Thursday, June 25, 2009

Guilty Plea For Rapist

We seem to be on a roll here in Bell County where rapists are concerned. A Fort Hood soldier plead guilty to burglarizing a home in Harker Heights and sexually assaulting the resident.
Jonathan Matthew Baker, 19, was set to stand trial Tuesday morning in the 264th District Court before he pleaded guilty.

Baker faces up to 99 years in prison. Judge Martha Trudo of the 264th District Court is scheduled to sentence him July 23.

A Bell County grand jury indicted Baker on March 5 in connection with the incident, which occurred last November.

Baker entered a woman's home in southeast Harker Heights after breaking a window and sexually assaulted her, according to the arrest affidavit. The victim reported Baker stole her credit card and other property, then fled.

The victim's stolen credit card was used at a Cefco gas station after the incident. Harker Heights police obtained a photograph of the transaction from the store.

An officer said he recently conducted a traffic stop on the man filmed by the gas station's surveillance camera using the credit card and identified him as Baker. Source: Killeen Daily Herald

The Harker Heights Officer did some really great police work in recognizing the rapist from a brief traffic stop.

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