Man abducts pregnant New Orleans woman, kills himself in hospital
BATON ROUGE -- The Baton Rouge Police Department is investigating an alleged abduction of a pregnant woman in New Orleans by a man who later shot and killed himself inside of a Baton Rouge hospital. New Orleans Police are investigating if the man was also involved in an earlier carjacking of another woman.
New Orleans Police said they believe the man is 29-year-old Garry Saxton. Officials said just after 10:30 p.m. Friday, a woman went to pick-up Saxton in Milneburg to bring him to the airport. That's when Saxton pulled out a gun on her in an attempted carjacking, according to NOPD. The woman was able to escape to a neighbors' home in the 2000 block of Vienna St., and police said Saxton left in her car.
Around 6 a.m. Saturday, NOPD said they received a call about an aggravated kidnapping in the 5000 block of Wilton Dr. Detectives believe was the suspect in this kidnapping, which ended in Baton Rouge.
According to Baton Rouge police officials, as they drove to Baton Rouge police said the 28-year-old woman complained of pregnancy issues and convinced the man to take her to Baton Rouge General Hospital on Bluebonnet Blvd. The woman was able to tell hospital officials of her abduction and that the man had a gun. Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said hospital security officers were able to contain the man, handcuff him and found no gun, but the man was able to produce one and shot and killed himself.
Police officials believe he was able to hide a gun in a chair before he was handcuffed. The woman and the baby were not hurt in the incident and praised by police for quick thinking and convincing the man to take her to a hospital. Police have not identified the alleged abductor and have not been able to determine if the two knew each other.
NOPD added that Saxton also goes by the name Gary Zarders.
Baton Rouge General Hospital released a statement Saturday afternoon, saying:
“The safety of our patients, their families and visitors, is our highest priority. We are proud of our extraordinary team for their swift action in a dangerous situation.”