Victim's stolen car has been recovered by NOPD
The cash reward being offered for information in the kidnapping, rape and armed robbery of a woman in the Garden District Monday night has increased from $2,500 to $6,000.
The NOPD has recovered the victim's car which had been abandoned in the 800 block of North Dorgenois Street. The 1999 silver Honda Accord was spotted by a patrol officer just after 7AM Wednesday.
The department has also released a photograph of "a person of interest" investigators would like to speak with. They say the man is not a suspect.
Crimestoppers President Darlene Cusanza says the increase in the reward was made possible in part by an anonymous donor.
The 30-year-old woman was kidnapped and sexually assaulted Monday night after getting out of her car in the 1200 block of Eighth Street in the Garden District. The victim was approached by two men, one of them armed with a gun, who forced her into a vehicle being driven by another man.
The perpetrators sexually assaulted the woman as they drove around and later returned to Eighth Street to steal her car. The victim was released at the corner of Eighth and Chestnut.
The suspects were described by police as African-Americans in their early to late 20's.
The District NOPD Commander says additional officers have been deployed to the area and will remain there until the perpetrators are arrested.
The $6,000 cash reward is yours if the information you provide leads to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for this crime. Crimestoppers is taking tips at 822-1111.