Man faces rape, burglary, sexual battery charges


A Seymour man faces multiple charges, including three felonies, following two recent incidents.

Bartolome Diego Baltazar, 23, was arrested early Thursday morning after a wreck in the 600 block of East Oak Street and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, blood alcohol content 0.08 or greater, false reporting and identity deception. The latter charges come from Baltazar giving a false name and having a fake identification, police said.

During the investigation, Officer Mike Payne with the Seymour Police Department remembered Baltazar from an incident April 27 in the 600 block of East Oak Street in which he forced his way into a woman’s apartment and touched her genitals, police said.

That led to additional charges of burglary (Level 5 felony), rape (Level 3 felony) and sexual battery (Level 6 felony).

Around 1 a.m. April 27, Seymour police were dispatched to the woman’s home after she reported a man had come through her window and forced his hand in her pants, police said. They had been talking at the window when Baltazar pushed the screen in and entered the apartment uninvited, police said.

The woman said Baltazar sexually assaulted her and then left, police reported.

While there was no sexual intercourse, the rape charge comes from the manner in which Baltazar assaulted the woman, police said. Breaking and entering to commit a felony resulted in the burglary charge.

When Payne arrived at the scene of Thursday’s wreck around 2:50 a.m., he found the vehicle still running with a person inside, which was Baltazar. Payne determined he was the same man who entered the apartment April 27, and during an interview, Baltazar confessed to that crime.

Baltazar was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 4:26 a.m. Thursday. He is being held without bond pending his initial hearing. He also has an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.

If convicted of the rape charge, Baltazar could face between three and 16 years in prison.

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