Man accused of raping woman he met on Tinder app indicted

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The man accused of raping a woman he met on a social media app called Tinder was indicted on Wednesday for one count of forcible rape.

On Saturday, July 26, a woman called police to report that she had been raped by a man named Jake that she met on Tinder. The woman told police after they met on the social media app, they agreed to meet in person at her apartment.

When 22-year-old Jacob Hirsch Witz arrived, reports say they sat on the couch and talked a while and moved to the bedroom to talk. The woman's statement to police says Witz became suddenly aggressive and pulled her shorts off. She goes on to say that he slapped her across the face, ripped off her shirt and bra and raped her as she begged him to stop.

The police report says Witz then found the woman's phone and forced her to unlock it so he could delete all text messages between them. He then forced her to take a bath while he watched. The woman told police Witz said "Pretend this did not happen. Don't tell anybody. I did not rape you, I got to get out of here."

Police found Witz and before they could read him his Miranda Rights, he told them he was not answering any questions and wanted an attorney.

"Today the Grand Jury indicted Jacob Witz for one count of forcible rape," said District Attorney Hillar Moore. "[Witz] is presumed innocent. We agree with the Grand Jury's decision to indict and will move forward with the prosecution of this case and look forward to a full presentation of all of the evidence that we have. The case will be scheduled in Judge Richard Anderson's courtroom for an arraignment."

Witz was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of forcible rape. Two days after his arrest, his bond was raised from $35,000 to $75,000. He bonded out of jail in August 2014.

DNA was collected from Witz while he was in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, and he has hired a lawyer.

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