BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Mark David Russell was arrested Monday in Baker for allegedly taking a 17-year-old young man hostage for days and raping him.
Police say Russell got to the teen by driving past him in a Ford Crown Victoria that looked like an unmarked police car.
The exterior of his house on Baker Boulevard appears warm and welcoming, except for one sign that police say depicts a dark past. Russell, a known sex offender, lives at the house, which has been marked as a crime scene. Baker Police Chief Carl Dunn described what investigators found there as "sick and disturbing."
"While running a search warrant, a lot was being revealed," said Dunn.
Investigators spent the night collecting evidence from the house and a shed where a 17-year-old reported Russell held him against his will and raped him. Dunn said Russell dressed up an old Crown Victoria to look just like a police car.
"He was walking down the street; he stopped him as a police officer and started a conversation," Dunn added. "It had real facing strobe lights and it had a working dash camera, just like a real police car would have, a working dash camera."
Dunn said Russell held the teen boy at his house since Wednesday. The boy was somehow able to get away on Sunday night, Dunn said and went straight to police. Russell was arrested and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
"We spent numerous hours serving a search warrant, searching for evidence to support the allegation of what was going on whether they cleared him or supported him but just to make sure we had a good substantial case but we spent numerous hours on it," Dunn said.
Russell was locked up Monday charged with first-degree rape, false imprisonment and impersonating an officer.
Judge Richard "Chip" Moore set his bond at $13,000. He was out of jail by Tuesday morning. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office filed a motion on Thursday asking Judge Chip Moore to consider revoking or increasing Russell's bond due to the severity of the charges against him.
The judge will hear the motion in court on May 8.
"It just gonna make us work a little harder. that's what it's going to do. We're not going to be discouraged by anything at all," Dunn said.
This was not Russell's first time for such an arrest.
According to documents obtained by WAFB, Russell has a criminal history dating back to 1993, when he was convicted and sent to prison for rape and molestation of a juvenile. He was released from prison in 1999 but his release was revoked less than two years later. He was incarcerated from 2001 to 2006.
In 2002, he pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of simple battery that he was charged with while in jail.
In 2015, Russell was charged with felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile for a crime that allegedly happened in 2014.
As of May 1, District Attorney Hillar Moore said his office would be dropping the charges filed against Russell in 2015.
Moore sent the following statement to WAFB explaining his decision:
The details are still unfolding in this latest case. Dunn said Russell is not talking, but he had several cameras running inside and outside of his house, which could help detectives fill in the blanks.
"The story goes the person who lives with his house boarded up and has all the cameras, that's the person who needs to be watched," Dunn explained.
The police chief says it just means his officers will hit the streets even harder.
"It's disturbing. It's a very disturbing case, yes mam. Anything involving kids and the elderly." Dunn added.