May 17, 2022


An American Idol contestant was arrested Saturday after allegedly breaking into the home of his ex-girlfriend. The contestant, Cecil Ray Baker, was eliminated from the ABC show last week. 

The Rockdale Police Department in Texas arrested the 20-year-old contestant after reports that he broke into the home of his ex, Mariah Lopez. Baker faces burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault charge. 

On the same day of his arrest, the season 19 contender was released on a bond of $15,000. 

The arrest affidavit reveals that Baker broke into the home of his ex because she did not allow him to see her daughter. Baker believes that he is the father of the little girl. 

The affidavit also revealed that when Baker was able to enter her home, he pushed Lopez to the ground. He also allegedly “struck her in the face with a palm heel” right before he left. 

Baker’s sister was interviewed by the police after saying that she witnessed the incident. Her statement echoed most of the details that Lopez gave. 

On Sunday, Lopez turned to TikTok to share details of the abuse she experienced. She shared a few videos and said that she “had enough.”

In one video, she showed texts from other people who also witnessed the alleged abuse. She also showed her bruises, Baker’s threatening messages, and a photo of her door after the break-in. 

“This is why victims never come forward bc y’all try so hard to tear them down,” Lopez wrote in her caption.

“I know your family has seen your behavior and honestly it is disgusting that they are okay with it and trying to deny it,” shared Lopez. “There were times where it was hard to leave. You would keep reeling me back in.”

Baker’s mugshot and his booking information from the Milam County Sheriff’s Office were also shared by Lopez on the social media platform.  

“The truth will eventually come out.” 

Lopez hopes that Baker will “decide to do better” and that he will one day “change and hold yourself accountable” so he “change and flourish into the person that you need to be.”

Baker’s legal representative was not immediately identified. It is unclear whether he has entered a plea at the time of the report.