NEW ORLEANS – He is accused of kidnapping and raping at least eight women, across two states, but now, he is being formally charged.
DNA results linked 35-year-old Daniel Meridy to five New Orleans rapes that occurred between June 2015 and October 2018 in Treme and Central City.
The New Orleans cases involve five women who were abducted at gunpoint or knifepoint, then taken to secluded locations or abandoned properties where they were raped.
His DNA profile also has matched evidence recovered from the rapes of three other women in Kansas City, Mo., which occurred in 2004 and 2005.
Meridy admitted to authorities that he lived in Kansas City between from 2002 to 2015, before returning to his native New Orleans.
He was charged with five counts of aggravated/first-degree rape and five counts of aggravated kidnapping.
Of the 10 counts, each is punishable by a mandatory lifetime prison sentence.
Meridy’s bond was increased from $2 million to $7.5 million.