BR man booked in crime spree of rapes, robberies, kidnappings, shooting _lowres

Andre Young

A Baton Rouge man accused of spreading terror across East Baton Rouge Parish for 3½ hours the morning of July 27, 2014, was convicted Monday night on rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges.

The rape convictions will put 23-year-old Andre Young behind bars for the rest of his life.

Young was found guilty on 10 counts of armed robbery, four counts of attempted armed robbery, and two counts each of aggravated rape, second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder and simple burglary. He was acquitted on two attempted armed robbery counts.

State District Judge Richard Anderson will sentence Young on Dec. 1. Anderson ordered Young held without bail.

Young was convicted of raping two sisters after robbing them at gunpoint and abducting them in their car. The attempted murder counts related to the shooting of two men in separate incidents. Young was 19 at the time of the crime wave.

East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Tracey Barbera told the jury during the trial that "hell had broken loose" in the parish that Sunday morning. She argued that DNA, fingerprints and victim identifications linked Young to the rash of crimes.

On that morning, police said, Young and two accomplices robbed a woman on McClelland Drive at 4:30 a.m., then robbed a group of people less than a block away in a parking lot on Greenwell Street. The accomplices fled when Young forced two women they had robbed into one of the victims' cars, drove them to a nearby BREC park on Evangeline Street and raped them. The accomplices were not caught.

Young then drove the same car to Ontario Street, where he robbed a man at 6 a.m. Another man emerged from his home during the robbery and yelled in the direction of Young, who walked across the street and shot the man in the stomach. He survived the shooting. Young drove away in a Lexus belonging to the man he robbed on Ontario Street.

Police spotted Young shortly after 8 a.m., chased him and eventually found him hiding under a house on Shelley Street. Young lived on that street.

Young's court-appointed attorneys argued to the jury that authorities ended their investigation after arresting Young and disregarded the accomplices.

Testimony in the case began Sept. 29. The jury deliberated more than two hours Monday.

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