NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD arrested a 13-year-old male Friday in connection with the sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl in New Orleans East.
The assault occurred July 10. The victim reported that she was outside an apartment complex in the 6000 block of Downman Road around 2 p.m. when an unknown male lured her into an alleyway behind the complex and sexually assaulted her.
During the course of the investigation, detectives received a CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) match from DNA evidence collected from the incident that identified the 13-year-old male as the suspect.
Sex Crimes Detectives located him Friday and booked him with one count of aggravated rape.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives are looking into whether the suspect could be responsible for similar incidents in the area.
Sex Crimes Detectives can be contacted at (504) 658-5523.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.