BR man booked in crime spree of rapes, robberies, kidnappings, shooting

Police say a 19-year-old Baton Rouge man went on a crime spree early Sunday morning, committing a string of armed robberies, kidnapping and raping two women, and trying to kill a witness to one of the robberies — all in a 3½-hour span before being arrested at 8 a.m.

The spree began at 4:30 a.m. when Andre Young, of 3705 Shelly St., and two accomplices robbed a woman at 5665 McClelland Drive, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a police spokesman.

They then robbed a group of people gathered in a parking lot less than a block away, on Greenwell Street, McKneely said.

The accomplices fled from the parking lot when Young forced two women they had robbed into a car belonging to one of the victims; he then drove them to a nearby BREC Park on Evangeline Street and raped them, McKneely said.

From there, at about 6 a.m., Young took off and drove less than five minutes south, using the same car, and robbed a man in the 3400 block of Ontario Street, according to the affidavit of probable cause. When another man emerged from his house during the robbery and shouted at Young, Young walked across the street and shot him in the stomach, the affidavit says. Young drove away, this time in the tan Lexus of the man he had robbed on Ontario Street, McKneely said.

The spree ground to a halt shortly after 8 a.m., when police saw Young as they were investigating the crimes from earlier that morning, McKneely said. The officers began chasing him and eventually found him hiding underneath a house on Shelly Street within a block of his home.

The man shot in the stomach was taken to a hospital for his injuries and was undergoing surgery at around the same time Young was arrested, the affidavit says.

Young was booked Sunday into Parish Prison on four counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree kidnapping and two counts of aggravated rape. More counts likely will be added, especially counts relating to the stolen vehicles, McKneely said.

It was unclear as of press time whether Young was intoxicated, McKneely added. Police still were looking for the accomplices.

Anyone with information on these incidents is urged to contact the Armed Robbery Division at (225) 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.