Baker officers responded to a call of a possible woman in distress at the trailer park in the 3300 block of N. Azalea Dr. Tenants at the mobile home park said they heard a woman screaming throughout the night.
When officers arrived at the trailer, they knocked on the door and heard a male voice say "hold on a minute." A female then yelled out, 'I can't get up, the door is open,' Knaps said. Officers attempted to open the door but it was deadbolted.
Baker Police then observed a man exiting the rear of the trailer attempting to get away. Officers immediately followed in pursuit and issued several verbal commands before the suspect stopped. After chasing the suspect about 50 yards, Baker Police officers apprehended and detained Michael Harris, 56, of Baker, said Knaps.
When officers returned to the trailer to investigate, they heard the victim yell out that she was "tied up and could not open the door."
After forcing their way into the trailer, they found the victim, Cheryl Banks, lying on the floor with her shirt torn open, and her hands and feet restrained with an electrical cord, a rope and an extension cord.
Banks advised officers that she had come to the trailer, which she owns, to make a list with Harris of items that needed to be repaired. Banks advised that she and Harris had been in a relationship, but had broken up and were no longer together, said Knaps.
The woman said Harris became enraged when she told him she was not interested in being with him. Banks told police that he then tied her up and armed himself with floor boards and other unknown items and began beating her repeatedly, Chief Knaps said.
She said he beat her in the head, face, legs and body repeatedly from about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, until officers arrived at about 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 27.
BPD observed that Banks' left eye was swollen completely shut, her head was extremely swollen on both sides, and she had bruises covering her legs and body, Knaps said.
Banks also said Harris told her during the night that he was going to kill her. She was transported to Earl K. Long for her injuries.
Harris was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and charged with false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated second-degree battery and resisting an officer.