Victim escapes kidnapping, suspect arrested on attempted rape charges

Victim escapes kidnapping, suspect arrested on attempted rape charges

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The victim of an aggravated kidnapping and attempted rape that happened early Sunday morning was able to get away and the suspect is now behind bars.

According to Baton Rouge Police, the victim was westbound on Government Street in the 1000 block stopped at a red light when 37-year-old Samuel Joseph Jr. opened the victim's door, and got in with a silver revolver and demanded oral sex from the victim.

The probable cause report says Joseph pointed the gun at the victim and forced him to drive to several locations. The victim then went to McDonald's on Government Street where he got out of the vehicle, ran and called police.

A description of Joseph was broadcast to police to be on the lookout for. Joseph was spotted in the 1300 block of Terrace Street. While police were searching him, they found a handgun in his right, front pocket. Police say Joseph began to fight and resist arrest. "A K-9 and a Taser were used to safely detain the defendant," said the police report.

Reports say the gun in Joseph's possession is reported stolen. Joseph was taken to the hospital for his injuries and then he was taken to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. During the investigation, detectives learned Joseph is a felon.

Joseph was charged with attempted aggravated rape, second degree kidnapping, resisting arrest by force/violence, aggravated assault, illegal possession of a stolen firearm, illegal carrying of a firearm, and felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held on a $67,000 bond.

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