Court documents reveal more about odd behavior of student accused in home invasions

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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police picked up a home invasion suspect Thursday morning when they say he was caught red-handed trying to break into a home in the 800 block of Pine Street.

Court documents reveal new details about three additional home invasions that 22-year-old Tulane student Oliver Jerde is accused of committing.

Last Sunday around 3:45 a.m., a victim in the 1000 block of Lowerline said she woke up suddenly when she felt someone holding their hand over her mouth. Documents say "she shook her head free and yelled."

The man, now believed to be Jerde, left.

Police later discovered that items, including a picture of the victim's daughter and a white sheep skin throw, had been stolen. They also found an empty wine bottle inside the victim's daughter's room. The bottle was tested for DNA.

About an hour and a half later, Jerde allegedly broke into a home in the 1200 block of Lowerline.

"I just remember that I woke up, and he said, 'your phone was in the middle of the street. Here it is,'" the victim said.

The victim told FOX 8 she didn't know what was going on. According to court documents, she took her iPhone from him and went back to sleep. Another roommate in the house said she woke up to find a man standing over her dresser rummaging through her belongings. She followed him into the living room and confronted him.

"She's like, 'can you please leave now?' And he pulled his hand up. There was a big knife," the victim said.

He left, but police later discovered that the man had used another roommate's computer. Court documents reveal that the same man came back to the house about four hours later and told one the roommates that he had forgotten his coat. "He grabbed his coat and exited the residence."

Police have also connected Jerde to a home invasion in the 1100 block of Broadway that occurred Monday around 3 a.m. The victim said she woke up to a man standing over her bed.

"I proceeded to ask him who he was, and he said his name was Josh, and that we had been hanging out earlier. But I hadn't left my house since 9 p.m., so that wasn't true," the victim said.

The victim said she scooted away from the intruder, who then laid down on her bed. "I got slightly more aggressive and kept asking him who he was and what he was doing," the victim said in court documents. The man then left.

According to our partners at | The Times-Picayune, Jerde is the son of prominent architect John Jerde, who designed buildings like the Mall of America in Minnesota and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Jerde will have a bond hearing next Thursday at Criminal District Court.

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