Prairieville man turns himself in on rape charges

Ascension Crime Briefs
Stephen Janis is charged with first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, and second-degree battery.

A Prairieville man who was wanted for rape has turned himself in to authorities.

Stephen Janis, 55, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on Nov. 21. Janis is accused of raping and abusing a woman who authorities say he held her against her will on the night of Nov. 17.

Deputies responded to a nearby hospital where they met with the victim who advised that Janis held her against her will, beat her, and then raped her.

Janis is charged with first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, and second-degree battery.