was taken by a medical helicopter to an area hospital. She was able to tell authorities she was kidnapped Wednesday night from their home at 1970 Maryland Street.
"As we were rescuing the lady, a passenger in the car, she screamed she had been kidnapped from her home," Sheriff Mike Cazes said.
At least one friend told WBRZ today, he had just spoken to the deceased driver moments before the crash.
"Kidnapped," Aaron Long said perplexed. "I don't know about no kidnapping last night. I just talked to him last night and this morning."
Long called the couple very giving and would do anything for people. Long said Harris was an up and coming rapper.
"He was a cool kid, liked to dress and loved fashion," Long said. "Rapping was his thing. That's what he loved to do."
As the investigation continues into the wreck and kidnapping, Baton Rouge Police want to interview the surviving victim. WBRZ has learned Carrell underwent surgery when she arrived in the emergency room. She remains in critical condition.