Deputies: Rape victim hits attacker, takes mail to help investigators make arrest

Deputies: Rape victim hits attacker, takes mail to help investigators make arrest

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Investigators said a rape victim fleeing her attacker was able to grab a piece of mail from the mailbox and make it to a nearby home to get someone to call authorities.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported Samuel Barrera Jr., 34, of Baton Rouge, was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with third-degree rape. No bond was set.

Deputies said the attack happened around 3 a.m. on May 15. They added when the victim was first questioned, she "appeared to be in an abnormal intoxicated state." Investigators stated she was able to tell them what happened and she was taken to the hospital for a rape exam. They added she had several bruises on her body.

According to the probable cause report, the victim was questioned again four days later. Reports indicate the victim said she stopped by a bar on her way home from work and went outside to get her cell phone from her car to make a call after having one drink, but discovered the phone's battery was dead.

The report stated while walking back to the bar, she met three men who offered to let her use their phone, but one of them allegedly grabbed her by the arm and threatened to hurt her if she didn't get in their car.

The report added the victim told investigators she got dizzy during the ride, which ended at a home with very little lighting. The victim reportedly told detectives she was taken to a dark bedroom and one of the men raped her.

According to the report, the victim kicked her attacker and hit him in the head, which allowed her to break free and run away. The report stated she took a piece of mail from the mailbox when she made it outside and ran to a nearby house.

Officials said the victim was able to describe her attacker and Barrera was established as a suspect. Investigators also collected evidence from the address on the mail the victim took from the mailbox.

Detectives added a rape kit, crime scene evidence and a DNA swab from Barrera were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.

The investigation is ongoing.

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