BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Police Detectives are investigating the fourth home invasion in the past week. The 70-year-old victim was sexually assaulted by the attacker.
This one happened between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday morning in the Sherwood Forest Subdivision, near Goodwood Blvd. and Sherwood Forest Blvd.
Police say the 70-year old victim was alone at the time of the attack and awoke to find the subject crouching down near her bed. She attempted to run, but he grabbed her and physically subdued her, then sexually assaulted her.
Detectives say the suspect asked her for money, but she did not have any available and he fled the residence. Detectives believe the suspect entered the residence by force through a patio door.
During a 2 p.m. news conference Friday, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said "We have deployed manpower. We have deployed equipment. We have reached out to other agencies for their assistance."
"If a call goes out all officers are on alert and they are responding as quickly as possible," he said.
The suspect in this crime is described as a male wearing all black or dark clothing.
Police say the first home invasion happened in the Tara/Goodwood area just before 3 a.m. Sunday where a 78-year-old female heard a noise in front of her home and was grabbed by a male who forced her back into her room and assaulted her.
The next home invasion happened in the Glen Oaks area Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. where a 34-year-old victim, who was home alone, was awakened by the sound of her front door being kicked in by an unknown male.
The suspect then covered the victim with a blanket before trying to assault her, the victim resisted and was punched in the face before she escaped to a neighbors house where she called police.
Then, around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a man approached a 73-year-old victim who was home alone in the Webb Park area and attacked her, hitting her in the face several times before leaving the home.
It is unclear if the incidents are related.
The suspect in the first three is described only as a six-foot-tall male dressed in dark clothing wearing gloves and something covering his face.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867 (STOP).