Shreveport man convicted of 2013 aggravated kidnapping, carjacking from Broadmoor Baptist parking lot

| May 24, 2014

A Caddo Parish jury unanimously convicted Donnie Ray Baker Jr. of the April 19, 2013, aggravated kidnapping and carjacking that put dozens of lives at risk, as the stolen car veered through busy rush-hour traffic.

"I am firmly convinced that it was this man's intention to take the young lady and her car, drive away where they could not be observed and- I think- ultimately to kill her," Caddo ADA Dale Cox said.

Prosecutors allege that Baker approached a mother of two, who had brought her special needs son to a performance, as she sat in her car in the Broadmoor Baptist Church parking lot. Baker had her roll down her window, dove through it and took over control of the vehicle. The two drivers struggled behind the wheel, veering from one lane to another on Youree Drive before the victim jumped out of the rolling vehicle on Southfield Road.

Baker continued in the stolen car, even as a concerned citizen followed his movements. Eventually, he lost the driver tailing him and abandoned the car near Island Park Apartments off Clyde Fant Parkway. Police say Baker was caught on video trying to enter a neighborhood club house but evaded arrest for almost a month until DNA evidence linked him to the crime.

In a surprise move, Baker took the stand in his own defense. He didn't deny that the he was in the woman's car or the struggle but offered a motive that would clear him from these particular charges.

Baker said he was in the church parking lot to sell a friend prescription pills, but the friend never showed.

Trying to make a sale, he approached the woman because "all women like Loratabs." She allegedly agreed to buy seven Loratabs for $30. When Baker went to his car to break her $20 bill and return the correct change, he heard her pull off with his entire pill bottle still in her car.

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