Sheriff’s Office: Baton Rouge man, 24, accused in rape of 17-year-old girl _lowres

Tiris Cage, 24

A 24-year-old Baton Rouge man allegedly raped a teenage girl in the back of his vehicle despite her efforts to fight him off, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Tiris Demond Cage, 1715 Mary Lou Drive, picked the 17-year-old victim up at her school bus stop around 5 a.m. Jan. 14, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office report says.

For about a week, Cage had exchanged text messages, including nude photos, with the victim — who the report notes is diagnosed with “mild to moderate mental retardation”, the report says.

The day before Cage allegedly raped the girl, the report says he went to her house, knocked on the front door and exposed himself to the victim when she answered the door.

The girl slammed the door and yelled for Cage to go away, the report says.

The following morning, Cage started a conversation with the victim over text messages and convinced her to meet him at the bus stop, the report says.

After he picked her up, he fondled her and tried to force her to touch him, the report says.

He pulled into a parking lot off of O’Neal Lane, ordered her into the back seat of the vehicle and raped her while the victim screamed, kicked and punched him, the report says.

Officials at the girl’s school alerted her mother when she showed up late, the report says. Her mother took her to the hospital for a sexual assault examination that afternoon, where the victim was also interviewed by sheriff’s deputies.

The report says deputies attempted to interview Cage several times, but were unsuccessful and ultimately obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Baton Rouge Police arrested Cage early Sunday and booked him into Parish Prison on one count of first-degree rape.

His bail had not been set as of Sunday evening.