A man who was shot by police after trying to escape LAPD custody following his arrest earlier this week has been charged in the kidnapping and rape of a teenage girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday.
Freddy Bailon, 36, faced 10 felony counts, including kidnapping, making criminal threats, forcible rape and lewd act on a child, the DA’s office stated in a news release.
Bailon was initially arrested after police responded to a help call and saw a man holding a knife to a 15-year-old girl’s throat in the doorway of an apartment, prosecutors said.
The incident took place about 4:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of Ithaca Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
He allegedly tried to escape police custody Wednesday while being examined at a USC medical facility in Boyle Heights.
The suspect managed to run away from a detective and confronted a woman in an SUV, forcing her out of the vehicle, according to LAPD Detective Meghan Aguilar.
LAPD officers pursued the stolen SUV and eventually caught up with the man. One officer opened fire and shot him at the intersection of Zonal Avenue and Cummings Street, Aguilar said.
She first identified Bailon as the suspect during an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
Bailon was taken to the hospital in stable condition and rearrested, according to LAPD. The woman was unharmed.
His arraignment is scheduled to take place Friday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. Prosecutors are expected to ask the judge to set Bailon’s bail at $450,000.
He faces at least 30 years in state prison if convicted on the charges.