Police Announce Arrests In Garden District Rape
New Orleans Police have announced the arrests of all three suspects in the case.
“This was a ruthless, treacherous, cruel, violent attack,” New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said. “But I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the family of this young man who turned himself in this morning.”
Superintendent Ronal Serpas announcing swift justice in the Garden District rape case.
It was around 6:30 Monday night when police say a woman was abducted at gunpoint, in the 12-hundred block of Eighth Street.
She was reportedly robbed, and rapped by three men.
Investigators obtained security camera footage from several locations and Wednesday released this picture of the first person of interest.
Thursday the 15-year old’s family convinced him to surrender.
“I say thank god for his parents apparently, or his family who knew to do the right thing,” neighbor Elizabeth Gamard said.
“Absolutely, absolutely I would hope my parents would do it to me yeah that’s the right thing to do,” friend Francesca Brennan said. Late Thursday, police announced two more arrests in the case.
They arrested 18-year old Christopher Davis, and 16-year old.
The victim’s neighbors are disheartened by the ages of the suspects.
“It’s just I guess, it’s the way things are now, you know kids are desensitized to things,” neighbor Lauren Ward said. “We were talking about that earlier we couldn’t imagine thinking about things like that when we were 15 and it’s just a different world now.”
The community is now rallying around the victim.
“My biggest priority is for her to be able to move on with her life and in order for that to happen there has to be justice and she has to be able to get past it,” Ward said.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas says all three suspects could be tried as adults.
They’ve been booked with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery, and armed robbery.
If convicted, they could each face up to 60-years in prison.