Bond set at $40,000 for home invasion suspect

Vorris Mouton (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Vorris Mouton (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Bond has been set for a man suspected in two home invasions in Baton Rouge within the past month.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office reported bond for Vorris Mouton, 35, of New Iberia, has been set at $40,000. Also, District Attorney Hillar Moore is not happy with that amount and anticipates filing for a bond increase Wednesday afternoon. However, Mouton is also being held on a parole violation, which means he is not eligible for release.

Mouton is charged with home invasion, aggravated burglary and sexual battery. He was first arrested in a home invasion that happened on Dec. 22, 2013 and DNA evidence linked him to a home invasion and sexual assault from Jan. 17.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore's office will go before Judge Bonnie Jackson Thursday to try and get Vorris Mouton's bond raise. In Moore's opinion, $40,000 is too low. Judge Don Johnson set Mouton's bond and Moore believes the court needs more information.

The first home invasion happened on December 22, 2013 on Reymond Drive in Baton Rouge. The suspect, now believed to be Mouton, entered the house without consent of the homeowner and demanded she show him where the safe was and threatened to kill her, according to police. After a brief struggle, the suspect ran out of the house.  There was no other contact between the suspect and the victim during the struggle.

In the second home invasion, the 70-year old victim was alone at her home in the Sherwood Forest Subdivision, near Goodwood Blvd. At the time of the attack she woke up to find the subject crouching down near her bed.  Police say she tried to run but he grabbed her and physically subdued her, then sexually assaulted her. Reports say the suspect asked her for money, but she did not have any available and he ran out of the house. Detectives believe the suspect entered the residence by force through a patio door.

Along with the first home invasion charge, Mouton has also been charged with aggravated burglary and sexual battery. Additional charges are pending.

There are at least three other recent home invasions that fit this pattern, but detectives have not said if those are linked to Mouton.

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