A former Chalmette resident serving a 35-year prison term in Mississippi for raping a college student there on July 6, 2009, was indicted Wednesday in the July 5, 2009, rape of a college student in Baton Rouge.
James Harold Crockett Jr., 41, used a stun gun and handcuffs during both sexual assaults, law enforcement officials have said.
Crockett has a long criminal record, including convictions for burglary, grand larceny and escape, authorities said.
An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Crockett on Wednesday with aggravated rape, which carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison upon conviction. His case has been assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.
Even though Crockett is serving time in another state, District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the victim in the Baton Rouge rape case deserves justice.
“It was imperative that we go forward here and bring him to justice,” Moore said.
In the Baton Rouge incident, Crockett knocked on a 22-year-old woman’s apartment door at 5075 Nicholson Drive about 12:30 a.m. July 5, 2009, according to an arrest warrant issued at the time. He asked to see the victim’s roommate, referring to the roommate by her first name, and then asked if he could use the bathroom, the warrant says.
The victim told police she allowed him inside her apartment because Crockett “claimed to be a friend of (her) roommate,” the warrant states. Once inside the apartment, Crockett grabbed the victim, and while she was screaming, began shooting her with a stun gun in her shoulder, wrist, leg and cheek, the warrant says.
Crockett then handcuffed the victim’s wrists in front of her body and handcuffed her wrists to her ankles, according to the warrant. The victim told police once she was handcuffed, Crockett raped her in her bedroom, the warrant states.
The woman did not immediately call police and instead asked a friend to come over, police said. Crockett allegedly came back again and knocked on the door at about 3:30 p.m., but fled when the victim screamed, police stated.
Crockett was arrested in the rape and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on Aug. 8 after he was transported from a prison in Hattiesburg, Miss. He has since been returned to Mississippi.
Crockett pleaded guilty in June 2010 in the July 6, 2009, rape in Hattiesburg of a 21-year-old college student and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
The victim in that case said she was walking into her apartment when Crockett forced her inside, hit her, shocked her repeatedly, then handcuffed and raped her, according to police.
Crockett was detained in Florence, Ala., on July 7, 2009, after he was caught hanging around an apartment complex with handcuffs and a stun gun. However, since he had not yet been identified as a suspect in the earlier crimes, he was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and released.
Police kept the stun gun and handcuffs and sent a profile of Crockett to law enforcement officers across the Southeast, which allegedly linked Crockett to assaults on college students in Baton Rouge and Hattiesburg, authorities said.
Crockett returned to Louisiana and attacked a woman in Hammond with a stun gun July 10, 2009, though she was able to fend him off, authorities said.
Crockett was arrested July 12, 2009, after an intense manhunt when he crashed his car during a 15-mile police pursuit near Huntsville, Ala.