Jury reaches verdict in kidnapping, rape trial

Allen Martin (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)
Allen Martin (Source: Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A Ponchatoula man has been found guilty in his trial for a brutal kidnapping and rape of a 24-year-old woman.

Allen Lee Martin was found guilty on charges of aggravated rape, armed robbery, aggravated burglary and second degree kidnapping.

What started as a routine traffic stop in February of 2011, ended with the arrest of an accused rapist. A state trooper pulled over a man because his car was missing a tail light.  While the trooper questioned the driver, a woman jumped out saying she'd been kidnapped and raped.

Police say had the trooper not made the stop, the woman may not be alive today.  Livingston Parish Sheriff Willie Graves said in 2011 the woman's alleged kidnapper may have been stalking her.

At the time of his arrest,  Martin very calmly said he did nothing wrong.  But law enforcement agents say he didn't end up in an orange jumpsuit over nothing.

"Someone horrible is going to prison," said Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson at the time of Martin's arrest.

Police believe Martin forced himself into a 24-year-old woman's home while she was taking a shower. Police say he had a knife and raped her at knifepoint multiple times before he forced her into her car and drove her to Tangipahoa Parish where he demanded she take money out of an ATM.

Deputies say Martin was staying with one of the woman's neighbors, but the two did not know each other.  Sheriff Willie Graves says there may be other victims out there.

Martin had been charged with six counts aggravated rape and one count of second degree kidnapping.

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