KIRAN: Baker rape suspect attempts suicide

KIRAN: Baker rape suspect attempts suicide

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baker, Louisiana man accused of holding a teenage boy against his will and raping him is now hospitalized after attempting to kill himself, police say.

Mark David Russell, 55, was due in court for a bond hearing Tuesday morning.

A friend arrived at Russell's home and found him in the bathtub in a pool of blood. He had cut his wrists and taken prescription medications, police said.

Paramedics rushed him to a Baton Rouge hospital where he is being treated.

Russell was charged last month with rape, false imprisonment and false impersonation of a peace officer.

Judge Richard "Chip" Moore initially set Russell's bond at $13,000. Today's hearing was to determine if that bond should be revoked, forcing Russell to remain in jail until trial.

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