Nov 26, 2009 11:29 AM by sleonard

Officer Stops Rape in Progress

D.P.S. Police Officer Stops Rape In Progress

BATON ROUGE - Late Wednesday night, a Department of Public Safety (DPS) police officer patrolling the Louisiana State Police headquarters campus in Baton Rouge stopped an aggravated rape in progress at BREC's Independence Park.

Shortly before midnight on November 25th, the DPS Officer assigned to patrol the Louisiana State Police headquarters campus noticed a suspicious vehicle across the street in BREC's Independence Park. As the DPS Officer pulled into the Independence Park parking lot to investigate the Chevrolet truck, he observed two individuals in the passenger compartment. He ordered the driver of the vehicle to step out. Samuel Tristan Munoz (24 y/o of Baton Rouge) initially ignored the officer's commands but eventually complied. As the officer made contact with Munoz, he noticed a young person in the passenger compartment who he suspected to be a minor. Munoz was detained while the officer checked on the well-being of the passenger. The officer was able to determine that the passenger was a pre-teen. DPS Police notified State Police Detectives who responded to assist in the investigation.

Further investigation revealed that Munoz had been having inappropriate sexual relations with the pre-teen victim for over a year. Munoz was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by DPS Police on 5 counts of Aggravated Rape.

"I am extremely proud of the proactive investigation by this observant DPS Officer," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent. "DPS Police are an invaluable component of the Louisiana State Police and proudly serve the citizens of Louisiana every day."

The Department of Public Safety Police was established in 1974 to provide security at the Louisiana State Police headquarters campus in Baton Rouge and supervise Department of Corrections inmates assigned to the State Police Barracks. In 1996, the scope of their responsibilities was increased to include providing security in and around the State Capitol Complex. DPS Officers are fully commissioned police officers who patrol by vehicle, ATV, bicycle and foot.



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