Ex-boyfriend charged with first degree rape, aggravated burglary
BATON ROUGE - A man was arrested on first degree rape and aggravated burglary counts after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and sexually assaulted her.
Officials reported on Aug. 4, around 8 a.m., the victim was at her apartment on Monet Drive with a male friend when she answered a knock at the door. After she cracked the door to see who was there, the assailant, Rodell Patterson, 44, shoved the door open, pushing the victim down in the process, according to arrest records.
Patterson is accused of grabbing the woman by the neck and cursing at her for having another man in the apartment, officials said. He asked the other man how he knew the victim. The visitor said they just met and he didn't want any trouble, officials said.
After Patterson had choked the victim and dragged her into the bedroom, she broke free momentarily, and asked the other man to call police. Patterson then brought her back out to the living room and told the witness to leave, arrest records show.
Officials said once the witness had left, Patterson choked the victim until she lost consciousness.
After she regained consciousness, Patterson reportedly told the victim to get dressed so he could bring her to work. When she did not move due to her previous unconsciousness, Patterson raped her, forced her to get dressed, according to officials, and brought her to work.
Officials said the victim contacted police when she got to work.
Patterson's bond was set at $125,000.
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