Police: Convicted felon attempts to kidnap, rape and rob teen

Johnnie Pearson (Source: EBRSO)
Johnnie Pearson (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police have arrested a man accused of trying to rob, rape and kidnap a 15-year-old boy while armed with a weapon.

According to the probable cause report from Baton Rouge Police, Johnnie Pearson, 44, of Baton Rouge, has been charged with attempted armed robbery, attempted aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, false imprisonment, felon in possession of a firearm and illegal carrying of a firearm.

Pearson was convicted of manslaughter in 1990 and pleaded guilty for felony violation of protection order in 2011.

Police say the teenaged victim was walking on North Street near 15th Street when Pearson approached him while holding a handgun and told him to empty his pockets. He then forced the teenager behind a vacant house, still at gunpoint, and told him to pull down his pants.

The report says when Pearson began to pull down his pants, he placed the gun on the ground and the teenager escaped. He told police he did not have a cell phone and just ran until he found an officer.

Police were in the area and the victim was able to describe the man who attacked him.

When the officer found a man matching the description of Pearson, he ordered him to walk toward him. Pearson began to run from the officer, but was captured about a block away where he was Tased and taken into custody.

A S&W .38 Special revolver was found inside Pearson's pants.

Pearson has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. No bond has been set.

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