A 21-year-old LSU student accused of kidnapping and later holding his girlfriend at gunpoint after they got into an argument outside her sorority house on Nov. 14 was booked into parish prison Friday on counts of simple kidnapping, false imprisonment with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm, police said.
John Michael Strate and his girlfriend got into an argument early that morning when he accused her of cheating, a report by the LSU Police Department and Baton Rouge Police says.
The victim told LSU officers Strate forced her into his vehicle that afternoon, beating her, before he took her to his apartment off campus, forced her inside and, armed with a handgun, held her against her will, the report says.
LSU Police arrested Strate only on simple battery, since that was the only alleged offense that took place on campus.
The victim told Baton Rouge police on Wednesday that Strate held her at gunpoint after taking her to his apartment off campus. She told city police officers that Strate told her to sit on his bed and not to move. He then placed the gun against his head and asked her, “Is this what you want?” before pointing the gun at her, according to the account she gave police.
Strate, 262 West State Street Apt. 3106, was still being held in Parish Prison as of Saturday evening.
LSU is investigating the incident under its Title IX and sexual misconduct policy, Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard said Saturday.
Court records show that three days after the incident, an LSU student petitioned for and received a temporary restraining order against Strate, effective through Dec. 2.
Ballard did not immediately know Strate’s year in school.