A woman was sexually assaulted and a man was beaten with a gun Monday after two armed robbers broke into their Jim Taylor Drive apartment, police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 11 p.m. in the 1400 block of Jim Taylor Drive, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

The female victim in Monday’s attack is 19, McKneely said. She escaped through a window, ran to a neighbor’s apartment and called police, McKneely said.

The male victim is 27, McKneely said. He too was able to escape, but only after being chased by the robbers, both of whom were armed, McKneely said.

The robbers took an undisclosed amount of cash from the couple’s home, McKneely said, adding that the only description police have of the men is that they are black and that one of them has gold teeth.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Gas station robbed Monday by gunman

Investigators are looking for a gunman who robbed the owner of Bingo Chevron late Monday, police said Tuesday.

The robber confronted the gas station owner while he was in the store’s cooler, police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said.

The owner then followed the man to the cash register at the front of the store at 9936 Airline Highway, McKneely said.

The man took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled, McKneely said. No one was injured.

The armed robber was described as being a black man between 5 feet 9 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and 18 and 25 years old, McKneely said.

The man was wearing a black T-shirt and had covered the lower portion of his face with a towel, McKneely said.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact police at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.

Man, 28, arrested in impersonating agent

A 28-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of impersonating a federal agent, an affidavit of probable cause says.

Aaron James Banks walked into the Marine Corps Recruitment Center at 7970 Jefferson Highway with a gun holstered to his hip and told a Marine he was a federal agent, the affidavit says.

The Marine asked to see Banks’ credentials and told Banks that guns were not allowed at the recruitment center, the affidavit says.

Banks could not produce any credentials showing he was a federal agent, the affidavit says. He did, however, remove his gun from the recruitment center, the affidavit says.

Investigators believe Banks told the Marine he was a federal agent to try and get a relative discharged from the Marines and enrolled in the Navy, the affidavit says.

Banks, 2776 Lobelia Ave., was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of falsely impersonating a peace officer.

Midday fire damages house on Prescott

A home at 4220 Prescott Road was damaged by fire Tuesday morning, according to a Fire Department news release.

The fire started at 11:30 a.m. in a back bedroom of the home, the release says.

The fire spread to several other rooms before firefighters could bring it under control, the release says.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Armed woman foils man’s rape attempt

A 35-year-old man was arrested Monday, accused of trying to rape a woman at her Baton Rouge home, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The victim told East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies that Jason Mascarella was visiting her when he became hostile, choked her, pinned her down on her couch and asked to have sex, the affidavit says.

When the victim refused, Mascarella began to search her pants for the gun she often carries concealed in her waistband, the affidavit says.

Mascarella couldn’t find the gun and began to take off the victim’s pants, the affidavit says.

The victim freed her arms and grabbed the gun she had hidden in her waistband, firing one shot through her pants at Mascarella, the affidavit says.

The bullet missed Mascarella, who fled, the release says.

Mascarella, 6695 Bayou Paul Road, St. Gabriel, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of attempted forcible rape.

Authorities arrest 3 on suspicion of DWI

Authorities arrested at least three people suspected of driving while intoxicated in East Baton Rouge Parish and booked them into Parish Prison between 2:30 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, booking records show.

Those booked and the counts against them:

•Misty Case, 34, 7071 Melon Court, second-offense DWI, other laws of the road, reckless operation of a vehicle, failure to maintain control and hit and run.

•Bridget Pietri, 50, 30653 Hannon Drive, Denham Springs, first-offense DWI, simple escape, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and improper lane usage.

•Joseph Mayer, 26, 25 Berg Court, Mandeville, first-offense DWI and driving over the median.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.