BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bond hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning for a convicted sex offender who allegedly impersonated a police officer, raped a teen boy, and also held him against his will, has been delayed until May 17.
WAFB 9News reporter Robbie Reynold who was in court this morning reported that the judge delayed the bond reduction hearing of Mark David Russell, 55, of Baker, because Russell had been hospitalized.
Russell was arrested on April 30. He is accused of taking a 17-year-old hostage for days and raping him. Russell was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of first-degree rape, false imprisonment, and impersonating an officer.
Judge Richard "Chip" Moore set Russell's bond at $13,000. He posted bond and was released on April 30. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office filed a motion asking Moore to consider revoking or increasing Russell's bond due to the severity of the charges against him.
This hearing for the judge to rule on that request will now be on May 17.