Woman accuses man of rape during fast

East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Wednesday accused of raping his wife while the couple were involved in a religious fast from solid food and sex.

The couple in January were engaged in the weeklong fast, which they had participated in before, according to an arrest warrant. But early on Jan. 6, the husband attempted to have sex with his wife. She later told deputies she was startled and told her husband “no.”

He told his wife she did not have to fast from sex and that a fast was meant for giving up chocolate, according to the warrant. He then raped her, according to the wife, despite repeatedly being told “no,” the warrant says. He rolled over and fell asleep as the victim cried.

The woman confronted her husband the next day and recorded their conversation, the warrant says. Deputies said they heard him apologize to his wife, saying he was sorry if she felt she had been raped, but added that he did “not see it that way,” the warrant says.

The Advocate is not naming the husband because doing so would in effect identify his wife, violating The Advocate’s policy on naming victims of sexual assault without their consent.

The man, a Baton Rouge resident, was booked Wednesday into Parish Prison on a count of forcible rape.

Fireplace blamed in America Street fire

A Wednesday morning blaze sparked by a malfunctioning fireplace heavily damaged an America Street home, the Baton Rouge Fire Department said in a news release.

The blaze spread through the attic of the home in the 2000 block of America Street, causing fire and smoke damage” to the residence, said Mark Miles, a Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters were called to the home at 4:43 a.m., and the blaze was under control shortly before 5 a.m.

Second man arrested in Christmas Eve rape

Baton Rouge Police on Tuesday arrested a second man accused of beating and raping a 41-year-old woman in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

The victim was walking alone on North Ardenwood Drive near Greenwell Springs Road about 4 a.m. when Tony Bessard punched her in the back of the head, knocking her unconscious, and dragged her to a nearby wooded area, according to an arrest warrant.

Bessard then raped the victim, detectives said.

After recovering from head trauma, the victim told investigators she remembered a second attacker, the warrant says.

The State Police Crime Lab tested DNA found on the victim’s shirt, which was linked to 49-year-old David Day, the warrant says.

Day, 8233 E. Belvin Ave., Baton Rouge, was booked Tuesday into Parish Prison on counts of aggravated rape, second-degree battery and fugitive from justice.

Five suspected of driving while intoxicated

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

Those booked and the counts against them:

  • Antwine Lavespere, 31, 194 Highway 1240, Montgomery, Ala., first-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked and failure to maintain control.
  • Wayne Landix, 56, 1015 Elizabeth St., Donaldsonville, third-offense DWI, speeding and operating vehicle while driver’s license suspended for prior offense.
  • Paul Leduff, 45, 14332 Verawood Drive, Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, failure to maintain control and driver’s license suspended or revoked.
  • Austin Schaff, 18, 609 Florida Ave., Slidell, first-offense DWI, following too close, reckless operation and speeding.
  • Calvin Williams, 26, 3919 St. Katherine St., Baton Rouge, second-offense DWI, driver’s license suspended or revoked, failure to yield to stop sign and reckless operation.

Editor’s note: This article was changed on Friday, Jan. 13, to correct the address of David Day, who is accused in the Christmas day beating and rape of a woman.

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