Contact: Ken Daley, Public Information
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Nov. 7) secured the indictment of a man linked by DNA test results to the rape of an 11-year-old girl that occurred more than 19 years ago in the West Lake area of New Orleans East.
Andre Reddic was charged with one count of aggravated rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping in the indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Reddic, 40, faces a mandatory lifetime prison term if found guilty of either charge
The preteen victim told New Orleans police she was sitting in front of a house in the 8100 block of the Interstate-10 Service Road when she was approached by two strangers on Sept. 11, 2000. The girl said she tried to run away from the men when they began harassing her, but that they grabbed her, dragged her into a back yard and raped her at knifepoint.
A DNA sample collected in the girl’s sexual assault exam kit was determined in 2004 to be a likely match to a sample of Reddic’s DNA stored in the federal CODIS database (Combined DNA Index System), according to an alert letter sent to an NOPD investigator.
The match was confirmed in March 2019 after a new buccal swab of the suspect was examined and tested by the Louisiana State Police crime lab. The second alleged assailant has not been identified.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Glass, lead prosecutor of the OPDA’s SAKI unit (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative), presented the case to the grand jury.
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