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People share safety tips on social media after home invasion, rape

10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago May 07, 2016 May 7, 2016 Saturday, May 07 2016 May 07, 2016 11:15 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - Neighbors have found calm on the internet, sharing safety tips and conversation as they grapple with the reality that a rapist is loose in their community.

The Baton Rouge Garden District Facebook page has been active since word spread about a home invasion and rape Thursday night.  Typically, a center for neighborhood news and chatter the page has become busy with people offering to teach others self defense techniques or ideas on how to make homes more secure.

The page has a few hundred followers and many were writing messages Friday and Saturday.

Saturday makes twenty-four hours since WBRZ.com broke details of the attack that happened late Thursday.  Police said they were going to release details of an arrest later Saturday afternoon.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday, a 31-year-old was raped when a man invaded her home.  The rapist also stole items from the woman as he fled.  Sources told WBRZ, there could have been as many as two others similar attacks in the area recently.  Police did not release specific information about other sexual assaults but the source - who is close to the investigation - said it was not clear if the attacks were related.

Friday, people were on edge as they walked around the usually quiet, tree-lined streets of the city's old neighborhood.

Police likely got help from DNA evidence collected at the scene.  A source said the DNA was processed at the State Police Crime Lab Friday.

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