UPDATE: Perkins Rowe shooting started with a kidnapping & sexual battery

Arrested suspect told officials "he likes to watch women at the location."


The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has released new details into what led up to the multiple shots fired at Perkins Rowe on Easter Sunday around 7:30pm. It is not a domestic triangle as officials first said Sunday night during the initial stages of the investigation.

Leon Curry III, 69, was arrested today, April 18, 2022, and will be booked into Parish Prison for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, aggravated kidnapping and sexual battery (rubbing/touching).

Around 7:30pm, officials said the female victim went to her vehicle inside the parking garage at Perkins Rowe when Curry allegedly approached her with a gun and forced her inside her vehicle.

Curry then allegedly drove the vehicle to another level in the parking garage and sexually assaulted the victim. He then drove the vehicle back to the original level where the victim heard her boyfriend try to enter the vehicle.

Curry then sped out of the parking garage with the victim still in the vehicle. Her boyfriend pursued in his vehicle. The victim stated she jumped from the vehicle before it turned onto Perkins Road.

Her boyfriend fired shots at Curry while in the vehicle when he said Curry showed them a gun.

Deputies later located the victim’s vehicle parked in the parking garage.

Detectives were able to identify Curry from his vehicle’s license plate on surveillance cameras and the victim’s description. Deputies conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle today and took Curry in for questioning. He admitted to being in the area at the time of the incident and stated he likes to watch women at the location. Upon executing a search warrant for Curry’s vehicle, detectives located numerous hats, masks and a BB-gun in the style of a semi-automatic handgun.

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