A man with a string of previous arrests for burglaries and at least two sex crimes was arrested early Saturday in a Thursday night rape and burglary in the Garden District, an area where records show he’d burglarized several homes in the past few years.
Thairie Robinson, 22, forced his way into a woman’s Camelia Avenue home through a side door about 9:45 p.m. and raped her after a brief struggle, according to the Baton Rouge Police Department’s report on the incident.
After the 31-year-old woman begged Robinson to leave, he demanded that she bring him bleach, which he poured on himself and the woman’s hands and clothes, the report says.
Robinson eventually left the house, police said, taking an iPad, $30 in cash and the woman’s identification card.
Police submitted DNA evidence from the scene to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, where investigators found a match with Robinson, who’s been arrested previously for sexual battery and for impregnating a 14-year-old girl.
While detectives were showing suspect lineups to the victim, uniformed officers found Robinson at the Salvation Army on Airline Highway, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman.
Police had been called to help an EMS crew tending to Robinson, who was described in the police report as being intoxicated and unresponsive. He still had the Garden District rape victim’s ID card in his pocket, the report says.
“The responding officer had put two and two together and contacted investigators,” Coppola said.
Robinson was taken to a local hospital for treatment, then arrested, Coppola said.
Thursday’s incident on Camelia Avenue is at least the third sexual assault and 13th residential burglary reported in the Baton Rouge Police Department’s District 2 Zone A, according to Open Data BR.
“We hope this neighborhood feels a little more at ease knowing this individual, Robinson, is behind bars, but we want to remind people to stay vigilant and look out for one another,” Coppola said, adding that investigators believe the attack was random and that Robinson acted alone.
Robinson has a criminal history dating to 2009, when the then-16-year-old “was arrested for burglarizing several houses in this same area (Garden District),” a police officer noted in a 2011 report on another burglary two years later.
When police caught him on Saturday, Robinson had a warrant out for his arrest for an April 30 sexual battery at his home, 5228 Astoria Drive.
Robinson, who’d been released from Parish Prison just days before the April 30 incident, told the 19-year-old victim “he had been in jail a long time and he needed sex,” according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
He had been on probation after serving time for two burglaries in 2011 when he was sent back to jail in January for violating the terms of his probation.
One of the 2011 burglaries was on Oleander Street, not far from the scene of Thursday’s incident.
He was sentenced on April 12 to 5 ½ years of hard labor in the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, but was given 30 days to appeal the matter, court records show.
Robinson was also accused in a burglary of a Garden District home on South Boulevard in 2013, but that case was dismissed in May 2014, according to court records.
In November 2014, Robinson was arrested for carnal knowledge of a 14-year-old girl, who told police she was pregnant with Robinson’s child after Robinson hit her, according to a Baton Rouge police report.
Robinson was booked Saturday into the Parish Prison on counts of aggravated burglary and first degree rape. His bond has yet to be set, according to online booking records.