NEW ORLEANS -- A fourth suspect is behind bars in connection with the alleged gang rape of a Tulane student and her friend earlier this month.
Matthew Farrell, 22, was jailed early Monday on two counts of first-degree rape, according to Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office records. A conviction on a charge of first-degree rape calls for mandatory life imprisonment.
Details about his alleged role in the crime was not immediately available.
Alexander Davenport, Antonio Landrum, and Jared Anderson, three Algiers-based Marines, were arrested last week in connection with the crime.
Farrell’s social media describes him as a student at Tulane since 2014 and an Army ROTC cadet. A Tulane spokesman late Monday morning confirmed Farrell is a Tulane student.
The alleged assault took place early Sunday morning April 15 at the student’s apartment in the 6100 block of South Claiborne Avenue. The student and her friend reported they met one of the Marines, Landrum, at an Uptown bar on Broadway.
According to arrest warrant paperwork, the women admitted being highly intoxicated, a fact supported by surveillance video retrieved by detectives from the bar.
“Victim One was stumbling and appeared to be moderately intoxicated/impaired,” the detectives wrote. “Victim Two fell on the ground and appeared to be highly intoxicated/impaired.”
The report states that Landrum summoned an Uber and brought the women back to the student’s apartment. Landrum gave a statement to detectives five days after the alleged rape.
He admitted have sex with the women, but was under the impression that it was consensual, the report states. While one of the alleged victims told detectives that the encounter began as consensual, the other flatly refuted Landrum’s claim, stating that she asked him to stop but “he continually vaginally penetrated her” as she tried to “shove him away.”
A short time later, Landrum told detectives he called his friends to pick him up, “yet they entered the residence.” The women remember things differently, stating that Landrum invited three other men inside without their permission.
That’s when an already bad situation took a turn for the worse, according to the women.
One of the women said that as she “began to black out, she vaguely remembered a few other males entering the bedroom and violently vaginally and orally penetrating her.”
All three men surrendered to police after learning that warrants had been issued for their arrest. The men remained in custody late Friday at the Orleans Justice Center.
Landrum, assigned to the unit’s headquarters, holds the rank of Private First Class, Anderson, also assigned to headquarters, holds the rank of Lance Corporal. Davenport, assigned to the logistics group, also is a Lance Corporal.
New Orleans Advocate staff writer Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.