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

Kenneth Johnson, 19

A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man who allegedly punched, raped and threatened to kill a woman at gunpoint last May was indicted Wednesday on rape and kidnapping charges.

Kenneth Paul Johnson, 8901 Old Hermitage Parkway, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of aggravated rape. The second-degree kidnapping count carries a prison term of five to 40 years.

The woman told deputies she and Johnson knew one another. She added that Johnson took her cellphone and she agreed to meet with him on May 3 to retrieve it, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report states.

At the meeting place, Johnson forced her into the passenger seat of her car so he could drive, the report alleges.

Johnson allegedly drove the woman to a secluded area, punched her, threatened her with a gun and told her “she was going to have sex with him or he was going to kill her,” the report says.

The woman twice tried to flee the car as Johnson drove her around Baton Rouge. He chased her down on the second escape attempt, dragged her back into the vehicle and locked the doors, the report alleges further.

The woman was finally able to get away and call a friend for help after bolting from the car a third time in nearby St. Gabriel, according to the report.

Johnson remains in jail.

His case has been assigned to state District Judge Trudy White.