KENNER, LA (WVUE) - An Independence man has been arrested for a Kenner burglary and rape that happened late last year. Brandon Watkins, 24, was placed into Kenner Police custody on Tuesday.
Police say that the 28-year-old victim told police that on December 15, 2013, she was awakened by a noise and was attacked by a black man, later identified as Watkins. He vaginally raped the victim before fleeing. Detectives learned that he gained entry to her home through a back window. She was transported to Tulane Lakeside Hospital and underwent a rape exam. Evidence that was recovered from the exam was transported to the Jefferson Parish Crime Lab for examining.
Detectives were notified of a match in August 2014. The DNA recovered from the exam belonged to Watkins who was on parole for simple burglary. He was located at his home in Tangipahoa Parish by law enforcement officials from the Kenner Police Department, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshal's Gulf Coast Regional and Probation and Parole. He was arrested for parole violations. During the arrest, a search warrant was executed to obtain a swab from Watkins to verify the DNA hit.
Once the DNA was verified, he was transferred into Kenner Police custody on Tuesday. Watkins admitted to detectives that he broke into the woman's house everyday for one month, without the woman knowing. He said that on the night of the rape he was looking for money before the woman awoke. He said that he wrestled with the victim prior to raping her.
Watkins is still in police custody and a bond has not yet been set. Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser asks anyone who has additional information concerning Watkins, to call Kenner Detective George Hoffman at 504-712-2398 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.