Police make arrest in Mandeville rape case, identify suspect

Police make arrest in Mandeville rape case, identify suspect

MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) - Mandeville Police, assisted by members of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Department, have arrested a man wanted for raping a 53-year-old woman in Mandeville. According to police, the suspect was taken into custody Monday night at a house in Lacombe.

Ronald Douglas Moore, 25, of Lacombe, has been charged with first-degree rape, aggravated burglary, and attempted first-degree murder.

Moore is currently on probation for prior burglary and drug charges.

Police had released surveillance images of the suspect captured from a Mandeville business hoping it would lead to an arrest.

Following up on numerous tips after the release of surveillance footage, detectives found Moore at his family's home in Lacombe.

Armed with search warrants for the home and Moore's DNA, detectives found physical evidence, including clothing Moore may have worn during the attack, that linked him to the assault.

Detectives found enough evidence to seek an arrest warrant and arrested Moore and charged him in connection with the crime.

"The Mandeville Police Department continues to pray for and support our victim in this horrific ordeal. Her physical and emotional recovery will no doubt be a long process," said Mandeville Police Chief Gerald Stricker.

Stricker also credited the public in helping break the case, citing the tips and over 100,000 shares of the surveillance video on social media platforms.

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