NOPD investigates separate rapes of young girls

NOPD investigates two different rapes of young girls

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New Orleans police say two little girls have been lured away from their homes and raped by strangers in the past two weeks, and investigators don't believe the cases are connected at this time.

The first rape happened July 1 at the Hidden Lakes Apartment complex on Martin Drive in New Orleans East, where Investigators say a 7-year-old girl was lured away and sexually assaulted. Then, this past Friday and just a mile away, there was another attack that was eerily similar to the first.

Investigators say in the latest case, the suspect lured an 8-year-old girl from the Magnolia Gardens Apartments on Downman Road and raped her in an alley.

"At present we don't believe that either of those two investigations are related based on the descriptions given by the children involved," said NOPD Lt. Jenerio Sanders. "The characteristics of the two gentleman involved seem to be far different in both cases."

If you have any information about either case, contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. You could be eligible for a cash reward and you don't have to leave your name.

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