Police urge extreme caution after fourth break-in and sexual assault in a week

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 8:21pm

For the fourth time this week, Baton Rouge Police are investigating a break-in and sexual assault.

“She was awakened to someone being inside of her home, inside her room. She made an attempt to flee the room and the house but he apprehended her. From there he blindfolded her and victimized her," explained Cpl. L’Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Police are not revealing too many details, but they believe the four attacks are related. Though there has been no clear description of the attacker or attackers. He has only been described as 6ft tall and clothed in dark clothing from head to toe.

The predator is targeting women, who are home alone, with unlocked windows or doors.

"He’s not targeting just one location, he's all over the city. We have incidents that have happened in four different locations in the city. So we have our resources stretched thin and we're relying on the community," explained McKneely.

Police have put more men on the street, but say they need you to be your own first line of defense.

“Make sure all these things that you do at your home are done, the doors are locked, the windows are locked. Just be diligent," said Police Chief Carl Dabadie.

East Baton Rouge Parish resident Danielle Hebert said she has already prepared herself for something like this.

"I carry a gun myself and we're well protected in our home," said Hebert.

But she worries too many other women aren't protecting themselves enough.

"Other women tend to not really be into carrying weapons or things like that, but I think as women we should be very well prepared," shared Hebert.

That’s why police are asking friends and neighbors to look out for each other, now more than ever.

"If something is not right, it's not right. If you have a friend, be with a friend. Do not take any chances," emphasized Chief Dabadie.

Agencies across the area have been contacted and are looking for similar cases.


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