Jul 142014

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

The rape of a woman early Sunday morning on Laurel Street followed a drug deal gone wrong inside a vacant house, and is not believed to be a random attack, New Orleans police said in a statement Monday afternoon.

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.

  • Uptowner

    I thought that was a pretty good block without any real blight or abandoned houses. Sad nonetheless

    • Helga Eisele

      There are two 4800 blocks of Laurel and in one of the blocks across from Wisner Park they are renovating a home so that would be the only abandoned home that the incident could have happened.

    • Helga Eisele

      There are two 4800 blocks of Laurel the second block has a vacant home that is currently being gutted and renovated I assume that is where the incident happened.

      • moon_at_dawn

        Hi Helga, I have looked all around the area that is mapped where the rape occurred and there are no abandoned houses at the corner of Laurel and Bourdeaux. The one being renovated is the only house that is unoccupied. I am trying to see if the NOPD would release more information on the exact location.


  • Jim McArthur

    Please explain to me how a drug deal “goes wrong”. Isn’t it wrong to begin with?

  • Rachel

    Is there any information on which house the NOPD considers abandoned? i live very close by and don’t think any of the houses are unoccupied, let alone abandoned.

  • Enunciation

    The only structure around there that might fit the bill is the old firehouse under renovation at 4877 Laurel. It’s neither a house nor abandoned, but it’s vacant, and it’s notable enough that someone might use it as a landmark.

  • Mike Flood

    Boys will be boys.

    • Jim McArthur

      Girls too. 🙁

  • Jesse D. Jones

    Wrong, in the sense of, not going as planned for the parties involved. And yes, it’s all wrong to begin with.

    • Jim McArthur

      I’m with you, Jesse. 🙂 I understand what they mean: it’s just that I get annoyed by the connotation. I’ve heard newspapers and TV news talk about muggings gone wrong, rapes gone bad, home invasions gone wrong. . . it makes it sound as though the very serious criminal activity that started it all was something perfectly acceptable: like a trip to the grocery store, or a ride on the streetcar. It’s a sloppy way of expressing things. that gives the wrong impression.

  • Claire Jackson

    Just because the victim was trying to get drugs doesn’t make what happened okay. She obviously knew what she was doing was illegal and “wrong” but that does not justify a 19 year old girl getting raped. Just my opinion…

    • Jim McArthur

      I never said that her getting raped was “okay”. My point is that the headline gives the wrong impression that things started right, but then went wrong. The reality is that things started wrong, and then went worse.