Sherman Hampton was riding against traffic near Toledano and Danneel around noon Tuesday when he was stopped by patrol officers Joshua Semke and Troy Dailet, said NOPD Lt. Frank Young at the Sixth District’s weekly leadership meeting. During the stop, Hampton was discovered as wanted in three aggravated rape cases in New Orleans dating between 1992 and 1995, Young said.
Hampton had subsequently been convicted on burglary charges in 1995 and 2003, for which he was sentenced to six and 10 years in prison respectively. The rape charges were based on DNA matches identified in the late 2000s, and it is unclear why they were not discovered prior to his release from prison about two months ago, said Lt. Frank Young.
The Sixth District has been criticized for its focus on bicycle stops and stings involving stolen bicycles in the past, but the Hampton case demonstrates why that focus is effective, noted Commander Bob Bardy at the meeting.
“Bicycles are something people are taking, and who’s taking them? People wanted for rape,” Bardy said.