Home invasion suspect caught in the act

Suspect arrested after string of Uptown burglaries

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Police now say they've caught the man responsible for breaking into at least three homes and terrorizing the women who live there.

Tulane student Oliver Jerde, 22, was captured when a woman called 911 saying a man had broken into her home in the 800 block of Pine Street.

"We had officers already in the area looking for that individual. We had a quick response and actually caught this subject in the residence while he was trying to steal some property from these females," Commander Shaun Ferguson said.

Police say Jerde is responsible for at least two home invasions last Sunday morning.

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

The victim, who FOX 8 will not identify, said she didn't know what was going on when a stranger, now believed to be Jerde, entered her unlocked Lowerline Street home.

Her roommates quickly confronted him.

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

The victims, who were also Tulane students, told FOX 8 they locked themselves in a bedroom until the man left. They later discovered that he had rummaged through their belongings and even used their computer.

Police said an hour before that bizarre break-in, Jerde committed a home invasion in the 1000 block of Lowerline, when a 49 year old woman woke up to find him holding his hand over her mouth. The woman screamed and Jerde took off.

It turns out that Jerde lived in the 800 block of Lowerline, the same street where he allegedly committed the two home invasions. Police said the suspect was able to enter the homes through unlocked doors.

Police encourage everyone to secure their property at all times and never leave doors unlocked.

Investigators are still working to determine whether they think Jerde is responsible for recent home invasions on South Carrollton Avenue and Oak and Broadway streets.

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