One man is in custody after forensics investigators matched blood taken from him when he was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to DNA left at the scene of a violent home invasion and rape early Friday, Baton Rouge Police said.
Willie Joseph McCormick III, 23, 3218 Toulon Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on Saturday on counts of armed robbery, principal to aggravated rape and principal to aggravated battery. No bail has been set.
Police say McCormick is one of three people who kicked in the door to an apartment in the 12500 block of Tams Drive 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, according to a warrant for McCormick’s arrest.
The incident began about 3 a.m. when the 30-year-old man who lived in the apartment on Tams Drive said he and a 28-year-old woman awoke to the sound of someone kicking in the back door, the affidavit says. When the woman got up to see what had happened, one of the intruders grabbed her, pulled her into the bathroom and threw her into a bathtub.
Another intruder dragged the man into the bathroom, where he hit the victim over the head with a handgun several times while demanding the man’s money and the keys to his SUV, the affidavit says. The first time the intruder hit the man in the head with the handgun, it discharged, but no one was hit. The victim said he looked down “because he was afraid he would be killed” if he made eye contact with his attacker, an investigator wrote in the affidavit.
While one intruder demanded the keys and money, the other two ransacked the apartment and eventually found the keys to the SUV, the affidavit says.
One of the intruders went back to the bathroom, grabbed the woman and took her down a hall to the living room where he forced her to perform oral sex — while tapping her on her head with a handgun — and then took her to a bedroom where he raped her, according to the affidavit.
Another man and a woman staying in a second bedroom heard the break-in. While the second woman called police, the man armed himself and the two stayed in the bedroom, the affidavit says. When McCormick and one of the other intruders opened the bedroom door, the man fired his gun, striking McCormick, the affidavit says.
“I’m hit,” McCormick said, and the intruders fled the apartment, according to the affidavit.
Police found McCormick at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center where doctors were treating him for a gunshot wound in one of his arms, the affidavit says.
McCormick told investigators he was shot during a robbery at the Circle K on Coursey Boulevard, the affidavit says. When detectives informed McCormick that the store had surveillance cameras, he changed his story and said someone shot him during a drug deal on Eddie Robinson Drive and South Boulevard.
However, police arrested him when the state Crime Lab matched his DNA to evidence collected from the apartment, according to the affidavit.