A 19-year-old woman was raped at gunpoint by a man around 1 a.m. Sunday in the 4800 block of Laurel Street, according to the initial police report. They had previously met elsewhere, however, and had driven there together in order to buy drugs, according to a statement by NOPD officials released Monday afternoon:
Based on the initial investigation, we do not believe this incident to be a random act of violence. The victim met and befriended two men and a woman who agreed to take her somewhere to purchase narcotics.
They drove to an abandoned house in the 4800 block of Laurel Street where the victim and one of the males exited and went into the house. Once there, the suspect produced a gun and sexually assaulted the victim.
After the assault, the victim entered the vehicle and was let out at an undisclosed location.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 822-1111.