Man faces charges for allegedly grabbing buttocks around Tulane / Loyola universities

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
February 26, 2018 - 10:06 am

Cops have booked a man on misdemeanor sexual battery charges after he allegedly grabbed a number of woman in Uptown New Orleans.

Prison records show 44-year-old Kendrick Shorts was arrested Sunday.

It comes after a series of complaints from women near the Uptown campuses of Tulane and Loyola universities about a man on a bicycle allegedly grabbing their buttocks and fleeing the scene.

Incidents had been reported near Willow and Pine streets and between the 1000 and 1200 blocks of Broadway.

Tulane University Police made the arrest after spotting the man they say matched the description of the suspect.

The NOPD Sex Crimes Unit is investigating.

New Orleans Police issued a news release today:

The multi-agency investigation into a series of sexual battery complaints has resulted in the arrest of a suspect in the Second District.

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, at approximately 8 a.m., a Special Victims Section detective, officers from the NOPD’s Second District, as well as members of the Tulane University Police Department canvassed the perimeter of Tulane University in an attempt to locate, identify, and continue investigations involving recent sexual battery complaints in that area.

During the operation, Tulane police officers observed a subject near the intersection of South Carrollton Avenue and Burthe Street, riding a blue cruiser bicycle.

The bicycle fit the description of on used in the commission of multiple sexual batteries near Tulane University.

The subject was detained and identified as Kendrick Shorts, (B/M DOB: 02/20/1974).

Shorts was detained and later transported to NOPD headquarters.

Shorts was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and booked into the Orleans Parish jail.

The investigation remains active and ongoing. 

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