Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rape victim arrested

Louisiana - An Alexandria woman who reported to police that she had been raped was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail immediately after being treated for her injuries at a local hospital.

Her charge -- a worthless check charge -- dated back to a May 24, 2004, arrest, records show. The court date regarding the $329.58 check was in December 2004.

Alexandria Police Chief Daren Coutee said that as long as there is an outstanding warrant on someone, officers have to make an arrest -- no matter the situation.
"There are no exceptions to the rule," he said.

The 27-year-old woman told police she was raped by her boyfriend Sunday morning at her home after the two had gotten into an argument late Saturday. She was booked about two hours after the reported rape, according to jail and police records released Tuesday.

Alexandria Police arrested Andrew Dawayne Howard, 19, of 2920 Levin St. in Alexandria and charged him with forcible rape and criminal damage to property in connection with the incident, authorities reported.

Howard admitted to raping the woman while being transported to the jail, telling officers he wanted to go to jail so he could be locked up with his relatives, the police report states.

He remains jailed in lieu of $75,250 bond. The rape victim was released on $10,750 bond after spending a little more than two hours in jail, according to jail personnel.


yellowdog granny said...

ahhh jeez...that sucks..

dom said...

Sometimes the police should use common sense and clemency!