Baton Rouge police: One in custody after violent home invasion; three intruders break-in, beat man, rape woman _lowres

Willie McCormick

A 23-year-old Baton Rouge man was indicted Wednesday on aggravated rape, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping charges stemming from a violent May 1 home invasion on Tams Drive.

Willie Joseph McCormick, 3218 Toulon Drive, is accused of raping, robbing and kidnapping a 28-year-old woman while armed during the break-in.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury also accused McCormick of a second count of armed robbery involving a 30-year-old man inside the residence.

Police have said McCormick, who was shot and wounded during the incident, was one of three people who kicked in the door to an apartment in the 12500 block of Tams and held two people captive in a bathroom while one of the intruders beat a man in the head with a handgun and another intruder raped a woman.

DNA linked McCormick to the scene of the home invasion and rape, police said.

The female victim was forced to perform oral sex in the living room while her attacker tapped her on her head with a handgun, according to a warrant for McCormick’s arrest. She was then raped by the same person in a bedroom.

McCormick was shot in the arm by another man who was staying in a second bedroom and heard the break-in.

Police found McCormick at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where he was being treated for his wound. He initially told investigators he was shot during a robbery at a Circle K on Coursey Boulevard, then said someone shot him during a drug deal on Eddie Robinson Drive and South Boulevard.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Wednesday that all three invaders were fully masked.

Moore urged anyone with information on the identity of others who took part in the home invasion to call Crimestoppers at (225) 344-STOP.

McCormick is being held on $115,000 bail.

His case has been assigned to state District Judge Beau Higginbotham.