James Johnson, 22, was caught on the scene of a sexual assault on a woman in a Hickory Street home on April 9, and subsequently confessed to his involvement with two teens in an April 3 home invasion on nearby Panola Street, in which two women were tied up and robbed, police have said. He was initially charged with aggravated rape (which carries a minimum sentence of life in prison), armed robbery, aggravated burglary and false imprisonment, according to jail records.
On Monday, several additional charges were filed against Johnson, according to jail records: armed robbery, aggravated assault and sexual assault. Those charges stem from the April 1 rape of a 25-year-old woman outside a home in Mid-City, after the woman identified Johnson as her assailant, according to a report by Danny Monteverde of The New Orleans Advocate.
In that case, the woman was outside her home near Cleveland and Dorgenois around 7:30 p.m. when an armed man forced her into an alleyway, robbed her and sexually assaulted her, according to Mid-City Messenger at the time.
The attacks by Johnson were “reprehensible,” NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas told east-Carrollton neighbors Monday night, because “people lost their innocence, people lost their sense of safety,” according to a report by Tania Dall of our partners at WWL-TV: