Covington man accused of raping woman in Tigerland on Oct. 10, Baton Rouge police report _lowres

Patrick Franklin

Police arrested a Covington man Thursday after a woman accused him of raping her in a car parked in Tigerland on Oct. 10.

Baton Rouge Police met with the woman in the Baton Rouge General Hospital emergency room on Bluebonnet, the Baton Rouge Police report says. The woman told detectives she went out to celebrate her birthday, but she got separated from her sisters and friends.

The victim said she met a man, later identified as Patrick Earl Franklin, sometime after midnight. Witnesses told deputies they last saw her in Reggie’s dancing with Franklin, and her sister recovered a photo taken of them in the Reggie’s barroom that night, the report says.

The woman told police she remembered being in the back seat of a vehicle near Tiger Brothers Food Mart when Franklin climbed into the back seat and raped her, the report says. The victim told deputies after continuously telling him to stop and pushing him away, he let her out of the vehicle at 1200 Bob Pettit Blvd.

The victim met strangers who took her back to their residence and called her friends. The victim told investigators she does not remember much of the night because she was extremely intoxicated.

The victim partially identified Franklin on social media, where he used the name Patrick Fransico, and deputies were able to identify him by his real name as a result, the report says.

Baton Rouge Police reached out to St. Tammany’s Parish Sheriff’s Office, who collected a sample of Franklin’s DNA. Franklin also told law enforcement he remembered meeting the woman that night.

Franklin, 20 Eagle Road, Covington, was booked Thursday into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on second-degree rape.