Suspect in Broadmoor Baptist Church carjacking captured
Police link DNA to suspect after victim fights back.
Shreveport Police have arrested a local African-American man accused of car-jacking a white Shreveport woman last month from the parking lot of Broadmoor Baptist Church in south Shreveport.
Just before 6:00 p.m. Friday April 19, 2013, Shreveport Police officers responded to the intersection of Southfield Road at Youree Drive relative to an alleged car-jacking. Upon their arrival at the scene, authorities made contact with the adult victim who advised that while in the 4100 block of Youree Drive, she was accosted by a black male who approached her vehicle as she was preparing to exit a private parking lot. According to the victim, the man, after beckoning for her to roll down her window, forced his way inside the woman's SUV forcing her to remain captive in the vehicle as he sped off. During the terrifying ordeal, the victim, amid struggles with the offender, managed to escape from the suspects grasp and jump from the vehicle as it slowed near the intersection of Southfield Road at Youree Drive. The suspect, after losing his would be captor, fled the scene driving the victim's stolen vehicle. The woman, who escaped serious injury was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victims vehicle was later located abandoned near Clyde Fant Parkway.
During authorities processing of the respective crime scenes, Crime Scene Investigators recovered DNA evidence that was in turn submitted to the North Louisiana Crime Lab for analysis. Detectives were notified that the DNA evidence recovered from the crime scene had been matched to 34 year old Donnie Ray Baker Jr. At approximately 4:30 p.m. this afternoon, upon securing a warrant for his arrest, authorities located Baker at a home in the 1500 block of Clover Street and took him into custody without incident. Following interviews with detectives, Baker was booked into the Shreveport City Jail on charges of aggravated kidnapping and car-jacking. His bond has been set at 600,000.00.
Since the woman fought back, police were reportedly able to recover DNA from under the victim's fingernails. Police did not say if that DNA led them to their suspect.
In Louisiana, DNA samples are collected from anyone arrested for a felony. That DNA is then put into a central database which helps police to track down criminals like Baker.