A 23-year-old Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty this week to raping two women along the River Road area, one last year and the other in 2013, and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez was ordered by state District Judge Lou Daniel to serve the term without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, prosecutor Sue Bernie said.
Garcia-Vasquez pleaded guilty as charged to two counts of forcible rape Wednesday. A second-degree kidnapping charge was dismissed.
“It was certainly justice for these victims, who are very satisfied with the outcome,” Bernie said Friday.
DNA results linked Garcia-Vasquez to a June 8, 2014, rape at a BREC park on River Road and a July 8, 2013, rape in St. Gabriel near the Mississippi River levee.
Authorities said a blue Honda captured on traffic camera footage during the 2013 rape was similar in shape, size and color to the 1993 blue Honda Civic that Garcia-Vasquez was driving when he was arrested five days after the 2014 rape.
Baton Rouge police stopped Garcia-Vasquez on June 13, 2014, on Perkins Road near LSU after seeing him drive back and forth several times in front of the bar where the victim in the rape five days earlier had been kidnapped. During the stop, police found condoms similar to the ones found from that rape.
In the 2014 incident, authorities said, Garcia-Vasquez offered a ride to a woman walking on East Boyd Drive, but instead of taking her to her home, he drove her to the park. The woman tried to escape by jumping out of the car after Garcia-Vasquez threatened to kill her, but he dragged her back to the side of the car and raped her as she screamed for him to stop.
The 2013 incident involved a woman who blacked out after drinking too much at Reggie’s Bar. She later got into a car with three men for a ride home, but the driver failed to turn toward her sister’s home while crossing Bluebonnet Boulevard. The woman called her sister and father while in the car, and one of the men spoke with the victim’s sister on the victim’s phone.
The men eventually stopped on La. 75 in St. Gabriel, where a back-seat passenger dragged her out of the car and raped her on a grassy area by the road, authorities stated. The woman was discovered the next morning by a passerby, who later gave police a description of the vehicle seen leaving the area where the victim was found.
Bernie gave credit to the collaborative investigative efforts of the Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.