Garden District rape suspect has extensive criminal past
BATON ROUGE – New details emerged about the criminal history of the man accused of breaking into a home in the Garden District and raping a woman Thursday.
Court documents obtained by WBRZ News 2 revealed that 22-year-old Thairie Xavier Robinson has a substantial criminal history including multiple burglary convictions and a sex crime arrest.
Those same documents also reveal that probation officers asked repeatedly over four years for Robinson’s probation to be revoked.
Baton Rouge Police charged Robinson with aggravated burglary and first-degree rape on Saturday. The arrest came just 24-hours after WBRZ broke details about the attack on Camellia Avenue in the Garden District.
According to Robinson's arrest warrant, the attacker entered the home and raped a woman before pouring bleach on himself and the victim. He fled after stealing an iPad, $30 and the victim’s ID card.
Police say DNA collected from a sexual assault exam matched Robinson’s DNA that was already on file.
Robinson was also wanted in another sexual assault on April 30. That sexual battery arrest warrant says Robinson groped an 18-year-old woman in a bathroom at his home on Astoria Drive. The victim told police that Robinson said he needed sex because he had been in prison for a long time. Parish Prison records indicate he was released from custody there on April 18.
Before that, he'd been in and out of jail repeatedly for several years.
Court documents obtained by the Investigative Unit show that Robinson pleaded guilty in 2012 to two separate burglaries after he left behind blood-stained items at both homes.
Documents say sometime between April 7 and April 9, 2011, a person smashed a window at a home on Oleander Street and stole $40 from a plastic change bank. The burglar cut himself on broken glass and used a clean towel from the home to wipe blood from the injury.
State Police criminalists matched DNA from that blood, and fingerprints from the Oleander burglary, to Robinson. At the same time, they also matched his DNA to blood left at the scene of an April 19, 2011 burglary on Tennessee Street. In that case, the burglar smashed a window and stole a Wii gaming system and television, leaving behind a bloody sock.
On January 12, 2012, after his guilty plea, Judge Anthony Marabella Jr. deferred sentencing for five years and put Robinson on probation. Marabella also sentenced him to six months in Department of Corrections custody for its IMPACT program. IMPACT is intended to keep young first and second offenders in custody for a short period followed up by intensive parole.
In October 2012, probation officers asked Marabella to revoke Robinson’s probation after he gave officers a false address and admitted to using marijuana, which was a violation of the terms of his probation.
Police next arrested Robinson on March 22, 2013, after two men kicked in the back door of a home on South Boulevard. Documents say the burglars fled when the home alarm sounded, but a woman at the scene identified Robinson as one of the men. Police charged Robinson with simple burglary, but that charge was later dismissed.
Probation officers again asked Judge Marabella to revoke Robinson’s probation due to the March 22 arrest. Between May 2013 to Oct. 2014, Robinson appeared in court five times for probation revocation hearings. In each appearance Marabella scheduled a later hearing, usually at the request of both the prosecutor and defense attorney.
On October 20, 2014, Robinson did not appear in court and Marabella issued a bench warrant for his arrest. Jail records indicate he was arrested on Nov. 1, 2014 and court records show that he had a court hearing two days later, at which a probation revocation hearing was set for Jan. 21, 2015. He was released from jail Nov. 5, 2014.
Two days after his release, Robinson was arrested again. His 14-year-old girlfriend, who was pregnant with his child, told police that he hit her. She also said she had sex with him earlier that day. Robinson was booked with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, but court records do not show that he was formally charged.
On Nov 12, 2014, parole officers again asked Marabella to consider revoking Robinson’s parole.
Robinson appeared in court three more times between Dec. 2014 and April 2015 for probation revocation hearings. Each time, the case was moved to a later date.
Police arrested Robinson on May 31, 2015 after he allegedly punched and slapped his sister outside their home on Astoria Drive. Robinson later pleaded guilty to simple battery and resisting arrest in that case and was sentenced to 90 days in EBR Parish Prison with credit for time served.
At a hearing on June 24, 2015, Marabella continued Robinson’s probation but told him to not have any contact with the teen connected to his carnal knowledge arrest.
Parole officers asked Marabella for a third time to consider revoking Robinson’s probation due to the May arrest. After getting a report from probation officers at a Sept. 21, 2015 hearing, Marabella allowed Robinson to remain on probation and scheduled a review for Jan. 26, 2016. Robinson did not appear in court that day and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested two days later.
Records indicate that Robinson was still in jail on that arrest on April 12, when Marabella revoked his probation, ordering him to serve five and a half years for the 2012 burglaries.
Jail records show he was released on April 18. It's not clear from the records whether the probation revocation had been implemented by the time of his release.
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