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Police: Robber pinned LSU student, exposed himself during carjacking just off campus

10 months 4 days 3 hours ago Friday, April 28 2023 Apr 28, 2023 April 28, 2023 5:09 AM April 28, 2023 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A man implicated in a series of robberies in recent months is now suspected of jumping an LSU student at an off-campus apartment complex, allegedly robbing the young woman and exposing himself to her in the process. 

Arrest records obtained by WBRZ Thursday show that Karonte Shavers, 19, was already in jail for a similar crime when police identified him as a suspect in the April 16 attack, which happened at an apartment complex on East Boyd Avenue. 

The victim told police she was getting into her car in the parking garage sometime before 9 a.m. when Shavers walked up and blocked her from closing the driver's side door. Shavers told her to get out of the car and snatched the victim's iPhone out of her hand, according to arrest documents. 

She said her attacker then forced her to delete any tracking applications off the device. 

During the robbery, Shavers allegedly unzipped his pants, exposed his genitalia and told the victim that he would not take her car if she gave him oral sex. When the student tried to run, the robber grabbed her and pinned her to the car. 

The warrant goes on to say the victim slipped away, but Shavers was able to grab hold of a lanyard attached to the victim's wallet and took it. The student ran back to the apartment complex and alerted her boyfriend, who contacted police. 

The victim's car was found a day later, abandoned and locked outside a business on Satin Court Drive, just 100 yards from Shavers' listed address. While reviewing surveillance video, police noted that the same man tried to burglarize multiple cars in the parking garage before confronting the student.

Days after that, police got a call from East Baton Rouge sheriff's deputies about an arrest in a similar crime, which involved a purse-snatching outside a store on Silverleaf Avenue. Investigators were able to use fingerprints left behind on that victim's car to identify Shavers as a suspect, and they arrested him for that crime last week.

Police also noted that Shavers was out on a $12,000 bond at the time of his purse-snatching arrest on April 19. That bond was for a prior arrest related to an armed robbery on New Year's Day.  

Days after the purse-snatching arrest, the LSU student was able to help identify Shavers as the carjacker, leading to additional charges.

Shavers is currently jailed on counts including obscenity, purse snatching and carjacking.

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