Baton Rouge man faces life sentence if convicted in 2015 rape and kidnapping of woman _lowres

Kenneth Johnson, 19

A 19-year-old Baton Rouge man who allegedly locked a woman in his car, punched her and raped her at gunpoint in May is now in Parish Prison.

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies Tuesday arrested Kenneth Johnson, 8901 Old Hermitage Parkway, on counts of first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, simple battery and theft.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, a woman went to meet Johnson to retrieve a belonging when he forced her into his car, drove her to a secluded area, punched her, threatened her with a revolver and told her “she was going to have sex with him or he was going to kill her.”

The woman tried to escape from the car twice as Johnson drove her around the Baton Rouge area, the report says, but Johnson chased her down and dragged her back into the vehicle.

After bolting from the car a third time in the town of St. Gabriel, the woman was able to get away and call a friend for help, the report says.

Johnson was also wanted for criminal damage to property as the result of an unrelated incident March 11, during which he threw an unopened soda can through his father’s apartment window during a heated argument. Johnson’s father had told the teenager several times he wasn’t welcome at the residence and wasn’t allowed to stay there, according to another Sheriff’s Office report.

Bail for Johnson, who remained in Parish Prison Wednesday afternoon, is $118,000.