A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday (July 17) in connection with the aggravated rape of an 8-year-old girl in eastern New Orleans. Police said DNA matched the teen to the crime.
He was booked with aggravated rape. The teen's name has not been released by authorities because of his age.
Police said the teen lured the girl to an alley behind the Magnolia Garden Apartments at 6001 Downman Road on July 10 around 2 p.m. and sexually assaulted her.
It was the second reported rape of a young girl in eastern New Orleans in 10 days. On July 1, police said, a 7-year-old girl told her mother that a man she didn't know lured her away from a family gathering at the Hidden Lake Apartments at 7001 Martin Drive around 9 p.m. He took her to an unoccupied area of an apartment complex and sexually assaulted her, according to police.
The suspect in that case was recorded on surveillance cameras. Police said they think he is in his 30s.