NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD is asking for the public's help in identifying and locating a man wanted for three incidents reported over the past 24 hours involving sexual assaults.
On Thursday (Aug 18), officers responded to a report of a female juvenile being robbed at gunpoint near the intersection of Third and Magnolia streets. When officers arrived, the victim told police an unknown black male walked up to her and stole her iPhone at gunpoint. During the robbery, the victim said the man grabbed her arm and tried to drag her away, but she was able to escape.
On Friday (Aug 19), at around 6 a.m., officers responded to a report of a sexual assault at the intersection of Loyola Avenue and Franklin Court. When officers arrived, the victim told police she was walking in the area when she saw an unknown black male. As she continued walking, she realized the man was following her. The victim said the man then pulled out a gun and took her cell phone. He then grabbed her by the arm and forced her into an alley and committed sexual battery against her. He then ran off.
On Friday (Aug 19), just before 8 a.m., officers responded to a report of a sexual assault in the 2300 block of Freret Street involving a female juvenile. When officers arrived, the victim told police she was walking in the area when she approached by an unknown black male. The victim said the man asked her if she had seen his dog. He then grabbed the victim by the arm, forced her into an alley and committed sexual battery against her. When a nearby witness saw the interaction, the man ran off.
In all three cases, the victims described the suspect as a black male who appeared to be in his mid to late 30s, standing about 5'8" tall and weighing about 220 pounds. The victims described the suspect as wearing a black shirt, black pants and armed with a handgun.
If you have any information regarding the location or identity of the wanted subject, contact Sixth District Detectives at (504) 658-6060 or Sex Crimes Detectives at (504) 658-5525.
Citizens with information that can help solve a 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.