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Camouflage hat leads police to rape suspect

Rape suspect Denera Carter-Photo Courtesy St  Bernard Sheriff's Office Rape suspect Denera Carter-Photo Courtesy St Bernard Sheriff's Office

Chalmette, La. - Investigators say a camouflage hat helped reveal a suspect in a rape case.

According to St. Bernard Parish deputies, the victim claims 25-year-old Denera Carter lured her to an apartment with an offer to smoke marijuana. Once at the apartment, the victim tells investigators the man implied he had a gun, pinned her down and raped her.

Detectives say the man would not let her leave until she begged him to allow her to go home to take some medication. He agreed to walk with her, but insisted she put on the camouflage hat as a disguise. As they approached her residence, she managed to break away and run inside.

Detectives were notified when the victim went to the hospital for an examination.

She showed the detectives the hat her attacker gave her and described his distinctive facial tattoo.

Sheriff James Polhmann says the hat was very much like the one detectives remembered from an encounter with Denera Carter months earlier.

Detectives put together a photo lineup of known offenders with tattoos like the one the victim described. They say the woman was able to pick Carter from the lineup.

Detectives arrested Carter Tuesday and booked him with forcible rape and false imprisonment.

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