Ex-convict accused in five break-ins
Investigators on Friday pinned two more home invasion attacks on a jailed ex-convict accused in a string of Baton Rouge break-ins targeting mostly elderly women who live alone.
Recently analyzed evidence gathered at the scene of two mid-January break-ins prompted Baton Rouge police on Friday to rearrest Vorris Mouton, 35, on two counts each of aggravated burglary and sexual battery, Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman, said in a news release.
The New Iberia man now stands accused of breaking into five homes in the Baton Rouge area over the past few months.
On Thursday, police were notified that DNA evidence linked Mouton to a Jan. 14 Woodland Drive break in and confrontation, while non-DNA evidence connected him to a Jan. 12 Roseneath Drive home invasion attack, prompting Friday’s accusations, according to an arrest warrant.
In the Roseneath Drive attack, a 78-year-old woman noticed some drapes parted near a window. When she approached, an intruder grabbed her wrists, pulled her into a bedroom and placed a quilt over her head, the warrant says. The intruder then molested her, robbed her and fled.
In the Woodland Drive break in, a 73-year-old woman awoke to find a man next to her bed. In that case, Mouton is accused of molesting the elderly woman and striking her with a suitcase.
And in both cases, the women told police the intruder wore a mask.
Authorities initially arrested Mouton on Jan. 20 when DNA testing linked him to a Dec. 22 break in on Reymond Avenue during which the intruder threatened to kill an elderly woman and demanded she show him to her safe. He didn’t take any money and fled after a brief struggle with the woman.
Shortly after the first arrest, police announced forensic evidence also linked Mouton to a Jan. 17 Dartmoor Drive home invasion. Mouton is accused of breaking into the home between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and crouching near the 70-year-old victim’s bed when she was startled awake. Mouton grabbed the woman and blindfolded her with a T-shirt before groping her, according to an arrest warrant. He fled with an unknown amount of money.
Mouton also is accused of breaking a window and entering a home on Wartelle Drive on Dec. 29. When a 53-year-old woman in the house woke up to investigate, she saw someone wearing a mask. The intruder grabbed a purse and left the house through the broken window, leaving behind some DNA that police matched to Mouton.
Mouton remained jailed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Friday night in lieu of $350,000 bail, booking records show. But a parole hold will keep Mouton in jail indefinitely regardless of the bail amount.
In the recent string of home invasions, Mouton faces a total of three counts each of aggravated burglary and sexual battery, and one count each of home invasion and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Mouton, who was paroled in June, has been in and out of prison the past 17 years. He has convictions for battery of a police officer, illegal possession of burglary tools and criminal trespassing, and most recently was sentenced to six years of hard labor in 2011 for burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Police also said Friday Mouton could face additional counts pending further investigation.
In the recent string of home invasions reported by police, only one has not yet netted an arrest. A 34-year-old woman who lives in the Goodwood area was dragged out of bed by her ankle on Jan. 12 and struck several times, according to a search warrant.
The woman told police she saw an intruder holding “what appeared to be a firearm” after he walked through her carport door, the warrant says.
It was unclear Friday whether police had any leads in that investigation.
Advocate staff writer Amy Wold contributed to this report.