Baton Rouge man booked in LSU area kidnappings, rapes

Police on Friday arrested a Baton Rouge man in the kidnapping of two intoxicated victims in separate incidents near Tigerland before they were raped in remote locations.

Baton Rouge police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office booked Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez, 22, 450 Cloud Drive, into Parish Prison on two counts of rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

Police stopped Garcia-Vasquez near LSU early Friday and connected his vehicle to details of a rape in 2013, said Cpl. Don Coppola, a spokesman with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

It was unclear Friday whether or not the victims were LSU students.

DNA results from the State Police Crime Lab matched Garcia-Vasquez to a June 8 rape as well as a rape outside Baton Rouge in July 2013, according to the arrest warrant’s affidavit of probable cause.

The first rape involved a woman who on July 8 went to Reggie’s Bar in Tigerland and blacked out. Sometime later, she got into a car with three men for a ride home, the affidavit says. She realized something was wrong when the driver refused to turn toward her sister’s house while crossing Bluebonnet Boulevard. The victim got in touch with her sister and father while she was in the car, and one of the men even spoke with the victim’s sister on the victim’s phone while they were driving. Police on Friday did not have information on the other suspects.

Eventually one of the men then stopped the car near the Mississippi River levee, the affidavit says. A backseat passenger then dragged her from the car, and she was raped on a grassy area off the road.

She was found on the morning of July 9 when a passerby eventually noticed her near the roadway, Coppola said.

Almost one year later, on June 8, Garcia-Vasquez gave a woman a ride from East Boyd Drive near Tigerland and raped her on River Road, police say.

On Friday around 2 a.m., police arrested Garcia-Vasquez when a Baton Rouge police detective who investigated the 2013 rape happened to be working extra hours and noticed a dark two-door car similar to a Chevrolet Cavalier passing twice on East Boyd Drive — the street where the June 8 victim said she was picked up, and also very similar to the car seen near Reggie’s Bar in the 2013 rape case. The vehicle’s tail light also was not working, and during a traffic stop, the detective was able to connect more details. Police also found condoms like the ones found from the June 8 rape.

Police later connected his DNA to the two rape investigations. Garcia-Vasquez admitted to the June 8 rape but denied the 2013 rape, Coppola said.

Police have not yet connected Garcia-Vasquez to any other rapes, Coppola said.