Police arrest man accused of kidnapping, raping woman in November

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police have made an arrest in connection with a kidnapping and rape that happened five months ago after investigators matched a DNA sample to a suspect.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported Derrick Shelbia, 39, was arrested Tuesday.

According to the arrest warrant, the victim was kidnapped at gunpoint on Nov. 1, 2016 as she was walking to her vehicle.

The report stated the suspect forced her to drive to an abandoned house, where her hands were duct taped behind her back and she was raped in the back yard. Officials said she was later raped again inside the car.

"[Shelbia] told the victim that he was not going to kill her, but that she had to get in to the trunk of the car," the warrant stated.

According to the warrant, the suspect drove around for several hours before letting the victim out of the trunk the first time. Authorities said the suspect then drove around a little more, stopped again and gave the victim some water.

"The victim stated that she remembers being in Gonzales at a park during this stop," the report stated.

The victim was put back in the trunk once more, according to the warrant, and driven around until the suspect allowed her to sit in the back seat of the car. Officials stated the victim was later taken back to her apartment.

The warrant stated the suspect told the victim his birthday was November 11 and that he wanted her to call him around his birthday. It added he then left. Documents show Shelbia's birthday is November 11.

The warrant stated the suspect's DNA was collected during an exam and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. It added techs matched the sample to Shelbia's DNA.

He was booked on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. No bond was set.

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Police records show Shelbia was arrested on Nov. 17, 2016 on armed robbery charges. He was in jail until March 31, 2017 on those charges.

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