Homeless man arrested on third degree rape charge in Baton Rouge


Photo of Sergio Bowie, courtesy of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Baton Rouge police arrested a homeless man Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile in an abandoned Baton Rouge building.

Sergio Bowie, 23, faces a third degree rape charge after a woman notified police that she saw a man fitting Bowie’s description chasing a juvenile from a building with a stick. The complainant told police the juvenile said he had just been molested by the man chasing him, according to an affidavit.

When police arrived, Bowie put his hands up and stated he knew what he did was wrong, an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Bowie told the officer a young boy in a school uniform approached him at a Plank Road convenience store and asked him for a dollar. Bowie said after he gave the boy money and walked away, the boy followed him and asked Bowie to be his boyfriend.

Bowie said he refused but the boy kept asking, so he told the boy to go with him to an abandoned building at 3131 Plank Road.

Bowie said it was there where he told the boy to remove his pants, which he did. Bowie said he then started whipping the boy, causing the juvenile to flee the building. Bowie said he chased the boy out with a stick, according to the affidavit.

The victim told the arresting officer that Bowie dragged him into the building and forced him to perform oral sex on Bowie. The juvenile said he pulled down his pants after Bowie told him to, but he ran from the building after Bowie starting hitting him, according to the affidavit.

The juvenile’s mother told police that the boy may have a mental issue.

Bowie was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

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