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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Dec. 10) secured an indictment charging a New Orleans man with raping a woman inside her Hollygrove residence eight months ago.
Anthony Green was charged with first-degree rape and home invasion in the two-count indictment handed up by an Orleans Parish grand jury. Green, 36, faces a mandatory lifetime prison sentence if convicted on the rape charge, and 1 to 30 years if found guilty of the home invasion count.
New Orleans police said the incident occurred around 7 p.m. on April 22, 2020. The 45-year-old victim said she was taking trash out of her house in the 3700 block of Joliet Street when she was approached by a man she didn’t know. The woman said the stranger struck up a flirtatious conversation and eventually asked her for water.
The woman told detectives she went inside to her kitchen to retrieve water, but turned around to find the man had entered her home. She said she told the intruder to leave, but he replied that he had been watching her for some time. She said he flashed a tattoo that he claimed identified him as a killer, then pushed her onto her sofa and raped her.
The assailant left behind DNA samples that were recovered by hospital personnel in a sexual assault kit. In June, the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab reported a CODIS hit, meaning the DNA sample appeared to match another sample from Green already stored in the federal Combined DNA Index System database. The victim viewed a photo lineup and identified Green as her attacker.
Investigators arrested Green in July, and obtained a new DNA sample through a buccal swab. That sample was confirmed in August as matching the major contributor to a DNA mix recovered from the victim after the sexual assault.
Green was initially booked on a charge of second-degree rape, and was able to post the bond amount of $25,000 set by a magistrate commissioner. The defendant remains out on bond at the time of indictment on the more severe charges of first-degree rape and home invasion.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Glass of the OPDA’s SAKI unit (Sexual Assault Kit Initiative) presented the case to the grand jury.
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