Out of prison less than a week, Baton Rouge man attacks woman before being fought off, police report _lowres

Kentrell Washington

A woman walking out of her apartment last week in Baton Rouge was forced back inside at gunpoint by two men, who made her partially undress and also ordered a man inside the residence to take off his clothes before tying him up, the police said.

The incident — sparking a struggle in which one of the aggressors fired a shot — eventually led to the arrest Friday of Kentrell Washington, 29, on counts of home invasion, armed robbery, attempted first-degree murder and attempted first-degree rape, Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said in a news release.

Washington had been out on bond since March 31 after his arrest on counts of obscenity and indecent behavior with juveniles, jail records show.

The attack happened at 7:10 a.m. April 4 in the 300 block of Apartment Court as a woman was ordered into her dwelling by Washington and an unidentified man, who were wielding at least one weapon and demanding money, McKneely said.

Inside, the boyfriend of the woman’s daughter was able to startle the suspects, but the men grabbed him and forced him and the woman upstairs into a bedroom, McKneely said.

The suspects forced the woman to partially undress, including her lower undergarments, and Washington threatened he wanted to perform a sexual act on her, McKneely said.

The male victim also was made to take off his clothing and tied up with a blanket by his hands and feet, McKneely said.

At some point, the woman began fighting with Washington, who fired a shot before fleeing the scene on foot with the other suspect toward the front of the apartment complex, McKneely said.

The second suspect hasn’t been identified and is still at large, said McKneely, adding he doesn’t believe the attackers took any money.

DNA evidence was instrumental to Washington’s arrest, McKneely said. He said the State Police Crime Lab assisted in processing the DNA that led to the arrest

Washington, 1169 N. 37th St., was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Last month, he was arrested and accused of opening the door to his residence to expose his naked body to a woman and her 7-year-old son in a January incident.

Washington was accused of staring at the woman and the child while masturbating. The woman told police she’d seen him around a few times but didn’t know him personally, according to an article in The Advocate.

Washington had been released from jail on $7,500 bond, according to jail records.

His new bond has not been set.

Anyone with information about Washington or the home invasion is urged to contact the Baton Rouge Police Department Special Victims Unit at (225) 389-3853 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.