Police announce an arrest in abduction and sexual assault of an LSU student
LSU police have arrested a 20-year-old man in the reported kidnapping and sexual assault of an LSU student on campus. The incident happened on Wednesday night. Frank Herrera was booked on numerous charges after detectives say they found his DNA in the victim's vehicle.
Authorities say Herrera kidnapped his victim, as she was walking into a sorority house. The two allegedly drove off in the victim's vehicle and Herrera forced her to perform oral sex on him at another location.
The victim was able to call for help, after Herrera dropped her off at a convenience store to buy condoms.
Here's a statement from LSU President F. King Alexander.
Dear LSU Community,
LSU Police, in conjunction with our law enforcement partners, have apprehended the suspect in the abduction that occurred on the evening of March 15. We are very pleased that the alleged perpetrator has been taken off of the streets and will be held accountable for his actions. Our thoughts continue to be with the survivor and her family during this time.
I am president of LSU, but I am also a father to three young women. I understand the turmoil this event has caused for our students and their families. And I hear your concerns. Please know that the safety and security of every single LSU student is always our top priority, and necessary for providing the best educational environment possible. We received some comments about the minimal amount of detail we released during the investigative process, and I would like to assure you that there was reasoning behind that – there was a preponderance of evidence pointing to the suspect and law enforcement was very close to making an arrest. We could not afford this predator any opportunity to flee or avoid being apprehended because we released too much information.
We are thankful to the LSU Police for acting quickly and conducting a swift, thorough investigation leading to today’s arrest. We also would like to thank the campus community for their support and assistance throughout the investigative process. Officers from LSU Police work day and night in an effort to keep our students safe, and we continuously update and enhance our security measures. We are always looking for ways to make our campus an even safer environment for our University community. If you have additional suggestions, please send them to me at email@example.com.
I know that the last several days have been stressful for many on our campus, and I want to encourage you to consider taking advantage of the resources LSU offers to assist you in times of need. The LSU CARE Team is available to help students in distress, and the Student Health Center has licensed counselors ready and waiting for you.