Report: One man arrested in connection with LSU campus abduction, rape

BATON ROUGE - Frank Herrera Jr., 20, was arrested in connection with a kidnapping and sexual assault of an LSU student on campus, the Advocate reported.

Herrera will be booked into East Baton Rouge Parish prison. He will be charged with kidnapping,  second-degree rape, armed robbery, possession of schedule I drugs and possession of a firearm on school property.

LSU Chancellor and President F. King Alexander acknowledged the arrest and incident.

In a statement, Alexander said, "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 education 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."

Earlier, two men were taken into LSU Police custody at a home on General Adams Avenue around noon Friday that are linked to an investigation of an LSU student abducted from campus.

According to WBRZ's Michael Vinsanau, a vehicle parked at the home matched the description of the abduction suspect's car described in a memo to law enforcement.

A source tells WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto that a suspect drove to campus in the vehicle and parked near the victim's sorority house. The suspect then approached the victim armed and forced her into her car. He then drove away from the scene and forced her to perform a sex act. The victim was able to escape when she was brought to a store on Government Street. 

LSU released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"We have identified a person and property of interest in relation to the investigation and more information will be forthcoming. This remains an active investigation."

For more, visit WBRZ's website.

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