NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Police say that a man attempted to abduct a 20-year-old woman near Tulane University, holding the victim at knifepoint and groping her.
New Orleans police arrested Julian Correa, 20, on Saturday on simple battery and second degree kidnapping charges. Correa is a student at Loyola University.
The incident occurred around 3 a.m. October 11 in the 7600 block of Oak Street. The arrest comes following the release of surveillance video depicting a person of interest in the case.
Over the course of the investigation, police say they were able to identify Correa as a suspect.
The 20-year-old victim tells police that she noticed an unknown Hispanic male following her on October 11. The suspect allegedly walked past the victim and attempted to open the door to a white vehicle parked nearby.
As the victim approached the suspect, police say that the suspect produced a knife and held it to the left side of her neck. The suspect made the victim walk with him to the 1100 block of Lowerline Street, where he started touching her inappropriately.
The victim states she saw two men walking nearby, and was able to break away from the suspect. The victim ran toward the men, yelling and screaming, and the suspect fled in an unknown direction.
During an initial interview, police say Correa denied any involvement in the incident. However, when confronted with all evidence obtained by police, Correa allegedly confessed to being involved.
Officers state that the arrest was made following a joint investigation with the Tulane Police Department.
Loyola school officials said Correa has been placed on interim suspension until a hearing is scheduled to determine appropriate disciplinary action.