BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Baton Rouge police are still on the hunt for a suspect they say brutally attacked a woman at a park.
On Wednesday around 2:15 p.m., the victim told police she was raped at the Forest Community Park off South Harrells Ferry Road. BRPD said they have no new leads on the case and park goers say they feel the need to bring protection to the park.
“It actually makes me feel a little bit more uneasy, uncomfortable,” said Baton Rouge resident Paulina Baeza.
Baeza said she likes to bring her dogs to the Forest Community Park, but after hearing what happened to another woman nearly one week ago in broad daylight, she was stunned.
“It is just kind of sad to hear that something like that did happen in this park especially since it is so public and big,” Baeza said.
BREC officials could not comment on the active investigation but said that they are increasing security at the park. Bulking up security includes adding more park rangers and working with BRPD to increase their presence.
“I do come out here with dogs. I do have that sense of protection with me at all times, but I shouldn’t have to feel that I need protection,” said Baeza.
Kacianne Oubre is four months pregnant and lives just down the street from the park. She explained that she visits the park multiple times a week with her dog Kilo.
“It’s an eye opener to be more cautious, not that it is anyone’s fault that anything would have happened to them,” said Oubre. “People are evil sometimes and that needs to be thought about when you are going out, even in broad daylight apparently.”
Oubre said that going forward she will be more aware of her surroundings.
“Maybe I need to practice that more and definitely instill that better for my daughter,” said Oubre.
BREC officials said they are offering counseling services for park employees who helped the victim.